Sunday, November 16, 2014

Kevin Harvick Wins Sprint Cup Championship

Originally written for CLNS Radio.

Kevin Harvick won the Sprint Cup Championship on Sunday by winning the Ford Ecoboost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
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With the new Chase format, Harvick came into the race needing to beat the other three drivers in the title hunt.  With no points on the line for the top four drivers, the first driver to cross the finish line would be the champion.  

Harvick’s team made a late-race call that ultimately won him the race with four tires against runner-up Ryan Newman’s two.  Harvick said he was worried about dropping to fourth with just 15 laps to go.

“That came down to a pit call and I was like, ‘man, we are in trouble here,’” Harvick said.  “[Crew chief] Rodney Childers and all these guys that have put together these teams have just done an amazing job.”

Harvick said he was extremely happy to have the support of his team owners and fellow drivers leading up to Sunday’s race.  He said he remembered advice Tony Stewart told him before he got in the car all race long and that it helped get him to victory lane.

“Been trying for 13 years, really want to thank Tony Stewart and Jimmie Johnson for helping me through this week.  Jimmie Johnson was in my trailer about as much as any of my teammates and calling me and on the phone…telling me all the things I would need to do today.”

“I was going to hold the pedal down and hope for the best.”

Following the race, NASCAR also announced that Kyle Larson was the 2014 Rookie of the Year.

Unofficial results:

1. Kevin Harvick
2. Ryan Newman
3. Brad Keselowski
4. Paul Menard
5. Jamie McMurray
6. Matt Kenseth
7. Denny Hamlin
8. Clint Bowyer
9. Jimmie Johnson
10. Jeff Gordon
11. Kurt Busch
12. Kasey Kahne
13. Kyle Larson
14. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
15. Justin Allgaier
16. Joey Logano
17. Martin Truex Jr.
18. Danica Patrick
19. Aric Almirola
20. Casey Mears
21. Michael McDowell
22. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
23. Brian Vickers
24. Reed Sorenson
25. Austin Dillon
26. Cole Whitt
27. Marcos Ambrose
28. Brian Scott
29. Landon Cassill
30. David Ragan
31. David Gilliland
32. Josh Wise
33. Alex Bowman
34. Carl Edwards
35. Michael Annett
36. Brett Moffitt
37. J.J. Yeley
38. Blake Koch
39. Kyle Busch
40. AJ Allmendinger
41. Greg Biffle
42. Trevor Bayne
43. Tony Stewart

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