Kevin Harvick could face suspension in NASCAR’s bid to discipline the Stewart-Haas Racing driver on his ongoing feud with Chase Elliott.
The rivalry started at the Cup playoffs at Bristol Motor Speedway, where Harvick blamed Elliott for costing him the win. The SHR driver retaliated at Charlotte Motor Speedway by making contact with the No. 9 car and sending him to the wall. As a result, the rear of the car was damaged.
However, it was Elliott who came better in the end as he qualified for the Round of 8 and Harvick didn’t. It is the first time since 2014 that Harvick failed to make it to the Round of 8.
After the race, Harvick spoke of his feud with Elliott but didn’t say that the feud was over and said that Elliott learned real-life lessons.
NASCAR is keeping tabs on the situation and it could even result in a punishment for Harvick. Scott Miller, senior vice president of competition said:
“I don’t know if we’ll have them together or talk to them individually to see where they are right now, but we don’t need that continuing on, and we will do what we think is necessary to kind of get that one calmed down. … We don’t want to park anybody. We want all the fans to see the drivers that they came out to see. That will try to be a last resort. If we keep seeing things then we absolutely will have to take some sort of action there.”
Hopefully, Harvick won’t retaliate any further in the upcoming races as he has nothing to lose but Elliott is still vying for the championship.