A father of a boy and two girls with another baby girl on the way, Kenny Habul balances being a successful business owner, race car driver and family man. While in Ohio last Thursday afternoon, the Joe Gibbs Racing driver and his family visited the Nationwide Children's Hospital (NCH) and made a $100,000 donation on behalf of everyone at his company, SunEnergy1. For more than half a century, Nationwide has partnered with NCH to provide life-saving care to children and their families. The third annual Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 at Mid-Ohio was part of the company's effort to raise awareness and more than $4 million for NCH and its wide-ranging, world-class research efforts. RELATED: Drivers form lasting bond with Patient Champions In his 11th career XFINITY Series start and second of the season, Habul qualified 15th and finished 28th. Last month, Denny Hamlin drove Habul's SunEnergy1 No. 20 Toyota Camry to New Hampshire Motor Speedway's Victory Lane.
During the restart with 7 to go, Kenny Habul gets jammed up, makes contact with Boris Said causing him to spin out and collect multiple cars behind him.
The red flag is brought out at Watkins Glen International after Kenny Habul was hit hard by Ryan Reed, causing major damage.
Kenny Habul and Carlos Contreras collide after Stanton Barrett goes off the course in the Gardner Denver 200 at Road America.
Kenny Habul hits a sign on a restart during the Johnsonville Sausage 200 Presented by Menards at Road America.
RELATED: Charlotte race results " Updated series standings CONCORD, N.C. -- At the end of the NASCAR XFINITY Series Drive for the Cure 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway , Daniel Suarez climbed out of his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota like a seasoned pro. With his feet planted on the concrete and his helmet off, he immediately found himself in the midst of a media frenzy, everyone wanting a quote or two from the Mexican-born driver. No, Suarez did not win the Charlotte race, but his fourth-place finish (best among XFINITY Series regulars) was in many ways, the equivalent of a trip to Victory Lane. Yet, Suarez remains hungry for that elusive victory. "We are getting closer," Suarez said, coated thickly in his signature accent. In his first full-time season in a NASCAR national series, Suarez has seen plenty of progress in himself. His 2015 stats are on the caliber of the veterans with a total of seven top fives, 14 top 10s and three poles. He is also leading Darrell Wallace Jr . in the race for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors in the series. The only thing missing from his resume is that coveted win. "I have great teammates with a lot of experience and they have been super helpful to me," Suarez explained. "I think that has been all the difference." In addition to Suarez, Kyle Busch , Denny Hamlin , Erik Jones , Matt Kenseth , Boris Said and Kenny Habul are among the notable drivers to spend significant seat time in JGR cars in the XFINITY Series. The 23-year-old not only credits JGR for the recipe for his success, but puts hard work into the equation as well. "I never had to work that hard to be running in the top 10, top five," Suarez said, referencing his past racing career in Mexico with great success in the NASCAR Mexico Series. "The competition is so much more difficult here. You have to work hard. A good car is not enough. You have to make the car as perfect as possible." And Suarez looks forward to take his almost "perfect" Toyota to Kansas for the second time this year for Saturday's Kansas Lottery 300 (4 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM). Suarez raced at Kansas Speedway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series back in May and earned a sixth-place result after starting 10th. "I am happy to go back to Kansas. I am happy to go back to these race tracks for the second time. (I'm) learning information, that is ... helpful. The second time is always better." The second time proved to be better at Charlotte where Suarez improved on a sixth-place result in the spring XFINITY race to last weekend's fourth-place finish. And that "better" at Kansas could possibly come in the form of a win for the rookie, who is now ranked seventh in the NASCAR XFINITY Series standings.
The No. 18 Toyota of Kyle Busch had been good all day, but with 10 laps to go in Sunday's season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway a caution came out and the hopes for a championship rested in the arms of the pit crew. It was written in our earlier assessment of the final four pit crews that the No. 18 team had been the best in the clutch in the last five years -- and they proved it again. The No. 18 came in the pits in third place and left in second. Why is that such a big deal? Because it put him on the front row racing Brad Keselowski for the lead and in clean air as opposed to being in the second row with fellow Championship 4 driver Kevin Harvick right behind him. When you get in traffic, anything can happen and Harvick could have used that traffic to try and maneuver past Busch. But by gaining the one spot on the last stop it helped Busch get on the front row and win his first championship in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. For the record, we timed that stop at 11.21 seconds. Congrats to all the No. 18 car personnel and especially the pit crew: Pit Coaches: Mike Lepp and Paul Alepa Front Changer: Josh Lesley Front Carrier: Brad Donaghy Jack Man: Jeff Fender Rear Changer: Jake Seminara Rear Carrier: Kenny Barber Gas Man: Tom Lampe For more pit crew news, visit PitTalks.com .
