Kevin Harvick was scheduled to perform a burnout in his No. 4 Busch Ford car outside the Seneca Casino Thursday afternoon, but historic rainfall in Buffalo nixed those plans.
By noon, 2.28 inches of rain had fallen, breaking the city's daily precipitation record set in 1956.
Harvick, currently ranked fourth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings, was scheduled to arrive at the casino shortly after noon but didn't stroll in until shortly before 2 p.m. because of travel complications due to weather. Instead of flying into Buffalo, Harvick detoured to Rochester and drove the hour-plus west.
Fans first trickled into The WD Bar & Grille on the second floor of the casino at noon sharp, some donning Harvick shirts, others sipping from Busch Light cans with blue "No. 4" coozies. When the man they were there to see finally rolled in with his Busch baseball cap, he had forgotten exactly what time of the day it was because of his hectic morning, which included a tour of New Era Headquarters and the reveal of his own new hat there.
"I've been so many different places this morning trying to get here that I'm a little confused on what time of the day it is," Harvick said. "Don't ever feel sorry for me about having to drive from Rochester either ... I always tell people, 'Don't ever feel sorry for me. I race cars for a living.'"
Harvick visited Buffalo Thursday to promote the I Love New York 355 at The Glen, which he'll participate in the weekend of Aug. 4 at Watkins Glen International.