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2014 NASCAR Driver Profile: Kevin Harvick

Harvick looks to continue NASCAR success at Stewart-Haas Racing in 2014
After a 13-year tenure at Richard Childress Racing, Kevin Harvick transitions to Stewart-Haas Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

It’s hard to believe that it’s been more than a dozen years since Kevin Harvick, at age 25, was thrust into the NASCAR spotlight, handed the impossible task of mending broken hearts just days after the death of Dale Earnhardt. Harvick rose to the challenge, winning two races in 2001 and propelling himself into the top 10 in points as a rookie, despite a temper that would plague him in the early part of his career. A roller-coaster relationship with team owner Richard Childress, built in the midst of tragedy, was often tempestuous in public.

2014 NASCAR Driver Profile: Kurt Busch

Busch given another chance at Cup success at Stewart-Haas Racing
Can Kurt Busch co-exist with new teammates Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick and Danica Patrick at Stewart-Haas Racing? The 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup season will answer that question.

At first glance, Kurt Busch’s move to Stewart-Haas Racing after a season at single-car Furniture Row Racing would seem like the driver won the lottery. Busch, a former series champion, took FRR all the way to the Chase in 2013, and despite not winning a race, finished inside the top 10 in points with a season-long 14.7-place average finish. It was the first time a single-car team made the postseason under NASCAR’s Chase format, with Busch earning more top 5s in one season (11) than the team accrued during its last eight years of existence.

Jimmie Johnson, with little flare, just keeps on winning in NASCAR

Through the Gears: Four things we learned at Homestead-Miami Speedway
Four things we learned following Jimmie Johnson's sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship in Homestead, Fla.

When I think of Jimmie Johnson and Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup championship performance, I’m reminded of a simple analogy Rick Hendrick brought up after the race.

“I like to use the Parcells quote,” the winning car owner said. “You are what your record says you are.”

Harvick wins Phoenix, Johnson pulls away in NASCAR title race

Through the Gears: Four things we learned at Phoenix International Raceway
Four things we learned following Kevin Harvick's win in NASCAR's AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.

If Jimmie Johnson wins his sixth NASCAR Spring Cup championship, Phoenix will have been its defining moment. It’s not over until the fat lady sings, of course, but the next six days sure feel like a coronation with his No. 48 needing to finish just 23rd or better at Homestead. It’s a well-deserved top story for a driver that has dominated Sprint Cup racing for the past decade.

Jeff Gordon returns to NASCAR Victory Lane in Martinsville

Through the Gears: Four things we learned at Martinsville Speedway
Four things we learned following Jeff Gordon's win in NASCAR's Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway.

There was a time when Jeff Gordon couldn’t walk from his car into the local supermarket without getting booed. In fact, I’m surprised there wasn’t a Matt Schaub-like incident, this season’s quarterback scapegoat from the NFL’s Houston Texans who was threatened by hooligans at his home. Such was life for NASCAR’s dominant driver of the 1990s, his metro, New York-style life and team a stark contrast from main rival, good ol’ boy Intimidator Dale Earnhardt.

Fantasy NASCAR Picks for Martinsville

Geoffrey Miller breaks down the best Fantasy NASCAR picks for Martinsville Speedway
Geoffrey Miller breaks down the best Fantasy NASCAR picks for Martinsville Speedway.

To help guide you through the 2013 Fantasy NASCAR season, Athlon Sports contributor Geoffrey Miller will be offering his best predictions for each race. And because Yahoo's Fantasy Auto Racing game is arguably the most popular, he’ll break down the picks according to its Sprint Cup Series driver classes — A-List, B-List, C-List. The main picks are designed to make optimal use of Yahoo!’s nine-start maximum rule over the course of the season.

McMurray wins in Talladega; NASCAR Chase lead changes

Through the Gears: Four things we learned at Talladega Superspeedway
Four things we learned following Jamie McMurray's win in NASCAR's Camping World RV Sales 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.

Sunday on Twitter, as a single-file line froze in place after the NASCAR Sprint Cup race’s final caution on the white-flag lap, I wrote the following Talladega evaluation:

“Great race, but last few laps, almost all drivers decided getting out in one piece was more important.”

Drivers look to transfer into NASCAR's Chase at Richmond

Geoffrey Miller's Five Things to Watch at Richmond.
Geoffrey Miller's five things to watch as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series hits Richmond International Raceway and the final regular-date on the schedule.

1. NASCAR's regular season ends at Richmond
Twenty-five races ago, Danica Patrick was the story across the sport. She won the pole for the Daytona 500 and was kicking off a season bundled with optimism and overhype of NASCAR's new Gen-6 platform. Naturally, Jimmie Johnson won the first race.

"Payback" the order of the night in NASCAR's visit to Bristol?

Geoffrey Miller's Five Things to Watch at Bristol Motor Speedway
Geoffrey Miller's five things to watch as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series hits Bristol Motor Speedway for the Irwin Tools Night Race.

1. Bristol’s middle name may well be “payback”  Ryan Newman
You’ll probably make it through at least the first 10 seconds of the ABC race broadcast Saturday night without seeing a replay of an irritated driver throwing something or two cars bellowing sparks in the Bristol night as they crash. Just don’t expect to avoid it for much longer.

Hendrick Motorsports continues NASCAR domination at Pocono

Through the Gears: Four things we learned in Pocono
Reaction from Pocono Raceway, where Kasey Kahne beat Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon in NASCAR's GoBowling.com 400.

Jimmie Johnson isn’t the only driver this season that’s made a specialty of serving up wins for someone else. For Kasey Kahne, this year has been a long line of should-have-beens, as top 5s were the result in a car capable of outright domination out front. One of the best cars on intermediates this season, he’s instead on the Chase bubble through no fault of his own. Three restrictor plate wrecks — none of them completely of his making — combined with a wreck at Darlington while leading had him searching for a summer of redemption.

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