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By George Diaz, Tribune newspapers | August 18, 2010
As expected, Anheuser-Busch and Richard Childress Racing announced a sponsorship deal Tuesday involving Kevin Harvick and his No. 29 Chevy. Budweiser will be on the car in the majority of points races and two exhibition events for the next three years. It's a good fit, considering Harvick has won two Bud Shootouts. "It's a fun brand to represent," he said. Harvick became the first driver to qualify for the Chase, giving him a three-week window with limited pressure.
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By Jim Pedley and NASCAR News Service | May 11, 2014
Jeff Gordon held off Kevin Harvick during the final laps and went on to win the 5-Hour Energy 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway on Saturday night.   The victory by .112 of a second was the first win of the year for the four-time champion and his third at Kansas Speedway .   The win was Gordon's first since Martinsville Speedway last fall and secured a spot in the record book as the first winner of a night race at the track. Make that "another place" in the book as he won the first-ever Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway back in 2001.
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September 15, 2011
Johnson proven winner Shawn Courchesne Hartford Courant Kyle Busch? Brad Keselowski? Jeff Gordon? Kevin Harvick? No, no, no and no. Sure, it has become the fashionable thing to pick against Jimmie Johnson when it comes to the NASCAR Chase for the Championship. Here's a tip: Don't do it. Until Johnson and his No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports team don't win the championship, it's impossible not to predict them to win it all. After five consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series titles, the Hendrick team has proved its has mastered the 10-race NASCAR playoff format.
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October 19, 2011
Welcome to NASCAR's wild-card weekend. It's Talladega, baby, where wreckin' and racin' are part of the lore of one of NASCAR's famed superspeedways. For the handful of guys still in the hunt for a Cup title, it means a conservative approach for much of the race and hoping to crawl up to the front to make a charge at the end. The key is to avoid traffic jams and the potential for the "big one. " But another element now comes into play: NASCAR has made some rule changes since the last go-round, changing the restrictor plate in the hopes of discouraging tandem — or "love bug" — racing.
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By George Diaz | November 17, 2010
Anybody want to give Kevin Harvick a shot at the Sprint Cup championship? He is in this thing, is he not? It's not all about the Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin. At first blush, Hamlin and Johnson seem to offer the most compelling storylines coming out of South Florida this week, where NASCAR's championship will be decided. Johnson is the four-time champion needing to rally from behind for the first time. Hamlin is the young gun who sits in front of the standings, despite coming off a major disappointment in Phoenix.
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By Jim Peltz, Tribune newspapers | July 25, 2010
INDIANAPOLIS — Kevin Harvick took up golf a few months ago, and that might be bad news for his rivals in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Long known as one of NASCAR's more temperamental and tightly wound drivers, Harvick said he started playing golf because "I had to find something to get me away (from racing) for four or five hours a day. I've actually become addicted to it." Perhaps not coincidentally, Harvick leads the championship point standings heading into Sunday's Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a race Harvick won in 2003.
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March 24, 2010
Sunday's race in Martinsville, Va., will mark the first Car of Tomorrow race for NASCAR with a spoiler instead of a wing. Stock car purists have to be pleased at the change. The spoiler makes the car look more like a traditional stock car. As for the changes in racing? Even the drivers don't know what to expect. "There's not a lot of characteristic difference from the driver's seat because they did a good job making sure, from an aero standpoint," said Kevin Harvick, who participated in a test at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Tuesday.
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By Tania Ganguli | July 7, 2010
Please excuse this lack of enthusiasm for NASCAR's points leader, because I'm well aware how impressive Kevin Harvick has been during the first half of the season. Furthermore, it hasn't escaped my notice that the turnaround Harvick has orchestrated this season makes his success that much more impressive. It feels like not too long ago we were wondering what was wrong with Richard Childress Racing and how on earth it ever would right the ship. Even so, I can't help but be wary.
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By George Diaz | June 15, 2011
Now that Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch are out of probationary prison, it's Game On again. Although Busch wants to move forward and symbolically sign some kind of truce and drive nice, Harvick is ready to rumble again. "He knows he has one coming," Harvick said after finishing fifth at Pocono on Sunday, only two spots behind Busch. The two got tangled up briefly when Harvick forced Busch down the track early in the race. "I just wanted him to think about it," Harvick said.
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March 2, 2011
One more postscript to the giddy story of Trevor Bayne winning the Daytona 500: Perhaps it was too giddy. I wasn't the only one taken aback when a bunch of journalists cheered as Bayne crossed the finish line, then applauded after Bayne's news conference. Great story, but still … there needs to be a degree of professionalism, no matter who wins or who loses. Rea White of Foxsports.com, the new Motorsports Press president, sent a note to association members urging them to keep the noise down to a minimum.
