Apr 7, 2014, 1:03 PM EDT
Since winning the second race of the season at Phoenix, Harvick’s competitiveness has been consistently undone by bad luck.
This time, the driver of the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Chevrolet slowed dramatically on Lap 28 while running second to pole sitter Tony Stewart. Harvick had started the race third after setting a track record lap in qualifying on Saturday.
According to multiple reports, Harvick said over the team’s radio that the engine “blew up.” He took the car to the garage and it has now been confirmed that he’s out of the race.
Harvick did not make himself available for comment afterwards according to Fox Sports. However, he did furnish a quote for Chevrolet, which can be found in today’s halfway update.
In the last four races, Harvick has had to deal with a broken wheel hub at Las Vegas (41st), an oil line problem at Bristol (39th), a blown tire at Fontana (36th), and a rear-end chain issue last week at Martinsville, which he overcame to finish seventh.
But there will be no coming back for him this time at Texas.
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