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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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Matt Crafton Wins Second Camping World Truck Series Title

Matt Crafton Wins Second Camping World Truck Series Title

BananaStock(HOMESTEAD, Fla.) -- Matt Crafton finished in ninth place at Friday's final Camping World Truck Series race at Homestead, but that was enough to take home his second title in a row.

Crafton had to finish 21st or better to pull it off and Darrell Wallace Jr. won the race.

"To say I made history is definitely very, very cool, but it's all about the guys that are behind me," Crafton said. "Without them, I'm just an average race car driver at best."

The 38-year-old veteran played it safe on his way to the second title.

"I wanted to race so much harder tonight," Crafton said. "I kept asking, I was just waiting for them to say that there were like 20 trucks running at that point and then I could go. When it was five [laps] to go and I had asked again how many trucks were still in, and there were 22 on the lead lap, I said I couldn't take any chances. I know I could have went further forward, but I said it is what it is."

No other driver has won back-to-back titles in the history of the Truck Series.

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Congresswoman Wants Kurt Busch Suspended

Congresswoman Wants Kurt Busch Suspended

Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR(HOMESTEAD, Fla.) -- After reports of domestic abuse have surfaced with NASCAR's Kurt Busch, California Representative (D) Jackie Speier is demanding he be suspended from all racing activities.

Speier has written a letter to NASCAR asking for his removal as well as the racing organization overhauling its domestic violence policies.

SI.com first reported the letter:

“But despite the severity of the criminal allegations against Mr. Busch,” Speier writes, “I am disappointed to see that NASCAR and Stewart-Haas Racing have not taken any action. Your response to these serious allegations has been totally inadequate.”

 Friday, NASCAR CEO Brian France was asked about the inaction it has approached Busch with.

"What's not lost on us by any stretch is the rightful heightened awareness on domestic abuse and violence and so you can expect our policies to reflect the understandable awareness that that's not going to be tolerated," France said.

France continued by stating that it would not take action against Busch until the investigation was completed.  

Busch's car co-owner Gene Haas stated before last weekend’s race at Phoenix that, "He'll be in the car until someone else pulls him out."

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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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Kurt Busch Facing Domestic Violence Accusations

Kurt Busch Facing Domestic Violence Accusations

Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR(DOVER, Del.) -- NASCAR driver Kurt Busch is under investigation by the Dover Police Department for allegedly assaulting his ex-girlfriend.

Patricia Driscoll claims that Busch smashed her head into the wall of a motorhome at a race. The last time a NASCAR race was held in Dover was during the weekend of September 26-28. 

Driscoll is the president of the Armed Forces Foundation, a non-profit for United States Veterans. She is also an executive for a defense consulting firm based in Washington D.C. 

Busch is the 2004 Sprint Cup Champion. He is known among the racing community as the "The Outlaw," for his run-ins with other drivers; both on the track and off. Busch has also had altercations with non-drivers. In 2011 a fan recorded Busch verbally abusing an ESPN reporter. NASCAR fined him $50,000 and suspended him for one race. 

Driscoll has also filed for a restraining order to keep Busch away from her and her son Houston. Driscoll claims that Busch was upset after a poor qualifying run on the night of September 26, leading to the incident in question. Driscoll has requested that he undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

According to the documents, Driscoll states that Busch "was verbally abusive to her and said he wished he had a gun so that he could kill himself."

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Johnson Wins at Texas, Keselowski and Gordon Brawl

Johnson Wins at Texas, Keselowski and Gordon Brawl

Todd Warshaw/Getty Images(FORT WORTH, Texas) -- Jimmie Johnson won the Texas AAA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday, but the biggest story came from the fight that broke out on pit row between Brad Keselowski and Jeff Gordon.

The brawl stemmed from late contact between the two drivers. Gordon, who entered the race third in the championship standings, was leading at the start of a green-white-checkered. Keselowski, who is no longer eligible for the Sprint Cup Championship, attempted to squeeze between Gordon and Johnson but made contact with Gordon's car and cut his left rear tire, causing the number 24 car to spin out.

"The way he races, I don't know how he ever won a championship. This is why everyone is fighting with him," Gordon said. "There wasn't any conversation. You can't have a conversation with him. There's big consequences. To me, it's just a bunch of crap. The kid is just doing stuff way over his head."

Gordon confronted Keselowski in pit row after the game and after some yelling and shoving, a melee between the drivers and their crews ensued with multiple punches being thrown. Keselowski's lip was bleeding once order was restored while Gordon had a cut on his chin.

