Jun 7, 2014, 12:42 PM EDT
Second Freaky Fast verse, same as the first.
Just like he did in the early morning practice, Kevin Harvick paced Saturday’s final NASCAR Sprint Cup happy hour practice at Pocono Raceway.
Harvick’s top speed in the final session for Sunday’s Pocono 400 was 175.606 mph, followed by outside pole-sitter Kurt Busch (175.545 mph), Jimmie Johnson (175.452), Tony Stewart, (175.370) and Ryan Newman (175.145).
Right after recording the fastest lap of all competitors, Harvick came back into the garage fearing a motor issue in his Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet.
As it turned out, it was not a motor problem: fluid from the transmission leaked. The team repaired the problem and Harvick was able to get back on the racetrack before the practice session ended.
“The car was real fast, we just have to put a whole day together,” Harvick told Fox Sports. “Right now, it’s running pretty good. … I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”
Harvick has never won a Sprint Cup race at Pocono.
Midway through the session, Newman told his team over the radio that he may have missed a shift, which could have damaged the motor, but he was able to continue on without any incident.
Earnhardt fought a vibration issue through the entire session, but told Fox Sports that he expects his team will find the issue and fix it. If not, Earnhardt said he’s prepared to go through the race with the problem. The problem originally arose in the first practice of the day, prompting his team to change transmissions, but that did not resolve the issue.
Other key drivers included Danica Patrick, 11th-fastest (174.206 mph), Kyle Larson (174.109), Kyle Busch was 21st-fastest (173.779), Joey Logano was right behind his former teammate (173.564) and Clint Bowyer was 25th (173.254).
Richard Petty Motorsports driver Aric Almirola suffered motor failure during the final practice. His team will have to change motors, leaving Almirola to start Sunday’s race from the rear of the 43-car field.
The only driver who did not go out for the final practice was Timmy Hill.
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