Kevin Harvick: 'Daytime racecar' ended NASCAR title shot
Defeated NASCAR Cup Series title contender Kevin Harvick says his Stewart-Haas Racing Ford was a "daytime" racecar that prevented. K likes. Welcome to the Official Kevin Harvick Fan Page! Get inside access to the lives of Kevin, DeLana and Keelan Harvick. Videos. Championship 4. Kevin Harvick celebrates with fans after winning a NASCAR Cup auto race at Texas Motor Speedway, Sunday, Nov. 4, , in Fort Worth.
Despite scoring an average finish of 5. It was still the best overall finish of his career in the Sprint Cup standings.
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Had the pre-Chase points system still been in use, Harvick would have been the Sprint Cup champion for In August, it was announced that, forthe car's primary sponsor will be with Belgian brewery InBev 's Budweiser brand for 20 races. On March 27,Harvick won his 15th career Sprint Cup race at Auto Club Speedway after passing defending series champion, Jimmie Johnsonin the final turn in a finish resembling the previous race in As a joke to Harvick's words in at the same race Johnson asked Harvick in post-race ceremonies if "I can have my golden horseshoe back.
Harvick took his second consecutive win of the year at Martinsville Speedwaybeating Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Harvick then won the Coca-Cola after Earnhardt, Jr. Harvick tried to close on Hamlin but scored a second-place finish after he ran out of gas with two laps to go, leaving Hamlin the race winner. He managed to cross the finish line holding off the pack for second place.
Although winless, Harvick made the Chase through consistency. At the second stop at Phoenix, Harvick avoided chaos filled race to collect his only win of the season and the 19th of his career. In at Daytona, Harvick dodged a practice wreck in the last session of practice, and the same in the Sprint Unlimited. In his victory burnout, moments after he won his car shut down and Harvick said, "I don't care!
He also won his Budweiser Duel, and though it seemed as if he would be the first driver to sweep the Sprint Cup events at Speedweeks, he was caught up in a crash on lap 35 of the Daytona and finished 41st. Harvick won his first race of the season at the Toyota Ownerswhich ended Kyle Busch 's four-year winning streak in the spring Richmond race. At Talladega, Harvick was wiped out in the Big One on lap 43 and finished 40th.
At the Coca-ColaHarvick took the lead on the last cycle of pit stops and held off Kasey Kahne to win his 2nd In qualifying for the Hollywood CasinoHarvick had a lap speed of Harvick won his fourth race of the year at the Phoenix racetaking the lead at the white flag when Carl Edwards ran out of gas. Harvick finished the season third in points, with four wins, nine Top 5s, 21 Top 10 finishes, and one pole position.
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Championship season[ edit ] On November 9,it was reported that Harvick would drive for Stewart-Haas Racing beginning in once his longtime contract expired with Richard Childress Racing. When Harvick was later asked if this was true at the Cup race in Phoenix, he refused to give a definite answer.
He was repeatedly asked by reporters in victory lane at Phoenix and at the Championship buffet in Las Vegas, but he continued to refuse to answer. Harvick and Childress said the parting was mutual and that it was time for Harvick to move on. Stewart-Haas Racing did not confirm what sponsor or number Harvick would be given.
During the official reports it was reported, but not officially told, that Budweiser was interested in staying with Harvick. Harvick retained Budweiser as his primary sponsor for 21 races, with Jimmy John's sponsoring the remaining races for the season. As a result, Harvick started the Daytona in 38th, getting in the on a Provisional.
Harvick ran up front during the Daytonabut was caught up in a last lap crash leaving turn 4, and was scored in the 13th position. Harvick almost won the Coca-Cola for the third time in four years, but a poor pit stop with laps left cost him the race. He recovered to score a second-place finish but finished 5. Harvick won the pole, both at Michigan and Indianapolis.
His race, however, turned for the worse when he controversially made contact with Denny Hamlin while racing for the lead. During the Chase, Harvick went on to win the Bank of America at Charlotte, giving him his third win of the season. At Martinsville, with four races to go in the Chase, Harvick was one of eight drivers still in the Chase.
Halfway through the race, the field was checking up. Harvick later returned to the race but 42 laps down. Later during the race, he saw Kenseth approaching him in his mirror and purposely applied his brakes, trying to knock Kenseth's radiator out as retaliation for the earlier incident. Harvick finished 33rd, while Kenseth earned a solid 6th-place finish. Harvick told reporters that if he does not advance to the next round of the Chase, he would make sure Kenseth would not make it to the Championship round at Homestead.
This was the second time in 3-weeks that Kenseth was the center of attention, as he had physically attacked Brad Keselowski after a race at Charlotte two weeks prior to the incident with Harvick. At Texas Motor Speedway, Harvick got a second-place finish, but started controversy after instigating a fight between Jeff Gordon and Brad Keselowski on pit road immediately following the race. At Phoenix, Harvick won the race and swept both races at Phoenix, allowing him to transfer into the final round of the Chase at Homestead.
At Homestead—Miami Speedway, Harvick was consistent all day long, occasionally battling with Jeff Gordon for the lead. After a late caution, Harvick decided to pit with four tires. Rebounding after restarting outside the top 10, Harvick managed to reach the Top-5, when another caution occurred.