"We were just racing for the win. I didn't wreck him and just raced him hard. He left a hole. Everything you watch in racing, you leave a hole, you're supposed to go for it," Keselowski said. "I don't want to ruin anyone's day. I wanted to win the race and that was the opportunity."

Gordon finished 29th and fell to fourth in the points standings. Kevin Harvick finished second and was the highest finisher among championship contenders. He also played a roll in the fracas, giving Keselowski a shove before the fight began.

The Chase for the Sprint Cup turns to Phoenix where four of the eight remaining contenders will be eliminated. None of the current drivers have cemented their spot into the final round as Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin sit atop the standings. All eight drivers are separated by just 18 points with only six points between fourth and eighth place.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 11/1/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/1/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NCAA Football: (7) TCU 31 (7-1) - (20) West Virginia 30 (6-3)

Florida 38 (4-3) - (11) Georgia 20 (6-2)

(13) Baylor 60 (7-1) - Kansas 14 (2-6)

(15) Nebraska 35 (8-1) - Purdue 14 (3-6)

(18) Oklahoma 59 (6-2) - Iowa State 14 (2-6)

Temple 20 (5-3) - (23) East Carolina 10 (6-2)

(24) Duke 51 (7-1) - Pittsburgh 48 (4-5) Double Overtime

NASCAR Nationwide Series: Kyle Busch wins the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway. Joey Logano was second.

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Kyle Busch Wins Truck Race at Texas

Kyle Busch Wins Truck Race at Texas

Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR(FORT WORTH, Texas) -- Kyle Busch won his third Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday night. 

Busch passed German Quiroga off a restart and claimed his seventh win of the season on the green-white checkered finish.

"It was a really good night for us," Busch said. "Driving up through the middle there, the seas sort of parted ways a little bit, and they were already three wide, and I'm like, 'There's a gap there. I'm taking it.' And that put us four wide. But in those situations, with that many laps to go, you've just got to do it."

Jeb Burton finished second after Quiroga was involved in a last-lap wreck and Timothy Peters finished in third.

"I thought the 17 [Timothy Peters] was in the catbird seat there," Busch said. "I figured he had the perfect strategy -- two tires and he was going to be on the outside, get through those guys and get out front."

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Picks Up First Win at Martinsville

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Picks Up First Win at Martinsville

Jamie Squire/Getty Images(MARTINSVILLE, Va.) -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. is out of the chase, but he didn't mind taking home the checkered flag at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday.

Earnhardt Jr. was eliminated from title contention last weekend and held off Jeff Gordon, who is one of the eight remaining drivers left in the Chase, for his first career win at the track in 30 starts.

The win comes 10 years after Hendrick Motor Sports lost ten members of their team, including team owner Rick Hendricks son at Martinsville during a plane crash.

"I could feel how important it was to him and his embrace when he hugged me," Earnhardt said. "There's a genuine hug and there's a hug. His was the real deal. This is the 10th anniversary. It's more difficult. The 10th anniversary sort of has you reflecting and remembering."

Ryan Newman, who is also one of the eight remaining drivers, finished in third.  Tony Stewart followed Newman and Joey Logano was fifth.

Gordon said finishing in second was tough, but he's happy to see Team Hendrick get the win at this track.

"I will say that it makes me feel a little bit better about finishing second that it was second to somebody that's not in the Chase," Gordon said. "Had that been somebody in the Chase, it would have been hard to swallow."

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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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Brad Keselowski Survives Round, Wins at Talladega

Brad Keselowski Survives Round, Wins at Talladega

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images For NASCAR(TALLADEGA, Ala.) -- Brad Keselowski is into the eliminator round after holding off Matt Kenseth at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday.

Keselowski needed to win in order to stay alive in the chase for the championship and took the lead during the final caution flag in the green-white checkered finish.

The win comes after last weekend's post-race brawl between Kenseth and Keselowski, but Keselowski will take a win no matter what.

"I know there's probably some people out there that aren't really happy I won. I can understand that. But I'm a man like anyone else and not real proud of last week," Keselowski said of last weekend's post-race brawl at Charlotte.  "But I'm real proud of today."

"It was funny how this racing world works out. I don't know why it is that way. I don't know why it seems like every week where there's either a fight in the garage or a mishap or something like that happens, those two cars and people end up together."

Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kasey Kahne, and defending Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson were all eliminated from the Chase for the Championship.

Jeff Gordon, a Hendrick teammate of the three who were eliminated, said it's tough to see them go out that way.

