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Alan Cavanna recaps the Goodyear tire test at Darlington Raceway .
Matt Kenseth claims 3rd win of the season at Darlington Raceway .
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From moving to SHR to hoisting the 2014 Sprint Cup trophy above his head Nov. 16: Harvick wins Sprint Cup championship In his first season with Stewart-Haas Racing, Harvick delivered a title and he did it in the fashion that became expected of the No. 4 team: smart pit decisions, pure speed and a whole lot of talent behind the wheel. " Read more Nov. 9: Harvick wins at Phoenix, clinches spot in championship race In what was possibly one the most crucial races of the 2014 season, Harvick proved that he knew how to dominate the desert track and wrote his ticket to the final four round of the Chase. " Read more Nov. 2: Post-race brawl between Keselowski, Gordon and Harvick Although Harvick wasn't the one throwing punches in the massive brawl at Texas Motor Speedway , he did spark it with a slight shove to Keselowski. Relive the dramatic ending to the Eliminator Round of the Chase as emotions get the most of drivers. " Read more Oct. 26: Harvick: Kenseth 'won't win this championship' Either Harvick can see the future or he was just that confident in his driving. After contact with Matt Kenseth at Martinsville sent the No. 4 to the garage and in a must-win situation at Phoenix two weeks later, Harvick spoke up about his feelings for the No. 20 JGR driver. " Read more Oct. 11: Harvick wins Charlotte night race with restart After six winless months, Harvick's Charlotte win secured him a spot in the Eliminator Round of the Chase and proved to the rest of the field that he's a force to be reckoned with. " Read more Sept. 9: Harvick, Stewart swap pit crews Although Harvick had speed on the track, it was his pit crew that needed some work. Just before the first race of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, SHR announced that the No. 4 and No. 14 crews were going to switch. " Read more April 12: Harvick wins thrilling Southern 500 at Darlington Harvick passed Dale Earnhardt Jr . on the next-to-last lap of the second attempt at a green-white-checkered flag finish of the Southern 500 to become the first two-time winner of the season. " Read more March 2: Kevin Harvick dominates in Phoenix win Harvick has a positive track record at Phoenix International Raceway , but this win was extra special to the No. 4 SHR driver, as it was his first with his new race team. " Read more Feb. 3: Championship the lone goal for Kevin Harvick at SHR Harvick makes it clear that the reason he left RCR for SHR was to win a championship -- the 2014 Sprint Cup Series champion goes into detail how his transition from team-to-team confirmed his decision to move. " Read more Dec. 11, 2013: Harvick, Newman pace configuration 1 test Fresh into the offseason, Harvick shows what kind of power the No. 4 has at a configuration test at Charlotte Motor Speedway and gives other drivers a hint at what's to come in 2014. " Read more July 12, 2013: Harvick to run SHR No. 4; no ride for Newman After 13 years with Richard Childress Racing, it was announced that Kevin Harvick would join Stewart-Haas Racing in 2014 and his sponsor, Budweiser, would make the move with him. " Read more MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
In addition to Elliott, Smith will also have new crew chief in 2015 DORAL, Fla. -- JR Motorsports just completed its most successful season, with drivers Chase Elliott and Regan Smith finishing 1-2 in the NASCAR Nationwide Series . But changes are ahead for the 10-year-old organization founded by Sprint Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr ., and capably run by Kelley Earnhardt Miller, co-owner of the team as well as the vice president and business manager of the organization. Ryan Pemberton, who as served in the dual role of competition director and crew chief for the No. 7 Chevrolet team fielded for Smith, will return to the singular role of competition director. Greg Ives, who guided Elliott and the No. 9 team to the championship, is moving to Hendrick Motorsports to replace Steve Letarte atop the pit box for Earnhardt in the Sprint Cup Series. Ives will be replaced by Ernie Cope, a veteran crew chief that has overseen the third team, the No. 5, at JRM that has featured several drivers, including Earnhardt Jr., Kasey Kahne and 2014 Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick , behind the wheel. That leaves a need for a crew chief for Smith as well someone for the No. 5 entry (which will be the No. 88 entry next season in the XFINITY Series), something Earnhardt said has been addressed and will be announced likely as soon as week's end. "Ryan has been the competition director (at JRM) for years," Earnhardt said Monday evening. "He sort of did me a (favor) last year by dropping down and filling a hole for us when Greg moved over to Chase. "This is something we've been working on for several months. He's going back to competition director (only) role. I think he's got a lot of strengths to be able to fill the role a little better without having to be a crew chief at the same time. It's been a distraction for him. I need him in the competition director's role and that's where he wants to be. "We're bringing in someone for the No. 5; we've moved Ernie over to the No. 9, and going to bring a new guy for the No. 7 (of Smith)." Elliott, the talented 18-year-old from Dawsonville, Georgia, captured the series championship as well as Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors, accomplishments for which he was recognized here Monday evening during the annual Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series awards ceremony. He was also named the series' most popular driver. The son of 1988 NASCAR premier series champion Bill Elliott , the younger Elliott won three times, scoring his first series win at Texas Motor Speedway in April and following that up with a win a week later at Darlington Raceway . He also won at Chicago and ended the season with 16 top-five and 26 top-10 finishes. Smith, third in points in 2013, won the season-opener at Daytona International Speedway and also finished the season with 26 top-10 results for a career-best points finish. "To ask (Pemberton) to do two jobs is a lot to ask of anybody at this level," said Smith. "We're going to make some adjustments there and carry on into 2015." Otherwise, he said, his No. 7 group should have few changes in personnel for ’15. "You know some people move during the offseason and decide they want to do some different things or something like that," Smith said, "but what I know as of right now it should look very similar." MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Alfalla had much to celebrate after a much-needed win at Darlington .
