We'll never know if Kevin Harvick had a car that could contend with Matt Kenseth and Jeff Gordon at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. Harvick was running with the leaders, but his engine blew late in the race and brought out one of the few cautions for on-track incidents in the race.
Harvick and his Richard Childress Racing teammates, two of them anyway, put up some strong runs at Las Vegas. Two drivers, Clint Bowyer and Jeff Burton, were in the top 10. Harvick was 12th, but led some laps and said his car was strong after blowing an engine the previous week in Fontana.
“It was great," Harvick said. "The team led a lot of laps last week. Our car ran well. We had one run where we got off and then got caught on pit road under green. Came back and made something out of our day. Our car ran fine at California."
His car might have run "fine" in California, but engine problems plagued several drivers on several teams at Fontana. Hendrick and the Toyota teams are looking for answers to their engine struggles. Harvick said he was impressed with how the teams and Richard Childress Racing prepared for the Vegas race.
“The other three teams really turned their stuff around from California to Vegas and ran well," Harvick said. "Pretty impressive for what everybody did during the week in the parking lot or at Brendan Gaughan’s shop out there in Las Vegas to turn everything around. To make our cars as good as they were last week was pretty impressive for the guys. Just glad to see them use all the tools that they had to make the stuff better.”