RCR teammates bitten by fuel strategy

Karma is a drag. And no one learned that better than Kevin Harvick on Sunday in New Hampshire. One week after a sophomoric display of testosterone at Richmond, where Harvick threw what can only be described as a "hissy" fit on pit road (after an...

Karma is a drag. And no one learned that better than Kevin Harvick on Sunday in New Hampshire. One week after a sophomoric display of testosterone at Richmond, where Harvick threw what can only be described as a "hissy" fit on pit road (after an incident with Ricky Rudd); another event heated up Harvick's anger-management skills.

Fourteen laps from the checkered flag, while leading, Harvick's No. 29 Chevy ran out of gas. The misstep came when Harvick's crew prompted him to stay out, while many other lead lap cars pitted on lap 268. He inherited the lead at that point, but the fuel blunder shortly thereafter, relegated Harvick to a 13th place result.

Harvick said of his team's fuel strategy, "Wrong. We ran out of gas. That about sums up our whole day."

Harvick's teammate Robby Gordon did not fare much better. Gordon succumbed to faulty fuel math at lap 293 - also while leading the event.

"I probably could have saved the fuel to do it, too," Gordon said. "If I run 50 laps and drive 50 feet less in each straightaway, we win the race. It's not fuel-mileage racing, its smartest-guy-wins racing. Unfortunately, we were about four or five laps short of being the smartest guy."

He ended up finishing the 21st.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Robby Gordon