Jamie Dick and Kevin Lepage make contact early
Jamie Dick and Kevin Lepage wreck early at Richmond International Raceway causing serious damage to their cars.
Lepage brings out early caution
Kevin Lepage takes a hard hit early in ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway.
Tweets to the winner: Kevin Harvick at Kansas
When the checkered flag flew Sunday at Kansas, Kevin Harvick rebounded from a disastrous race last week at Charlotte to lock himself in the Round of 8 and further advance himself in the Chase. Fans of Harvick are excited to see their driver race for title number two, inching a step closer to the the Championship 4 race at Homestead (or Phoenix, the second-to-last race, depending on who you ask). @KevinHarvick great job driver can't wait to see you drive for the championship in Phoenix — Larry Roberts (@BakoEMT47) October 16, 2016 Harvick's been on fire this season, but not enough to wrap up the title in the Round of 8, no matter how much fans show up to pull for their driver. @KevinHarvick here to toot you on #4thewin pic.twitter.com/LSJpf2WkXe — Shawn Belt (@ShawnBelt) October 16, 2016 Prior to the Chase’s start, Harvick tweeted a GIF of a raging bull to illustrate his attitude toward the 2016 championship battle, earning himself the nickname "The Bull." As I was reminded after the race, "The Bull" is just one of many, many nicknames Harvick's earned in his career. @KevinHarvick Happy Harvick's new name is "The Bull"! Congratulations Kevin !! — Jeff Morris (@Jeffmorrissings) October 16, 2016 @KevinHarvick @DeLanaHarvick Go Happy!!! #TheChase — Donna K. (@DonnaK93) October 16, 2016 @KevinHarvick = closer. — Tim S. (@spottertim) October 16, 2016 Mr where did he come from! Sweet!!! @Milfy_B @KevinHarvick @DeLanaHarvick — Jeanette Giffey (@Netters08) October 16, 2016 @KevinHarvick great win!!! El Toro!!! — TraciDenise (@tracidenise29) October 16, 2016 @KevinHarvick great job mr pressure man.. — Jay Cremeans (@jaysflrv) October 16, 2016 @KevinHarvick nickname is not happy anymore. It's 'Mr. Clutch' hell of a job today! @DeLanaHarvick @RodneyChilders4 @StewartHaasRcng — 'Mr Clutch' Frame (@Scottframe28) October 17, 2016 @KevinHarvick The Eliminator — TheILF (@_Terry_Bull_) October 16, 2016 @DeLanaHarvick congratulations Pops . Go win it all #4 — Lorri Jackson (@Laj2J) October 16, 2016 Never count out Cactus King. RT if you agree.! I say! #4TheWin — KH4 (@kh4) October 17, 2016 @KevinHarvick Congrats, WildMan... — G Cornelius (@gcorn_4theWin) October 16, 2016 @KevinHarvick @RodneyChilders4 @StewartHaasRcng WAY TO ROLL "HARV" That's what we know #4team can do!! #congrats to all #4 team❗️ — Chrissie Leeson (@ChrissieLeeson) October 16, 2016 That’s Kevin "The Bull" "Happy" "The Closer" "Mr. Where Did He Come From" "El Toro" "Mr. Pressure Man" "Mr. Clutch" "The Eliminator" "Pops" "Cactus King" "WildMan" "Harv" Harvick, if you're planning on a No. 4 tattoo to celebrate the big win at Kansas. Maybe leave some space for more nicknames, just in case. @KevinHarvick 's truly a great driver. Ta hell w goofy nicknames he's talented/competitive driver. Congrats @StewartHaasRcng #HC400 #TheChase — GraydonBunn (@GraydonJessica) October 16, 2016
Best drivers of the No. 16 Sprint Cup car
The No. 16 car that Greg Biffle now drives for Roush Fenway Racing has a storied history with several current and future NASCAR Hall of Fame members among its pilots -- here's look at some of those drivers in that number, on 1/6/16. In addition to Biffle, some of the best drivers who have wheeled the No. 16 are Bobby Allison, David Pearson, Fireball Roberts, Rusty Wallace, Joe Weatherly and Glen Wood. Several more have driven the 16, including Wally Dallenbach Jr., Ted Musgrave, and Kevin Lepage , who were among the first to drive the car for Roush Racing, debuting it for the team in 1992. More than 80 drivers have been behind the wheel of the No. 16 for at least one race. Vote in our poll for the best of the bunch.
Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano have issues at the same time
RELATED: Harvick on his day " Logano on his troubles " Results " Chase Grid CONCORD, N.C. -- Joey Logano picked up a single point, and only time will tell if that seemingly insignificant amount will make any difference as drivers in the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup regroup and prepare to head to Kansas Speedway (Oct. 16, 2:15 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) next weekend. The Team Penske driver spent approximately 80 laps in the garage after bouncing off the wall a second time during Sunday's Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway . His team, led by crew chief Todd Gordon, made repairs as best they could, then sent Logano back out onto the track in the scarred yellow No. 22 Ford. That helped him gain one more point, for a total of six in the race. Kevin Harvick got no such second chance. Electrical issues had surfaced on the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 Chevrolet just before Logano crashed into the wall a second time. There was no repairing the internal breakage for Harvick, and the 2014 series champion bowed out after 155 laps of the 334-lap event, 38th in the 40-car field. "We're not out by any means," said Logano, who swept all three races in the Round of 12 a year ago. "We had a very fast car. … It was capable of winning. "Things happen. It's part of racing, but we're not out." Logano finished 36th, one spot ahead of AJ Allmendinger whose No. 47 Chevrolet was silenced a bit later. One position and one point may not make a difference in the next two races of this round. Then again, as strange as Sunday's race -- which was postponed one day due to Hurricane Matthew -- turned out to be, why take a chance? A year ago, Logano won all three Chase races in the second round. Now, the No. 22 team will regroup and focus on Kansas and, beyond that, Talladega. "We're still fighting," Logano said. "We've got a really good race team and we can go to Kansas and win. These two race tracks, Charlotte and Kansas, are our best ones and we proved last year that we can do it and we'll just have to do it again." Harvick led once for 12 laps at CMS after starting on the pole. While he fell off the lead lap once when a round of green-flag pit stops were interrupted by a caution, he was able to get his lap back when Logano tagged the wall for the first time on Lap 117. Barely 30 laps later, the No. 4 Chevrolet slowed and Harvick headed to the garage, done for the day. It was the third DNF for the team this season. "I thought it was a power issue," he said, "so I cycled through everything. By the time I figured out what happened it just shut off. It looks like low oil pressure. "I hate it for everybody … they made some great adjustments today and got our car back where we needed to be to run up front and everything was going fine." Logano (3,006) and Harvick (3,004) departed CMS 11th and 12th in the Chase standings, respectively. Only the top eight will advance to the next round. Because other Chase drivers had problems of their own, the two find themselves just six (Logano) and eight (Harvick) behind eighth-place Denny Hamlin (3,012). Austin Dillon and Chase Elliott also had trouble -- both were involved in a late-race crash on a restart -- and are ninth and 10th in points. READ: Elliott, Dillon involved in big wreck "Lots of things can go wrong," Harvick said, "and today they did." &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
Chase adversity makes Kevin Harvick, 4 team stronger
RELATED: Chase Grid " Round of 12 outlook for every driver NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick and his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing team have become accustomed to overcoming long odds. It is not a situation the group particularly enjoys. Timely victories have kept Harvick in title contention ever since NASCAR officials re-vamped the series' Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup format three years ago, adding an elimination element to the process. In 2014, he faced a must-win situation at Phoenix International Raceway . He won, then went to Homestead the following week and beat Ryan Newman , Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano to capture his first Sprint Cup championship. In 2015, he and his team needed a victory at Dover International Speedway , to advance out of the Round of 16. He won again. And once again made it all the way to the Championship 4, eventually finishing second to Kyle Busch . Harvick didn’t need a win this past weekend at Dover – a victory the previous weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway had already guaranteed he and his team a berth in the Round of 12 – but when a broken track bar mount sidelined the black & white Chevrolet, the "what-ifs" came to mind. RELATED: Early trouble sends Harvick to the garage at Dover What if Harvick hadn’t won at New Hampshire? What if he had finished second? Had that been the case, based on the Dover results, it would have been Tony Stewart , the three-time series champion and co-owner of Harvick's team, advancing and not Harvick. "Good timing, that's for sure," Harvick said Tuesday during a round of media availabilities at NASCAR's Charlotte headquarters. "But I think that's really how this whole deal has to go; no matter how fast your car is you