Posts tagged: Kevin Harvick

May 11 2011

Busch and Harvick Fined and Put on Probation

After their little “incidents” at Darlington this past weekend, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch have both been fined 25,000 and put on probation for the next four “points paying” races. I have heard that Kevin Harvick has decided to run this weekend’s truck race, so he could give some payback then and not violate his probation, will certainly make me more likely to watch the truck race.

Busch, driver of the No. 18 car, and Harvick, driver of the No. 29 car, have each been fined $25,000 and placed on NASCAR probation for the next four Sprint Cup Series championship points events until June 15 for violating Section 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing — involved in an altercation on pit road after the conclusion of the race).

“These penalties are a result of what occurred on pit road after the race was over,” said Kerry Tharp, senior director for communications, competition. “They are about maintaining a safe environment on pit road.” Source: Harvick, Busch put on probation, fined $25,000

If you ask me, and no one has, Busch should have been penalized a lot more than Harvick, now I know Harvick stopped and jumped out of his car to discuss it with Busch, but Kyle pushed Harvick’s racecar and caused it to slam into the pit road wall. An action that could’ve seriously hurt someone or worse had they been standing where the car struck the wall. Dangerous.

I say Nascar should make a squared circle inside the oval, race track, and let these guys get their frustrations out in the ring, that will keep them from doing stuff like this more than any old fine would. Do you think Kyle would wreck Harvick on purpose if he knew he’d have to fight him after the race? I know that his older brother Kurt would’ve never gotten into it with Jimmy Spencer if he knew he’d have to fight him after the race. Think about it. Ratings would sky rocket. Heck, I’d pay extra money for that.

May 11 2011

Regan Smith Wins the Southern 500

Regan Smith wins his first race at the track too tough to tame. It was a wild finish, but Regan Smith finally gets his first win, even though his crossed the finish line first once before…

The driver whose apparent victory at Talladega Superspeedway in 2008 was nullified because NASCAR judged he crossed below the yellow line to advance his position, whose strong run in this year’s Daytona 500 was scuttled by a crash late in the event, who has the best qualifying average but perhaps the worst racing luck of any competitor on the sport’s premier series, survived a wall-banging final two laps to record a long-awaited win at a track where typically only current or future legends reach Victory Lane.

“I can’t believe it, you guys,” Smith said over the radio. “This is the Southern 500. We’re not supposed to win this thing.” Source: At Darlington, Smith finally finds his breakthrough

The most interesting part of the race was the end, with the little incidents on the track and pit road between Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick, for which I’m sure both will suffer penalties.

Here is how they finished:
1 78 Regan Smith
2 99 Carl Edwards
3 2 Brad Keselowski
4 4 Kasey Kahne
5 39 Ryan Newman
6 11 Denny Hamlin
7 14 Tony Stewart
8 16 Greg Biffle
9 1 Jamie McMurray
10 56 Martin Truex Jr.
11 18 Kyle Busch
12 24 Jeff Gordon
13 9 Marcos Ambrose
14 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
15 48 Jimmie Johnson
16 00 David Reutimann
17 29 Kevin Harvick
18 47 Bobby Labonte
19 5 Mark Martin
20 43 A.J. Allmendinger
21 6 David Ragan
22 27 Paul Menard
23 42 Juan Montoya
24 36 Dave Blaney
25 17 Matt Kenseth
26 38 Travis Kvapil
27 22 Kurt Busch
28 32 Ken Schrader
29 09 Landon Cassill
30 13 Casey Mears
31 33 Clint Bowyer
32 34 David Gilliland
33 31 Jeff Burton
34 83 Brian Vickers
35 20 Joey Logano
36 37 Tony Raines
37 7 Robby Gordon
38 150 T.J. Bell
39 46 J.J. Yeley
40 60 Mike Skinner
41 30 David Stremme
42 87 Joe Nemechek
43 66 Michael McDowell

Feb 07 2009

Longest Bud ShootOut Ever, First Overdrive of the Season

Kevin Harvick's Burnout after Winning the 2009 Bud Shootout
The caution fest is over; Kevin Harvick gets the win about a half a lap early in the 2009 Sprint Cup Budweiser Shootout.

