Kevin Harvick appeared to be on his way to a top-five finish in Sunday afternoon’s Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, but his solid run was derailed when he was involved in an on-track incident on lap 228.
The driver of the No. 4 Outback Steakhouse Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) started in the 33rd position and methodically raced his way to the sixth position just before the halfway point of Sunday’s event. However, his efforts were halted on lap 228, when Matt Kenseth’s No. 20 car made contact with the rear fender of the No. 4 Outback Steakhouse Chevrolet, causing it to spin into the outside retaining wall in turn one. The incident resulted in heavy damage to the No. 4 Chevrolet.
The Outback Steakhouse crew pushed the No. 4 car behind the pit wall and into the garage stall for repairs. After the crew spent 41 laps making extensive repairs to the racecar, Harvick returned to the racetrack on lap 270 in the 40th position.
Harvick finished the race in the still heavily damaged No. 4 Chevrolet and even managed to advance from 40th to the 33rd position by the checkered flag.
“The good thing about this (Chase for the Sprint Cup) format is you have two more weeks and two racetracks that we can win on,” Harvick said after the race. “Everybody was so worried about us starting in the back – and we wrecked at the front. Unfortunate.”