“Obviously we weren’t in a very good position coming into today but that’s what theses guys (at SHR) are made of; that’s what team work is all about”. “All these partnerships are based on great human relationships with a common goal to deliver the best racing show to European fans”. It’s the 750th win for (Chevrolet), and everybody who helps us on this auto (deserves thanks). “That’s what it’s all about – those big-time moments”.
“Hell, yeah”, race runnerup Kyle Busch said.
To hear Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Elliott Sadler talk, it’s mildly surprising the two friends haven’t combined for a formal competitive venture before now.
Kyle Busch, who is one point behind Earnhardt and now out of a transfer spot, was 19th fastest in opening practice but improved to seventh in the second session.
“I’m backing up the corner; it’s real nice”, Earnhardt radioed to crew chief Greg Ives. He has two wins and a series-best 18 top-fives, but has busted out in the Chase. “He just did a really good job and once he got in front of me, it’s just hard to pass”. So I think the next round is the most challenging for us personally.
The points will be reset to zero, giving each of the 12 remaining contenders a clean slate heading into Charlotte Motor Speedway for the start of the Contender round. Johnson, Paul Menard and Clint Bowyer were the other drivers eliminated from championship contention on Sunday.
Hamlin got into AJ Allmendinger on just the second lap of the day and turned both the No. 47 and his own No. 11 around. He led the race for 355 of its 400 circuits of the Monster Mile, a track where he had never won in his 29 races there.
As he’s done so often, Kevin Harvick came through in a must-win situation.
(Harvick ) “I have a group of people that believe in each other, I have a group of people that are experienced… and for me is – I’ve been to get in these race cars…” That they could everybody was was flawless on they’re topic.
Harvick pushed Johnson in the chest in the motorhome lot after the race before Josh Jones, Harvick’s business manager, played peacemaker. For two laps, the tire smoking from the friction, Harvick tried to get that sheet metal to give.
Harvick indicated that even though he was outside, he felt that area should be treated as private. “You don’t want to live and die by that, and I think the lesson learned there is you just can’t have failures”.
As Harvick flourished, several fellow Chasers struggled. By the time the issue was fixed on Lap 139, Johnson was 36 laps down and history. Pit lane is narrow and you could hit another vehicle as you are leaving your pits. “We just had a few bad luck with that loose wheel early on”. “That was a deserving pass he put on to be able to make it through to the next round”, McMurray said. Harvick’s vehicle suffered the most damage – a tire rub.
Smith wins Xfinity race: DOVER, Del.
Defending Sprint Cup Champion Kevin Harvick will have his back against the wall at Dover.
The field was set on points and Matt Kenseth will start first Sunday. Billy Scott is serving a three-race suspension after Michael Waltrip Racing lost its appeal Wednesday of a penalty from the September 20 race at Chicagoland Speedway….
The speedway paid tribute to Jeff Gordon.
Davidson, whose favorite driver was Gordon, had taken Geri to her first race at Dover when she was 9 and passed on his love of racing to her.