2010-07-08 / Sports

Harvick Wins Daytona Demolition Race

By Gerald Hodges THE RACING REPORTER

Daytona Beach, Fla. – Kevin Harvick won the wild CokeZero 400 Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway by managing to dodge wrecked cars that left more than half the field beatup or out of the race.

“You’re going to have that (wrecks) on green-whitecheckered finishes,” said Harvick. “I think the only car that didn’t have (fresh) tires tonight was the 33 (of Bowyer). Some of them had two, and four tires is the way to go. So you have a mixture of that stuff. So you have cars that are able to take pushes a little bit better and be able to keep the throttle down wide open getting into the corners.”

The stage for a greenwhite checkered finish was set with one lap to go when Sam Hornish, lost control of his Dodge and clipped Kurt Busch, damaging both cars.

Harvick’s teammate, Clint Bowyer, was leading on the restart but got tangled up down the backstretch and spun out of contention. It was a tough break for Bowyer, who appeared to be heading for his first Daytona victory.

Kasey Kahne finished second and Jeff Gordon third. Dale Earnhardt Jr., was fourth after running poorly most of the night. Jeff Burton was fifth after being involved in a multi-car crash that redflagged the race for nearly 20 minutes.

More than 20 cars were involved in this accident, which had debris scattered for more than half-a-mile on the track. In fact, many of the frontrunners in the race were eliminated, including Juan Montoya, Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski, Ryan Newman and others.

Carl Edwards finished sixth, followed by Kurt Busch, whose Dodge looked like a candidate for the junkyard.

Rounding out the top-10 were Reed Sorensen, Mike Bliss and Scott Speed.

Top-12 Chase contenders with eight races before the Chase begins: 1. Harvick- 2684, 2. J. Gordon-2472, 3. Johnson-2459, 4. Kurt Busch- 2439, 5. Hamlin-2400, 6. Kyle Busch-2376, 7. Kenseth-2322, 8. Burton-2319, 9. Stewart- 2251, 10. Biffle-2234, 11. Earnhardt 2177, 12. Edwards-2170

Dale Jr. gets emotional win

Driving the No. 3 Wrangler Chevrolet in honor of his late father, Dale Earnhardt Jr. broke a NASCAR Nationwide Series drought of almost four years in winning Friday night’s Subway Jalapeno 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway.

Earnhardt’s emotional win was the result of a collaboration between owner Richard Childress, Teresa Earnhardt, JR Motorsports and Hendrick Motorsports, which supplied the engine for the No. 3 car.

The victory, the 23rd of Earnhardt’s career, was his first in the series since Aug. 19, 2006, when he took the checkered flag at Michigan. It was his first points win in any of NASCAR’s top three series since June 15, 2008, when Earnhardt captured the Lifelock 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race, again at Michigan.

“I worked hard to try to win, not only for daddy – I’m proud of him going to the Hall of Fame, and he would be proud of this, I’m sure – but just all these fans. I hope they enjoyed this. This is it – no more ‘3’ for me. That’s it.

“It’s emotional. I’m proud of myself. I’m proud to have done what I did with this group.”

Top-10 points leaders after 17 0f 35: 1. Keselowski- 2806, 2. Edwards-2529, 3. Allgaier 2318, 4. Kyle Busch- 2291, 5. Harvick-2163, 6. Menard-2077, 7. Logano- 1933, 8. S. Wallace-1922, 9. Gaughan-1895, 10. Leffler- 1839

2011 HOF Nominees announced

The list of 25 nominees for the 2011 NASCAR Hall of Fame has been announced. The 2011 inductee class will be announced in October and honored next year at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C.

Following are the 25 nominees:

Bobby Allison, 1983 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and winner of 84 races

Buck Baker, first driver to win consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup championships

Red Byron, first NASCAR Sprint Cup champion, in 1949

Richard Childress, 11- time car-owner champion in NASCAR’s three national series

Jerry Cook, six-time NASCAR Modified champion

Richie Evans, nine-time NASCAR Modified champion

Tim Flock, two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion

Rick Hendrick, 12-time car-owner champion in NASCAR’s three national series

Jack Ingram, two-time NASCAR Nationwide Series champion

Dale Inman, eight-time NASCAR Sprint Cup championship crew chief

Ned Jarrett, two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion

Fred Lorenzen, 26 wins and winner of the Daytona 500 and World 600

Bud Moore, 63 wins and two NASCAR Sprint Cup titles as a car owner

Raymond Parks, NASCAR’s first champion car owner

Benny Parsons, 1973 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion

David Pearson, 105 victories and three NASCAR Sprint Cup championships

Lee Petty, winner of first Daytona 500 and first threetime series champion

Fireball Roberts, won 33 NASCAR Sprint Cup races, including the 1962 Daytona 500

T. Wayne Robertson, helped raise NASCAR popularity as R.J. Reynolds senior VP

Herb Thomas, first twotime NASCAR Sprint Cup champion, 1951 and ‘53

Curtis Turner, early personality, called the “Babe Ruth of stock car racing”

Darrell Waltrip, winner of 84 races and three NASCAR Sprint Cup championships

Joe Weatherly, two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion

Glen Wood, as driver, laid foundation for Wood Brothers’ future team success

Cale Yarborough, winner of three consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup titles, 1976-78

Of the 25 nominees, only five will be selected.

Weekend racing: The Cup and Nationwide teams are at the 1.5-mile Chicagoland Speedway, while the Camping World Trucks race for the first time at Iowa Speedway, a .875-mile track in Newton, Iowa.

Friday, July 9, Nationwide Series Dollar General 300, race 18 of 35; starting time: 7:30 p.m. ET: TV: ESPN.

Saturday, July 10, Sprint Cup Lifelock.com 400, race 19 of 36; starting time: 7:30 p.m. ET; TV: TNT.

Sunday, July 11, Camping World 200, race 10 of 25: starting time: 1 p.m. ET; TV: Speed Channel.

Racing trivia question: Who is the defending Camping World Truck Series champion?

Last week’s question: Where is Joey Logano’s home state? Answer. He is from Connecticut.

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