still have to have things go your way as well." The ability to come through in the clutch says a lot about Harvick, 40, and the team led by crew chief Rodney Childers. It speaks to their ability to overcome adversity under pressure. It speaks to their individual talent, as well as the product they put on the race track. "You're only as good as the people you have around you," Harvick said. "In my particular situation, you have a group of people that just take it to another level when we get into the Chase." RELATED: Harvick has been clutch in the Chase quite often The preference, of course, would be for a team not to find itself in a must-win situation in the first place. But things happen. Parts break. Wrecks occur. That his team has managed to successfully navigate its way through the setbacks on so many occasions, Harvick said, has made the group stronger. "We've definitely had our back against the wall more times than we probably should have," he said, "but I think it's also been great character builders for us … the past couple of years. It gives us a lot of experience in dealing with the pressures and things that come with the Chase. It's a high pressure situation and you need to win races in order to keep moving on." And in today's NASCAR, winning is everything. Win a race before the Chase, and you're practically guaranteed a berth in the 16-team Chase field. Win a race in the Chase, and you move on to the next round. Points play a pivotal role as well, but Harvick said he would rather control his own destiny than leave it up to the "points gods." Winning provides him that opportunity. "There are just so many things on these cars that can go wrong," he said. "You can get in an accident. You just never know. "Everybody talks about Talladega but we could have a huge pileup on a restart like we did at Dover in the (spring) race. At Charlotte, Kansas, Martinsville, you could go anywhere and have that happen. "You just have to look at it like any moment could be a bad moment and any moment could be a good moment. You need to capitalize on the good moments in order to control as many as you can." • The No. 4 team has seen no pit-road issues since making a change in its over-the-wall crew prior to this year's Chase, and Harvick said Tuesday he has no regrets about voicing his concerns. "This is a championship team," he said. "We've won the championship. And it needs to be a championship team from the performance on the track, in the shop, on pit road and from the driver’s seat. That's just the expectation that is out there. Those are the expectations that I have and those are the expectations I put on my guys and they put on each other. "I believe there is some pretty thick skin on my team and they all know that we are there to be successful. It's easier to talk about things when they aren't going well than to let them progress. I have no problem being the bad guy; some people love me; some people hate me. It doesn't bother me." &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
Chase trivia with Kevin Harvick
NASCAR.com's Jonathan Merryman quizzes 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick, on his Chase knowledge.
EXCLUSIVE: Kevin Harvick interviews ... Kevin Harvick
Sometimes it seems that drivers get tired of answering the same questions in interviews. So, who else would know the right questions to ask better than the drivers themselves? @nascarcasm has obtained exclusive footage of Stewart-Haas Racing driver Kevin Harvick being interviewed, one-on-one, by none other than Kevin Harvick , also of Stewart-Haas Racing .
Richmond Nationwide Series qualifying order
See when every driver is slated to roll off (Friday, 3:40 p.m. ET, ESPN2) RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live # Car Driver Team 1 74 * Kevin Lepage Dodge 2 44 Will Kimmel Ingersoll Rand Toyota 3 19 Hermie Sadler III VA Lottery Toyota 4 3 Ty Dillon # Yuengling Light Lager Chevrolet 5 39 Ryan Sieg # RSS Racing Chevrolet 6 17 * Tanner Berryhill # NationalCashLenders.com Dodge 7 29 * Kelly Admiraal Swan Rentals Toyota 8 91 * Blake Koch SupportMilitary.org Toyota 9 28 JJ Yeley Texas 28 Dodge 10 33 * Cale Conley(i) IAVA Chevrolet 11 55 Jamie Dick Viva Auto Group Chevrolet 12 60 Chris Buescher # Mustang's 50th Anniversary Ford 13 84 * Chad Boat # CorvetteParts.net Chevrolet 14 11 Elliott Sadler OneMain Motorsports Toyota 15 4 Jeffrey Earnhardt Flex Shot Chevrolet 16 43 Dakoda Armstrong # WinField Ford 17 14 Jeff Green Hefty Ultimate/Reynolds Wrap Toyota 18 16 Ryan Reed # ADA Drive to Stop Diabetes presented by Lilly Ford 19 46 * Matt Frahm Curtis Key Plumbing Chevrolet 20 9 Chase Elliott # NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet 21 40 Matt DiBenedetto Curtis Key Plumbing Chevrolet 22 01 Landon Cassill Flex Seal Chevrolet 23 42 Kyle Larson(i) Colgate Chevrolet 24 89 * Morgan Shepherd King's Tire/Courtney Construction Chevrolet 25 54 Kyle Busch(i) Monster Energy Chevrolet 26 5 * Kevin Harvick(i) Armour Vienna Sausage Chevrolet 27 2 Brian Scott Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff Chevrolet 28 10 * Mike Bliss TriStar Motorsports Toyota 29 62 Brendan Gaughan USAF Combat Controllers Chevrolet 30 72 * John Jackson CrashClaimsR.us Chevrolet 31 20 Matt Kenseth(i) GameStop/Evolve Toyota 32 52 Joey Gase Donate Life Virginia Chevrolet 33 93 Ryan Ellis Kappa Sigma Fraternity Dodge 34 22 Ryan Blaney(i) Hertz Ford 35 99 James Buescher Ruud Toyota 36 7 Regan Smith TaxSlayer.com Chevrolet 37 87 Josh Reaume Cry of the Outcast Ford 38 23 Cody Ware RaceTrac Convenience Stores Chevrolet 39 6 Trevor Bayne AdvoCare Ford 40 70 * Derrike Cope youtheory Chevrolet 41 51 Jeremy Clements RepairableVehicles.com/AllSouthElectric.com Chevrolet 42 31 Dylan Kwasniewski # Rockstar/AccuDoc Chevrolet
