Kevin Harvick slams billion-dollar sports organization NASCAR for compromising driver safety amid Kurt Busch incident

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The endless concern over the safety of NASCAR drivers in Next Gen vehicles has been a recurring topic. At least that’s what Stewart-Haas Racing driver Kevin Harvick thinks.

With growing concern over dangerous multi-car wrecks like the one that took place at Daytona last weekend, NASCAR’s Next Gen cars are being questioned and doubts have been cast by drivers about these vehicles.

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In a recent interview, Harvick explained that NASCAR had not made the necessary changes to reduce the impact of such incidents. He also explained how his fellow drivers are affected by such beatings on them.

Harvick declared, “I think from my previous experiences, you know, I’ve had things that I’ve presented that have gone on for three years without a response. So from a driver’s perspective, the things that I think drivers would consider most important may not be as high on that list of priorities for those people.

“Not everyone is out there banging stuff themselves. So I think when you see Denny talking about getting banged, Kurt out, you hear the hits week after week and you know that everyone talks about making changes but hasn’t really seen any. he added.

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After hearing this, one of the reporters added saying, “Joey Logano said it costs a lot of money.” Driver #4 replied: “Well that tells you where we rank, money is more important than the safety of a car. So it’s the perception that seems to come with.”

With this concern, Harvick truly believes the top priority should be driver safety and not the financial factor.

How are Next Gen cars different?

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Next Gen or Gen-7 cars started rolling in February 2022. Their main goal was to reduce costs for racing teams and manufacturers, as well as to increase driver safety.

Sep 27, 2020; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick (4) during the South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

With costs cutting, NASCAR’s goal was to lure more automakers into the mix with Toyota, Chevrolet and Ford as sponsorship revenue dwindled for the teams following the Covid-19 pandemic.

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But many drivers feel they still don’t have the driver requirements. Let us know what you think of the Next Gen car in the comments below.

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