Kevin Harvick was a good pick to win Sunday’s Food City 500 (2 p.m. ET/FOX/PRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) this weekend. But, if the Stewart-Haas Racing driver is to pick up his fourth win of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, he’s going to have to do it from a back starting spot.
Harvick, had something break on the left front of his No. 4 Ford and it shot him into the outside SAFER barrier at the Bristol (Tenn) Motor Speedway on Friday. Luckily, Harvick was able to walk away from the accident in the first Cup practice session of the weekend, but his car was not. His team elected to go to the backup car for the rest of the weekend, meaning wherever he qualifies later today for Sunday’s race, he will have to drop to the rear at the start.
Harvick, had just completed his 15th lap at the time with a top lap around the .533-mile track of 127.284 mph, good enough for 25th.
Coincidentally enough, AJ Allmendinger also crashed his 15th lap run in the session, as he got into the wall just prior to Harvick’s incident. Allmendinger, had a best lap of 125.691 mph, which was 33rd overall. He will not go to a backup car though.