From his first national series start to becoming the youngest national series champion Nov. 8: Elliott youngest to win national series title After three wins and numerous top-five and top-10 finishes in his rookie season, Chase Elliott earned the distinction of being the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series champion by clinching the title at Phoenix International Raceway . " Read more Nov. 1: Championship gets closer to Elliott's grasp Just one race before clinching the NASCAR Nationwide Series title at Phoenix, Elliott increased his points lead over Regan Smith to 48. Although it wasn't a win, it put the opportunity of earning a championship within reach. " Read more Sept. 27: Elliott keeps cool, overcomes Dover adversity Despite struggling at Dover after making contact with the wall and running into the back of another driver, Elliott rallied and emerged from the race with an expanded lead in the standings. " Read more Sept. 4: Breakout was rooted in Richmond Without NAPA pulling sponsorship from Michael Waltrip Racing in 2013, Elliott might not have raced in 2014. NASCAR.com's Brad Norman tells the story of how Elliott landed a spot in the No. 9. " Read more Aug. 18: Ernie Cope to be Elliott's crew chief in 2015 With Elliott's current crew chief Greg Ives moving to Dale Earnhardt Jr .'s pit box in 2015, JR Motorsports announced who will take over the championship team. " Read more July 31: Earnhardt: Hendrick has 'great plan' for Elliott JR Motorsports owner Dale Earnhardt Jr . discussed long-term goals for Chase Elliott and his NASCAR career. " Read more July 30: Greg Ives named Junior's 2015 crew chief Hendrick Motorsports announced that Elliott's crew chief will take over Dale Earnhardt Jr .'s pit box in 2015 -- leaving many to wonder who would fill the shoes of the No. 9 team's pit boss. " Read more July 19: Elliott wins at Chicagoland, moves in points lead Elliott's third win of 2014 vaulted him from third to the top of the Nationwide Series points standings, holding just a seven-point lead over teammate Regan Smith . " Read more May 17: Elliott: From graduation to his full-time job Graduation cap and gown by day, NAPA fire suit by night. Elliott graduated high school and made it to the track just in time for qualifying at Iowa Speedway . " Read more April 11: Elliott wins Nationwide Series race at Darlington Elliott spent his prom night just like he always imagined -- in Victory Lane at Darlington . Recap the rookie's memorable second win of 2014. " Read more April 4: First Nationwide win a coming-of-age moment With Elliott's first win of his Nationwide Series career, he claimed the points lead. Read what JR Motorsports owner Dale Earnhardt Jr . said about his rookie's first victory. " Read more Jan. 6: Dale Jr. tabs Elliott for No. 9 JRM ride With just one victory in the Truck Series, Elliott caught the eye of Dale Earnhardt Jr . like he had with Rick Hendrick, and his full-time deal with JR Motorsports and NAPA was announced. " Read more Sept. 1, 2013: Elliott spins Ty Dillon , gets first Truck win It wasn't pretty, but it got the job done. Elliott's first and only Truck Series victory came at the cost of Ty Dillon 's run. Recap how the now Nationwide Series champ dared to get to Victory Lane. " Read more March 11, 2013: Sun rising over bright future The son of Hall of Famer Bill Elliott was determined to make a name for himself in NASCAR -- and he started that journey when he made his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at Martinsville in 2013 " Read more MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
NASCAR Next graduate sets new standards in 2014 MORE: Full race results " Look back at Chase's Sunoco Rookie Report " JR Motorsports championship fast facts AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Proving that stock-car racing talent hasn't skipped a generation, 18-year-old Chase Elliott continued a family tradition Saturday afternoon at Phoenix International Raceway , becoming the youngest champion in NASCAR national series history. Elliott, son of 2015 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Bill Elliott , entered Saturday's DAV 200 - Honoring America's Veterans needing only to lose none of his 48-point lead over JR Motorsports teammate Regan Smith . He did, finishing fifth to sew up his Nationwide Series title pursuit with one race remaining. "Are you kidding me?! Yes!" Elliott said over his in-car radio at the checkered flag before running through a list of thank-yous. "You know what they say," his radio crackled back, "you can chase Elliott, but you can't catch him." The siren at the Dawsonville Pool Room -- nearly 2,000 miles east in the Elliotts' Georgia hometown -- sounded loud and proud after the teenager's latest accomplishment, just as it frequently did in his father's heyday. Saturday, the shrill signal celebrated the teenager's impressive body of