Kevin Harvick defended Brad Keselowski’s decision to push for a win in the last lap of the 2021 Daytona 500.
With his Team Penske teammate, Joey Logano, almost about to win the Daytona 500, Keselowski decided to attempt one last push to outsmart his teammate. However, it didn’t go well with Keselowski taking out Logano from the race and creating a multi-car wreck as a result.
Michael McDowell who was running behind won the race. Harvick finished fourth.
Speaking about the incident, Stewart-Haas Racing driver Kevin Harvick said:
“Everybody has to make their own decisions. That was his [Keselowski’s] decision. I don’t think he was going to win from there. He definitely has the best pusher behind him, with the broken spoiler there. I think he thought he was in a good position and that was probably his best chance to win.”
When the prestigious Daytona 500 is at stake, it is understandable from Harvick’s point of view to come in defense of the Team Penske driver. If a move can earn you one of the most valued races of NASCAR Cup Series season, why not take the chance?
It would have been Keselowski’s first Daytona 500 victory. He is one of the few Cup champions, along with Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. to not have won the Daytona 500.