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Swindell ’s race ends after smashing into wall
Kevin Swindell ’s takes a hard hit to the inside wall, which ends his night at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Swindell damaged after contact with Herring
Kevin Swindell crashes into the Turn 3 wall after contact with Drew Herring.
Berryhill turns Swindell , Elliott gets damage
Tanner Berryhill collides with Kevin Swindell collecting points leader Chase Elliott.
Early trouble for Swindell and Sweet
Trouble strikes early for Kevin Swindell and Brad Sweet as they get caught up in a crash in Turn 1.
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
Johnson leads final Talladega practice; Biffle tops in earlier session
RELATED: Practice 1 " Practice 2 " Top 10-lap consecutive averages MORE: See the Chase Grid Jimmie Johnson topped the leaderboard in the final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice session Friday at Talladega Superspeedway , going 196.386 mph in the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. Right behind him was Matt Kenseth in the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota at 196.338 mph. Rounding out the top five were Chase Elliott in the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet at 196.334 mph, Carl Edwards in the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota at 196.330 mph and Alex Bowman in the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet at 196.330 mph. Chase drivers Kevin Harvick (already guaranteed to advance to the Round of 8) and Brad Keselowski opted not to participate in the second practice session Friday. All told, 25 cars took the track for the final session before Saturday's qualifying at 4 p.m. ET (NBCSN/NBC SportsApp). Edwards felt a vibration in his car, and his No. 19 team changed the transmission in an effort to fix it. In the first practice session earlier in the day, Roush Fenway Racing dominated with Greg Biffle logging the fastest time in his No. 16 Ford at 198.949 mph. Right behind him was AJ Allmendinger in the No. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet at 198.327 mph. Chris Buescher was third in the No. 34 Front Row Motorsports Ford at 198.261 mph, while two more Roush Fenway Racing drivers rounded out the top five with Ricky Stenhouse Jr . in the No. 17 Ford at 198.261 mph and Trevor Bayne in the No. 6 Ford 198.105 mph. Sprint Cup Series leader Johnson was 15th-fastest in the No. 48 Chevrolet at 195.632 mph. &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;gt;
Top consecutive 10-lap averages for Talladega
Final practice: Results Pos Car Driver From Lap To Lap Avg Speed 1 18 Kyle Busch (C) 11 20 195.398 2 20 Matt Kenseth (C) 11 20 195.348 3 78 Martin Truex Jr . (C) 3 12 195.314 4 11 Denny Hamlin (C) 3 12 195.314 5 5 Kasey Kahne 2 11 193.453 6 99 * Ryan Reed (i) 2 11 193.394 7 88 Alex Bowman (i) 2 11 193.376 8 48 Jimmie Johnson (C) 2 11 193.348 9 24 Chase Elliott # (C) 2 11 193.133 Practice 1: Results Pos Car Driver From Lap To Lap Avg Speed 1 16 Greg Biffle 2 11 195.657 2 44 Brian Scott 4 13 194.855 3 95 Michael McDowell 2 11 194.531 4 4 Kevin Harvick # (C) 4 13 194.201 5 43 Aric Almirola 3 12 194.173 6 88 Alex Bowman (i) 8 17 193.979 7 22 Joey Logano (C) 5 14 193.941 8 24 Chase Elliott # (C) 7 16 193.927 9 10 Danica Patrick 3 12 193.909 10 48 Jimmie Johnson (C) 3 12 193.895 11 21 * Ryan Blaney # 3 12 193.886 12 47 AJ Allmendinger 6 15 193.883 13 5 Kasey Kahne 7 16 193.849 14 42 Kyle Larson 7 16 191.233 15 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr . 2 11 191.115 16 6 Trevor Bayne 2 11 191.073 17 3 Austin Dillon (C) 6 15 189.066 18 2 Brad Keselowski (C) 1 10 188.422 19 1 Jamie McMurray 24 33 187.786 20 34 Chris Buescher 1 10 185.131 -- Car must run 10 consecutive laps on the track to be included in the above charts. (C) indicates driver is in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup . (#) indicates Sunoco Rookie of the Year Candidate. (*) indicates driver required to qualify on time. (i) indicates ineligible for Sprint Cup championship points.
Talladega Sprint Cup qualifying order
RELATED: How qualifying works at Talladega # Car Driver Team 1 32 Bobby Labonte VisoneRV.com Ford 2 93 * Matt DiBenedetto Dustless Blasting Toyota 3 7 Regan Smith Golden Corral Chevrolet 4 46 Michael Annett Pilot Flying J Chevrolet 5 55 * Reed Sorenson Toyota 6 35 * David Gilliland Dockside Logistics Ford 7 1 Jamie McMurray Cessna Chevrolet 8 83 Jeffrey Earnhardt # Starter Toyota 9 23 David Ragan sweetFrog Toyota 10 15 Clint Bowyer 5-hour Energy Chevrolet 11 41 Kurt Busch (C) Haas Automation/Monster Energy Chevrolet 12 31 Ryan Newman Caterpillar Chevrolet 13 3 Austin Dillon (C) American Ethanol Chevrolet 14 22 Joey Logano (C) Shell Pennzoil Ford 15 21 * Ryan Blaney # Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford 16 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 17 2 Brad Keselowski (C) Miller Lite Ford 18 14 Tony Stewart Rush Truck Centers/Mobil 1 Chevrolet 19 10 Danica Patrick Nature's Bakery Chevrolet 20 13 Casey Mears GEICO Chevrolet 21 11 Denny Hamlin (C) FedEx Ground Toyota 22 42 Kyle Larson Energizer Chevrolet 23 78 Martin Truex Jr (C) Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Boats Toyota 24 18 Kyle Busch (C) Snickers Halloween Toyota 25 99 * Ryan Reed (i) Lilly Diabetes/American Diabetes Association Ford 26 27 Paul Menard SYLVANIA/Menards Chevrolet 27 88 Alex Bowman (i) Mountain Dew Chevrolet 28 5 Kasey Kahne UniFirst Chevrolet 29 19 Carl Edwards (C) Subway Toyota 30 24 Chase Elliott # (C) NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet 31 20 Matt Kenseth (C) DeWalt Flexvolt Toyota 32 48 Jimmie Johnson (C) Lowe's Pro Services Chevrolet 33 4 Kevin Harvick (C) Jimmy John's Chevrolet 34 38 Landon Cassill FR8 Auctions Ford 35 44 Brian Scott # Goody's Ford 36 95 Michael McDowell KLOVE Radio Chevrolet 37 6 Trevor Bayne AdvoCare Ford 38 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Zest Ford 39 34 Chris Buescher # Love's Travel Stops Ford 40 47 AJ Allmendinger Kroger/Scott Products Chevrolet 41 16 Greg Biffle Cheez-it Ford *Driver is required to qualify on time, (i) ineligible for driver points in this series
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;