This was a pretty good start to the 2009 season, as always, more crashes makes for a more interesting race, unless your driver is one that gets put out. One of the best things about the new car is that it can take so much damage and still run at the front of the field, I doubt we will see many races with new looking cars in winner’s circle.

How about Jeff Gordon? Driving around two big crashes and pushing eventual winner Kevin Harvick to the front of the field. It looked like he was going to do something until Johnson got loose beside him, causing Gordon to slow up, and then he was pushed to the middle and almost to the back of the field. He finished fourth, but he looked good enough tonight for me to feel good about picking him to win the 500 next week. I think we’ll get more of the same during the twin 125′s this week.

Here is how they finished:

1 27 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil
2 15 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal
3 6 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Old Spice / Office Depot
4 28 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont
5 18 44 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Valvoline
6 14 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser
7 11 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac
8 12 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite
9 25 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Dewalt
10 10 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s
11 1 98 Paul Menard Ford Quaker State / Menards
12 7 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull
13 5 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express
14 21 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s
15 24 07 Casey Mears Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s
16 20 12 David Stremme Dodge Penske Racing
17 26 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M
18 9 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / Amp Energy
19 8 96 Bobby Labonte Ford Ask.com
20 22 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine
21 2 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Stanley
22 17 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA
23 3 43 Reed Sorenson Dodge McDonald’s
24 23 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar
25 4 82 Scott Speed Toyota Red Bull
26 16 6 David Ragan Ford UPS
27 13 7 Robby Gordon Dodge Jim Beam
28 19 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot

Aug 06 2007

Robby Gordon’s Meltdown in Montreal

Robby Gordon spins Marcos Ambrose
I didn’t get to see the Busch race myself, but it sure sounded like I missed a good one, anytime Robby Gordon makes a fool out of himself it’s usually a good time. It ended up with him being suspended from this weekends Pocono race, won by Kurt Busch, but it looks like he will be able to run next weekend in Watkins Glen, where I’m sure he already sees himself winning, knowing he’s the road course master and all.

Robby Gordon was suspended by NASCAR for the Nextel Cup race at Pocono on Sunday because of his misconduct on the race track at the Busch Series race in Canada.

Gordon refused to forfeit his position on the track when ordered to by NASCAR late in Saturday’s race. Officials said Gordon intentionally knocked Marcos Ambrose out of the race, and then refused to pull off the track as ordered, ignoring repeated black flags.

Gordon also celebrated at the same time as race winner Kevin Harvick, overshadowing what had been a wonderful debut weekend for the series in Canada. Source: NASCAR suspends Robby Gordon

On his website at www.robbygordon.com, he made a statement about what happened:

I want to start by expressing my regrets to the sponsors, fans, and all competitors for any part I played in the miscommunication, confusion and uncertainty surrounding the finish in this weekend’s Busch race in Montreal. Immediately following the last caution when I was spun out by the 59 car, at first I was told that I was scored in first place and I should be in that position. Later, I was told that I was in second place and I assumed that position, which was fine. Moments before the green flag dropped, I was told that I was scored in 13th position.

Obviously I objected, and I stated that I would complete the race under protest. I believed that my protest would be a foregone conclusion if I moved to position 13. I was confident that most people who watched the race or see the replay would agree that I should have been scored in first or second. I also wanted to make sure that the race played out the way it should if the officials ultimately agreed with me after seeing the tape and granted my protest. Therefore, I decided to preserve the status quo by holding the second position and racing from that position to the end of the race. My belief was that it would be no harm no foul if my protest was denied because I would then be disqualified in the race regardless. On the other hand, if I moved to position 13 and my protest was granted, then the race results would be affected. In order to preserve the integrity of my protest, I decided to stay in second position.