Get the latest results from on-track action for all three series RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live " Sign up for RaceView today SPRINT CUP SERIES PRACTICE " RESULTS There was plenty of speed to be had in Friday's Sprint Cup Series practice session from Michigan International Speedway , as the defending race winner Joey Logano topped the speed charts in the opening 80-minute session. Logano laid down a lap of 204.545 mph in his 18th and final lap of the session. Overall, 26 drivers topped the 200-mph mark. Carl Edwards was second with a speed of 204.111 mph, followed by Brian Vickers (203.920 mph), Kurt Busch (203.897 mph) and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (203.229 mph). All three Roush Fenway Racing cars were in the top 10. In addition to Edwards and Stenhouse, Greg Biffle was eighth in the session. Dale Earnhardt Jr. , a two-time winner at Michigan, was sixth in the session. Jimmie Johnson , who won in June at Michigan, reported a vibration issue on his car early in the 80-minute session and brought his car in for adjustments. After returning to the track several times, Johnson continued to feel a vibration and brought the car back into the garage. The six-time series champion finished 39th in the opening practice. Jeff Burton , who is filling in for Tony Stewart in the No. 14 Chevrolet, had some problems early on. A part failure within the rear end gear moments into practice sent Burton into the garage for repairs. He did return to practice with just less than a hour to go. About a half-hour into the session, practice had a brief caution for debris on the track, but cars returned to the track in short order. Ryan Blaney filled in the No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford for Trevor Bayne , who is at Mid-Ohio for the Nationwide Series. Blaney will be driving that car next season for the Wood Brothers. Matt Crafton filled in for Martin Truex Jr. in the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet as Truex Jr. is with his longtime girlfriend, Sherry Pollex, who is undergoing surgery on Friday after recently being diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Both Bayne and Truex Jr. are expected to be in Michigan for Sunday's Pure Michigan 400 (1 p.m. ET, ESPN). There will be two practice sessions for the Sprint Cup Series on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. ET and 11 a.m. ET. Both sessions will be televised on ESPN2. CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES PRACTICE 1 " RESULTS Kyle Busch led Friday's opening practice at Michigan International Speedway for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Career for Veterans 200. Busch topped the charts with a speed of 186.485 mph. The Sprint Cup veteran has won every Truck Series race he has entered this season with his most recent win coming at Kentucky Speedway in the UNOH 225. Sprint Cup rookie Austin Dillon was second-fastest as he rounded the track at 186.466 mph. Dillon saw Victory Lane in the most recent Truck Series race at Pocono Raceway . Darrell Wallace Jr. (186.384 mph), Johnny Sauter (185.893 mph) and Timothy Peters (185.869 mph) rounded out the top-five fastest. Truck Series points leader Ryan Blaney finished practice seventh-fastest with a top speed of 185.581 mph. It was announced this week that Blaney will pilot the No. 21 Ford part time for Wood Brothers Racing in the Sprint Cup Series next year. Blaney is currently seven points ahead of Sauter in the Truck Series standings. No. 08 Jimmy Weller brought out the first and only caution of the practice when his truck started smoking. Weller finished 20th-fastest with a speed of 179.332 mph. NATIONWIDE SERIES PRACTICE 1 " RESULTS Sam Hornish Jr. kept the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 54 Toyota in a familiar place at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course , topping the opening Nationwide Series practice with a speed of 95.245 mph. Saturday's Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 will mark Hornish's seventh start of the season for JGR. He finished third in last year's race at Mid-Ohio for Team Penske . The rest of the leaderboard was unable to break the 95 mph mark. Regan Smith was closest, with a best speed of 94.609 mph, followed by Chris Buescher . Alex Tagliani , driving the No. 22 Penske Ford, finished the hour-long session in fourth place. Brian Scott rounded out the top five. Current points leader Chase Elliott took 23 laps around the track, the most of any driver in the field, clocking a best lap at 93.602 mph for an 11th-place finish in the session. The No. 20 of Kenny Habul brought out a full-course caution after coming