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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.
Harvick: 'Kyle Larson is the best driver to come along since Jeff Gordon'
BUY TICKETS: See the races at Martinsville With three runner-ups and a win on Sunday at Auto Club Speedway, Kyle Larson's strong start to the season has gotten the attention of many in the racing industry. That includes 2014 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick, who made quite the bold statement on the current points leader during Tuesday's premiere of his radio show "Happy Hours" on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. "Kyle Larson is the best driver to come along since Jeff Gordon in my opinion," Harvick said definitively. He went on to talk about Larson's talent, how he wins in everything he drives and how "everyone in the garage wants a Kyle Larson." "I think Chase Elliott is going to be great too, but Kyle Larson has something special," Harvick said. By the looks of it, Harvick's son Keelan is a fan of Larson's as well. I mean what the heck @KyleLarsonRacin pic.twitter.com/h5C14IV3Xh — Kevin Harvick (@KevinHarvick) March 28, 2017
Stewart-Haas Racing drops appeal of No. 4 penalty
Stewart-Haas Racing officials have withdrawn their request for an appeal of penalties against the No. 4 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team of driver Kevin Harvick and crew chief Rodney Childers, the Appeals Commission confirmed to NASCAR.com. Harvick hinted at the decision during his SiriusXM NASCAR Radio show Tuesday evening. "Rodney's a racer, he wants to be at the race track every week," Harvick said Tuesday. "He's obviously not too thrilled about not being at the race track this week. But sometimes that happens … and that's what I want them to do. I want them to push everything on that car. Sometimes you're going to get in trouble, but those guys have been the best in the business for the last three years. "It's kind of like growing up as a kid; sometimes you get in trouble and you have to suffer the consequences, but it is what it is." SHR, which fields four full-time teams in the Monster Energy Series, has not announced who will serve as interim crew chief for the No. 4 team this weekend when the series travels to Martinsville Speedway for Sunday's STP 500 (2 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). NASCAR penalized the No. 4 team for use of an unapproved track bar slider assembly following the March 19 Camping World 500 at Phoenix Raceway. The infraction was discovered during final inspection at the NASCAR Research & Development Center on March 22. Childers was fined $25,000 and suspended for one Monster Energy Series race. Harvick was assessed a 10-point penalty while the No. 4 team was penalized 10 owner points. NASCAR officials declared Harvick's sixth-place result as an encumbered finish, meaning neither the driver nor team can receive any benefits associated with the result. Those benefits include, but are not limited to, use as a qualifier for the 10-race playoff when the finishing position is a win; or any tie-breakers that might come into play during the 26-race regular season or the 10-race playoff. SHR officials announced a request for an appeal shortly after the penalties were announced as well as a deferral of the penalties assessed "until the appeal process is complete." That request for deferral, which the Appeals Panel granted, allowed Childers to serve as the team's crew chief for last weekend's Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway. Harvick finished 13th at Auto Club and currently is ninth in points.
Traffic jam creates early problems at Auto Club
Brad Keselowski gets loose following the green flag for the Auto Club 400, and Denny Hamlin, Ryan Newman and Kevin Harvick all were impacted.
Dikembe Mutombo, Kevin Harvick team up with Mobil 1
Photo via Dikembe Mutombo's Twitter account, @officialmutombo BUY TICKETS: See the races in Las Vegas RELATED: See Harvick's paint scheme and all the Las Vegas looks LAS VEGAS – Kevin Harvick and NBA Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo teamed up to unveil Mobil 1's newest Annual Protection product on Thursday evening at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. The official oil of NASCAR and the NBA, Mobil 1 Annual Protection is designed with the slogan "One year. One oil change," and will serve as an efficient product that allows consumers to skip the multiple oil change trips. "Mobil 1 Annual Protection breaks conventional wisdom as it relates to changing your oil," said Michele Biamonte, automotive marketing manager for ExxonMobil. "We know consumers stay more busy than ever, and so Mobil 1 Annual Protection guarantees protection of your engine for one full year." Mobil 1 Annual Protection will adorn Harvick's No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford as its primary sponsor in this weekend's Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (3:30 p.m. Sunday, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). In addition to Harvick's No. 4 this weekend, Mobil 1 also will sponsor the other three Stewart-Haas Racing drivers throughout the season: Danica Patrick at Bristol Motor Speedway, Kurt Busch at Richmond International Raceway and Clint Bowyer at Texas Motor Speedway. "The car looks great even though it's green and I know a lot of people say green's bad luck and I tell them, 'Well just give me all the money in your pocket and I'll take it for the rest of the day,' " Harvick joked, gesturing to his Mobil 1 Annual Protection Ford on display. "... I got a little taste of being part of the (Mobil 1) family