If there was a championship for tough luck, Kevin Harvick would win it hands down.
After dominating, pole-sitter Harvick once again had victory snatched from his grasp in Sunday’s AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway.
Harvick led 223 laps – and doing so for most of that time with a broken left front shock absorber. But on Lap 252, the left front tire on Harvick’s No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet blew out.
While he worked hard to get back into the race, he ultimately wound up finishing 13th rather than first or even in the top-five.
“I knocked the inner valve stem out of the left front,” Harvick told ESPN about the mishap that turned his day around for the worse. “A lug nut got in between the wheel and the brake rotor and knocked the valve stem out.”
The next thing he know, pop, tire failure.
“It’s crazy,” Harvick said. “I was just handing out early Christmas presents to people for winning races that we should be winning.
“… It’s just crazy luck. It’s just unbelievable that it can happen. The shock broke. We could beat ’em on three shocks, but we couldn’t beat ’em on three tires.”
Harvick can take some conciliation that now he and 11 other drivers have advanced to the Contenders Round, the points are reset and everyone is back to an even keel.
Now, all Harvick needs is for all the woeful bad luck he’s experienced up to this point this season to change – for the better, obviously.
“We can beat every car on the racetrack, we just need some good luck,” Harvick said. “If we get some good luck, we’ll win races and have a shot at the championship.”
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