NASCAR-issued pit guns becoming issue for Kevin Harvick: 'It's embarrassing for the sport'

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Kevin Harvick (Getty Pictures)

NASCAR’s pit-gun initiative posed issues for Kevin Harvick’s No. four workforce as soon as once more this season as the crew struggled with unfastened tires throughout Sunday’s O’reilly Auto Elements 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

“We did overcome so much. That was unlucky,” Harvick informed Fox Sports activities after his runner-up end to Kyle Busch. “We had a pathetic day on pit street, two days on pit street due to pit guns. When you’ve a pit gun drawback like we’ve got a number of occasions and been capable of overcome it after which today we couldn’t overcome it.

“Time after time you’ll be able to’t get the lug nuts tight as a result of the pit guns don’t work.”  

This season, NASCAR started issuing three standardized pit guns to each workforce at every race. After consulting with the Race Workforce Alliance, officers made the transfer as a price-saving measure, to chop down on an costly “arms race” as groups made their very own specialised, ever-costlier guns.

However after a hassle-free debut in the season-opening Daytona 500, issues surfaced earlier this season at Atlanta. Harvick needed to pit twice at Lap 30 after the air hose got here off the gun on his first cease. Though the additional cease dropped Harvick again in the area, he overcame the early misfortune to win the race.

“The pathetic half about the entire factor is the pit guns,” Harvick stated Sunday, by way of ESPN.com. “The pit guns have been completely horrible all yr. … It is embarrassing for the sport.”

Whereas Harvick did have points on pit street for most of the afternoon, as he and Busch pitted with forty four laps to go he was capable of keep away from an uncontrolled tire penalty many thought ought to have despatched him to the rear of the area. 

NASCAR admitted after the race Harvick ought to have been penalized. 

“It was a judgement name, and after conducting a publish-race assessment of the incident an uncontrolled tire penalty for the four automotive would have been right. We missed that decision,” NASCAR senior vice chairman Scott Miller advised ESPN.com.