Stewart-Haas driver Kevin Harvick slams "terrible" NASCAR pit crew

NASCAR Sprint Cup points leader Kevin Harvick slammed his Stewart-Haas pit crew as "terrible" after losing a likely win at Darlington on Sunday night

Stewart-Haas driver Kevin Harvick slams "terrible" NASCAR pit crew

Harvick led 214 of the race's 367 laps but a string of slow pitstops meant he lost a total of 17 places in the pits during the event.

He could only recover to second behind Martin Truex Jr.

"The guys in the garage and at the shop continue to do a great job, and we continue to give it away on pit road," said the 2014 Cup champion.

"We have championship cars and we're just mediocre on pit road.

"It's been that way for a few years, and they've moved some things around, but it just seems like it's just week after week after week.

"You have a couple of good weeks here and there and every once in a while you just put together a day, but they just can't put together a whole day on pit road right now.

"You get in position where you bring a dominant car. The guys in the shop and the guys in the garage are doing a great job, and the guys on pit road are doing a terrible job.

"You get in a position to win races, and they continually step on their toes and don't make it happen."

Asked if he felt he had a 'cheerleader' responsibility to support his crew in those circumstances, Harvick replied: "I'm over being a cheerleader.

"Those guys get paid a lot of money to perform on pit road, and cheerleading hasn't really been working.

"You've got to get after it on pit road and do your job."

Harvick's crew chief Rodney Childers told the official NASCAR website a component failure in one of the wheelguns was part of the issue at Darlington.

Though Harvick leads the points standings heading into the final race of the regular season at Richmond this weekend, he is not top seed for the Chase as Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch have taken four race wins to his two.

CURRENT CHASE FIELD

On wins: Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr, Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano, Kurt Busch, Kyle Larson, Tony Stewart, Chris Buescher

On points: Chase Elliott, Austin Dillon, Jamie McMurray

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