Harvick recounts 2002 WWE-style dust-up with Biffle at Bristol
BUY TICKETS: See the races at Bristol Everyone knows that with short tracks come short tempers. Kevin Harvick, the 2014 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion, knows this as well as any other driver. He recounted a particularly vibrant run-in with a typically mild-mannered Greg Biffle at Bristol Motor Speedway back in 2002 on his "Happy Hours" SiriusXM radio program Tuesday night. With Bristol set to host races once again this weekend and Harvick slated to run Sunday's Food City 500 (2 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM) co-host Matt Yocum brought up the raucous event that occurred in the XFINITY Series between a wispy-goateed Harvick and Biffle, who was running for a title at the time. (He later went on to win it that season.) "You're sitting there with your arms crossed, big smile on your face and everybody knows what you're going to do," Yocum said. "As soon as that race is over, it was like off the top rope, Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka, flying across the deck lid." Harvick had been wrecked by Biffle late in the race and waited for Biffle on pit road -- while the race was finishing up -- and had a "chat" with the former Roush Fenway Racing driver once he parked his car. Perhaps inspired by Wrestlemania X8, which aired less than a week prior to the incident, Harvick performed perhaps the most unique maneuver in a scrum that NASCAR has seen throughout its rich history of post-race dust- ups . "Well, I can tell you this. Everybody didn't know what I was going to do while I was standing on that pit box like I was, because I don't even think that I knew I was going to hurdle a car," Harvick said. "But, you know, I'm pissed. "I'm sitting up on that pit box and I don't know why, but when you're 25 you feel like you have to make a scene out of everything and at that particular point I felt like I needed to make a scene out of everything and you're trotting down pit road and you're like 'I'm getting there, I'm getting there ... now what am I going to do?' Just the first instinct was to leap from the wall, over the deck lid and off the top rope. I had Biffle by the collar and I didn't know what to do from that particular point because it was a big mosh pit." &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;br type=&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;_moz&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt; Before Harvick could decide what to do, it was decided for him. "I'll never forget the fact that, I think it was the jackman who was also the pit crew coach and I can't remember his name, but he was the biggest dude I've ever seen on pit road and he just comes through this sea of people and was knocking people out of the way and he grabbed me by the collar and dragged me out like I'm 2 (years old). It may have been fun for the fans, but man I got my butt chewed in that big red trailer after that. They were not happy with me. ... Yeah, I lost (my mind.)" Just shy of a decade later, the pair mixed it up again, this time at Martinsville. Short tracks, man. They'll getcha. On that note, be sure to tune in Sunday to see some great racing action ... and whatever else may come along with it.
If Harvick wins All-Star race, you could win $1 million
BUY TICKETS: See the races at Bristol Kevin Harvick's No. 4 Busch Beer Ford Fusion will look like a million bucks at the May 20 Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race, and one race fan will have an opportunity to cash in, as well. As Stewart-Haas Racing driver and 2007 All-Star Race winner Harvick races for the $1 million prize, Busch Beer will match that first-place prize if indeed Harvick takes the checkered flag. The beer brand is launching its Busch Bucks loyalty program, and fans who are 21 and older and enroll in it on BuschBucks.com between April 17 and May 6 will be eligible to win the big prize. "While we want to win every single week, the Busch Bucks million-dollar giveaway definitely ups the ante and adds some serious pressure to the No. 4 team in the All-Star Race," Harvick said in a news release. "Even though it's a non-points exhibition race, the stakes are going to be about as high as they can possibly be on May 20." Fans who enroll in the Busch Bucks program also can take home Busch-themed prizes. The way it works is fans register, purchase eligible Busch products, upload their receipts to BuschBucks.com to collect points, then redeem the points for prizes that include T-shirts, coolers, hats and more.
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. RELATED: Take 5 from Auto Club " Larson wins Auto Club 400 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
Jimmy John's re-ups with Stewart-Haas Racing, Harvick
RELATED: Drivers on the move in 2017 Stewart-Haas Racing announced Thursday that Jimmy John's has renewed its partnership with its No. 4 Chevrolet team and driver Kevin Harvick in a multiyear agreement. With the extension, Jimmy John's will be the primary sponsor of the No. 4 Chevy in 16 races, including the season-opening Daytona 500 . The Illinois-based sandwich chain will serve as a major associate sponsor in the remaining 22 events. Jimmy John's has been associated with Harvick as a primary sponsor in NASCAR's top division since 2011. Jimmy John's followed Harvick from Richard Childress Racing to Stewart-Haas in 2014, expanding its backing of his racing efforts. "We are fortunate to partner with Kevin for many years in a very meaningful way," restaurant founder Jimmy John Liautaud said in a release provided by the team. "On and off the track, Kevin and (wife) DeLana Harvick are winners in all they do, and Stewart-Haas Racing has proven to be an excellent home for them and for Jimmy John's." Said Harvick: "I've known Jimmy since 2009 and I've personally seen how driven he is and how his work ethic is embraced by Jimmy John's franchise owners. He wants to be the best, period. And he'll out-work everyone to be the best. That's the same mindset we have in racing. I'm proud to continue this partnership with Jimmy John's at Stewart-Haas Racing ." Jimmy John's also sponsored Harvick's efforts as an owner/driver from 2009-10 in what is now known as the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
O'Donnell applauds Texas Motor Speedway on repave
Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer, joins SiriusXM to talk about the efforts that Texas Motor Speedway put in to making the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race after a repave a great one.