to a stop between Turns 8 and 9. Eleven cars had logged a lap at the time, with Brian Scott holding the fastest speed of 93.171 mph at that time. The caution lasted under five minutes. CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES PRACTICE 2 " RESULTS Kyle Busch topped Friday's final Truck Series practice for the Careers for Veterans 200 at Michigan International Speedway . Busch, who led opening practice, came in with the fastest with a speed of 186.989 mph. Joey Coulter came in as second-fastest at the Irish Hills track posting a speed of 186.587 mph. Darrell Wallace Jr. (186.509 mph), Johnny Sauter (186.080 mph) and former Michigan winner Travis Kvapil (186.032 mph) rounded out the top-five fastest of the final practice session. Tyler Young ran the most laps at 38, posting a top speed of 179.924 mph. Young came in as 21st-fastest. Camping World Truck Series Keystone Light Pole Qualifying will take place Saturday, August 16 at 9:40 a.m. ET with TV coverage on FOX Sports 1. NATIONWIDE SERIES PRACTICE 2 " RESULTS Justin Marks made a surprise appearance at the top of the final practice leaderboard, running a lap of 95.187 mph in the closing minutes of the session. Marks was tenth-fastest in the opening session. Chris Buescher followed his early speed with a lap just shy of Marks', his lap of 95.182 mph holding him in the top spot until Marks' late pace-setting lap. Sam Hornish Jr. , fastest in the earlier session, fell to the third position on the leaderboard after moving into the top spot on his first lap. His earlier speed of 95.245 mph still was the highest of both sessions. Hornish clocked a best lap of 94.798 mph in the second session. Regan Smith , who trailed Hornish earlier in the day, ran 21 laps for a fastest lap of 94.670 mph. Brendan Gaughan rounded out the top five. Points leader Chase Elliott was ninth-fastest, again clocking the most laps in the session with 35. The caution flag came out nearly an hour into practice when the No. 77 of Roger Reuse got off the course in Turns 12 and 13. A second yellow was displayed when Elliott Sadler spun, but lasted just under five minutes. The No. 11 team later reported that the engine blew, and would need to be replaced. His speed of 94.049 mph on his fourth practice lap was the 11th-best on the chart. Qualifying for the Nationwide Series Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 will take place at 9:40 a.m. on Saturday, and will be aired on ESPN2. The race is scheduled for 2:45 p.m. on Saturday, on ESPN. MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news WATCH: Latest NASCAR video PLAY: NASCAR Fantasy Live FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
MORE: Sunday's full lineup RELATED: Gordon's top 24 NASCAR moments " Full Gordon coverage HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Busy week, surrounded by a lot of friends and family, a legendary figure making the final start of his career with a shot at going out as a five-time champion. Racer. Philanthropist. Father. What's there to say about Jeff Gordon that hasn't been said? What's there to write that hasn't been written? Do a Google search for " Jeff Gordon " and the search engine generates approximately 79 million results. Tom Brady? 83.1 million. Kobe Bryant? 34.6 million. Derek Jeter? 14 million. Gordon, 44, is one of those rare athletes who have transcended their individual sport. A champion on the track? Without question. Off the track? Certainly. Television and tabloids flock to him. He purchased a second residence in New York City in part to escape the spotlight and to navigate life in between races unimpeded by the fame that followed him elsewhere. Maybe he would not carry the same clout or create the same buzz had he chosen another profession. Then again, perhaps his impact would have been even greater elsewhere. A precocious, driven youngster whose family packed up moved east from California in order to continue his development as a racer. A NASCAR premier series champion at 24. And 26. And 27. And 30. Now, at 44, is there one more title in the tank? What's there to say that hasn't been said, write that hasn't been written? WATCH: Gordon's first Homestead win The Alpha and Omega NASCAR didn't begin with Gordon, and it certainly won't end when the Hendrick Motorsports driver climbs from his No. 24 Chevrolet for the final time on Sunday evening. "Everybody's career comes to an end," Richard Petty said. "He's going out strong. I admire him for that part of it. "I wouldn't mind seeing him win the championship because he's meant so much to NASCAR over the years. They're going to miss him a whole lot from that standpoint." There is no one in the sport more