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There were many story lines going into race #1 of the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship in Chicago land. There were many predictions and discussions as to what might happen, what could happen, what was likely to happen and what everyone hoped to happen.
Kevin Harvick earned his fourth Nationwide Series win of the season on Saturday with a victory for JR Motorsports at Chicagoland Speedway. Harvick took the lead on a two-tire pit stop 39 laps from the finish when Kyle Busch took four tires.
SHR officials announced earlier this week that it had made personnel moves between two of its four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series outfits, swapping the majority of over-the-wall crewmen between Harvick's No. 4 and Stewart's No.
Time after time this season, the Stewart-Haas Racing driver has seen a victory slip away because of a miscue on pit road. Everything from a loose wheel at the Coca-Cola 600 to a pit road speeding penalty at the Bristol night race.
For all intents and purposes, that makes it somewhat of a Hendrick Motorsports vs. Team Penske showdown." "My fondness for Chicago has been well documented over the years.
The Jimmie Johnsons and Brad Keselowskis of the world have been getting most of the "favorite" votes, but here are some other drivers to watch: Kevin Harvick: On Tuesday, Stewart-Haas Racing announced that the No. 4 and the No.
Stewart-Haas Racing has made the announcement Tuesday that the teams of the #4 and the #14 would change pit crews for the Chase. With Tony Stewart 's #14 pit crew servicing Kevin Harvick 's #4 Chevrolet, and Harvick's pit crew will go to Stewart's team for the final 10 race Chase of 2014 Harvick qualified for the 2014 Chase with three victories whereas Stewart, who has not won as of yet this season, and then missed three races after the incident in upstate New York, that resulted in the death of Kevin Ward Jr., the investigation into the crash remains ongoing.
That's no coincidence. The top drivers this season - and the top seeds entering the Chase - were all near the front again in the final regular-season race at Richmond.
Keselowski dominated the Federated Auto Parts 400, leading 383 of 400 laps en route to his fourth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory of the year after starting from the pole. The only driver all night to challenge Keselowski was Kevin Harvick, who led 17 laps early in the race.
Manny Pacquiao told The Associated Press on Friday in New York that a matchup with Floyd Mayweather "is the fight fans want in their hearts" and that he is always ready to step into the ring with Mayweather. Pacquiao could be closer to such a fight because promoter Bob Arum says the two cable TV networks involved, HBO and Showtime, have reached an agreement to make it happen.
Kyle Busch led from start to finish to end an eight-race Nationwide winless streak with his fifth career victory at Richmond. It was the second time in Busch's career that he led a race in the series from start to finish.
And he also knows that, win or lose, he'll be able to move on from whatever happens, whether he makes the 16-driver Chase for the Sprint Cup or not. There's two good reasons for that.
Updated: Sun Sep 14, 2014 05:14 pm
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