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Kevin Harvick Up In Smoke During Final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice

Kevin Harvick Up In Smoke During Final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice

by February 28, 2015 0 comments

Photo Credit: Wayne Thomas

By: Hunter Thomas
Twitter: @HunterThomas08

HAMPTON, Ga. – Kevin Harvick’s engine blew up at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday during final practice for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500.

Stewart-Haas Racing driver, Kevin Harvick is coming off of a runner-up finish in the Daytona 500. He was second fastest during the first practice session for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and he also qualified second on Friday afternoon.

On Saturday, he clocked a 29.018 second lap at 191.054 mph, fastest of any driver during final practice on Saturday. Not long after he topped the speed chart, the No. 4 Jimmy John’s/Budweiser Chevrolet SS went up in smoke on the frontstretch. Due to his engine expiring, Harvick will start from the rear in Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500.

“Mainly the Hendrick engine guys just wanting to know what I felt,” Harvick said. “This is a very rare occasion. This is the first one I have ever had. The engine shop does a great job. I am just glad that it happened today. Our Jimmy John’s/Budweiser team is doing a great job and the car is handling good. If we were going to have something happen, this is a good place to have it happen because you can pass.”

Starting from the back of the pack on Sunday doesn’t have Harvick panicking, just yet. In 19 starts, he has one win (2001) and 9 top-10 finishes at Atlanta Motor Speedway. After practice, Harvick said, “It will just make for a better show”.

Hunter Thomas
Hunter Thomas is a journalist who grew up in Darlington, S.C. His first motorsports-based endeavor was working as the Public Relations Director at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, S.C., and his journalism start came while he was freelancing at his hometown newspaper, the News & Press while in college.

Hunter has been working within the NASCAR industry since 2010, and throughout the years, he has done everything from PR/Marketing for drivers and teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, to working at Rockingham Speedway. As a journalist, Hunter has covered everything from regional short tracks to NASCAR, ARCA Racing Series, World of Outlaws, Red Bull Global Rallycross, NHRA and much more.

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