NASCAR Cup: Stewart-Haas Racing teammates have issue after Talladega
By AMANDA VINCENT
Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch seemed to be frustrated with each other after Sunday’s Hellmann’s 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega (Ala.) Speedway, the elimination race of the second round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup, even though both drivers finished in the top-10 and both advanced to round three, or the Round of Eight, of the Chase.
Busch’s No. 41 Chevrolet made contact with Harvick’s No. 4 during the post-race cool-down lap.
“He cleaned the side of our car out after the checkered flag,” Harvick said during a TV post-race interview with NBC Sports Network. “All in all, the team did a great job. Didn’t have a scratch on it until then.”
After the incident, Harvick approached Busch’s car, with Busch still sitting in it. Harvick leaned into Busch’s car. Whether or not there was physical contact remains unconfirmed.
Busch also was interviewed by NBC Sports after the incident and said Harvick had “a misunderstanding of the call at the end of the race.”
Busch finished the race fourth, and Harvick was fifth. They’ll be on equal footing with each other and the other six Chasers with 4000 points apiece when the third round of the Chase gets underway Oct. 30 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.