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Kevin Harvick Cuts Tire Early in Las Vegas

Las Vegas may be nearly 2,000 miles west of Atlanta, Georgia, but the disappointment has followed Kevin Harvick.

On Lap 69 of Sunday’s Kobalt 400 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Harvick cut a right-front tire, sending his No. 4 Ford straight into the frontstretch SAFER barrier.

The crash comes one week after losing the win at Atlanta after a speeding penalty ended his dominating day.

“It started vibrating four or five laps before it blew,” Harvick said. “I was just trying to ride until the end of the stage. But, obviously, it didn’t make it.”

Harvick criticized the safety crews at Las Vegas for the time it took to get to his No. 4 Ford while he sat against the Turn 1 wall.

“The worst part was the medical response – it took them forever to get to the car. I thought we made that better, but obviously, we haven’t.”

Starting 19th, the Stewart-Haas Racing driver advanced to sixth spot before the tire ended the point leader’s day.

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