Harvick was compelled to retire from the primary race of the NASCAR Cup playoffs in Sunday evening’s Southern 500 at Darlington when his #4 Stewart-Haas Ford caught fire on lap 276 of 367.
The 2014 Cup champion safely exited the car, which shortly grew to become engulfed by smoke and fireplace, and was labeled a disappointing 33rd to go away him in peril of elimination from the playoffs’ spherical of 16.
Harvick had not skilled any points together with his engine prior, nor suffered any harm to the automotive previous to the incident.
In an interview afterwards, Harvick blamed the difficulty on “crappy components” on the Subsequent Gen automotive and steered that NASCAR would not handle the issue, stating that “they don’t care”.
In an interview Tuesday with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, NASCAR’s senior vp of competitors Scott Miller disputed Harvick’s assertion.
“No person desires to see this occurring,” Miller mentioned.
“I do know that was an emotional time and his race was ruined however to say that NASCAR didn’t care is about as removed from the reality as you could possibly get. That’s actually all I’ve to say about that.
“I’m not going to get into any sort of back-and-forth contest with Kevin over the airwaves. I feel he really does know we do care.”
Miller identified NASCAR has been engaged on the difficulty because it first got here to gentle on the Indy street course race, when the vehicles of Chris Buescher and Joey Logano each had fires erupt within the rocker field from crash harm, largely from below the proper facet of the vehicles.
“We’re definitely digging into the trigger,” Miller mentioned.
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“We had vehicles on this morning in search of indicators of something which will have triggered that. We have now executed so all 12 months.
“There’s quite a lot of rubber at Darlington, you already know the cheese grater that we’ve all talked about.
“We’re not sure if rubber moving into the rocker field was the issue [in Harvick’s case] or not.
“We’re debriefing all of it. It’s unacceptable for the vehicles to catch on fireplace.”
Following the fires suffered by Buescher, Logano and others by Chase Briscoe and Alex Bowman, NASCAR mandated an exhaust shroud be added to the automotive, which appeared to assist handle the issue.
Harvick’s difficulty appeared distinctive in that his automotive had not been broken and fireplace had come out of each side of the automotive concurrently.
“We’ve been engaged on totally different options for various issues alongside the way in which that appear to perhaps are the set off,” Miller mentioned.
“And, you already know, clearly we nonetheless have work to do. We’re taking a look at clearances on notably the Ford exhaust as a result of they appear to be having extra hassle with this than the others.
“There’s quite a lot of work happening, quite a lot of collaboration throughout the trade to unravel it. We have now to unravel it fast, clearly.”