On-track run-ins and angry drivers have been a theme of the 2022 season, and that theme continued this past weekend on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course where the event at times looked and felt more like a demolition derby than a race involving the world’s greatest stock car drivers. Among those who left the Brickyard less than happy about how things played out were 2014 Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick and playoff contender Ryan Blaney, who were caught up in separate accidents that ruined their day.
“It’s a case of just getting wrecked,” said Blaney, a Team Penske driver who is still searching for his first points win of 2022. “That’s all people do at the end of these things: just dive in there and wreck you. I don’t know who shoved who, and I don’t care, but tires didn’t matter at the end. We restarted top three both times, and tires don’t really matter. It’s just a matter of getting through on the restart, but, apparently, that’s a hard thing to ask. People just run over each other.”
And with that, Blaney wasn’t done venting his frustrations. “I’m pissed off about it and I have every damn right to be,” he said. Harvick, meanwhile, was equally irate after getting caught up in a multi-car wreck that his team told him over the radio five drivers had a hand in causing. “Tell me all five of them so I can wreck all five of them,” Harvick responded. Will Harvick and Blaney still be fuming from their Indy misfortune when the Cup Series arrives at Michigan this weekend? It’s quite possible. If so, don’t be surprised if they drive angry.