Jimmie Johnson

Harvick, not Stewart, Danica or Busch, carrying banner for SHR

Through the Gears: Four things we learned in Phoenix
Reactions of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' visit to Phoenix, where Kevin Harvick leads the way at Stewart-Haas Racing, Jeff Gordon is off to a hot start, Roush Fenway Racing no longer king in the Ford camp, and suffering through another track's repaving.

One thing you can say about Kevin Harvick: he’s a quick learner. Thirteen years ago, in the midst of NASCAR mourning its national tragedy, he won in just the third Cup start of his career. Replacing Dale Earnhardt in the No. 3 wasn’t easy, but he made it seem like a breeze, beating Jeff Gordon — in his prime — by a nose at Atlanta.  

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Earnhardt's Daytona 500 victory puts wind in NASCAR sails

Through the Gears: Four things we learned in the Daytona 500
Reaction to NASCAR's 56th annual Daytona 500 and race-winner Dale Earnhardt Jr.

 

Thirteen years after tragedy and 10 years after triumph, Dale Earnhardt Jr. pulled into Daytona 500 Victory Lane a second time. Emotions ran high in a race where a car with the slanted, stylized “3” made famous by his late father led the field to green hours earlier. No one would have blamed the driver if, soaking in the breadth of history, he simply broke down in tears.  Dale Earnhardt Jr.

The Daytona 500: Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins a thriller

Earnhardt collects second win in NASCAR's Great American Race
Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins NASCAR's Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - For a sport facing such drastic change — change that has not necessarily been accepted by an obstinate fanbase — NASCAR needed a dose of familiarity. In its marquee event, the Daytona 500, it got just that.

The Five Storylines to Watch in the Daytona 500

Geoffrey Miller highlights NASCAR's biggest stories for the Daytona 500
Joe Gibbs Racing, Hendrick Motorsports and the weather highlight NASCAR's five storlines to watch in the 2014 Daytona 500.

1. Joe Gibbs Racing easily the early favorites  Denny Hamlin
The sabre-rattling from the Joe Gibbs Racing camp early in Daytona Speedweeks has been impossible to avoid. Simply put: they’ve won everything, save for the Daytona 500 pole in single-lap qualifying.

Perspective: Ricky Craven talks today's NASCAR

Driver, commentator sits for exclusive Q&A
An exclusive Q&A with former NASCAR driver and current commentator Ricky Craven.

Ricky Craven didn’t put a full-court press on Victory Lane during his Sprint Cup driving career. He won only twice over a span of 11 years, but in his life as a racing analyst for ESPN — a role he’s held since 2008 — he has emerged as one of sports television’s most respected commentators.

Jimmie Johnson: Six Questions with the Six-Time Champ

The NASCAR Sprint Cup champion sits down for a one-on-one
Six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson sits down for a one-on-one interview with Athlon Sports.

Jimmie Johnson won his sixth Sprint Cup championship last season, putting him closer to NASCAR icons Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt, who totaled seven apiece — a number Johnson will pursue as the 2014 season unfolds.

Encouraging NASCAR Sprint Cup rookie crop looks to Daytona

Young hires filled with potential trump vets in "other half" of Cup garage
How this season's pack of talented NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rookies will shape up against others who have come before them in the Daytona 500.

At Daytona International Speedway, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage is split into two sections. The plum positioning — garage stalls closer to restrooms and track entry and exit — are given out based on last year’s final point standings. A quick lap around what DIS dubs the “Sprint Fan Zone” will point out the obvious: It segregates the haves and the have-nots in NASCAR’s money-making division at a time in the sport where the delineation between the two has never been greater.

2014 NASCAR Driver Profile: Jimmie Johnson

Johnson has Petty, Earnhardt, in his sights
2014 driver profile for Jimmie Johnson on the NASCR Sprint Cup circuit.

From Five-Time, to Six-Pack, to ... best ever? It might be a bit early for that, but there’s no question that Jimmie Johnson belongs in the conversation. His 2013 championship gives him six and places the California native just one short of the Cup Series record, held by two of the sport’s immortals, Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt. Sixty-six career wins are good for eighth all-time, and at age 38, he’s left that total plenty of room to grow.

NASCAR Speedweeks feature Dillon, Hamlin; more passing and more wrecking

Through the Gears: Four things we've learned during Speedweeeks
Austin Dillon on the Pole for the Daytona 500; Denny Hamlin wins the NASCR Sprint Unlimited. All the things you need to know from Daytona.

On Sunday, a black No. 3 car sat shining in the Daytona Beach sun, cameras focused on a number not seen in NASCAR Sprint Cup competition since the 2001 Daytona 500. It’s been 13 years since that tragic end, but closure has finally come — not in the form of an Earnhardt, but in 23-year-old Austin Dillon.  Austin Dillon

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