NASCAR official hits back at Kevin Harvick after driver turns critical comment on ‘shitty parts’ into profit


Kevin Harvick had been quiet all season. That all changed last month when the Stewart-Haas Racing driver ended a 65-race winless streak at Michigan. He followed it up in impressive fashion a week later with another win at Richmond. His on-track performance speaks volumes and, more importantly, earned him a playoff berth.

Interestingly, in the playoffs, the 2014 Cup champion made a transition. Instead of his actions doing all the talking, he chose the more conventional route. Except it’s not just his words in interviews. He has actively taken his voice online, and Twitter in particular, where he has been candid about a variety of concerns he has with the sport, most of them focusing on the Next Gen car.

This week, the 46-year-old driver took to the social media platform and secured a two-for-one special, shooting the sanctioning body while making a profit in the process. NASCAR responded.

Kevin Harvick spoke candidly about the Next Gen car long before it made its first lap, commenting on safety issues with the new car last year. He’s remained vocal this season, calling out NASCAR and questioning the intensity of hits on multiple occasions.

After his car inexplicably caught fire at Darlington in the first race of the playoffs, the SHR driver was understandably upset, let everyone know and took no notice of who he thought was to blame.

“I’m sure it’s just shitty parts on the race car like we’ve seen so many times,” Harvick told NBC’s Marty Snider. “We haven’t fixed anything. It’s kind of like the security stuff. We just let it continue. The car started to burn and as it burned the flames started coming through the dash and I ran a few laps. And then when the flame got bigger, it started burning stuff.

“I think there you see all the brake fluid probably coming out of the brakes. It burned the brake line. But the fire was coming from the dashboard. What a disaster, man. For no reason. We didn’t touch the wall. We haven’t touched a car and here we are in the pits with a burnt out car and we can’t finish the race in the playoffs because of shitty parts.

After last weekend’s race at Bristol, where many of the cars had steering problems, Harvick posted a tweet with an image of a t-shirt he’s now selling, which features a logo that reads “Happy’s Crappy-Ass Parts 4 Less”.

NASCAR hits back

Harvick’s comment to Darlington about less than satisfactory parts did not go unnoticed by fellow competitors and NASCAR. Martin Truex Jr. mentioned it Saturday night after his car suffered steering problems.

“What did Harvick say, ‘shitty parts’,” said driver Joe Gibbs Racing moments after entering the garage.

With Truex’s comment and Harvick’s new jersey, NASCAR felt the need to respond, and did so this week when Senior Vice President of Competition Scott Miller appeared on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

“Bristol is definitely a unique load case, and some things have come up with the steering that weren’t expected, but with the newness of this car and the newness of everything, it’s not acceptable to have issues, but that’s probably part of the learning process for all of us, Miller said. . Everyone has a stake in this, and it’s not just NASCAR that chooses “crappy” parts.

Harvick will not be deterred

Kevin Harvick waves to fans as he takes the stage during driver introductions ahead of the NASCAR Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway on August 14, 2022. | Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images

NASCAR making it clear that teams were involved early in the process when selecting suppliers to supply parts for the Next Gen car is the sanctioning body essentially telling drivers like Harvick that teams are as much to blame for parts issues than anyone.

But while NASCAR officials would like teams and drivers to line up and stop criticizing the car, don’t expect that to deter the future Hall of Famer. He found his voice on Twitter and uses it more because, as he recently described, “I’m sick of hearing everyone’s (opinion).”

Harvick has an opinion. He is bound and determined to share it. Now, instead of just doing it through media interviews, he chooses to communicate with his fans and NASCAR through the social media platform. Oh yes, and t-shirts.

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