Stewart-Haas Racing teammates, and playoff contenders, Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick each suffered a DNF in Sunday's ISM Connect 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Both were involved in a multi-car incident that started when Harvick got tagged from behind by Austin Dillon just before the end of the second stage. Harvick went sideways - causing a plume of smoke - across the backstretch and blocked the track, which led to Busch ramming into his car and several other drivers getting involved, including Martin Truex Jr.
“I know as I got sideways there I tried to get thing whoa’d down and pointed in the right direction and it snapped back the other way,” said Harvick, who suffered his second DNF of the season and first career at New Hampshire.
“I tried to lock it down and it was too far up across the race track. I knew I was probably worse off at that particular point, so once it turned back right and I was in trouble I should have just tried to keep it left, but I couldn’t really tell where I was with all the smoke and everything that was happening, but just got hit from behind and spun out.”
Busch literally had nowhere to go except right into his teammate.
“I mean, I don’t know what to say,” he said. “It’s tough when you’re running where we were. We were just trying to limp it to the end of stage two and I heard, ‘Car spinning off of two’ in my ear. I saw smoke up ahead. A lot of times they’ll come back up, and I tried to leave the high side or the low side and then, boom, as soon as the smoke cleared I’m looking at Harvick’s door, my teammate.”
Busch was trying to bounce back from disappointment last week in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff opener in Chicago when he suffered a vibration late in the race. It makes next week’s final race of the round at Dover extremely important.
“We’re both running for the playoffs and it’s a shame that the handling is off and we’re both running where we were, but we were still going to fight all the way to the end, but now we don’t have a chance. I cannot understand the bad luck that we’re having,” Busch said.
“It’s all-in. We’ll go there with everything we’ve got like we have been. We’ve got to find the setup that will make that car cut, that will make it go through the center of the corner and carry that speed on exit and give it our best.”
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