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Harvick Wins Race and Chase

Harvick Wins Race and Chase

Jamie Squire/Getty Images(HOMESTEAD, Fla.) -- Kevin Harvick won NASCAR's last race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway Sunday to win his first Sprint Cup Title.Harvick grabbed the lead with seven laps to go and then out-raced Ryan Newman after one final caution to win the championship.Harvick takes the first title of his career, beating out Ryan Newman, Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano to win in the first year of NASCAR's new championship format. Newman finished second, Hamlin finished seventh, and Logano came in 16th.Harvick gets the win for Stewart-Haas Racing, the team he left Richard Childress Racing for this season.

"Been trying for 13 years," Harvick said. "This week ate me up. If it wasn't for Jimmie Johnson (friend) and Tony Stewart (co-owner of Stewart Haas Racing), I would have been in bad trouble this week. Those guys really helped me get through the week. After every practice, Jimmie was in there, and in our team debriefs Tony was constantly telling me just to go race and that it's just another race."

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NASCAR’s Championship Race Set

NASCAR’s Championship Race Set

BananaStock(MIAMI) -- Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Ryan Newman and Kevin Harvick will battle it out for NASCAR’s Sprint Cup championship this Sunday afternoon in the running of the Ford Ecoboost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. None of the four drivers have previously capture the Cup.

On the season, Logano has five wins, 16 top-five finishes and 22 top-ten finishes. Meanwhile, Harvick has four wins, 13 top-five finishes and 19 top-ten finishes.

“We need to stay on course and try to treat this just like we have every other race this year and try not to really put any extra pressure on go down there and do the same things we've been doing.

Hamlin has won one race this year, at Talladega back in May, while Newman is still in search of his first checkered flag.

Sunday’s green flag is set to drop at 3:15 p.m. Eastern.

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Harvick Wins at Phoenix, Qualifies for Miami

Harvick Wins at Phoenix, Qualifies for Miami

Jamie Squire/Getty Images(AVONDALE, Ariz.) -- Kevin Harvick dominated the field on Sunday afternoon, winning the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix Motor Speedway and clinching a spot in NASCAR's final round of the new Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship.

"Coming over here and racing this year has given me new life," Harvick said. "It's like a dream. You lay it all out on paper and you say, 'This is what we want to do, and we want to race for wins and championships,' and all of a sudden you're a week away from everything that you talk about and dream about."

Harvick was one of eight drivers still "alive" in the new playoff format entering the race. None of those eight had won a race in the Eliminator Round and earned the automatic berth into the Championship finale. The 38-year-old led 264 of 312 laps and will now have a chance to win his first title after 13 years in NASCAR's premier circuit.

Joining Harvick in the final race of the year at Homestead-Miami International Speedway next week are Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, and Ryan Newman. All four drivers will be seeking their first points championship. The winner of the Sprint Cup Championship will be decided by finishing order next week.

Eliminated from title contention was Jeff Gordon, who finished second, Matt Kenseth, who took third, Brad Keselowski, the fourth-place finisher, and Carl Edwards.

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Keselowski: Everyone Has a Shot

Keselowski: Everyone Has a Shot

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images For NASCAR(NEW YORK) -- The chase for the Sprint Cup title is down to eight drivers headed into Martinsville Speedway on Sunday.

Brad Keselowski had to win last weekend to get into the Eliminator round and found a way to win in the final laps at Talladega. Still, he feels it's anyones game right now.

"Everyone has a strength," Keselowski said of the final drivers remaining. "It really is pretty open to me."

Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman, Matt Kenseth, Jeff Gordon and Carl Edwards will join Keselowski.

Hamlin is hoping to continue his run of success at Martinsville. "It's been a great track for us," Hamin said on Tuesday. "No one saw us winning last year, we were running like 15th every week and all of a sudden we went to Homestead, it's hard to pinpoint the favorites and underdogs at this point."

