May 8, 2015 |
KEVIN HARVICK attracted more attention than is usual for a reigning Sprint Cup champion prior to last Sunday's Talladega race. Harvick suggested the Cup series schedule should be shaken up. Asked how he thought NASCAR can grow its fan base, Harvick replied that his understanding is last season's final three races (Texas, Phoenix and Homestead) were sold out. Then he said, "If you want to talk about growing the sport, I believe that some venues need one race. The schedule needs to be mixed up. People like things that change.
October 6, 2015 |
DOVER, Del. - Kevin Harvick had to win yesterday's NASAR Sprint Cup race at Dover International Speedway to advance in the Chase. So all Harvick did was lead a career-high 355 laps of the AAA 400. Starting 15th, his place in the Chase points standings after qualifying was rained out Friday, Harvick seized the lead from polesitter Matt Kenseth on lap 24, then paced most of the remaining laps, including the last 43. In dominating, the defending...
October 9, 2015 |
ONE WEEK, it's restarts. Another week, it's an angry driver shoving a racing rival. This week, it's burnouts. There's always some drama in NASCAR, particularly at Chase time. Kevin Harvick's celebratory smokescreen burnout after he dominated at Dover International Speedway last Sunday has aroused suspicions that he purposely made contact with the interior wall and blew out his tires to make the postrace job of NASCAR inspectors more difficult. Predictably, Harvick's reaction to such criticism was "Who, me?"
July 31, 2015 |
TWENTY RACES into Kevin Harvick's first season as a defending NASCAR Sprint Cup champion and things are going as smoothly as a happy child gliding down a water slide. Harvick has two wins, eight runner-up finishes and four other top-fives in the No. 4 Chevrolet. He leads the Sprint Cup standings; No. 2 Joey Logano is 69 points behind. Harvick was thisclose to winning his second Cup race at Indianapolis Sunday, but struggled on the next-to-last restart and finished third. "I don't ever get down after a day like Indy," Harvick told the Daily News earlier this week.
November 12, 2012 |
AVONDALE, Ariz. - When the fighting stopped, the oil had dried and the last of the wrecked cars had been towed away, Brad Keselowski found himself on the brink of a first Sprint Cup title for himself and team owner Roger Penske. Only he wasn't in a celebratory mood. He entered Sunday's race at Phoenix International Raceway trailing five-time champion Jimmie Johnson by seven points and had the better car all day. And moments after Keselowski raced his way into the lead, a blown tire caused Johnson to crash and take his battered car to the garage for repairs.
February 20, 2007 |
You've just won the Daytona 500 in one of the wildest finishes in history, pocketed $1.5 million and suddenly have media outlets from New York to Los Angeles clamoring for your time. How would you celebrate? If you're Kevin Harvick, you reheat some baked ziti, sit down with your wife and watch a tape of the race. And this is one of NASCAR's supposed bad boys? A little more than 13 hours after he beat Mark Martin to the finish line by 0.02 of a second, Harvick's No. 29 Chevrolet was parked in Daytona USA. As fans ogled the yellow-and-red Monte Carlo on the ground floor of the museum/arcade just outside Daytona International Speedway, Harvick and wife DeLana joined crew chief Todd Berrier and team owner Richard Childress for a celebratory breakfast upstairs in the posh Bill France Room.
November 19, 2006 |
Matt Kenseth tuned up for today's last-ditch run at the Nextel Cup title by dominating last night's season-ending Busch Series race, which featured six Chase contestants and more than a dozen regulars from NASCAR's top circuit at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Kenseth led a race-high 91 of 200 laps but slipped to fourth due to a pit-road miscue with 30 laps remaining. He regained the point from Roush Racing teammate Carl Edwards with a little less than 17 miles remaining, then coasted home under caution on the final lap to the Ford 300 victory, his 21st career Busch win. "I had a great car, which made it a lot of fun," Kenseth said.
November 13, 2015 |
THE CHASE is providing drama on wheels at speeds up to 200 mph. Heading into Sunday's race at Phoenix, only Jeff Gordon is assured of a spot in the final four on Nov. 22 at Homestead, Fla. Gordon won the first race in the Eliminator Round. Jimmie Johnson won Sunday's second Eliminator race at Texas, but he is not eligible for the final four. Provided they have good finishes at Phoenix, Kyle Busch (second in points) and Kevin Harvick (third) are likely final four racers with Gordon.
March 22, 2012 |
Auto Club 400 Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, Calif. When: Sunday, 3 p.m. TV/Radio: Fox/WNPV (1440-AM) Race course: 2-mile oval Race distance: 200 laps/400 miles Race forecast: partly cloudy, low 60s Last year's winner: Kevin Harvick Last year's pole winner: Juan Pablo Montoya, 184.653 mph Track qualifying record: Kyle Busch, 188.245 mph (February 2005) Track facts: Kevin Harvick passed Jimmie Johnson on the final lap to win last year's race.
October 27, 2011 |
TUMS Fast Relief 500 Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville Va. When: 1:30 p.m. Sunday TV/Radio: ESPN/WNPV (1440-AM) Race course: .526-mile oval Race distance: 500 laps/263 miles Race forecast: sunny, high 50s Last year's winner: Denny Hamlin Last year's pole: Hamlin Track qualifying record: Tony Stewart (98.083 mph), October 2005 Wins: Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick, 4 each; Brad Keselowski, Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth, 3 each; Tony Stewart, Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson, 2 each; Carl Edwards, Trevor Bayne, Regan Smith, Denny Hamlin, David Ragan, Ryan Newman, Paul Menard, Marcos Ambrose, Clint Bowyer, 1 each.