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When the dust finally settled on Richmond International Raceway Saturday night, ‘Ol Happy Harvick was all smiles yet again.
Harvick plowed through traffic in overtime, driving from seventh to Gatorade Victory Lane. He did it with one of those “Where did he come from?” moves.
“Just shifted gears, hit the pedal and hoped for the best,” Harvick said. “They all went high and I went low. The seas kind of parted there. They didn’t get a very good restart, and my car launched.
The win, Harvick’s first of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup season, will probably stop the questions on whether the driver of the No. 29 Chevrolet is a lame-duck at Richard Childress Racing, RCR. In case you’ve been living under a rock and have forgotten, Harvick has already announced he will leave RCR at season’s end and head to Stewart-Haas Racing. However on Saturday evening, Harvick showed the NASCAR nation that he still has some winning left to do in the No. 29. Read the rest of this entry »
Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, with her Pole Award and Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet, with his Front Row Award after qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 17, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Photo taken by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images NASCAR
It’s here! It’s finally here!!!!!
On Sunday afternoon, the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series begins with stock car racing’s most prestigious racing event of the season — the Daytona 500. This will be the 55th running of “The Great American Race” at Daytona International Speedway.
When the green flag drops this afternoon, fans hope to see some exciting racing and not bad weather, potholes, exploding jet dryers, and any other bizarre occurrence that has happened at DIS in years past. Fans will also get to see their favorite drivers behind the wheel of the new Generation 6 car. Read the rest of this entry »
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Today our Sprint Cup team preview takes us to Welcome, North Carolina home of Richard Childress Racing, which fields the No. 27 of Paul Menard, No. 29 of Kevin Harvick, the No. 31 of Jeff Burton, and the part time No. 33 of Austin Dillion.
Last season was one for Childress to forget. He lost his competition director and with his departure the team never got on its feet and struggled all season. The only win for RCR in the Cup Series was at Phoenix in November when Harvick won. He also was the only driver to qualify for the Chase for the Sprint Cup, while the other two drivers finished 16th and 19th in points. Read the rest of this entry »
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36 races. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season is in the books. NASCAR has crowned a new champion and for the first time in 7 years, the champions name isn’t Tony Stewart or Jimmie Johnson.
On Sunday evening it was Brad Keselowski who hoisted the Sprint Cup after finishing fifteenth in the Ford EcoBoost 400 from Homestead-Miami Speedway beating Jimmie Johnson, who ended up finishing the season in third place, by 40 points. Read the rest of this entry »
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Kevin Harvick, driver of the #29 Budweiser Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 11, 2012 in Avondale, Arizona.
35 races and it comes down to the final race this Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Baring any craziness on the track, it looks like Brad Keselowski will be the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champ.
Speaking of craziness, NASCAR fans definitely saw an interesting race on Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway. Kyle Busch dominated but didn’t win, Jimmie Johsnon crashed, more on this later, and two Chase drivers crews fought. In the end, it was another chase driver, Kevin Harvick who quietly went about the business of winning his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in over a year. With the victory on Sunday, Harvick gained three spots in the Chase standings and is now in eighth place, just 86 points out of first.
“We want to win races, and we want to be competitive, and that’s what we’re going to do,” Harvick said.
In this weekly segment, Total Sports Blog, will rewind the race from the day before and let you know where all the Chase contenders finished and where they are in the point standings. Read the rest of this entry »
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Kevin Harvick, driver of the #29 Budweiser Chevrolet, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 11, 2012 in Avondale, Arizona.
Kyle Busch dominated. Jimmie Johnson crashed after cutting a tire handing Brad Keselowski 20 point lead in the Chase for the Sprint Cup heading into the final race of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series next weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. However, that’s not what everyone in the NASCAR world is talking about on Sunday night.
Sure Kevin Harvick broke his 44-race winless streak dating back to Richmond on September 10, 2011 and giving Richard Childress Racing their first win of the 2012 season, it was the brawl between Jeff Gordon and Clint Bowyer’s team that will be the talk of the watercooler on Monday morning.
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Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, crosses the finish line to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 4, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas.
34 races down. 2 to go.
With the way Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson have been competing, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series may not be decided until the final lap at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
On Sunday, Jimmie Johnson showed the NASCAR world that he is ready to edge his name in the record book as he won his fifth race of the season, and the second in just a week, at Texas Motor Speedway. Johnson led 168 of the 334 scheduled laps to increase his points lead to seven points ahead of Brad Keselowski. This is the biggest points deficit Keselowski has faced since entering the chase. Aside from the points battle, the two drivers also battled on the track with eight laps to go, Keselowski’s Dodge made contact with Johnson’s Chevrolet battling for the lead. Read the rest of this entry »
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Kevin Harvick, driver of the #33 OneMain Financial Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway on November 3, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas.
Kevin Harvick held off a charging Ryan Blaney on Saturday night to win the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway. Harvick’s win was his second in the NASCAR Nationwide Series this season.
While it was Kyle Busch who started on the pole, Harvick came on strong as the race developed. Harvick would end up leading 127 of the scheduled 300 laps.
The runner-up finish was a career best for Blaney in 12 Nationwide starts this season. Read the rest of this entry »
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Jimmie Johnson celebrates with the checkered flag after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway on October 28, 2012 in Ridgeway, Virginia.
Three races to go until NASCAR crowns a champion. It’s all come down to the driver from Rochester Hills, Michigan or the five-time champion from El Cajon, California, and with the way both drivers have been competing in this 2012 Chase for the Sprint Cup we may not know until the final lap in Homestead-Miami.
On Sunday, Jimmie Johnson proved he is ready for another championship as he won his fourth race of the season at Martinsville Speedway. Johnson led 193 laps to become the points leader, just two points ahead of second place, Brad Keselowski. This was also the first race back for Dale Earnhardt, Jr., who missed the last two weeks after suffering a concussion at Talladega Speedway earlier this month. Read the rest of this entry »
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Matt Kenseth, driver of the #17 Zest Ford, celebrates with his wife Katie and their family in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway on October 21, 2012 in Kansas City, Kansas.
Six races down. Four to go. In just a few weeks NASCAR will crown a new Sprint Cup Series champ. Seems just the other day we were all counting down the days until the Daytona 500. This season has sure flown by.
On Sunday, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series made a stop at the newly paved Kansas Speedway. The winner was Matt Kenseth, who beat the second place finisher, by 0.495 seconds amidst a record-breaking 14 cautions. The win was Kenseth’s third of the season and second in three weeks. Kenseth, who will be leaving Roush-Fenway Racing at season’s end, definitely isn’t a lame duck in the Chase. Like much of the finishers, Kenseth definitely had a bumps and bruises on his No. 17 Zest Ford Fusion. Kenseth brushed the wall after Aric Almirola spun off turn two, trying to pass Mark Martin.
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