Gordon and his team have had success at every single track in this round, so he's betting on Martinsville.

"This to me is where we're going to shine," Gordon said. "There's such a realistic chance for us to not only win one or a couple of these races coming up, but seriously get ourselves to Homestead with a shot at winning this thing."

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Kevin Harvick Wins at Charlotte – Post Race Fight Ensues

Kevin Harvick Wins at Charlotte – Post Race Fight Ensues

Jamie Squire/ Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, NC) -- Kevin Harvick won the second race in the Sprint Cup Contender round at Charlotte Motor Speedway, guaranteeing himself a spot in the Eliminator round.

While Harvick was the winner, former champion Brad Keselowski's championship hopes took a huge blow.  Keselowski traded paint with Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin under a late yellow flag and the dust up spilled into the pits. 

After the race, Hamlin threw a towel at Keselowski.  Kenseth, however took things to a personal level.  In between the racer's trailers Kenseth charged after Keselowski and put him in a headlock.  The two racers traded fists until officials and crew members could restrain the two. 

"The race is over -- come back to pit road," Kenseth said of Keselowski "If you want to talk about it like a man, go do that. But if you want to wreck somebody on the racetrack with people standing around, that's just inexcusable."

Hamlin shared a similar sentiment, calling Keselowski desperate to save his title hopes and claiming "He's just out of control."

Keselowski saw things differently, stating that the other two were the instigators.

"I figured, if we're going to play car wars under yellow and after the race, I'll join, too," Keselowski said. "Those guys can dish it out, but they can't take it. I gave it back to them, and now they want to fight."

The final race of the Contender round wraps up next week at Talledega. 

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Brad Keselowski Wins Pole at New Hampshire

Brad Keselowski Wins Pole at New Hampshire

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images For NASCAR(LOUDON, N.H.) -- Brad Keselowski took home the pole on Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and will start up front after winning last weekend at Chicagoland.

Keselowski set a track-record lap of 140.598 mph and is hoping to win the second race in the first round, even though he's already advanced.

"This kind of track is kind of right in my wheelhouse, right in our team's wheelhouse," Keselowski said. "We had this race circled before the Chase started and we felt decent about Chicago, but really felt like this was a race of emphasis for us to get a win and get out of the first bracket."

Keselowski swept the Cup and Nationwide races at Loudon in July.

"It's positive momentum," he said, "but when it resets it resets and nothing that you've done in the past really matters as long as you're eligible for the bracket. I'm a long, long ways from using the word favorite or feeling overly confident."

Jamie McMurray, who is a non-chase driver finished second and was followed by Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, and Jimmie Johnson.

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Denny Hamlin Wins Pole for Pocono Raceway

Denny Hamlin Wins Pole for Pocono Raceway

Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR(LONG POND, Pa.) -- Denny Hamlin took home his second pole of the season on Friday after he set the track record at Pocono Raceway.

Hamlin has four career wins at Pocono and already has one Sprint Cup win at Talladega Superspeedway this season.

"Very proud to have that," Hamlin said after winning the pole.  "Especially on a race track here where track position is going to be premium."

Hamlin's last pole win came at Bristol and he will be racing for the second time at the newly paved track on Sunday.

"Hope that this race track has aged a little bit," Hamlin said of Pocono.  "When it was old and worn out is when we were really good around this race track."

Jimmie Johnson, who was the last person to win three races in a row in 2007, is seeking his third straight victory at a track that crew chief Chad Knaus enjoys.

"This is Chad's favorite race track," Johnson said on Friday.  "[Chad] loves the challenge here."

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Denny Hamlin Wins at Talladega Superspeedway

Denny Hamlin Wins at Talladega SuperspeedwayChris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR(TALLADEGA, Ala.) -- Denny Hamlin won his first race of the Sprint Cup season after taking the checkered flag at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday. Hamlin held off Greg Biffle on a green-white checkered finish for ...