Harvick took the lead away from Denny Hamlin, and in the end, held off fellow championship contender Ryan Newman to win the Ford Ecoboost and the Sprint Cup Championship by one position over Newman. In the Sprint UnlimitedHarvick scored an 11th-place finish despite receiving minor damage to his car from a wreck early in the race. Harvick started the season by finishing second in the Daytona At Atlanta, he led laps but finished second to Jimmie Johnson. It was also his first win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Harvick won again the very next week for his fourth straight win at Phoenix and a record seventh win at the track overall. This brought his streak of Top 2 finishes to eight races overall. It appeared Harvick was on track to tie Richard Petty for most straight Top 2 finishes, but this streak came to an end with an eighth-place finish at Martinsville. At Texas, Harvick battled Johnson for the win numerous times during the race but was unable to catch him as he narrowly beat Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
He led 63 laps in the Quicken Loans at Michigan but suffered a flat tire. Trying to recover, Harvick's day was cut short due to the race being called on lap out of the scheduled, due to torrential rain. Harvick's teammate, Kurt Buschwho was in a backup car, won the race.
Upon returning to Pocono, his day ended quickly as he blew an engine just 20 laps into the race. He ended up in the 42nd position. He nearly won the Cheez-It at Watkins Glenbut ran out of gas on the last corner. This allowed Joey Loganowho was second at the time, to win the race. Harvick was able to cross the finish line, scoring a third-place finish.
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The first race of the Chase took place at Chicagoland. Harvick finished 42nd after getting a flat tire and spinning into the wall due to contact with Jimmie Johnson a few laps earlier on a restart. A confrontation did take place after Harvick met with Johnson and punched him in the chest. However, he ran out of gas, allowing Matt Kenseth to win. Harvick finished 21st, putting him in danger of being eliminated from the Chase.
The following week at Dover International Speedway, Harvick dominated a majority of the race to earn third win of the season, leading of laps in the process.
That win allowed Harvick to clinch a spot into the next round of the Chase, after narrowly avoiding being eliminated. In the final race of the Contender Round at Talladega, Harvick was again in a tough situation. During a green-white-checker restart, Harvick's car was unable to accelerate, which triggered a multi-car wreck. Due to the caution being displayed quickly after the leaders crossed the line, the race was considered official, and Joey Logano was declared the winner.
Denny Hamlin, who was competing with Harvick for a spot in the next round, was caught up in the wreck and was eliminated from the Chase.
Harvick managed to avoid the wreck, and finished 15th, advancing him to the next round in the Chase. Trevor Bayne, who was hit in the quarter panel by Harvick which triggered the wreck, accused him of intentionally spinning him out in order to secure a spot in the next round.
Kevin Harvick and his crew chief, Rodney Childers, claimed that they had tried to move out of the way during the restart, knowing that their engine was failing.
In the first race of the Eliminator Round, Harvick finished 8th at Martinsville. The next week at Texas, he managed to finish 3rd, despite having a faulty shifter which forced him to drive with one hand for the last several laps. In the final race before the Championship Round, at Phoenix, Harvick dominated the race, leading of laps. Unfortunately, the race did not go the distance due to rain, and at the time Dale Earnhardt Jr was the leader of the race due to the caution coming out during green flag pit stops, and he was ultimately the winner as well.
Kevin Harvick finished the race in the 2nd position, advancing him to the Championship Round at Homestead—Miami Speedway. At Homestead, Harvick came up one spot short of the championship, finishing 2nd in the race and the championship to Kyle Busch.
With 3 laps to go, Harvick was closing in on Busch but ran out of time, finishing 2nd to him by 1. Despite his second-place finish in the championship, Harvick had led the point standings for much of the regular season from the third race of the season at Las Vegas to the Federated Auto Parts at Richmond a span of 24 races.
After the latter race, he fell to fourth in the standings, allowing Johnson to take over in the top spot. He then fell to 15th 11 positions back after the Chicagoland race as Matt Kenseth took over the points lead.
After the fall Martinsville race, Harvick went back up to fourth in the standings. In the DaytonaHarvick stayed up front during a majority of the race, and would end up finishing 4th. Harvick ran exceptionally well at Atlantawhere he led laps, but faltered late in the race and finished 6th.
At Las VegasHarvick would race with the flu. Harvick would earn his first win of the season at Phoenix by beating Carl Edwards in a photo finish by a margin of 0.
The win was Harvick's eighth win at Phoenix. The very next week at FontanaHarvick would dominate the race but would ultimately come up short due to an untimely caution with 3 to go. Over the next several weeks, Harvick finished consistently in the Top His first DNF of the season would soon come at Daytonawhere he was involved in a big accident on lap He won the famed Harley J.
Earl trophy inwhen he beat Mark Martin to the Daytona finish line by. It was the closest Daytona finish since the inception of computer scoring in The race still stands as the second-closest finish in Daytona history. In the Clash at Daytona, Harvick survived an incident-filled race that saw a record eight caution periods and less than half the starting field make it to the checkered flag.
The following year, he joined Neil Bonnett, Ken Schrader and Stewart as the fourth driver in event history to win consecutive races, and he did so driving a backup car he was never able to practice, passing Greg Biffle with two laps remaining in a green-white-checkered finish.
In his win, Harvick led 40 of 75 laps, dominating the second and third segments en route to his third Clash at Daytona victory in five years. If Harvick can add his name to the Harley J. Earl trophy for a second time Feb.
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It would also put the No. SHR has two Daytona winners on its roster. You are one of them. How satisfying is it to win that race? I would not want to do it that way, but it is a race that can make your year.
Last year, we wrecked out of the Daytona but led and won the first two stages, and I think we left Daytona fourth in the points.