over the last couple years and to be able to put that on our engines, transmissions, rim gears every week for qualifying, I smile because I know the car's going to run faster and I don't have to do anything different than what I did in practice. "...One year, one oil change -- sounds pretty simple to me. I think when you look at the concept, it makes sense." Even more simply: "Don't change your oil," Mutombo said with his signature finger wag, met with a chorus of laughs. For Mutombo, who filmed a series of Mobil 1 commercials with Harvick, the Mobil 1 connection gives him the opportunity to experience NASCAR firsthand this weekend at Las Vegas. "Over my career, I've played in front of 20,000 people," Mutombo said. "But I've never seen a crowd of 60,000, 70,000 people. And seeing the tire being changed in 11 seconds, according to Kevin ... I'm looking forward to seeing that up close. How can somebody change four tires in 11 seconds and get back on the track without losing 100 yards? ... I'm looking to learn as much as I can." But it's not just the pit crew: the former NBA star also spoke to the athleticism of the drivers. "I don't know what (the drivers) eat in the morning to go around more than 100, 200 times," Motumbo said. "I cannot do that -- I would get dizzy and collapse. "... You have to be physically fit and mentally fit for you to just sit inside there and look around for 200 times, 300 times." Harvick, Mutombo and the newly unveiled No. 4 Mobil 1 Annual Protection Ford will hit the track Sunday for the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Trust @KevinHarvick . You can protect your engine for one year with Mobil 1 Annual Protection. https://t.co/xe7DPN2l2T #1Year1OilChange pic.twitter.com/VhBU6abjVm — Mobil 1 (@Mobil1) March 10, 2017
Elliott keeps cool, overcomes Dover adversity
Points leader encountered some trouble but expanded lead in standings RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live " Sign up for RaceView today DOVER, Del. – With three wins and the points lead, Chase Elliott doesn't race like a rookie. That doesn't mean the 18-year-old doesn’t make his share of mistakes. But similar to someone with much more experience, he's proven capable of bouncing back when trouble surfaces. Such was the case Saturday at Dover International Speedway , when the JR Motorsports driver found himself bouncing off the wall and running into the back of Kevin Swindell 's Dodge. The Dover 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series race had barely begun – the incident occurred on Lap 40 of the 200-lap event – and a 20-point advantage in the standings suddenly seemed questionable. The damage to his car was mostly cosmetic, and thanks to the wonders of bear bond adhesive tape, Elliott was able to race his way back into contention, eventually finishing third behind winner Kyle Busch and Joey Logano . With teammate Regan Smith , second in points, finishing eighth, and Ty Dillon and Brian Scott also unable to take advantage of the misstep, Elliott departed Dover with a 26-point advantage. "I kind of saw it coming as we exited Turn 4; everything kind of funnels into one groove," Elliott said of the incident, which began when the lapped entries of Swindell and Tanner Berryhill made contact right in front of his No. 9 Chevrolet. "I saw they were pretty close together and it seemed like they realized they were going to hit each other and they checked up and then kind of spun out. "I couldn't get on the brakes; the way the cars unload here, I started to wheel-hop the rear tires and couldn't get stopped as fast as I wanted to. It was my fault for following too close." His crew surveyed the damage on pit road, noting that the contact had opened up a hole in the left front. "If we don't fix it, it's not going to be good" he was told. Once repairs were completed, Elliott restarted the race 24th. Any concerns about damage were quickly silenced. "I had no complaints from the get-go," he said. "Unfortunately the issue … set us back far enough where we couldn't really do anything different on pit road to try to gain a couple of spots. Then when we did two (tires), everybody else did as well. But that's just racing." He was back inside the top 10 less than 20 laps after the crash, but spent much of the second half of the race trying to get around Logano. On a couple of occasions it seemed as if he might reel in the Team Penske Ford, but each time Logano was able to hold the position. "If anything, I think we might have tightened it up a little too much but that last adjustment was really good; I really felt like it was spot on," Elliott said. "If I could have gotten by the 22, I would have liked to have seen what we could have done from there." Busch, who took the lead during a round of pit stops at the halfway point, led the final 101 laps; Logano had led 95 of the first 99. As strong as the two Cup regulars appeared, Elliott said they were "catchable, for sure." "A lot of it is just whoever gets out front," he said. "We saw (Logano) get out front and he dominated the race and we were all over (him) the last 50 laps. Then whenever the 54 (of Busch) gets out front, he was struggling early on, he gets out front and he's dominating. "So a lot of it is just who gets out front and … trying to stay out of trouble, which I did not do today. "We were definitely fortunate; it could have been a lot worse. The biggest thing for me was it was just a lesson learned. That was my fault." 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
Nationwide Series qualifying order for Charlotte
Kevin Swindell will lead off the start of qualifying on Friday at 4:10 p.m ET