qualified to speak on such matters than the man known simply as "The King." Now 78, Petty set the standard for champions on the track as well as how to conduct oneself outside the car. Icon, inaugural NASCAR Hall of Fame member, winner of 200 races and seven championships, Petty is NASCAR. The Petty family is NASCAR. Petty's father, Lee, won three titles, 54 races and was in the very first sanctioned race. He, too, is a member of the Hall of Fame. The careers of Richard Petty and Gordon are inextricably linked by a single date – Nov. 15, 1992. Petty made his 1,184th and final start in NASCAR's premier series. Gordon made his very first in the same event. Petty met privately with Gordon this weekend at Homestead to present him with one of his signature Charlie 1 Horse cowboy hats. It was a gesture of appreciation and acknowledgement of everything Gordon has accomplished. But Petty understands better than most that the sport will move forward, just as it did when he stepped out of the car that sunny day in Atlanta. "No matter who you are, you're not strong enough to carry the whole load," Petty said. "He's been a strong leader all these years, but over a period of time, the next crowd comes along and kind of fades them all out. Over a period of time, you go away whether you want to or not." RELATED: Best No. 24 paint schemes Auspicious beginning Gordon won the series' Rookie of the Year title in 1993, competing for the honor against Bobby Labonte , Kenny Wallace and P.J. Jones. Two years later, he won his first championship. It was the era of Dale Earnhardt, the six-time champion chasing Petty's mark of seven titles while blazing new trails. He was "The Intimidator." He was NASCAR. Petty, Earnhardt and then there was Gordon. No one else was as dominant -- between 1995 and '99, Gordon won 47 races. He won Daytona. He won Indy. He won the Winston Million. Had he not come along? "Someone else would have taken that spot," Mike Helton, NASCAR Vice Chairman, said. "I don't know that anybody could have filled it, though. "There's a difference. It's like if the Atlantic Ocean went dry, somebody could figure out how to get water in it, but could they fill that whole ocean? "I think we were very fortunate for Jeff to appear when he did and do what he did along the way to keep our momentum going. It certainly added to the momentum that we had going in that era. We needed a Jeff Gordon and he arose. He came into the sport ... he could have chosen open-wheel racing ... and he would have been massively successful." Why was it Gordon? Why not someone else who stepped up and helped carry the sport forward, who resonated with fans and sponsors? Helton doesn't know. "I know growing up there was a reason I became a big fan of John Wayne. And there were a lot of cowboys on television," he said. "I just think that speaks to Jeff's inclusiveness, and his capabilities extended beyond just being a very successful athlete as a race car driver." There have been issues from time to time, but nothing major, according to Helton, who added, "Of course we've had conversations in which he'd had to write checks afterward." Earnhardt's death in 2001, in the season-opening Daytona 500 , turned the sport upside down. Gordon was one of the few who could help stabilize it in an uncertain time. "I think the whole industry looked at Jeff to take Dale Earnhardt Sr.'s place when we lost Dale," said Helton. "The garage area needed a voice like we've had historically, whether it was Richard Petty or Darrell Waltrip, Dale Sr. ... He got pressure from the industry inside the garage to be that voice. "When that came, along with the championships that preceded that, he understood the need for a league or sanctioning body in order for the athlete to be successful. But he also had a good soapbox to stand on saying 'Look, we need our voice to be heard too.' And I think the respect worked both ways." RELATED: NASCAR Nation honors Gordon with #24ever 'Iron Man' of NASCAR Consecutive starts: 796. It's one more impressive record in Jeff Gordon 's body of work. He's never missed a start, and passed Ricky Rudd for the consecutive starts record earlier this year. Now, only one remains, one final attempt, one final opportunity. Because of the format for NASCAR's championship-determining Chase, Gordon doesn't have to win Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400 . He has to finish ahead of only three challengers -- Kevin Harvick ( Stewart-Haas Racing ), Kyle Busch ( Joe Gibbs Racing ) and Martin Truex Jr . ( Furniture Row Racing ) to capture the title. He'll go out a winner regardless of where he finishes. Whether or not he goes out a champion has yet to be determined. Capturing