There were some great teaching moments to come out of this weekend’s kickoff to the Chase for the Sprint Cup Series Championship at Chicagoland Speedway – most notably DeLana Harvick doesn’t put up with any crap.
Following the race, Kevin Harvick was upset over his dismal finish, which occurred because he and Jimmie Johnson got together early in the race. The contact caused Harvick’s left rear to shred and sent him into the wall, with the result being that Harvick brought home a 42nd-place finish.
So, what does he do?
He comes out of his motor coach and punches Johnson in the clavicle, or the collar bone. The punch wasn’t hard but it was a bi**h move by Harvick, considering Johnson was just trying to explain or discuss what the heck happened on the track. You can see Johnson prepare to fight back but being the gentleman he is, he then tried to walk away.
But that wasn’t good enough for Harvick. He pursued Johnson until… enter (or in this case exit) DeLana Harvick from their SUV. In her most stern mom voice, with her finger in the air – like she’s done it a million times before – she tells Kevin to get in. Jolted back to reality, Kevin walked around and did as he was told.
What he didn’t know was everything was caught on video from the helicopter camera overhead. And that’s where the teachable moment comes into play. You never know where the cameras will be, so it’s best not to act like an ass or the entire NASCAR world might see your wife reminding you that she’s the boss.
In stark contrast, we learned that the guy who actually lost the race on a late-race caution for debris could be well-composed and address the media positively following the race. Sure, Kurt Busch was upset over losing after having led 39 laps but he didn’t fight anyone and he didn’t act like an ass.
He didn’t scream or curse or blame anyone. He turned lemons into lemonade; content with having a good points day. He wasn’t happy because he knows his record at New Hampshire isn’t the best but his finishing position gives him a little bit of cushion next week.
Denny Hamlin also taught us that apparently it doesn’t matter how many times you play basketball and blow out your knee, you can always come back and drive a racecar to Victory Lane. This is, at least, the second time Hamlin has raced hurt and found a way to win.
With one race down and two more to go before the end of the first elimination round, we learned why NBC Sports can post $16 million for a Perfect Grid Challenge. Aside from the fact that their money looks to be fairly safe, Harvick proved anything can happen in this sport. Now 22 points behind the 12th place driver, Harvick looks like he could be eliminated in the first round. How many people do you think had that playing out on their Chase grids?