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The Jimmie Johnson Foundation awarded more than $550,000 in educational grants to a dozen schools in three states.
In the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase Jimmie Johnson won his 3rd consecutive Texas Chase race and Dale Earnhardt Jr. earned his first grandfather clock at Martinsville Speedway, both victories earned a spot in the Top 10 Chase moments.
Tune in: Ford EcoBoost 400, 3 p.m. ET Sunday on ESPN RELATED: Follow your picks in the Chase Battle Grid Presented by Toyota Sprint Cup Series Practice 2 " Results Kevin Harvick continued to produce faster times around Homestead-Miami Speedway than the other three NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship contenders on Saturday. In fact, Harvick was faster than everyone else, too, in the day's first session at the 1.5-mile track. In the No. 4 Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing, Harvick posted a best speed of 175.069 mph in the first of two scheduled 50-minute sessions. That was better than Denny Hamlin (fifth, 173.969 mph), Joey Logano (sixth, 173.589 mph) and Ryan Newman (12th, 172.712 mph). Newman had trouble that extended beyond being the slowest of the group, too. He came to his pit stall so his crew could look at his No. 31 after radioing in that "something broke." FOX Sports 1's Wendy Venturini reported that the team fixed the busted bead blower on his right front tire, but damage to the splitter would require the crew to replace it between practice sessions. Following Harvick, and rounding out the top-five fastest of the session, were Jeff Gordon in second (175.029 mph), followed by Brad Keselowski (174.498 mph), Jimmie Johnson (174.222 mph) and Hamlin. Gordon won the Coors Light Pole Award on Friday night. Earlier this weekend, Harvick led the other three title contenders in Friday's opening practice, then qualified best among the group Friday night. His No. 4 Chevrolet will line up fifth in Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400 (3 p.m. ET, ESPN). Hamlin will start the race eighth, with Logano in ninth. Newman qualified 21st. Saturday's opening practice session -- the second of the weekend -- was delayed early on when the No. 33 of Brian Scott dropped fluid on the track. Sprint Cup Series Practice 3 " Get results Jimmie Johnson led the final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice of the season Saturday, a 50-minute session at Homestead-Miami Speedway in which the four drivers in contention for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship all finished inside the top 15. Johnson's speed of 175.200 mph in his No. 48 Chevrolet paced all cars, and "Six-Time" was the only driver to top the 175-mph mark. He led teammate Kasey Kahne , who logged a spot of 174.820 mph. Kurt Busch, AJ Allmendinger and Matt Kenseth rounded out the top five. Joey Logano finished seventh (173.127 mph), just ahead of fellow championship hopeful Kevin Harvick (173.099 mph). It was the only time all weekend there was on-track activity in which Harvick was not the fastest of the Chase cars. He topped the other three drivers (and finished second overall) in Friday's opening practice, qualified fifth for Sunday's race and set the pace in Saturday's first practice. Ryan Newman, whose team planned to swap his splitter in between practice sessions, finished 12th -- matching his placement from the day's first practice -- at 172.806 mph. Denny Hamlin was 13th at 172.756 mph. There was a brief caution period when Kyle Larson spun in Turn 4 coming to pit road. The Ford EcoBoost 400 is scheduled for Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation
Wins third straight November race at Texas as Chasers fight RELATED: Follow your picks in the Chase Battle Grid Presented by Toyota MORE: Full results from Texas FORT WORTH, Texas -- It happens every fall, at least in recent years. Jimmie Johnson won the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway for the third straight year, holding off runner-up Kevin Harvick and third-place Brad Keselowski after Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 went to two overtimes. The action in the second race of the Chase’s Eliminator Round was scintillating enough, but it couldn’t match the intensity of a post-race brawl on pit road that left Keselowski and Jeff Gordon bruised and bloodied. Johnson , who was eliminated from the Chase two weeks ago at Talladega, led the field to the green flag on Lap 340, the second attempt at a green-white-checkered-flag finish, with Keselowski to his outside. As both drivers rolled through the first two corners wide open, Johnson inched ahead, ultimately clearing Keselowski’s Ford and pulling away. Harvick passed Keselowski for second place but couldn’t catch Johnson ’s No. 48 Chevrolet, which crossed the finish line .513 seconds ahead of Harvick’s No. 4 car. But it was the first attempt at a green-white-checkered finish that caused all the controversy and helped to scramble the Chase standings with only next Sunday’s event at Phoenix International Raceway (3 p.m. ET on ESPN) left to determine which four drivers race for the series championship Nov. 16 at Homestead-Miami Speedway . Gordon was the race leader at the time and picked the outside lane for a restart on Lap 335 with Johnson to his inside. Keselowski restarted third and tried to split the two Hendrick Motorsports drivers—in what Harvick would later call “bulldoze mode”—and ran out of room. Contact from Keselowski’s car cut Gordon’s left rear tire, causing Gordon to spin on the backstretch, which in turn brought out the record 13th caution of the race. Gordon finished 29th and dropped from first to fourth in the Chase standings, just one point clear of 25th-place finisher and Coors Light Polesitter Matt Kenseth in fifth. “We drove down into Turn 1, and he just decided to body-slam us and cut our left-rear tire,” an irate Gordon said after wading through a mass of crewmen to get to Keselowski. “It ruined our night. It ruined our chances, ruined our night, might have even ruined our Chase hopes. “It’s just uncalled for. I had to show my displeasure. It got ugly down there, obviously, and you know that’s all right. A lot of things are going to happen in the next couple of weeks.” If Gordon had issues with the way Keselowski raced him, the driver of the No. 2 Team Penske Ford was unapologetic. “I'm not trying to dish out something that I couldn't take myself,” Keselowski said. “But these guys have their own code, and they race differently than that. That's their right. We'll go through these battles. I've gone through them before and come out stronger. I'll go through them again and come out stronger, a better race car driver. “But what I'm not going to do is back down. I'm not going to get in the spot where I was in 2013 where, you know, I tried to be exactly what they all wanted me to be, because what they want me to be is a loser, and I'm not here to lose. I'm here to win. That means I'm going to have to drive my car, harder, stronger, faster than everybody out there. That's what I feel like I did today.” In Victory Lane, savoring his fourth win of the season, his record fourth victory at Texas and the 70th of his career, Johnson could only shake his head at the unplanned fireworks after the race. “I saw a little bit on the big screen going down the back straightaway,” said Johnson . “I would definitely have to go to the tape and watch and see what happened there. I know that second-to-last restart, I got hit from behind and I know Brad got to my outside, and I guess in the process of running into me and getting to the outside lane he ruffled some feathers. “Just an exciting night for us. We had a very fast race car, led a lot of laps (191 of 341). Those cautions at the end, one restart would help me, the other would hurt me—and in the end we got it done.” The wild action at Texas, which saw 12 of the 13 cautions occur after the halfway point, left the Chase wide open, with all eight eligible drivers within an 18-point range. Joey Logano recovered from a spin to finish 12th and shares the Chase lead with Denny Hamlin , who ran 10th. Ryan Newman is third in points, two behind Logano and Hamlin, after a 15th-place finish that could have been better, but for a tire rub resulting from contact on a late restart. Gordon is fourth, 12 out of the lead and one point ahead of Kenseth and Carl Edwards , who rallied from two laps down, avoided the bumping and banging on the track and finished an unlikely ninth. Keselowski heads to Phoenix seventh in the standings, 17 points out of first place and one point ahead of Harvick in eighth. With at least three of the four championship-eligible positions in the final race to be determined on points, none of the eight drivers goes to Phoenix with any degree of security. Notes: Kyle Busch ’s bid for a Texas weekend sweep of NASCAR’s top three series fizzled early. The winner of Friday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race and Saturday’s Nationwide Series event was lapped by Johnson on Lap 125, but he recovered to finish fourth. … Kenseth became the all-time lap leader at Texas Motor Speedway during the opening run, leading the first 53 laps and 59 all told to bring his career total at Texas to 834, surpassing Tony Stewart ’s 801. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation
Jimmie Johnson talks about the possibility of life without Chad Knaus as his crew chief. Knaus has been Johnson ’s crew chief for over a decade.
Jimmie Johnson celebrates his fourth win of 2014 after holding off multiple Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers at Texas Motor Speedway.