Drivers rally from pre-qualifying hang-ups
RELATED: Qualifying results " Edwards earns sixth Coors Light Pole of 2016 Multiple drivers, including three Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup competitors, were left sweating it out in the garage when their cars did not pass pre-qualifying inspection by the start of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying at New Hampshire Motor Speedway . Qualifying began on time at 4:45 p.m. ET, with a long line of cars still waiting to be cleared. Those that did not initially pass included the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet of Austin Dillon , the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet of Kevin Harvick and the No. 14 SHR Chevrolet of Tony Stewart , all Chase drivers. Despite the backlog, all 40 cars eventually posted a qualifying time for Sunday's Bad Boy Off Road 300 (2 p.m. ET, NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), with Regan Smith the last to clear inspection as he headed to pit road with 3 minutes, 15 seconds left in the opening 20-minute knockout round. "We feel like what is going on is that the stakes are higher now that we're at the Chase," NASCAR Senior Vice President of Competition Scott Miller said on the NBCSN broadcast. "I think all of our competitors are trying to push the envelope. ... If someone doesn't make it out there, it's not our process, it's them pushing the envelope." In other technical-related news, the Hendrick Motorsports No. 24 team for rookie Chase Elliott received its fourth written warning for issues in inspection. Elliott's team will be relegated to the final pick in pit-stall selection ahead of the second race of the 10-race postseason. Dillon and Harvick were eventually cleared with less than 12 minutes to go in the opening 20-minute round of group qualifying, and Harvick got on the track with seven minutes to spare. The final latecomers were granted a slight time cushion when Clint Bowyer spun out in Turn 4 during a qualifying pass, stopping the clock with 11:39 remaining. Harvick eventually posted the seventh-fastest time of the round, with Stewart in 17th and Dillon 29th in his backup car after a crash in opening practice damaged his primary No. 3 Chevrolet. "It's different," Dillon said of the logjam outside of the inspection bay. "I see NASCAR just trying to keep everybody on the same playing field." Harvick will start 19th. His team owner and SHR teammate, Stewart, will start 22nd in what's expected to be his final New Hampshire start. The full list of cars not cleared from inspection when the green flag dropped: the No. 10 of Danica Patrick , the No. 47 of AJ Allmendinger , the No. 7 of Smith, the No. 83 of Matt DiBenedetto , the No. 5 of Kasey Kahne , the No. 16 of Greg Biffle and the No. 17 of Ricky Stenhouse Jr. , in addition to the Nos. 3, 4 and 14. &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;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;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
Ben Rhodes returns for second season at ThorSport
RELATED: Full schedule for Daytona Speedweeks ThorSport Racing announced Tuesday that Ben Rhodes will return for a second season with the Ohio-based team in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2017. The 19-year-old Rhodes will hit the track with a new truck number, piloting the No. 27 Toyota after campaigning the No. 41 for several seasons in multiple series. Eddie Troconis will serve as the crew chief and Alpha Energy Solutions returns as primary sponsor for two races. Rhodes, champion of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in 2014, competed in his first full season in the truck series last year. The Kentucky native earned his first pole position at Martinsville Speedway in April and notched a pair of top-five finishes over the course of the season, his best a second place at Gateway Motorsports Park in June. "The 2016 season had a lot of ups and downs, but we have put all that in the rearview mirror and we're focused on the year ahead," Rhodes said in a news release provided by the team. "We have a new team, a new number, and great support from Toyota. With the NASCAR changes to the race and point structure, the No. 27 team will be up front contending for segment wins and race victories to get us into the playoffs and contend for the championship." Troconis previously served as crew chief for Cameron Hayley at ThorSport, leading the No. 13 team to six top fives and an 11th-place finish in the overall standings last season. Alpha Energy Solutions will hold primary sponsorship at Kentucky Speedway in July and Bristol Motor Speedway in August. The team indicated that additional sponsorship would be announced at a later date. ThorSport announced Monday that two-time series champ Matt Crafton and new addition Cody Coughlin would also be in the driver lineup for 2017. The Camping World Truck Series opens the season Feb. 24 with the NextEra Energy Resources 250 (7:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at Daytona International Speedway .