the inaugural Brickyard 400 in '94 has always stood out as his most memorable moment. Until a recent Martinsville victory put him in the Championship 4 here at Homestead-Miami Speedway . The '98 season when he won 13 races, the fourth title in '01 with crew chief Robby Loomis after the departure of mentor Ray Evernham and the '95 crown that was won when he "was going against Earnhardt; that was huge," Gordon said earlier this week. The finality of the moment, though, carries much weight. "My final year, my final race, (wife) Ingrid and the kids," Gordon said. "Kids motivate you in a whole new way, and no matter what we're going to go out and be happy and celebrate. "But to do it as a champion, oh, my gosh, I just can't imagine anything that would be more emotional and more exciting and more gratifying than to look at my wife in the eyes and see that reaction from her when that race is over if we win it." MORE: Drivers offer favorite Gordon memories
Going into the final race of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup , members of the NASCAR.com editorial team make predictions for who will win the 2015 Sprint Cup Series championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway ( Ford EcoBoost 400 3 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM). Zack Albert Jeff Gordon : One last dose of No. 24 magic? With Hendrick Motorsports devoting all possible resources to sending the legendary driver off in championship style, Gordon is not only a sentimental pick, but a well-reasoned one for a fifth title in his career finale. Holly Cain Jeff Gordon : While Gordon would be the overwhelming sentimental pick, this is one of the toughest championship battles to decide. All four drivers have hugely emotional backstories. These four make this one of toughest title picks ever so I'll take the sentimental option and go Gordon. Kenny Bruce Jeff Gordon : Sure it would be a great story, but Gordon's shown the speed here this weekend to make contending for the championship more than just a fantasy. Pat DeCola Kevin Harvick : Miami is Harvick' s race (and title) to lose. With seven straight top-10 finishes at the track we know he's going to be at the front of the pack -- and, more importantly, in front of Kyle Busch , Jeff Gordon and Martin Truex Jr . RJ Kraft Martin Truex Jr .: The clock will not strike midnight on this Cinderella story. The 78 team has been strong at intermediate tracks all year and Homestead is statistically Truex's best track. The single-car Furniture Row Racing team and Truex will have a crowning moment on Sunday. George Winkler Jeff Gordon : This is one of those times when you don't look at the stats and you pick with your gut. After all, who wants to be the guy who goes against Gordon and watches sadly as the legend walks off into the sunset with his fifth career Sprint Cup Series championship? Don't be that guy. Taylor Starer Kevin Harvick : My heart is telling me to choose Jeff Gordon as the 2015 Sprint Cup Series champion, but my head is telling me Harvick. The reigning champ is comfortable heading into the final race of the season and has proven to be as cool as a cucumber under Chase pressure. Brad Norman Martin Truex Jr .: The spotlight (rightfully) is on Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick , but Truex loves Miami and he’s been sneaky fast on intermediates all year. I predict he gets a break -- broken part for a competitor? slow late pit stop? -- and stealthily assumes the lead, then powers his way to a victory … and a championship. Jessica Ruffin Jeff Gordon : While his cars may not have possessed the speed of Kevin Harvick 's or reached Victory Lane as many times as Kyle Busch this season, Gordon has one major component on his side; momentum. The four-time champion will close out his career with a bang on Sunday with a fifth and final championship. Kathy Sheldon Kyle Busch : Pressure and equipment will be the two biggest factors on Sunday, but sheer will is right up there. Kyle Busch has seen his career flash before his eyes this year; race pressure pales in comparison. He fought hard to get back in the car, in Victory Lane and now in the Chase Championship 4. And Joe Gibbs Racing cars still have plenty of power. Maggie MacKenzie Kevin Harvick : Harvick is thirsty to defend his championship title and with an impressive 12 top 10s in 14 starts at Homestead-Miami Speedway , the wheelman for the No. 4 races hard here. The Stewart-Haas Racing driver is also coming off a run with back-to-back top-three results at Texas and Phoenix so despite having the worst qualifying seed out of the Championship 4, "Happy" will find a way to get out front -- and stay there.