Eighth-place finisher at Richmond spent over an hour in infield care center RELATED: Play Perfect Chase Grid Challenge for chance at $100,000 prize RICHMOND, Va. -- Six-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson took five liters of intravenous fluid after a hot Saturday night of racing at Richmond International Raceway , spending more than an hour in the infield care center with a case of severe dehydration. Johnson exited the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet under his own power after his eighth-place finish in the Federated Auto Parts 400, but slumped against the car before resting on his back on pit road. He stood again, complaining of cramping and dizziness, but leaned against the car until crew members assisted him to a medical cart. Johnson arrived at the care center at 10:45 p.m. ET and was treated and released shortly after midnight. After his stay, he said the bout with illness came on as a surprise. "Yeah, there is something that went wrong today," Johnson said in his brief remarks. "It could have been my own nutrition plan. I felt like I came in plenty hydrated. We will have to make sure that all the fans and stuff were working in the car. I was warm at the midway point and didn't feel like my helmet fan was working. That could definitely cause an issue." Fellow Hendrick driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. , parked behind him for post-race interviews, saw Johnson in poor health and went to assist him. After Johnson exited the medical facility, Earnhardt stopped by to jokingly offer his teammate some chocolate milk. "He needs to go get some fluids," Earnhardt said in an earlier post-race interview. "It was super-hot tonight. I thought I might have some trouble with it because I had a sinus cold all week. … He is the most fit guy in this series and he must have something going on -- something that didn't agree with him today that he ate or drank. He's always really prepared and invests a lot into being hydrated properly and having all the right things in his body to go racing. I’m a little worried about that. I'm sure he'll be fine in 20 or 30 minutes when they get some fluids in him." Johnson , a three-time winner this year and among the highest seeds in the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs, was scheduled to compete in the Lake Davidson Sprint Triathlon on Sunday morning in North Carolina for the last of four legs in the Jimmie Johnson Foundation's Wellness Challenge. While he said he plans to attend, he has ruled out participating. The next task at hand will be resting up for the first round of the Chase, which comes Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway , the first of 10 battles in Johnson's quest for a record-tying seventh title in NASCAR's premier series. But first, Johnson said he'll investigate what went wrong in the regular-season finale. "I haven't been sick," Johnson said. "I had a light week of training as well because I had planned on competing in my triathlon tomorrow morning. Well-rested, nutrition and all that was there. It is really bizarre that I got hit as hard as I did tonight with dehydration. I will have to dig in and see what happened." MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: NASCAR Chase Grid games WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation
Six-time champion gets spun, wrecks at Kansas RELATED: Dale Earnhardt Jr. also hit hard in separate incident MORE: Follow your picks in the Perfect Chase Grid Challenge for chance at $100,000 prize KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Jimmie Johnson was aware of the danger of starting deep in the field here at Kansas Speedway . When the six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion was gathered up in a Lap 84 wreck less than halfway through the Hollywood Casino 400 , that danger quickly became a reality. "Definitely disappointing but not much I can do about it," the Hendrick Motorsports driver said after exiting the infield care center. "If I can put any blame anywhere, it would be on our qualifying effort on Friday. If you're going to be in the back, you're putting yourself in harm's way and today's proof of that." Johnson would finish in 40th place, 87 laps down. Johnson , whose 24 wins in Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup races leads the series, spun his No. 48 Chevrolet in qualifying here at 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway and started the race from the 32nd position. It was his worst starting spot since also qualifying 32nd for the season-opening Daytona 500 . After pitting for adjustments during the second caution of the day, contact from Greg Biffle sent Johnson's car into the wall. Justin Allgaier and Josh Wise were also collected in the incident. "Just got tagged in the left rear," Johnson said. "I heard it was the 16 (of Biffle), but I haven't seen the video or anything yet. I was cruising along the top (groove), everything was fine and I felt myself sideways down the back straightaway." His crew quickly began repairing Johnson's car to allow him to return to the race. What can't be repaired as easily will be the points hit the defending series champion will likely take. Winless in the first three Chase races, Johnson had hoped to be much more competitive to start the Contender Round (Kansas and Charlotte) to ease the concerns about heading to Talladega Superspeedway needing a strong finish to advance. That likely is no longer the case. "It just means we've got to be on our game at Charlotte and Talladega," he said. "And there's still a lot of racing left. This stuff can happen so we'll see how the other Chasers fare. "If I can get taken out today, somebody else can later in this event or at Charlotte, so we'll do our best to get back on track and then certainly need (wins), I would assume, moving forward." MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation