“Wish I Could Have Punched Him in the Nose” – Kevin Harvick on His Darlington Incident With Kyle Busch

Published 09/05/2021, 5:00 AM EDT
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 19: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John’s Ford, stands on the grid during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 59th Annual DAYTONA 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 19, 2017 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)


At the 2011 NASCAR Cup Series race at Darlington, there was no love lost between Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick. Sometime during the race, the two of them collided with each other and Clint Bowyer. Bowyer got sent to the inside wall, and Busch spun Harvick to the outside wall.

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Obviously, Harvick was fuming, and he revealed his true feelings on the incident post-facto.

He said, “Things happen. I just wish I could have punched him in the nose instead of the helmet. He’s not going to get in a punching contest, cause he’s scared of that. If you’re going to do stuff like that, you’re going to have to get out and defend yourself.”

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Needless to say, Kevin Harvick was being brutally honest. The Stewart-Haas Racing driver even opened up on what his personal ‘code’ is. According to the #4 driver, the place where he grew up in California was a ‘rough place’, especially in the short-track racing arena.

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What else did Kevin Harvick say?

Harvick revealed that in the short track scene, drivers can bump and grind into each other as much as they wanted. However, at that particular race, the #29 driver exited Turn 4 and had no idea who hit him at that time. When he tried to take the position back, it just so happened that the #18 car was the culprit.

TALLADEGA, AL – OCTOBER 13: (L- R) Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John’s Ford, talks with Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Toyota, in the garage during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 1000Bulbs.com 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 13, 2018 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

He even confessed that he did not mind getting wrecked for wrecking another driver. According to the Stewart-Haas driver, that is part and parcel of the game. However, if a driver got spun out in his right rear, it was as good as throwing the gloves off in hockey.

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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