Sunday, September 17, 2006
Kevin Harvick wins at New Hampshire
Jimmie Johnson foretold his future at today's Sylvania 300 NASCAR Nextel Cup race at Loudon, New Hampshire. He said you cant win the Nextel Cup championship with a win but you can lose it with a bad race. Uh oh. Kevin Harvick has been on a big roll and he went and won the pole too. Let's see who had trouble in this race.
Things go bad for Kyle Busch-#5 Kellogg's Chevy when he makes contact with Jeff Green-#66 Haas Automation Chevy on lap 3. Green hits the inside wall and is out of the race. Busch damages his front end alignment and is likely to have a long day. Kevin Harvick-#29 Reese's Chevy leads mostly and almost causes a disaster on lap 35 when he squeezes between Jeff Burton-#31 Cingular Chevy & Denny Hamlin-#11 FedEx Chevy to take back the lead. Fortunately, there was no crash.
Jimmie Johnson-#48 Lowe's Chevy tells his crew that his engine is failing. He pits on lap 81 during a caution to see if the problem is a loose plug wire. It doesn't matter when on lap 88 Sterling Marlin-#14 Ginn Resorts Chevy checks up and knocks Johnson into the wall. He gets back out on the track but finishes 39th. Jeff Burton leads for a while but Harvick gets the lead back on lap 138. Kasey Kahne-#9 UAW Dodge Dealers Dodge has a flat tire but rebounds and finishes 17th.
Kyle Busch has contact with Clint Bowyer-#07 Jack Daniels Chevy on lap 198 and hits the wall. He finishes 38th. Harvick continues to lead. Bobbt Labonte-#43 Cheerios Dodge crashes on lap 207. Everyone pits except Dave Blaney-#22 Caterpillar Dodge stays out to lead. Harvick wastes no time getting back in the lead. There's a final caution when Kyle Petty-#45 Dodge blows an engine on lap 292 but Harvick easily holds off Tony Stewart-#20 Home Depot Chevy & Jeff Gordon-#24 Dupont Chevy for the win.
Congratulations to Kevin Harvick, crew chief Todd Berrier and car owner Richard Childress for the win. Harvick leads the points for the first time in his career. Big topten finishes for Brian Vickers, Elliott Sadler, JJ Yeley & Dave Blaney. The Nextel Cup is in Dover next week. Here's the top ten of the race.
1.29/Kevin Harvick/Reese's/Chevy/Richard Childress
2.20/Tony Stewart/Home Depot/Chevy/Joe Gibbs
3.24/Jeff Gordon/Dupont/Chevy/Rick Hendrick
4.11/Denny Hamlin/FedEx/Chevy/Joe Gibbs
5.25/Brian Vickers/GMAC.Chevy/Rick Hendrick
6.19/Elliott Sadler/UAW-Dodge Dealers/Dodge/Ray Evernham
7.31/Jeff Burton/Cingular/Chevy/Richard Childress
8.18/JJ Yeley/Interstate Batteries/Chevy/Joe Gibbs
9.22/Dave Blaney/Caterpillar/Dodge/Bill Davis
10.17/Matt Kenseth/DeWalt Tools/Ford/Jack Roush