work throughout 2014, with the Dawsonville institution tweeting, "Call the fire department we might let the "Si-REEN" blare until she catches on fire!!!" and then providing proof. Sorry for the video delay, we are so happy here in Dawsonville we almost forgot to upload it! #di9 http://t.co/LBjiWPlhXK — Dawsonville PoolRoom (@DawsonPoolRoom) November 8, 2014 — Dawsonville PoolRoom (@DawsonPoolRoom) November 8, 2014 Elliott became the first rookie to wear the Nationwide Series crown since the circuit's infancy, landing the first championship for his JRM team -- co-owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr . -- in the process. He also became the first product of the NASCAR Next youth initiative to claim a season-long title at the national series level. And he also followed his father's footsteps to become part of just the fifth father-son duo to claim a NASCAR national series title. "This certainly has not set in for me, and I don't know when it's going to," Elliott said. "I want to enjoy every bit of it. I'm going to enjoy it all the way till the green flag at Daytona because this is just such a cool honor to have. To be able to come and drive the race cars I've been able to this season, and to be able to do this every week, this is a dream come true. I get to go race cars on the weekend; it doesn't get much better than that." The elder Elliott's list of stock-car achievements has few peers with multiple Daytona 500 victories and the Cup championship in 1988. Saturday, though, was a special moment of a different sort for the proud pop. "I think this is above everything. I'm serious," Bill Elliott said. "I think this is above everything that I've accomplished because that's kind of in the past, and this is him living for his future. He's a good kid, he's done a great job and he's kind of got the world by the tail. He's got to keep his head screwed on straight and headed in the right direction, but I feel like he can do that." Elliott broke through for his first NASCAR national series victory last season at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park during his partial schedule in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. His progress in trucks and other forms of stock-car racing was enough to attract the attention of Earnhardt, who tapped Elliott in January for a full-time ride with his Nationwide Series team. In making the jump, Elliott's car bore the No. 9 that his father made famous, scoring 38 of his 44 career victories in NASCAR's premier series with the car number. NAPA, making its return to NASCAR after departing the Michael Waltrip Racing team weeks earlier, signed on as a full-time sponsor. Though he currently drives for JRM, he remains under contract through the team's association with Rick Hendrick and his Hendrick Motorsports operation -- Earnhardt's team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The 65-year-old car owner, whose eye for budding young racers is credited with developing the championship-caliber careers of Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson , said he noticed Elliott's poise and maturity early on. "He is so mature beyond his years, how he can be fast but not wreck the car," said team partner Rick Hendrick. "It's just unbelievable how talented he is, but how smart he is. I think he's got the whole package and that's what impressed me from the very beginning." While Bill Elliott 's career began as a Ford loyalist, Chase Elliott 's big break came in Chevrolets. Success came early, in just his sixth Nationwide race at Texas Motor Speedway in April. Elliott passed Kevin Harvick with 16 laps to go and led five Sprint Cup regulars -- including Earnhardt -- to take the checkered flag. The following week, he was back in Victory Lane at Darlington Raceway , the treacherous South Carolina track where his father captured the Winston Million triple crown bonus in 1985. Though a crash at Charlotte Motor Speedway at May knocked him out of the lead in standings, he snatched the top spot back with a win in July at Chicagoland Speedway and never relinquished his perch. The Nationwide Series season wraps up next weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway with Saturday's Ford EcoBoost 300 (4:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2). After a historic Saturday in the desert, Elliott's race will serve as a 300-mile victory lap. Elliott's coronation had just one moment of uncertainty. The rookie-turned-champ had been fast all day, but when it came to doing a post-race burnout, he paused. "Do I go burn 'em down right now?" Elliott said. "Is that acceptable?" Spotter Earl Barban passed the buck over the radio: "You'll have to ask your crew chief." The affirmative reply came from Greg Ives, "Do what you need to do." Elliott complied like a kid at heart, but one accomplished beyond his years. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule