- Beretta leaves Maryland over gun laws, heads for Tennessee
- Neal Boortz defends Hillary Clinton for representing child rapist
- House task force to recommend National Guard on border, faster deportations
- Top federal judge uses pizza to explain complex Obamacare situation
- Obama, Biden overhaul job training programs
- Drought-plagued Californians turn to paint to keep lawns green
- ISIL now forcing Iraqi shopkeepers to veil mannequins in Mosul
- 11 parents of Nigeria’s abducted girls die
- Genetic mapping triggers new hope on schizophrenia
- Turkish P.M. Erdogan won’t speak to Obama, but he’ll take calls from Biden
Harvick charging hard in final RCR season
Question of the Day
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) - Kevin Harvick had already made a loud statement in winning his second Coca-Cola 600. He had another, just as important one to make about his focus in his final season with Richard Childress Racing.
“It’s not just `Kevin,’” he said. “This is something that (Childress) and I sat down and talked about as men and just really focused on what’s most important for our sponsors and the guys on this team and this organization. That’s the important thing.”
Harvick knows it would be easy to coast through the season before riding off to Stewart-Haas Racing in 2014. That, he understands, is no way to go out.
“It’s too important to the people that put in the hours and hours and hours, the people that put in millions and millions of dollars,” he said.
Harvick has shown that drive this year. He won at Richmond last month and backed that up by pushing past Kasey Kahne on a final restart and holding on to win NASCAR’s longest race for the second time in three years.
Harvick’s team is on a major roll after a slow start to the season. He was fifth at Darlington two weeks back before his latest victory moved him up to seventh in points.
Childress was disappointed in losing the driver he picked to fill the seat of the late Dale Earnhardt in 2001. But the car owner long ago accepted the business of NASCAR that leads people in different directions. That, however, doesn’t change the goals for this year.
“Like I told Kevin,” Childress said, “I wish him the best of luck at the end of the year, but right now we got a job in front of us.”
Harvick survived one of the wildest nights of racing anywhere. He was 14th 100 miles in and seemingly stuck in the back of the pack when things began to change.
Harvick’s machine was not damaged by a fallen nylon rope that had been used to drive the Fox Sports overhead TV camera. The collapse delayed things about 30 minutes for cleanup and repair.
Later on, Harvick avoided incidents and accidents that took out Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth _ all pre-race favorites.
“Kevin was really digging all day long,” Childress said. “This is a grueling race.”
Still, it didn’t look as though Harvick had enough to beat Kahne, who won this race in 2012 and led the most laps with 156 out of 400. On the 11th and last caution, Harvick came in for two tires while Kahne stayed out. And that proved the difference as Harvick’s fresher rubber quickly drove past Kahne.
“It really was a no-brainer,” said crew chief Gil Martin.
The president could pay the full price for ignoring Congress
- David Perdue defeats Jack Kingston in Georgia Republican Senate primary runoff
- IRS seeks help destroying another 3,200 computer hard drives
- 'Straight White Guy Festival' supposedly set for Ohio park
- D.C. appeals panel deals big blow to Obamacare subsidies
- Beretta moving to Tennessee over Maryland gun laws
- BERMAN & MADYOON: An Iranian-Turkish reset
- MAY: Barbarians at Jordan's gate
- EDITORIAL: Obamacare in intensive care
- Pentagon team dispatched to Ukraine amid crisis with Russia
- Hamas terrorists wear Israeli army uniforms to ambush soldiers in Gaza
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world
Fighting in Iraq