Kevin Harvick had another fast car this past weekend in Michigan. Harvick has brought a lot of fast cars to the track thus far in the 2014 season. As a result of those fast cars he has two wins to his credit and a guaranteed spot in the chase. While all of that seems great Harvick and his team know that they could of and should have had more.
After finishing 2nd in Michigan (his third runner-up finish in the last five races) Harvick was in no mood to discuss his good finish with the media. After the race Harvick was asked on television about his car and finish.
I mean, the car was fast, just wound up on the wrong side of all the strategy. We finished second, and that’s it.
Harvick was then asked about Team Hendrick engines after their engines were in nine of the top 13 finishing cars.
I think it’s pretty obvious. Self-explanatory, Good question.
Later in the day Harvick’s Crew Chief Rodney Childers shed some light on the situation via Twitter. It would seem that Harvick was unhappy with the pit strategy that Childers used during the race.
I made a mistake not pitting earlier in the race that ended up costing us the race. @KevinHarvick and the guys did a great job all day.
The runner-up finish in Michigan was even more painful due to the fact that the winner of the race was Jimmie Johnson. Entering Michigan Harvick and Johnson were tied with Earnhardt Jr. and Logano for the most wins in the series, each having two. With Johnson winning at Michigan he now has three wins on the season and has moved himself into the No. 1 chase seed for the time being.
Earlier this season Harvick and the No. 4 team were plagued by bad luck in the form of mechanical issues. Harvick had a string of races in which flat tires, failed engines and other equipment malfunctions led to poor results. In all of those races Harvick appeared to have one of the faster cars in the field. Lately Harvick’s luck has improved but he has fallen victim to errors by his team. The past few weeks poor pit strategy and more importantly poor pit crew performance have led to squandered opportunities.
Harvick and his team need to get themselves on the same page and the sooner the better. With the chase coming up soon the last thing that the No. 4 team needs is for these same mistakes to happen when it’s chase time.
Source: Sporting News