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Blown engine for Kevin Harvick ends his day early

Kevin Harvick's #4 Jimmie John's Chevrolet blows up during the Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, April 7, 2014
Photo by Sarah Glenn

Kevin Harvick ended his day, after having been rain-out yesterday, during Monday’s Duck Commander 500 after 28 laps for the scheduled 334 lap event, with a blown engine in the #4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing.

Harvick's 42nd finish for the Duck Commander 500 has come after a string of bad finishes since his victory at Phoenix International Raceway.

Rodney Childers, crew chief for the #4, told NASCAR.com on April 1, “We’ve been fast enough to win every race this year. We were fortunate enough to win one of them. We could have already won four races if we hadn’t made mistakes and stuff like that.”

Harvick came into Monday’s race 25th in points, but to be eligible for one of the top 16 berths for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup champion, a driver must be 30th or higher in the points’ standings following the 26th race of the season at Richmond International Raceway.

Harvick finished 41st, following his Phoenix win, at Las Vegas due to a failure of the left front hub. At Bristol Motor Speedway, Harvick finished 39th after a cut oil line in the race. The week following Bristol, Harvick had tire problems, along with several other NASCAR teams in Fontana at the Auto Club Speedway, that resulted in a 36th place finish.

Harvick other than his victory, his best finish of the season came at Martinsville where Harvick finished 7th, even with the 7th place finish his team experienced issues that could have been worst, one of two chains connected to the rear tires broke and resulted in a slower pit stop and a loss of track position every time the #4 came to pit road.