Not Clutch: Turns Out it Was Something Else That Ended Harvick’s Night at Bristol

Kevin Harvick had a fast car Saturday night in the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol. It may not have been a winning car — or it very well could have been — but he looked much stronger than the last place finish he was credited for.

Harvick’s night came to an end right at the end of Stage 2, when it appeared that his clutch gave out and he was unable to get the car in gear to go anywhere.

Following the race, crew chief Rodney Childers tweeted that the clutch gave out and that Roush-Yates (who provide the clutches for SHR) would work on finding out what went wrong.

After a day to dissect what had happened to the car, Childers tweeted that it turns out it wasn’t the Roush-Yates clutch that gave out at all. Instead it was a locker inside the rear gear that doomed the No. 4 car.

Kind of an odd break, but at least the team now knows what happened!