At this point of the Chase for the Sprint Cup, even the smallest setbacks can have major consequences.
On Friday, Kevin Harvick may have suffered a big setback.
The Stewart-Haas Racing driver was the slowest of the eight remaining Chasers in today’s lone Cup practice at Martinsville Speedway. Then later on in qualifying, he scraped the wall twice in the first round and wound up qualifying a dismal 33rd on the grid for Sunday’s Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 – the opener for the Eliminator Round of the Chase.
Jenna Fryer of the Associated Press tweeted Harvick’s reaction afterwards:
Harvick: "We just missed it today. We were way too loose. We struggled in practice and just missed it in qualifying."
“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.
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we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”