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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
Analysis: How guidelines affect race to all-time wins
RELATED: New guidelines put limits in place The updated 2017 driver guidelines will have an effect on many drivers, as it places a limit on the number of NASCAR XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series races in which veterans of the premier series can compete. It also will have an effect on two NASCAR records -- the all-time wins in both the XFINITY and Camping World series. Kyle Busch is closing in on Ron Hornaday Jr .'s Truck Series mark, but will have fewer opportunities to catch him due to being eligible for fewer races. As NASCAR announced Wednesday, all drivers with at least five years of experience in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series can compete in a maximum of seven races in the Camping World Truck Series and 10 races in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. WATCH: Driver analyzes new guidelines Here's how the records books might turn out: XFINITY SERIES Leader of the pack: With 85 career wins, Kyle Busch leads second-place Mark Martin by … uh, a lot. Martin has 49 career series wins, followed by Kevin Harvick (46), Carl Edwards (38) and Brad Keselowski (34). What it means: Busch has piled up stats over the past eight years. From 2008-15, he started 203 events in the XFINITY Series, an average of about 25 per year. That will go down drastically -- to a maximum of 10 -- but it may not create as much of a hardship as one would think. The 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion has cut back on his XFINITY schedule in recent years, starting 15 races in 2015 and 16 this year through 30 races. March to 100: Busch has 100 series wins in his sights. He averages one win in about 4 starts in his career, but the past two years the start-to-win ratio is nearly 2:1. With those recent numbers in mind, if he makes the maximum of 10 starts per year in the future, we expect Busch to reach 100 series wins in 2019. And that record … : The XFINITY Series all-time wins record likely will never be broken. CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES Leader of the pack: Four-time series champion Ron Hornaday has 51 career wins, but Busch is on his heels with 46. Mike Skinner and Jack Sprague both have 28. Todd Bodine is fifth on the all-time list with 22. What it means: There's even less of an impact here for Busch as he has lightened his Truck Series load considerably, spending most of his energy in the series as an owner ( Kyle Busch Motorsports). March to 52: Two wins in eight races over the past two seasons is an excellent ratio for "Rowdy." While there's a chance he cuts out Truck Series races completely, being so close to Hornaday is going to be like a gravitational pull to someone as competitive and talented as Busch. And that record … : Call it an average of two wins per season moving forward, mimicking his numbers this year, and you're looking at a new all-time series wins leader in … 2019, the same year we project him to get to 100 XFINITY Series wins.
H2H: Chase's Round of 12 set to stir at Charlotte
RELATED: See the Chase Grid Story lines abound, and NASCAR.com's Holly Cain and Zack Albert tackle three pressing topics as the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup enters the Round of 12 at Charlotte Motor Speedway . 1. What surprised you most from Dover weekend in terms of who advanced in the Chase elimination race and who did not? Cain: I was surprised by the results in several areas, but more so by drivers who did not advance as expected. Like many, I believed Chip Ganassi Racing driver Kyle Larson would advance well beyond the Round of 16. In fact, I had him in my Championship 4. I do believe he will win another race before the season is over. And perhaps I was being sentimental in expecting Tony Stewart to advance, but I still remember the amazing Chase charge in 2011 and saw the motivation in the three-time champion's eyes after he won at Sonoma this summer. Albert: Austin Dillon 's advancement on the basis of pure consistency didn't send shock waves through the ol' surprise meter, but fate's cruel hand for Chip Ganassi Racing did. To see both Larson and teammate Jamie McMurray ejected from the Chase field at least qualified as a mild stunner. It's a solid dozen that remain, but Dover showed again how exacting this postseason format can be. RELATED: Larson, McMurray ousted from Chase after Dover woes 2. With the points standings reset for the Chase Round of 12, all drivers resume with a clean slate. Are there any incentives you would add to enhance the current format? Cain: A case could be made to give drivers who have won in the Chase a small points bonus in the ensuing round. But the equal reset given to all 12 drivers in the current format certainly increases the drama in a very different way from the Chase start, when regular-season wins are factored in. It's the first time since the Daytona 500 green flag that the top-tier drivers are ranked evenly, and it should make the next three races even more dramatic. Albert: It may not rate highly on the drama scale, but I've always maintained that the top points-earner during the regular season should be rewarded -- nominally if not handsomely. A first-round bye might be a stretch, but a bigger bounty of points would offer a larger incentive for consistent performance over the opening 26 events. Offering bonus points through each elimination round would be an inviting enhancement, but keeping them out of the championship race -- leaving the calculators at home -- has valuable merits. RELATED: Are added incentives for regular-season winners on horizon? 