Richmond International Raceway Preview

Richmond International Raceway PreviewJustin Edmonds/NASCAR via Getty Image(NEW YORK) -- The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be racing under the lights at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday night. Prior to the start of the race, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will drive the ...

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Wins the Daytona 500

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Wins the Daytona 500Tom Pennington/Getty Images Sport (DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) --  It was a long day in Daytona, but when it was all said and done, NASCAR's most popular driver stood alone: Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Daytona 500 on Sunday for the second time i...

NASCAR’s Denny Hamlin Wins Exhibition Race At Daytona

NASCAR’s Denny Hamlin Wins Exhibition Race At DaytonaPatrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) -- NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin took home the checkered flag in Saturday Night’s exhibition event, the Sprint Unlimited at Daytona. The 33-year-old won the race down the stretch, when he dr...

Denny Hamlin Wins Pole At Martinsville

Denny Hamlin Wins Pole At MartinsvilleChris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR(MARTINSVILLE, Va.) -- Denny Hamilin picked up his 17th career pole at Martinsville Speedway on Friday in dominant fashion.  Hamlin recorded a lap at 99.595 mph around the 0.526-mile oval for the track record ...

Kevin Harvick Wins The Coca-Cola 600

Kevin Harvick Wins The Coca-Cola 600Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE) --  Kevin Harvick took home the victory in what proved to be a wild night in Charlotte. Harvick won the Coca-Cola 600 Sunday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the second time in three seasons.  He p...

Coca Cola 600 Preview

Coca Cola 600 PreviewChris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images(CONCORD, N.C.) -- NASCAR drivers are ready for the Coca Cola 600 on Sunday.  Jimmie Johnson sits atop the Sprint Cup points lead and enjoys racing on Memorial Day weekend, honoring the veterans who served the ...

Denny Hamlin Cleared to Return at Talladega

Denny Hamlin Cleared to Return at Talladega Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- Denny Hamlin was cleared by his doctors and NASCAR Thursday to return in a limited capacity for Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Talladega. NASCAR will allow Hamlin to start Sunday's race as lon...

Hamlin Expected Out Six Weeks with Back Fracture

Hamlin Expected Out Six Weeks with Back FractureChris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR(NEW YORK) -- Denny Hamlin has a compression fracture in his lower-back and is expected to miss six weeks, Joe Gibbs Racing announced Tuesday. Hamlin will not require surgery. Hamlin was injured during the final la...

Kyle Busch Wins NASCAR Sprint Cup Race At Fontana

Kyle Busch Wins NASCAR Sprint Cup Race At FontanaJared C. Tilton/Getty Images(FONTANA, Calif.) -- Kyle Busch capitalized on a late crash to take home the checkered flag at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday. Denny Hamlin was airlifted to a hospital after the race.  Hamlin and Joey Logano were involved...

Carl Edwards Wins The Subway Fresh Fit 500

Carl Edwards Wins The Subway Fresh Fit 500Jerry Markland/Getty Images(PHOENIX) --  Carl Edwards got to victory lane for the first time in two years as he wins the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday. Daytona 500 winner Jimmie Johnson came in second, while Denny...

Daytona 500 Champion Jimmie Johnson Preparing For Phoenix 500

Daytona 500 Champion Jimmie Johnson Preparing For Phoenix 500Chris Graythen/NASCAR via Getty Images(AVONDALE, Ariz.) -- The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is at the Phoenix International Raceway this Sunday for the running of the Subway Fresh Fit 500.Jimmie Johnson, fresh off his victory at the Daytona 500 last Sunday...

Jimmie Johnson Wins the Daytona 500

Jimmie Johnson Wins the Daytona 500Chris Graythen/Getty Images(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) -- Jimmie Johnson wins the Daytona 500 fending off Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Mark Martin. After becoming the first woman to win a Sprint Cup pole, Danica Patrick finished in eighth place. Johnson, who wins ...
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