Posts tagged: Kevin Harvick

Oct 06 2006

Shell and Pennzoil Sponsoring Kevin Harvick?


Got a cryptic email from someone to watch this webpage Saturday about an important announcement. When I first visited the page, it had a picture of Kevin Harvick and now its a picture of a checkered flag.

So, what kind of announcement could they make that would put them in the winners circle?

They must be sponsoring Kevin Harvick’s 29 car. Makes perfect sense if Shell and Pennzoil actually want to get back into racing, sponsor a hot driver, Kevin Harvick has been on fire this year, he’s going to win the Busch series and has a shot at winning the cup.

So, that’s my call, right or wrong.

Note: Originally I said they were going to hire him, forgeting of course that he had extended his contract with RCR, so, this makes even more sense, sorry, most sites indexing this page have hiring instead of sponsoring.

Sep 26 2006

You’ve got 10 races to go and you gotta go

Those were the words of Danny Lawrence, Childress’ assistant head engine builder, no truer wwords were spoken, but, with two engine failures, they may still back off a little on their engine program. Both Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer had problems with their valve trains, and Lawrence said he was surprised that Burton’s car made it to victory lane, saying he’s living right or something.

The RCR Chevrolets of both Kevin Harvick, who came into the Dover 400 leading the standings, and rookie Clint Bowyer, who finished eighth, suffered similar valve train failures on Sunday.

Burton said it was too soon to determine if any changes would be made before next weekend’s Banquet 400 at Kansas Speedway, but Danny Lawrence, Childress’ assistant head engine builder and the chief Cup engine tuner at the track, was of a mind to back off, at least standing in the rain after the race at Dover. Source: Nascar.com

Harvick was the leader in the points going in, and now has fallen to fifth, 54 points behind, after he finished 32nd.

“I blew up,” Harvick said. “The guys have done a great job all year — that is the first time we had an engine failure in I don’t know how long.

“What do you do?”

“We will be fine [and] just keep racing.”

Sep 18 2006

First Chase for the Cup Race: Loudon

Kevin Harvick stayed on fire this weekend and Jeff Gordon made a big statement about their chances at winning a fifth championship, finishing third behind Harvick and Stewart. Here are the top five Sunday:

1 #29 Kevin Harvick
2 #20 Tony Stewart
3 #24 Jeff Gordon
4 #11 Denny Hamlin
5 #25 Brian Vickers

“Where are we? Fourth? Cool, I’ll take that,” Gordon said through a smile, before getting serious. “I think as bad as our run was at Richmond, it was pretty important for us to make some kind of statement [Sunday].

“I think we succeeded in making the statement that we needed to,” Letarte said. “I mean, we weren’t good up here last fall and we were average, at best, in [July] — and I was really not happy with our performance at either Richmond or Phoenix. Source: Nascar.com

Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch both finished at the back of the pack, with both involved in race incidents that REALLY hurt their chances at winning the cup. As Johnson said before the race, you can’t win the cup here but you can sure lose it.

After separate crashes at Loudon, Busch is 146 points behind and Johnson trails by 139 as the Cup Series moves to Dover. Certainly Busch and Johnson believe they still can mount a charge and win the Cup at Homestead. Hey, no one said they were quitters.

The fact is no one has been able to bounce back from a triple-digit deficit after Race 1 of the Chase to finish better than third in the final point standings (chart at right). It’s a fact of the point system: Bad finishes do more to harm drivers’ title aspirations than victories do to boost those hopes. Source: Nascar.com

Only one way to find out, lets keep racing. Here are the standings as of now:

1 Kevin Harvick 5230 Leader
2 Denny Hamlin* 5195 -35
3 Matt Kenseth 5189 -41
4 Jeff Gordon 5180 -50
5 Jeff Burton 5166 -64
6 Mark Martin 5155 -75
7 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 5149 -81
8 Kasey Kahne 5120 -110
9 Jimmie Johnson 5091 -139
10 Kyle Busch 5084 -146

Sep 13 2006

Newcomer or Old Timer?

Found this article called Field of Dreams in which the writer asks,

With five newcomers – Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Jeff Burton, Kevin Harvick and Kasey Kahne – the 10-member Chase is evenly cleaved between those with experience in the postseason and those without under the new format. But does it really matter?

Gun to your head, would you take one of the aforementioned five to hold the trophy over one in the formidable quintet of Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin and Dale Earnhardt Jr.?

I’ll take Jimmie Johnson or Jeff Gordon over all of them any day of the week. Sure, Harvick is hot and he’s got a great chance to win it, Kahne has the most wins this year, Gordon has done that before and not won the chase, so that’s not really a factor, Kyle Busch is also doing great as is Denny Hamlim, but over the course of ten races, the old timers will end up beating the young guns, and I bet we see at least 3 of them in the top five at the end.

Sep 12 2006

Kevin Harvick Rolls at Richmond

Kevin Harvick swept the weekend at Richmond, winning the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 Nextel Cup race and the Emerson Radio 250 Busch series race. Quit a weekend for Harvick, you go Kevin, your going to help me win this Nascar race league I am in. Gordon finished a disapointing 31st, but still made the chase for the cup.

Here are the top 5:
1 29 Kevin Harvick
2 5 Kyle Busch
3 9 Kasey Kahne
4 22 Dave Blaney
5 6 Mark Martin

A little trivia from Nascar:
This is first time in NASCAR history that a weekend sweep has occurred on three consecutive weekends — Harvick at Richmond, Kasey Kahne at California and Matt Kenseth at Bristol — since the NASCAR Busch Series ran its first race in 1982.

Harry Gant was the first driver to post back-to-back weekend sweeps winning at Richmond and Dover in September 1991.

Aug 13 2006

Kevin Harvick wins at the Glen

Kevin Harvick is having a really good year so far, I’ve seen it mentioned somewhere that he is doing so good because he is racing both the Busch and Nascar series. He’s over 500 points ahead in the Busch series and I think he just needs one top 16 to get in the chase in the next two races. This is his second win of the year. Jeff Gordon finished 13th.

Here are the top 5:

1 29 Kevin Harvick
2 20 Tony Stewart
3 26 Jamie McMurray
4 7 Robby Gordon
5 99 Carl Edwards

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