WATCH: Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin Face Massive Issues as Wet Conditions Cause Chaos at Texas

Published 10/25/2020, 5:11 PM EDT
Oct 18, 2020; Kansas City, Kansas, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick (4) leads the field during the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports


Just minutes after the start of the NASCAR Cup Series playoff race at Texas, Kevin Harvick hit the wall and fell behind. It could also be a big moment in the battle for the ‘championship 4’ contention. Harvick then complained about the track being wet as the rain started wreaking havoc for the drivers.

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Many other drivers followed Harvick in complaining about the rain, and the caution came out soon after.

Harvick took the lead on Lap 28; however, he and Denny Hamlin both had issues on the restart that kick-started their problems on the day. Hamlin went up the track on the restart and lost a lot of spots in the race. Unlike Harvick, he did not hit the wall, but the incident did set him quite behind in the race.

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What troubles did Kevin Harvick face?

Harvick was in trouble soon as he hit the wall and said there was smoke coming from his car. The nine-time race winner of the season was then forced to pit due to the issue.

It is f**king raining. It’s ridiculous,” Harvick was then heard as saying on his team radio. Man it’s raining pretty good down here,” he added further.

His Crew Chief Rodney Childers then added to the chorus, saying, “My computer is so wet, my mouse won’t even work.”

His spotter, Tim Fedewa told Harvick that they complained about the wet conditions, but had no luck in that regard. “10-4. We’ve been trying to get help with that for a long time. Just ain’t working,” Fedewa said.

Massive implications for the playoff battle

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After fixing the issue, Harvick told his team he was still facing issues with the tires. He felt something was rubbing at the end of the tires on the straightaways and asked his team to help him out again. It was not the situation any expected for the most successful driver of the season, so early in a crucial race.

Sep 27, 2020; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick (4) leads driver Chase Elliott (9) and a group during the South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

At one point in the early parts of the race, Harvick and Hamlin were just 11 points above the cutoff spot. If that continues, it blows the ‘Race to Phoenix’ wide open.

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Soon, the red flag came out for mist on the track and the race was stopped. Eventually, the race was postponed to Monday and will resume from where it stopped. Hamlin was in 15th place, while Harvick was in 36th place when proceedings took a halt. They face a tough task on Monday.

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Aayush Majumdar

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Aayush Majumdar is a NASCAR content strategist, a Tennis Writer, and a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. He is well-tenured as a tennis and NASCAR writer, with over 900 articles across both sports. After pursuing a Post Graduate program in Sports Management, Aayush explored various roles in Sports Media, including a Sports Reporting role at a leading English daily.

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