It was not my purpose to disrespect the authority of NASCAR or the officials. I do respect their authority to run the race and make the calls, and I understand the significance of the black flag. I strongly disagree with the calls that affected me at the end of the race. Being spun under the yellow and not being allowed to resume my position prior to the spin put me in a position to react as I did. Nonetheless, I accept NASCAR’s decision and I intend to move forward under the rules.

Blah, blah, blah. At least Kevin Harvick won the race.

May 19 2007

Kevin Harvick Wins All Star Challenge

Kevin Harvick wins All Star Challenge
I thought Gordon was going to have something for Harvick, but Gordon had a tire go down and ended up finishing 11th. Johnson had a run on Harvick on the final lap, but could not complete the pass; he finished second, with Mark Martin, who said Johnson was a heck of a race car driver, finishing third. The good thing for Harvick’s crew is he said he would share the million dollars with them if they won the race. There are some happy wives in Charlotte tonight.

An interesting wreck happened earlier, when Kyle Busch made a big run on Kurt Busch, who was passing another car, Kurt didn’t give him any room, they touched and Kyle lost the rear end of his car which came around and knocked Kurt into the wall, taking out his own brother. I did not catch an interview with Kyle, but they did catch up to Kurt, with Dick Bergren calling him Kyle and then apologizing really quickly, hehe. Kurt said maybe he should’ve given him a little room, but, it’s the all star race. He said he would be talking to Kyle about it and that he would not be eating any Corn Flakes for awhile.

Matt Kenseth won two segments and Kyle Busch won the other. I guess I was wrong on my prediction, had Gordon not had the flat tire, I think it would’ve been pretty close. We’ll see what happens in the Coca Cola 600 next week, but, it looks good for Hendrick Motorsports again, if you ask me.

Here is how they finished:
1 4 29 Kevin Harvick
2 2 48 Jimmie Johnson
3 18 01 Mark Martin
4 5 31 Jeff Burton
5 17 20 Tony Stewart
6 20 70 Johnny Sauter
7 1 17 Matt Kenseth
8 8 12 Ryan Newman
9 10 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
10 19 1 Martin Truex Jr.
11 7 24 Jeff Gordon
12 13 44 Dale Jarrett
13 14 83 Brian Vickers
14 11 9 Kasey Kahne
15 12 16 Greg Biffle
16 21 78 Kenny Wallace
17 9 11 Denny Hamlin
18 16 25 Casey Mears
19 3 2 Kurt Busch
20 6 5 Kyle Busch
21 15 43 Bobby Labonte

I told you Sauter would finish well. ;)

Feb 21 2007

Harvick Wins 500

This post is a few days late, finally posted the scores for the Race League and it kept me busy for a couple days. Kevin Harvick won the Daytona 500, charging past Mark Martin as Nascar let them race back to the flag. I have been really curious what other fans thought about it, personally, I think they should’ve thrown the flag at the same point they would have on lap number 1. What if one of the drivers or even both drivers had let off because they expected Nascar to throw the flag? When they made the rule about racing back to the flag, I hoped they would be consistent with it, if they don’t want to end under caution, then they should make another rule, or get rid of this one. I don’t know, maybe I’m too picky.

It would have been nice to see Martin win the Daytona 500, so he could put that one behind him, always the bride’s maid never the bride. Ginn Racing has already said that if Mark wants to race the full season, he is welcome to do so, they would be glad to have him, and they should be, he is used to racing in the top 10, and it would not be much of a stretch for him to win the Nextel Cup this year.

Martin is scheduled to compete in about 22 events this season in a No. 01 car he’ll share with teammate Regan Smith, along with a variety of Busch and Craftsman Truck starts for other teams. But if results like his dramatic runner-up finish to Kevin Harvick in Sunday’s Daytona 500 whet his appetite for another championship run, Martin has the option of driving the U.S Army car full time.