Harvick wins at Kansas, clinches spot in Round of 8
RELATED: Full race results " Series standings " Chase Grid SHOP: Harvick gear " Chase gear KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- He did it again. Last in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings and faced with an uphill struggle to make the Round of 8, Kevin Harvick and his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing team did what they do best -- win with their backs to the wall. Moments after a restart on Lap 238 of 267, Harvick cleared Carl Edwards for the lead through Turns 1 and 2 at Kansas Speedway and pulled away to win Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400 by 1.183 seconds. With his second victory at Kansas, his fourth of the season and the 35th of his career, Harvick joined last week's Charlotte winner, Jimmie Johnson , in the Chase's Round of 8 and erased the specter of racing under pressure next Sunday in the crapshoot that is Talladega. With his team chanting "I believe that we will win" in unison behind him, Harvick climbed from his car and thrust his fist into the air in triumph. "These races are hard to win, and these guys are just so good at the details," said Harvick, who won elimination races at Phoenix during his championship season in 2014 and at Dover last year. "You put their backs against the wall, and they get better. Really proud of them … "I just got two good restarts against the No. 19 ( Carl Edwards ). He didn't have a car quite as close to him, and I was able to break that draft before I got to the middle of one and two and get away from him, so that was pretty awesome. I just needed to go for it, and that's really the mind-set we go into every race in the Chase (with) -- to go for, and we did." Edwards, who covets a win at the track closest to his Columbia, Missouri, home, was delighted with the way his No. 19 Toyota ran, but he was frustrated with his second runner-up finish at the 1.5-mile speedway. "We ran well," Edwards said philosophically. "That was really fun, getting to race up front. It is really tough for me to finish second here. It's happened twice. Both of them were pretty painful. The bright side is that, yes, we raced up front. Got a lot of support from a lot of people here. Hopefully, they enjoyed that part of it. "That last restart, Kevin and Jimmie just lined up at the bottom, and they just got far enough ahead, I couldn't hang on the outside. Then I ended up having to race Kyle (Busch) really hard there for a few laps. It let Kevin get out ahead. "But, man, we'll just move forward. A day or two will pass, maybe the sting will wear off, and I'll be more excited about the points situation going into Talladega, because that's the bright side. We've got two decent races under our belts to go to Talladega with." Joey Logano ran third in his No. 22 Team Penske Ford, an excellent recovery from last week's 36th-place finish at Charlotte in the open race of the Round of 12. Logano enters the cutoff race at Talladega tied for eighth in the Chase standings with Austin Dillon , who finished sixth on Sunday after gaining track position with a late two-tire call. Johnson was fourth at Kansas, followed by Kyle Busch , who leaves his former "Waterloo" track 27 points above the cut line for the next round. Pole winner Matt Kenseth finished eighth behind non-Chasers Alex Bowman and AJ Allmendinger and is 29 points to the good heading to the elimination race. Among other Chase drivers, Martin Truex Jr . ran 11th, Kurt Busch 13th and Denny Hamlin 15th. From that trio, Truex and Busch remained inside the cut line, with Hamlin falling to 10th, six points behind Logano and Dillon. But the real Chase casualties at Kansas were Chase Elliott and Brad Keselowski . Six laps after passing Harvick for the lead on Lap 169, Elliott returned to pit road after a green-flag stop with his left rear tire down. That and two subsequent brushes with the outside wall relegated the Sunoco Rookie of the Year leader to 31st at the finish, leaving him 25 points behind Logano and Dillon and likely needing a victory at Talladega to advance. Keselowski was a victim of his own mistake. On Lap 190, he joined the growing club of Chase drivers who have experienced major trouble in the Round of 12. Roaring through Turn 4, Keselowski moved up the banking in front of Denny Hamlin . But Keselowski’s No. 2 Team Penske Ford got loose and slowed exiting the corner, and Hamlin had no room to brake in time to avoid tapping the 2 car. After repairs, he attempted one futile lap but retired in 38th place, dipping to 11th in the standings, seven points out of eighth. "I spun and got in the grass and tore the nose off," Keselowski said. "I probably could have raced less hard with a big points gap coming in. With this format, it's probably the smart thing to do, but I don't want to race like that. "I want to race my guts out and go for wins. I don't want to points-race. I don't care what the damn format is -- I'm going to give it my best." &amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;