Red-hot Kevin Harvick sees night end early in Charlotte

first_imgKevin Harvick’s dominant march from the rear met an early — and surprising — end Sunday night during the Coca-Cola 600. The driver of the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford appeared to blow a front tire on Lap 83 while running fourth, which sent him careening into the outside wall and sending sparks flying into the evening air.Harvick’s car did not pass pre-qualifying inspection on Thursday night, forcing him to start last in the field Sunday in the longest race of the year. It took fewer than 70 laps for him to work his way into the top five. He was running fifth at the time of the incident, which relegated his car to the garage and out of the race.PHOTOS: Military honored at Charlotte “This was going to be fun,” Harvick radioed dejectedly to his team.Harvick will finish 40th in the 40-car field, stunningly the first time in 623 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts that he’ll finish last.The incident may have been the first thing to go wrong for Harvick all year. The No. 4 team won five of the first 12 races to start the year, and was considered a favorite to win Sunday night on Memorial Day weekend despite starting from the rear.Harvick entered the event on a two-race win streak, and he already had won three consecutive races earlier this year.“It never gave any warning,” Harvick told FOX Sports. ” … We had a lot of issues this weekend and to come back and have the fastest car there basically, it was just an honor to drive. One of those deals. You have to take the good with the bad, and this weekend was part of the bad.”last_img read more