3. Among the remaining 12 Chase drivers, who's your pick to win this weekend at Charlotte and lock in early in the Round of 8? Cain: There's a certain six-time champion who I believe will collect his eighth win at Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend. Jimmie Johnson has been close to wins already in the Chase only to fall victim to pit-road miscues -- something uncharacteristic of his Hendrick Motorsports organization. You've got to think that will be cleaned up, and I believe there's no one more motivated to remind naysayers why he is the modern era's very best. Albert: Is there any stopping the Truexpress? Wins in two of the first three Chase races have established the Furniture Row Racing No. 78 Toyota as a strong title favorite, and the team returns to the site of Truex's crushing victory in the Coca-Cola 600 in May. Placing former Charlotte winners Kevin Harvick , Carl Edwards and Jimmie Johnson under the heading of "sleepers" ranks as a testament to Truex's formidable stature this season. Upcoming wild-card races at Talladega and Martinsville have the potential to derail the No. 78's march; don't count on that happening this weekend at Charlotte.
H2H: Chase tension hits a rapid clip at Martinsville
RELATED: Meet the Chase's final 8 " Martinsville entry list The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs grinds on, with four races to go and one more elimination before the Championship 4 is determined for next month's season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway . With Talladega Superspeedway behind us and the final three-race series staged and ready for the Sprint Cup Series' return this weekend to Martinsville Speedway , our Holly Cain and Zack Albert tackle three pressing topics for the season's homestretch: 1. After a hectic day at Talladega, the Chase's Round of 8 is finally set. Any surprises at who's in, who's out? Cain: I think obviously not having this season's winningest drivers in the final eight is a major upset. I would have expected Martin Truex Jr . and Brad Keselowski to easily advance and frankly felt either might have visited Talladega's Victory Lane, not end their day in the track's garage. The four-car Joe Gibbs Racing sweep into the next round also defies odds, but more power to the team. They will have their hands full, however, with Chevy's Kevin Harvick and a certain six-time series champion, Jimmie Johnson . Albert: Agreed, the omissions of Truex and Keselowski counted as at least mild jolts, but at this phase of the process, there's only so much water that can go into the funnel. All of the final eight drivers have visited Victory Lane at some point this season, with all but one -- Kurt Busch -- making multiple trips. The only thing we're missing is a true underdog (see: winless Ryan Newman in 2014, a much more lightly regarded Truex in 2015), and that also qualifies as a subtle surprise. 2. NASCAR announced rules Wednesday designed to limit Sprint Cup drivers' participation in other national series starting in 2017. What's the net effect? Cain: The obvious upside to this is improved opportunity for up-and-coming drivers to truly show their wares against similar talent as they ascend the NASCAR ladder. More trophies, more winner's checks, more attention. They also will have to showcase their personalities more, however, to keep the story lines interesting in absence of the popular Cup drivers that more naturally fill newsfeeds. This is great opportunity, but it will require great work, too. Albert: Besides the increased opportunity overall, I believe the greatest impact will be felt once the playoffs roll around. With both XFINITY and the Camping World Truck Series just now dabbling in their first ventures into Chase waters, those series now have a greater chance to establish their regular drivers' stardom when it counts -- in the postseason. 3. Four races remain in the championship battle, with Martinsville Speedway next up on the schedule. Whether it's a Chaser aiming for a free pass to the Homestead finale or a non-Chaser hoping to play spoiler, who's your winning pick for the weekend? Cain: This is truly shaping up to be one of the most compelling Martinsville races in a long line of fantastic Martinsville races. Denny Hamlin is buoyed by the dramatic entry into this round of the Chase and has an enviable and proven track record here. But my pick is Jimmie Johnson , who will remind everyone of his massive talent and determination in pursuit of a record-tying seventh Cup in 2016. Albert: Record-tying seventh championship? Sounds like a storybook tale. But how about the chances of a Jeff Gordon sunset-riding repeat of his Martinsville victory in 2015? How about Denny Hamlin finally getting another shot at making good on his childhood promise to Coach Joe Gibbs that he'd drive to a title for him someday? The heart's pick at Martinsville goes with Gordon; the brain's vote takes Hamlin on the tricky sliver of a race track that still packs 'em in.