"Great teams, great drivers, great friends. I hate to see them not in there," Gordon said about Johnson, Earnhardt and Kahne. "I really thought the chances of two of them getting in were very good, and certainly one of them. I thought two of us would be in there, and I thought there's a decent chance three could be there."

Gordon, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards, Ryan Newman, Denny Hamlin, and Kenseth are all moving onto the next round.

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Terry Labonte to Retire After Talledega

Terry Labonte to Retire After TalledegaBananaStock(TALLEDEGA, AL) -- Two-time NASCAR champion Terry Labonte will compete in his final race at Talledega Superspeedway this Sunday. Labonte has zoomed around the track for 26 full seasons at the NASCAR level and run on a partial schedule for th...

Talladega Superspeedway Preview

Talladega Superspeedway Preview

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(TALLADEGA, Ala.) -- The Chase field will be cut from 12 to eight on Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway.

The final stage of the contender round will take place in the Geico 500 and Denny Hamlin is looking forward to another shot after winning at the track in May.

"My guess is that [Brad Keselowski] will probably try to wreck everyone -- that's his only shot," Hamlin said this week. "He'll just be out of control like normal. We'll do what we have to do to get in and that's the big picture."

Keselowski was fined $50,000 on Tuesday for a post-race altercation with Tony Stewart at Charlotte.

Jeff Gordon leads active drivers with six Talladega victories, but still isn't looking forward to the race.

"Nobody wants to deal with Talladega," Gordon said this week.  "Everybody would like to take the weekend off there if they could. Two guys [Contender Round winners Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano] in some ways get to, and the rest of us are going to have to go race there. We've got a little bit of a cushion but not near enough to be comfortable by any means."

"We'll go and race the way we normally do there, which is just try to be smart, try to stay out of the mess and then put ourselves in a good position to get a good finish [and] hope it works out," he continued.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. has five victories at Talladega and won a record four straight from 2001-2003. Unlike Gordon, he's looking forward to the track.

"[We just have to] go out there and win it. We can do it. We have won there a lot of times," Earnhardt Jr. said. "I know what we need to do. We will just have to build a fast car and hope that we don't have any gremlins and try to go out there and win it."

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Keselowski, Stewart Fined for Postrace Altercation

Keselowski, Stewart Fined for Postrace Altercation

BannanaStock(NEW YORK) -- Brad Keselowski and Tony Stewart were fined on Tuesday for their altercation following Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup race in Charlotte.

Stewart was fined $25,000 while Keselowski was hit with a $50,000 penalty. NASCAR issued a statement on Tuesday saying that the fines were "about maintaining a safe environment following the race."

Keselowski was involved in a pair of incidents on Saturday after the checkered flag, including a skirmish with Denny Hamlin.

After hitting Matt Kenseth on pit road, the 2012 Sprint Cup champion inadvertently bumped into Stewart's car. Stewart retaliated by putting his car into reverse and backing into Keselowski.

Hamlin later followed Keselowski into the pits and was held back from confronting him, while Kenseth jumped Keselowski from behind. Members of both pit crews eventually broke up the ordeal.

Neither Hamlin nor Kenseth were disciplined.

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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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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/11/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/11/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Kansas City Royals 6 - Baltimore Orioles 4 (Orioles Lead ALCS, 2-0)

San Francisco Giants 3 - St Louis Cardinals 0 (Giants Lead NLCS 1-0)

Top 25 College Football: (1) Florida State 38 (6-0) Syracuse 20 (2-4)

(3) Mississippi State 38 (6-0) - (2)Auburn 23 (5-1)

(3) Mississippi  35 (6-0) - Texas A&M 20 (5-2)

(5) Baylor 61 (6-0) - (9) TCU 58 (4-1)

(6) Notre Dame 50 (5-0) - North Carolina 43 (2-3)

(7) Alabama 14 (5-1) - Arkansas 13 (3-3)

(8) Michigan State 45 (5-1) - Purdue 31 (3-4)

USC 28 (4-2) - (10) Arizona 26 (5-1) 

(11) Oklahoma 31 (5-1) - Texas 26 (2-4) 

(12) Oregon 42 - (5-1) - (18) UCLA 30 (4-2)

(13) Georgia 34 (5-1) - (23) Missouri 0 (4-2)

(16) Oklahoma State 27 (5-1) - Kansas 20 (2-4)

(19) East Carolina 28 (5-1) - South Florida 17 (2-4)

Duke 31 (5-1) - (22) Georgia Tech 25 (5-1) 

NASCAR: Kevin Harvick Wins Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway

