(AP Photo/ Wade Payne)

Kevin Harvick has been one of the more consistent drivers on the NASCAR Cup Series circuit, but he will have to start Sunday’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway at the back of the field after a crash in practice.

Harvick’s suspension broke on a practice lap in the morning and his car took a right turn into the outside wall.

That forced Harvick to go to a backup No. 4 car.

Under new rules installed this year Harvick will have to start at the back of the field, regardless of what happens in qualifying.

“It definitely wasn’t a tire failure or anything like that, but just going in the corner as soon as I let off the gas it just hung a right, so it’s unfortunate but we’ll get another one out and do it again,” said Harvick, who is fourth in the NASCAR standings and has six top 10 finishes in seven starts.