NASCAR's spotters: Drivers' eyes in the sky and so much more
Editor's note: Above photo of T.J. Majors courtesy of Nigel Kinrade. T.J. Majors and Kevin Hamlin walk from the garage to the spotters' stand at Michigan International Speedway this summer. As they approach the tunnel that goes under the track, a 20-something man shouts "T.J.!" and asks for his autograph. Majors -- arguably NASCAR's most well-known spotter, given that he works for Dale Earnhardt Jr . -- hands what he is carrying to Hamlin ( Kasey Kahne 's spotter) and calls him his secretary, which draws a laughing rebuke of, "Shut up." Now Majors steps off an elevator into a lobby above the track's grandstands and sees fellow spotters sitting on couches and on the floor. He greets them by pointing down the line, "He's cool, he's not cool, he's cool ..." The atmosphere among the two dozen or so spotters gathered in the lobby before a Saturday NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice is like the locker room in a stick-and-ball sport, only thank heavens everybody remains fully clothed the entire time. You can tell how much these guys like each other by how terribly they treat each other. The spotter community is not for the thin of skin or the faint of heart. If you see a snake at your feet, it's probably rubber, and Majors probably threw it there. If the skin around your eyes feel funny, check your binoculars for shoe polish. If you don't walk by and turn the volume on somebody's radio way up at least once in your spotting career, you're doing it wrong. As the banter continues, Tab Boyd, Joey Logano 's spotter, leans over and says, "This is all off the record," which in a journalistic sense is not true because this is a public place. But it doesn't matter anyway, because little of what transpires is repeatable in a "you would not say that in front of your mom" sense.
Harvick's in-car reaction to Busch scrape
Take a listen to Kevin Harvick's in-car audio after Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Kurt Busch scrapes the side of the No. 4 car at Talladega Superspeedway.
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 trivia with Kevin Harvick
NASCAR.com's Jonathan Merryman quizzes 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick, on his Chase knowledge.
Chip Ganassi Racing No. 42 NXS car chief passes away
Ryan Shea, car chief for the Chip Ganassi Racing No. 42 Chevrolet in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, died Wednesday night at his home in Troutman, North Carolina, according to the team. He was 34. "It is a sad day for our team as we mourn the untimely loss of Ryan," team owner Chip Ganassi said in a team release. "Ryan was a dedicated worker and a great friend to those on our team, as well as others in the garage. Our hearts go out to Ryan’s family and friends during this difficult time." Shea had previously worked at Michael Waltrip Racing before joining CGR in 2015. Kyle Larson and Justin Marks have been behind the wheel of the No. 42 this season. My thoughts on the passing of Ryan Shea: pic.twitter.com/XzKUBibck1 — Justin Marks (@JMarksDE) March 31, 2016 "Ryan was a tremendous asset to Chip Ganassi Racing and the No. 42 team and will be sorely missed," said crew chief Mike Shiplett. "My thoughts go out to his wife, children, family and friends in this time of mourning." Chip Ganassi Racing will communicate further details regarding funeral arrangements and memorials as they become available. A GoFundMe page has been established to take donations for Ryan's family -- go here to see it. Also, CGR cars will have a special decal on their Chevrolets this weekend. The NASCAR community collectively offered its condolences to the team and the Shea family on Twitter: Just heard the news of Ryan Shea passing away in his sleep. A great person and great worker in the industry.. Prayers with his wife & kids — Rodney Childers (@RodneyChilders4) March 31, 2016 Ryan Shea will be greatly missed by this community. He is a model to follow in this sport. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. — JR Motorsports (@JRMotorsports) March 31, 2016 Wow shocked to hear about the passing of Ryan Shea. He was my car chief in 2006. Thoughts and prayers to Cory and the Shea family. — Kevin Conway (@TheKevinConway) March 31, 2016 Very sad day @CGRnascar as we lost one of our teammates far too soon. Keep Ryan's family in prayers #RIPRyanShea https://t.co/lwHv4UwIUl — Steve Lauletta (@slauletta) March 31, 2016 Thoughts and prayers to Ryan Shea and his family — Jeff Burton (@JeffBurton) March 31, 2016 It takes days like today to remember just how fragile life is. Shea was a great teammate and he is already deeply missed. — Ashley Parlett (@Just_AP) March 31, 2016 Thoughts and Prayers for Ryan Shea, his wife and kids! Such sad news. — Chris Osborne (@crazy_spotter) March 31, 2016
Several drivers on tap for Fan Fest appearances
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Former Daytona 500 champions Jamie McMurray, Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson are among the drivers that will appear at Preseason Thunder Fan Fest at Daytona International Speedway on Jan. 20-21. Preseason Thunder returns in 2011 as Sprint Cup Series drivers will take to the new asphalt at Daytona in a three-day test session Jan. 20-22. Test and Fest set at Daytona Expectations and excitement Order all your Daytona tickets Tickets for Preseason Thunder Fan Fest are $20 and available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com. Ticket-holders for the 2011 Daytona 500 and children 12 and under will receive free admission. Advanced reservations are available (limited to 250 people) for special autograph sessions to be held with participating 2010 Chase drivers and Daytona 500 champions. Additional driver autograph sessions will be held on both days with wristbands available the day of the event. To request access to the special autograph sessions, race fans can call 1-800-PITSHOP or visit the Daytona International Speedway ticket office beginning at 9 a.m. ET Saturday. In addition to viewing the on-track activity from the Sprint FanZone, fans can watch each day's testing at no cost from a section of the Oldfield Grandstands near Turn 4. Drivers currently scheduled to make appearances on Jan. 20, beginning at 6 p.m. ET, are Dale Earnhardt Jr., Brad Keselowski, David Ragan, Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne, Mark Martin, Martin Truex Jr. and Regan Smith. Scheduled to appear on Jan. 21, during the 5-7 p.m. ET session are Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, David Reutimann, Casey Mears, Jeff Burton, Joey Logano, Kevin Conway , Kyle Busch, Paul Menard and Ryan Newman. In the 7-9 p.m. ET session, drivers scheduled to appear are McMurray, Gordon, A.J. Allmendinger , Brian Vickers, Greg Biffle, Juan Montoya, Marcos Ambrose and Matt Kenseth. Lastly, race fans will be able to camp in the infield at Daytona for free with their admission ticket during the three-day test inside Turns 3 and 4. Sites will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Gates to the infield will open at 8 a.m. ET on Jan. 20. Among the activities planned for both days include: interactive driver question-and-answer sessions on the main stage; show cars, displays, music; photo opportunity with the Harley J. Earl Daytona 500 trophy; and blood drive outside the Turn 4 tunnel. The Roar Before the Rolex 24, the tune-up session for the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series teams in advance of the 49th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, is set for Jan. 7-9. Tickets are $15 daily for the Roar Before the Rolex 24, with driver fan forums, tech talks and pit stop demonstrations slated for Saturday. ticket-holders for the 2011 Rolex 24 at Daytona and children 12 and under will receive free admission. Tickets for both the Preseason Thunder Fan Fests and the Roar Before the Rolex 24 are available online at http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.