Kevin Harvick voiced his displeasure with the response time of the medical team during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas.

Harvick, who blew a tire on Lap 70 of the Kobalt 400 and slammed into the Turn 2 wall, waited for what seemed like a long time to those watching at home.

When Fox interviewed the Stewart-Haas Racing driver after he was released from the infield care center — in a new rule this year, a must visit for any driver who’s involved in an accident — he confirmed the wait was as long as it looked Sunday.

“It started vibrating about four or five laps before it blew out, and I was just trying to ride it to the end of the stage there, and obviously it didn’t make it,” Harvick said. “The worst part was the medical response. It took them forever to get to the car. I thought we made that better, but obviously we haven’t.”

Las Vegas Motor Speedway boasts a 1.5-mile layout.

Before the season, NASCAR implemented a traveling safety team with a rotating group of doctors and EMTs. The driver council had been pushing for change in hopes of getting more continuity of care and establishing more of a relationship with the personnel who may treat them on-site during NASCAR’s 36-race Cup season.

That change would not have addressed response time on track, however.

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