Kevin Harvick and Kyle Larson crash at Auto Club Speedway
Kevin Harvick has won the last 3 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series events. Today, he was shooting for the fourth at Auto Club Speedway.
In final practice, Harvick had the fastest car in 5, 1o and 15 lap runs. After starting 10th, he had climbed to 3rd but he was fighting off pressure from Kyle Larson.
23 to go in stage 1, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Larson had been slicing across the track and side drafting each other for multiple laps.
Things boiled over the top resulting in a caution and a wrecked race car. Harvick got aero loose off turn 2 with Larson near his left rear.
To show that he didn’t like that, Harvick pinned Larson down the back-stretch. Larson held his line with a nose ahead and Harvick got into the side of him. It turned Harvick hard right and into the wall. Heavy damage for Harvick, near zero damage for Larson.
#4 Crew Radio: “What the hell was he doing there?”
Harvick: “I have no idea.”
#42 Crew Radio: “I mean these idiots are racing us hard 30 laps into the race.”
Kyle Larson Radio: “I didn’t do a damn thing wrong there. He’s going to be mad. But, I didn’t do anything wrong but race him.”
#42 Crew Radio: “No. It was him. We let him go when he run us down. Then he wants to run on our door all the way around.
Kevin Harvick went on the 5 minute clock. He was able to get it repaired and make speed. He re-entered the race, two laps down to the leader.
Kyle Larson made a lengthy pit stop to repair minimal right side damage from the contact. He came out of the pit lane in 20th position. He’s already rebound and running in the top 5.
The race is still underway.