Kevin Harvick loses tire, makes violent impact with wall

Kevin Harvick had a scary moment in Sunday’s Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, losing a right-front front tire and clobbering the frontstretch SAFER barrier.

Harvick, who came into the third race of the season leading the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series points standings, was coming through the frontstretch tri-oval when the right-front tire let go, sending the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford hard into the outside wall.

Fortunately, Harvick was able to walk away from the accident.

Under NASCAR’s new rules, because Harvick couldn’t drive his car back to pit road for repairs, he is officially out of the race.

Harvick won this race two years ago and was one of the favorites again on Sunday.

Afterward, Harvick said he was unhappy with the length of time it took the medical team to reach him after he hit the wall.

“The worst part was the medical response,” said Harvick, the 2014 series champion “It took them forever to get to the car.  I thought we made that better, but obviously, we haven’t.”

As for the tire, “It started vibrating about four or five laps there before it blew out, and I was just trying to ride it to the end of the stage there,” said Harvick.  “Obviously, it didn’t make it.”