“If he came to us and that’s what he wanted to do,” Jay Frye, Ginn Racing’s CEO and general manager said Tuesday, “then we would do that.”

Frye stressed that the subject hasn’t even come up. But should Martin make that decision, Smith would move to the team’s No. 39 car, which failed to qualify at Daytona. Source: Car open should Martin opt for full-time ride

I wouldn’t mind to see him complete the whole season, he is a competitive driver and one of those guys you know who won’t wreck you on purpose to get the win.

That was a pretty good wreck on the last lap; it definitely shook up the points at the end of the race, with some going from hero to zero and vice versa. It wasn’t the best Daytona I have ever seen, but probably a top five for me, but I haven’t been watching as long as some of you guys.

Feb 12 2007

Kevin Harvick’s New Paint Job

The folks at Shell sent me a link to this video showing them painting Harvick’s car with the new Shell paint scheme. Looks pretty good and is a big change from the colors he was running.

Nov 14 2006

Harvick Completes the Sweep in Phoenix


Kevin Harvick completed the sweep this weekend, winning the Checker Auto Parts 500, Jimmie Johnson settles for second and a bigger lead in the Chase for the Cup. Kyle Busch cost me some serious points on my race team this week, cutting my lead by over half what it was. He also fell two spots in the points to last place, 359 points behind Johnson. Here’s the top ten:

1 29 Kevin Harvick
2 48 Jimmie Johnson
3 11 Denny Hamlin
4 24 Jeff Gordon
5 99 Carl Edwards
6 6 Mark Martin
7 9 Kasey Kahne
8 2 Kurt Busch
9 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
10 31 Jeff Burton

Here how they stand in the Chase for the Cup:

1. — Jimmie Johnson Leader
2. — Matt Kenseth -63
3. +2 Kevin Harvick -90
4. — Denny Hamlin -90
5. -2 Dale Earnhardt Jr. -115
6. — Jeff Gordon -167
7. — Jeff Burton -225
8. +1 Mark Martin -273
9. +1 Kasey Kahne -319
10. -2 Kyle Busch -359

Jimmie Johnson just needs to finish 12th or better to win the whole thing, with no one being able to do anything to stop him. I would say the cup is his, but he could wreck early, etc, and loose the whole thing, he could get a lap or two down and Kenseth could win the race and the cup. It will be interesting, anyone in the top five could win it, but it would have to be some extraordinary circumstances for Earnhardt to win it, as they can only gain 156 points in any one race, I believe.

Nov 05 2006

Tussle in Texas

Apparently there was a little tussle in Texas after the Harvick and Riggs incident, where Kevin got up on the tail of Riggs and his car broke loose and hit the wall. It seems a crew member of Scott Riggs team took offense with Harvick and pushed him, his wife and a Nascar official down.

According to RCR officials, Harvick was walking to the garage with his wife, DeLana, when a crewman for driver Scott Riggs shoved Harvick, sending him and his wife to the ground.

“Those guys decided they wanted to take matters into their own hands and trip my wife in front of their pit box and ran her over,” Harvick said. “That is a little bit unnecessary so we’re not too happy about that.”

A NASCAR official nearby also fell and injured his leg and was transported to the infield medical center. Source: Nascar.com

Delana twisted her ankle and Kevin was unharmed, his pride is a different story I’m sure.

Oct 08 2006

Looks Like Shell is Sponsoring 29 Car

Hey I was right, who woulda thunk it. Webcast is still available here. GM Goodwrench is shifting its sponsorship to become an associate sponsor with RCR, and Shell Oil Co will be the main car sponsor in 2007.

“As we developed our plans for the 2007 season, working with RCR, we found a solution that would maintain our relationship,” Goodwrench’s GM Service and Parts Operations General Director Jim Moloney said. “It gave us the opportunity to look at other ways of leveraging our relationships with RCR and NASCAR to further enhance our Goodwrench brand.” Source: SceneDaily

No financial terms were disclosed.

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