High 5: Bowyer's Royals spirit, playoff stir-ups & Gordon's longtime fan
Presenting NASCAR content from around the web Editor's note: On Wednesday at noon ET, "High 5" will present some of the best NASCAR-related content from around the web. 1. World champs Jeff Gordon 's win at Martinsville wasn't the only big event happening in sports this weekend. The Kansas City Royals won their second World Series title on Sunday, defeating the New York Mets four games to one in the series. Royals manager Ned Yost's connection to Dale Earnhardt and NASCAR has been well-documented over the past year. Here is one example. WE’RE #CROWNED !!! Your Kansas City Royals are WORLD CHAMPIONS!!!! pic.twitter.com/Ic8oL4aWu5 — Royals (@Royals) November 2, 2015 Happy for Ned Yost and the @Royals today. — Dale Earnhardt Jr . (@DaleJr) November 2, 2015 But if anyone in NASCAR is SUPER excited about this, it's Kansas-native Clint Bowyer . So excited that he's questioning next-morning commitments. That poor dentist. Been really fun to root for these guys we call our own. All I've seen on my timeline is #takethecrown . How bout #TookTheCrown Let's all — Clint Bowyer (@ClintBowyer) November 2, 2015 Gonna go ahead and apologize in advance for my 9am dentist appointment. We took the damn crown for crying out loud. @Royals — Clint Bowyer (@ClintBowyer) November 2, 2015 2. Buckeyes, Tigers & the Tide -- oh my! As the Championship Round between the final four drivers at Homestead approaches, another sport is gearing up for its four-team playoff of its own -- College football. The College Football Playoff Committee announced its first rankings of the season on Tuesday night. Making the cut were the Clemson Tigers, LSU Tigers, Ohio State Buckeyes and the Alabama Crimson Tide. 1. Clemson 2. LSU 3. Ohio State 4. Alabama pic.twitter.com/7FtqlrlmSl — CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) November 4, 2015 The first three teams hold unblemished records this season, while Alabama -- the unexpected pick of the lot -- has one loss against Ole Miss. But just as the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup has showed us, anything can happen when there are four coveted spots at the line. 3. 3-on-3 Several celebrities hit the court with Austin Dillon for his 3-on-3 Celebrity Baskeball Tournament on Tuesday night at High Point University. NASCAR’s Ty Dillon , Denny Hamlin and Brendan Gaughan , as well as country singer Colt Ford and MMA fighter Rashad Evans, were among the VIP guests who served as captains. He shoots...he scores!! @austindillon3 is king of the court today! -JW pic.twitter.com/HRLFZ3q6sT — Miss Sprint Cup (@MissSprintCup) November 3, 2015 Coach @dennyhamlin keeps an eye on his team...self-proclaimed the "Bad News Bears"! Ha! -JW pic.twitter.com/UjDVzZ4Km9 — Miss Sprint Cup (@MissSprintCup) November 3, 2015 The 16-team format resembled the bracket-style system that governs the NCAA basketball playoffs. Austin Dillon 's team, seeded 1 from the start, ultimately prevailed over Gaughan's squad. All proceeds from the night benefitted the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma. 4. Gordon's longtime fan He's been with Jeff Gordon since the beginning, watched him grow from a young racer into a championship-winner Cup driver. It's not team owner Rick Hendrick and it's not former crew chief Ray Evernham. Rather, it's Gordon's stepfather John Bickford. "Jeff ran with the bigger kids and the very best that was out there. He had a lot of skills then and it was one of those things that I probably knew that he could keep advancing," Bickford told Popular Speed in a recent article. One thing is for certain: he's hoping for a fifth title for his stepson. "I certainly hope Jeff takes that checkered flag in first place!" Bickford said. "I've never done this. It's been 39 years of continuous focus on this racing. So, I don't know how I'll feel. I guess I'm hoping for a bit of a sense of completion." Click here to read the entire story from Popular Speed. 5. Chase take-aways Sunday's race at Martinsville was highlighted by Gordon's Chase-clinching win and Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano 's ongoing drama, which ultimately resulted in Kenseth's two-race suspension . But the race's wild finish held many other implications for other drivers, especially those contending for a title. FOX Sports 1 breaks down the top five takeaways from Sunday's showdown here.
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