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By George Diaz, Tribune Newspapers | October 5, 2011
There are two ways this can go for Jimmie Johnson: He will either be celebrating his sixth consecutive NASCAR title, or … The other possibility is obvious after some bouncy finishes of late — perhaps there is a flicker of self-doubt in the usually resilient and reliable driver of the Lowe's No. 48. Johnson is fifth in the points standings — only 13 points behind leader Kevin Harvick — and hasn't won since April. He's in some in-between world right now, not dominating but not out of it. So where do we go from here?
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September 20, 2011
Clint Bowyer remains the best free agent in NASCAR. So where is he going? Sticking with Richard Childress Racing, or jumping over to Michael Waltrip's team? Stay tuned. Childress is hanging onto hope that Bowyer stays put. "Honestly, we're still trying," Childress said in Chicago over the weekend. "We both agreed if an opportunity comes for him, he needs to take it. But yes, we're still trying to put something together this week and last week. " Bowyer would be one of four or five drivers set to drive the No. 33 Chevy next season.
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September 15, 2011
Johnson proven winner Shawn Courchesne Hartford Courant Kyle Busch? Brad Keselowski? Jeff Gordon? Kevin Harvick? No, no, no and no. Sure, it has become the fashionable thing to pick against Jimmie Johnson when it comes to the NASCAR Chase for the Championship. Here's a tip: Don't do it. Until Johnson and his No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports team don't win the championship, it's impossible not to predict them to win it all. After five consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series titles, the Hendrick team has proved its has mastered the 10-race NASCAR playoff format.
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By George Diaz, Tribune Newspapers | September 14, 2011
The Hendrick Motorsports empire will celebrate its sixth consecutive Sprint Cup title in November. One person will be conspicuously absent: Jimmie Johnson. The five-time champion will finally be dethroned, not by any of his archrivals named Busch or anybody else. His good friend and teammate Jeff Gordon is going to bring him down. And so it is written. In his own words, Gordon is "rejuvenated" after three regular-season victories, including a thrilling run at Atlanta Motor Speedway in which he held off a furious charge from Johnson in the last 10 laps.
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By George Diaz | August 10, 2011
Think what you want about the Busch brothers — whether they spice up every race weekend with a feisty edge or are an embarrassment to the brand. This much we know: They sure get everybody's attention. After Kyle Busch gathered much of the controversy over his speeding ticket and his infamous dust-up with Kevin Harvick earlier this season, brother Kurt figured he should step up his game. He found a worthy adversary in Jimmie Johnson at Pocono. Jockeying for a top-five finish, the drivers traded paint in the closing laps.
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By George Diaz | June 15, 2011
Now that Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch are out of probationary prison, it's Game On again. Although Busch wants to move forward and symbolically sign some kind of truce and drive nice, Harvick is ready to rumble again. "He knows he has one coming," Harvick said after finishing fifth at Pocono on Sunday, only two spots behind Busch. The two got tangled up briefly when Harvick forced Busch down the track early in the race. "I just wanted him to think about it," Harvick said.
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January 26, 2011
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Fox Sports Chairman David Hill isn't shy with words or opinions. He has offered both in bunches during the NASCAR media tour, sharing his perspective on what it will take to get NASCAR out of its doldrums. A few things come to mind: Ditch the homogenized Car of Tomorrow, make the focus on drivers and shorten race times. "The Car of Tomorrow became the biggest red herring in the history of this sport," Hill said. "It took the emphasis away from the heroes.
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May 26, 2010
However rocky the relationship is between Richard Childress Racing and Kevin Harvick, one thing is clear: There aren't lot of better options for Harvick. RCR is now, even if it hasn't been in the past, the perfect fit for Harvick. "We're very excited to have Kevin back," Richard Childress said in announcing a multiyear contract extension. "He has written a lot of history for RCR." Harvick is grateful to Childress, who, after all, started his Cup racing career.
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June 8, 2011
Same rules for all Jim Peltz Los Angeles Times Of course not, if we're talking about decking someone in the garage or otherwise causing harm (or potential harm). Owners, drivers, crew members, Brian France, Mike Helton — they all should be held to the same standard. Did you notice how Helton, NASCAR's president, described Kyle Busch when Helton took up the matter with the media last weekend at Kansas Speedway? He referred to Busch as "another NASCAR member.
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By George Diaz, Tribune newspapers | June 8, 2011
Kyle Busch has a problem. He has a problem with Kevin Harvick. He has a problem driving on city streets, going 83 mph faster than the posted speed limit. He has a problem keeping any sort of gentleman's decorum on the racetrack, assuming he has a free pass to play bumper cars with anybody who gets in his way. Busch is like a 2-year-old without adult supervision. His owner, Joe Gibbs, certainly isn't up to the task. And neither are folks like Brian France and Mike Helton from NASCAR, who have given Busch a "probation" for some of his antics.
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