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Kevin Harvick: NASCAR Driver Denies Intentionally Crashing To Qualify For Next Race

Sun, October 25, 2015 9:16pm EDT by Add first Comment
NASCAR Driver Kevin Harvick Denies Intentionally Crashing
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During the last lap of the Oct. 25 race at Talladega Superspeedway, Kevin Harvick’s car caused a major wreck. Although some NASCAR fans are deeming it intentional, he’s denying those claims. Get the details here.

After NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick, 39, had some car trouble before the end of the race at Talladega Speedway on Oct. 25, he was at risk of falling out of the Chase for the Sprint Cup. But once a crash happened that allowed him to qualify for the next round, he was immediately accused of causing the wreck. He’s denying it, but NASCAR fans are still skeptical.

Prior to the wreck supposedly triggered by Kevin, another crash occurred, but was not considered caution because the race’s leaders hadn’t reached the start-finish line. At that point, Kevin’s qualifying spot was in jeopardy because his motor was about to blow, according to ESPN. Given a second chance because of the previous crash, Kevin went to the outside lane in the restart and clipped fellow driver Trevor Bayne. This caused a collision that brought out a caution flag, meaning the field was frozen and Kevin managed to successfully move on.

Although he is still in contention, Kevin is under fire for intentionally causing the crash in order to qualify when he knew his car was in trouble. Denying accusations, he claimed to ESPN that he was just trying to move out of the way when the crash occurred. “I was hoping that it would kind of get going a little bit better and those guys would push me so I could kind of halfway get going and it didn’t go,” he said. “As I pulled up, I didn’t even see the 6 (of Bayne) up there and clipped him and shot him across the inside. It sucks.”

Trevor also talked to ESPN after the race to express his anger toward the situation, which he — along with fans — thought was no accident.

“That’s a crappy way for Harvick to have to get in the Chase; to wreck somebody — what I believe to be on purpose (but) maybe it wasn’t. The restart before that, he had engine problems and got out of the way,” he said. “I think he realized if the caution came out, he was gonna be fine. So I go by and get hooked in the left-rear. Harvick is a really good driver. I think he knows the limits of his car and where it’s at, so that’s why I think it was intentional.”

Kevin continues on in the Chase for the Sprint Cup as one of eight drivers still in contention. As the third round begins at Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, Va., on Nov. 1, he’ll definitely have thousands of eyes watching his every move carefully.

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What do you think of Kevin’s move, HollywoodLifers? Was it intentional, or is it totally fair for him to be denying it? Tell us your thoughts below!

— Taylor Weatherby