Kevin Harvick and Matt Kenseth qualified 11th and 12th respectively for this weekends Coca Cola 600 from Charlotte Motor Speedway. Although both of them have pretty good starting spots, each could have had a much better qualifying spot spot. During the final round of qualifying both drivers had the same issue which resulted in them qualifying where they did.
What was that issue?
Failing to complete a qualifying lap in the final session of qualifying is what held back both drivers from a better starting spot. Both the No. 20 and the No. 4 teams mismanaged the clock during the final minutes of qualifying during the final round. As a result of that neither Harvick or Kenseth were able to get back to the start/finish line in time to begin running their final lap.
Harvick was actually approacing the start/finish line when the time expired in the final session but it still did not matter because you have to cross the line before time expires.
While starting in 11th and 12th shouldn’t be that big of a deal, it may have cost Harvick the pole. Harvick had been fast all week and he might have had the speed to knock off Jimmie Johnson. After qualifying Harvick’s Crew Chief Rodney Childers took to Twitter to discuss what had happened.
We had a big miscommunication tonight and didn’t get Kevin Harvick off of pit road in time to run a lap in the final qualifying session. Apologies to all of the sponsors and fans. We will make sure it doesn’t happen again.
When the green flag drops for the Coca Cola 600 both Harvick and Kenseth are expected to contend for the win. The mishap during qualifying should only impact them if something crazy were to happen on the opening laps. However, even in that situation it would be hard to blame in on qualifying. Although both men should run well on Sunday, Kenseth needs a won more than Harvick does seeing as how Kenseth is still winless in 2014.