“He’ll Never Get to Drive Many of Them” – Kevin Harvick’s Prediction About Ross Chastain Comes Back to Bite Him

Published 05/19/2022, 9:45 AM EDT

USA Today via Reuters

Back in 2018, Ross Chastain moved to Chip Ganassi Racing in the Xfinity Series. His very first race for the outfit came at the Darlington Raceway in the #42 car. Unfortunately, it was a bit of a nightmare day in the office, as he collided with Kevin Harvick and ended his race in 25th place. Harvick himself ended the day in 29th place in the #98 car, and he was not amused with Chastain’s antics.

He said, “Just a really inexperienced racer, and a really bad move there. Got on the side of me and just kept going up the race track. I couldn’t do anything with the wheel. Got a really inexperienced guy in a really fast car, made a really bad move, and wrecked me.


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“Down the back straightaway, hooked me to the right. Probably the reason he’ll never get to drive many of them again.”

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How did the Ross Chastain prediction backfire on Harvick?


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Rather ironically, if you fast-forward to 2022, Chastain is driving for Trackhouse Racing. Already, he has picked up two Cup wins in one of his best NASCAR seasons to date. With those two wins, he is firmly in the hunt for a Cup Series title, and he is pretty much a dark horse. Especially among the likes of the Hendrick Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing drivers.

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But, what about Kevin Harvick? Where does he feature in all of this? Sadly for the veteran driver, he has been struggling this season. In fact, he has not won a single race this year, so the tables have turned dramatically since that 2018 Xfinity race at Darlington.


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Suffice to say, Chastain is back in a fast car and he is proving his mettle on the track with his two wins. Luckily for Harvick, there is still plenty of time to rack up that first win of the season and book his Playoff berth.



Dhruv George

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