NASCAR at Fontana: Cooler heads prevail after Harvick-Larson wreck

Kevin Harvick (Getty Pictures)

FONTANA, Calif. — Make no mistake, there have been heated phrases on the radios of Kyle Larson and Kevin Harvick after their collision on the backstretch on Lap 38 of Sunday’s Auto Membership four hundred that ended Harvick’s bid to win a fourth straight Monster Power NASCAR Cup Collection race. 

Harvick questioned aloud what Larson was doing when the driving force of the No. forty two Chevrolet turned up the monitor after Harvick moved right down to aspect-draft the Chip Ganassi Racing machine. 

Larson questioned why Harvick would race him so arduous for place so early in a 200-lap occasion. 

However after Larson recovered to run second to race winner Martin Truex Jr., and Harvick rolled house thirty fifth in a closely broken automotive, the drivers have been much more conciliatory. 

“I went right down to aspect-draft, and he (Larson) was arising and we touched, and it simply knocked the factor to the proper and spun out,” Harvick stated after watching the video replay. “I do not know that it is his fault. I feel that is my fault for coming down the race monitor proper there and making an attempt to aspect-draft, after which as we contact it simply got here again up the race monitor.  

“I used to be simply making an attempt to get somewhat an excessive amount of proper there. I knew the stage was coming (to an finish). I’ve simply acquired to thank all of my guys. They did an excellent job on our Busch Beer Ford, and it was simply my fault again there.

“That was only a dumb mistake on my half . . . The race automotive was there. It was only a mistake.”

Larson likewise took a extra amicable tone after his runner-up end result.

“We have been racing actually exhausting, and I used to be higher than him in (Turns) three and four, and he was higher than me in (Turns) 1 and a couple of,” Larson stated. 

“I might aspect-draft him down the frontstretch, and he would aspect-draft me down the backstretch, and I do not know if he was simply coming right down to aspect-draft me or what, however we made contact and it spun his automotive to the appropriate. So that you by no means need to make contact with anyone, however all in all it was a great day for our DC Photo voltaic Chevrolet workforce.”

Reid Spencer writes for the NASCAR Wire Service.