NHL: Washington Captitals 4 (1-0-1, 3 pts) - Boston Bruins 0 (1-2-0, 2 pts)

Pittsburgh Penguins 5 (2-0-0, 4 pts) - Toronto Maple Leafs 2 (0-2-0, 0 pts)

Anaheim Ducks 3 (1-1-0, 2 pts) - Detroit Red Wings 2 (1-1-0, 2 pts)

Ottawa Senators 3 (1-1-0, 2 pts) - Tampa Bay Lightning 2 (1-0-1, 3 pts)

New Jersey Devils 5 (2-0-0, 4 pts) - Florida Panthers 1 (0-1-1, 1 pts)

New York Islanders 4 (2-0-0, 4 pts) - Carolina Hurricanes 3 (0-2-0, 0 pts)

Montreal Canadiens 4 (2-0-0, 4 pts) - Philadelphia Flyers 3 (Final/SO)

Columbus Blue Jackets 5 - New York Rangers 2 (1-1-0, 2 pts)

St. Louis Blues 4 (1-1-0, 2 pts)- Calgary Flames 1 (1-2-0, 2 pts)

Nashville Predators 4 (2-0-0, 4 pts) - Dallas Stars 1 (0-1-1 1pt)

Chicago Blackhawks 6 (2-0-0, 4 pts) - Buffalo Sabres 2 (0-2-0, 0 pts)

Minnesota Wild 3 (2-0-0 4pts) - Colorado Avalanche 0 (0-2-0, 0 pts)

Arizona Coyotes 3 (1-1-0 2pts) - Los Angeles Kings 2 (0-1-1 1pt) (Final/ OT)

Vancouver Canucks 5 (2-0-0 4pts)- Edmonton Oilers 4 (0-1-1 1pt) (Final/ SO) 

San Jose Sharks 3 (2-0-0 4pts) - Winnipeg Jets 0 (1-1-0 2pts)

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/10/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/10/14Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB ALCS Game 1: Kansas City Royals 8  -Baltimore Orioles 6 - 10 Innings (Royals lead series, 1-0) NCAAF: Stanford Cardinal 27 (4-2) - Washington State Cougars 17 (2-5) NHL: New York Islanders 5 (1-0-0) - Carolina ...

Joey Logano Wins at Kansas Speedway

Joey Logano Wins at Kansas Speedway

Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR(KANSAS CITY, Kan.) -- Joey Logano is headed into the next round of the Chase for the championship after cruising to victory at Kansas Speedway on Sunday.

Logano held off Kyle Larson and Kyle Busch for his fifth win of the year.

"Getting us to the next round, that's awesome," Logano said. "This is so much fun, I'm having a blast this year, and we've got a real shot to win this championship. I feel like we're one of the teams to beat."

Logano avoided the tough track's corners and will play with house money in the next two stops at Charlotte and Talladega.

Defending Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson was forced to stop after he was hit by Greg Biffle on the 85th lap.

"It just means we've got to be on our game at Charlotte and Talladega," Johnson said. "We'll see how the other Chasers fare. If I can get taken out today, somebody else can later in this event or at Charlotte. Certainly need W's, I would assume, going forward."

Dale Earnhardt Jr. was leading when a flat tire caused him to hit the wall and he finished 39th.

"Just the whole surface of the tire unwound like a string. It just came off the tire and it popped off the corner," said Earnhardt. "Man, that was a great race car. We hadn't been running very good the last several weeks."

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Gordon Wins Final Race of “Challenger Round”

Gordon Wins Final Race of “Challenger Round”

Geoff Burke/Getty Images(DOVER, Del.) -- Jeff Gordon led the final 71 laps of the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway, cementing his spot in the next round of the NASCAR's 10-race "Chase for the Sprint Cup". It was Gordon's fifth win at The Monster Mile, and his first since winning his last series crown in 2001.

"I think it makes a statement of what type of team we are," Gordon said. "I think that it makes a statement that we're a team to beat for this championship."

Although he didn't need the win to advance, Gordon joined Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano as winners through the first round of NASCAR's new playoff format which eliminates four drivers after every third race. At the conclusion of the race at Dover, Kurt Busch, AJ Allmendinger, Greg Biffle, and Aric Amirola were knocked from championship contention.

Kevin Harvick led 223 laps but poor tire management left him with a 13th place finish. Keselowski took second while Jimmie Johnson, Logano and Matt Kenseth finished out the top five. The points will now reset for the "Contender Round" which features races at Kansas, Charlotte, and Talladega.

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