Kevin Harvick Wins At Darlington
NASCAR Wire Service: The 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season has been
one of feast or famine for Kevin Harvick—and on Saturday night at Darlington
Raceway, Harvick enjoyed the delectable taste of victory. Passing Dale
Earnhardt Jr. on the next-to-last lap of the second attempt at a green-whitecheckered-flag finish, Harvick won Sunday’s Bojangles’ Southern 500 and all but locked himself into the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup as the first two-time winner in the series this year (he still needs to finish in the top 30 in points after race No. 26 and attempt to qualify for every race). In the second race of the season, Harvick dominated in winning at Phoenix, before a spate of mechanical issues waylaid him in four of five subsequent events. On Saturday at Darlington, he was the class of the field again, leading 238 of 374 laps in a race that went seven circuits past its scheduled distance. Nevertheless, it took a four-tire call in the pits and a late caution to give Harvick a final chance to beat Earnhardt, who had streaked to a 15-car-length lead on two fresh tires in the first attempt at a green-white-checker. But Kurt Busch’s wreck on the backstretch brought out the 11th caution on Lap 369 and snatched the victory from Earnhardt’s grasp. Restarting on the outside of the front row after powering past Jimmie Johnson on the first attempt at overtime, Harvick prevailed with a superior car on superior tires. The victory was Harvick’s first at Darlington and the 25th of his career. It was the series-best third win of the season for Stewart-Haas Racing.
Up Next: EASTER OFF-WEEK
All three of NASCAR’s top series are off for the Easter weekend. The next Sprint
Cup race will be Saturday, April 26 at Richmond International Raceway.
IndyCar Open Testing at TMS This Wednesday The Verizon IndyCar
Series will race at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday, June 7th. Fans can get a free preview of America’s Original Nighttime IndyCar Race this Wednesday, April 16, when the Series comes to Texas Motor Speedway for an open test session.
Gate 4 will open at 9:00 am on Wednesday morning, with testing running until 5:00 pm. Only the main grandstands will be open to fans.Admission is free, and coolers are welcome.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.has finished 3rd or better in five of the eight races this year. He has also earned the most prize money so far this season at $2.5 million.
Kasey Kahne is struggling. He’s currently 23rd in the Sprint Cup Series standings, with an average finish of 21st.
1 JEFF GORDON
2 Matt Kenseth -1
3 Carl Edwards -19 1
4 Dale Earnhardt Jr. -26 1
5 Jimmie Johnson -27
6 Kyle Busch -28 1
7 Brad Keselowski -51 1
8 Joey Logano -52 1
22 Kevin Harvick -111 2
26 Kurt Busch -133 1