Kevin Harvick Aug 28, 2022; Daytona Beach, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick (4) exits his car as the race went under a red flag weather delay during the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Star driver Kevin Harvick did not hold back in criticizing NASCAR for the new NextGen cars this weekend, blaming his car fire on “crappy-a** parts” that teams must use and saying “they haven’t fixed anything.” It seems Harvick’s comments have drawn the attention of a NASCAR executive.

During an appearance on Tuesday morning on “The Morning Drive” on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, NASCAR’s senior vice president of competition Scott Miller responded to Harvick’s comments, admitting that there is an “unacceptable” problem with the cars and claiming that NASCAR does indeed care about fixing it.

“To say that NASCAR didn’t care is about as far from the truth as you could get,” Miller said, according to NBC Sports. “That’s really all I have to say about that. I’m not going to get into any kind of back-and-forth contest with Kevin over the airwaves. I think he actually does know we do care.”

Miller said that NASCAR is working to fix the problem, saying “obviously, we still have work to do.”

“We’re looking at clearances on particularly the Ford exhaust because they seem to be having more trouble with this than the others. There’s a lot of work going on, a lot of collaboration within the industry to get to the bottom of it. We have to get to the bottom of it quick, obviously,” Miller said. “We’re debriefing it all. It’s unacceptable for the cars to catch on fire.”

NASCAR will obviously hope to have this problem solved sooner than later.

[SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, NBC Sports]