Daytona 500 leader Kevin Harvick says he would rather the race was restarted than he was handed victory because the current track problems force the event to be abandoned.
Harvick was battling for the lead with Juan Pablo Montoya when the red flag came out for a second time on lap 161 of 200 to give NASCAR a chance to attend to the recurring track surface problem between Turns 1 and 2.
"I want to finish it racing," said Harvick, who is attempting to end a 107-race victory drought in the Sprint Cup. "The car's been all good, everything may go sour but I would love to finish it."
The Richard Childress Racing driver backed the decision to stop the race to try and fix the hole that has reopened in the track.
"The problem is that it is right in the middle of the track where the right side tyre runs," Harvick explained. "So when you go through it and hit it wrong the jackpost and everything hits, the #33 [car of Clint Bowyer] broke its splitter off."
The track has already been repaired once during a previous stoppage that lasted nearly one and three quarter hours. Kyle Busch, who is currently holding sixth place, said the hole had fully reopened during the 39 laps run between red flags.
"It stayed really good for about 18 laps and then you could see a chunk flying off some of the leader cars," Busch said. "Then about five laps ago I saw it start to develop and then it was back to the same old hole again."
He admitted the delays were frustrated, but agreed with Harvick that it was preferable to keep trying to finish the race under green.
"This is a bad predicament to be in for all of us, for NASCAR, everybody," said Busch. "It's unfortunate for the fans too. It's been a great race all day but this isn't any fun having to wait around and trying to get through this deal. But we will do what we need to do."
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