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Rodney Childers suspended 1 race by NASCAR for loose lug nut

Rodney Childers suspended 1 race by NASCAR for loose lug nut

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR has suspended the crew chief for Kevin Harvick for an improperly installed lug nut at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Rodney Childers will not appeal the suspension or his $20,000 fine. He will miss Sunday's race at Pocono Raceway.

Childers is the fifth crew chief suspended over a lug nut rule instituted by NASCAR earlier this season. The rule was put in place because teams were not applying all five lug nuts properly in an effort to have faster pit stops.

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Rodney Childers suspended 1 race by NASCAR for loose lug nut

Rodney Childers suspended 1 race by NASCAR for loose lug nut

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR has suspended the crew chief for Kevin Harvick for an improperly installed lug nut at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Rodney Childers will not appeal the suspension or his $20,000 fine. He will miss Sunday's race at Pocono Raceway.

Childers is the fifth crew chief suspended over a lug nut rule instituted by NASCAR earlier this season. The rule was put in place because teams were not applying all five lug nuts properly in an effort to have faster pit stops.

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Rodney Childers suspended 1 race by NASCAR for loose lug nut

Rodney Childers suspended 1 race by NASCAR for loose lug nut

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR has suspended the crew chief for Kevin Harvick for an improperly installed lug nut at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Rodney Childers will not appeal the suspension or his $20,000 fine. He will miss Sunday's race at Pocono Raceway.

Childers is the fifth crew chief suspended over a lug nut rule instituted by NASCAR earlier this season. The rule was put in place because teams were not applying all five lug nuts properly in an effort to have faster pit stops.

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Rodney Childers suspended 1 race by NASCAR for loose lug nut

Rodney Childers suspended 1 race by NASCAR for loose lug nut

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR has suspended the crew chief for Kevin Harvick for an improperly installed lug nut at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Rodney Childers will not appeal the suspension or his $20,000 fine. He will miss Sunday's race at Pocono Raceway.

Childers is the fifth crew chief suspended over a lug nut rule instituted by NASCAR earlier this season. The rule was put in place because teams were not applying all five lug nuts properly in an effort to have faster pit stops.

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Harvick pays tribute to military in visit

Harvick pays tribute to military in visit

2014 Sprint Cup Series champion spends time at Nellis Air Force Base

LAS VEGAS—In a massive hangar that houses the fighter jets flown by the Thunderbirds, against the backdrop of a gigantic American flag reminiscent of George C. Scott’s monologue in the movie "Patton," Kevin Harvick fielded questions from a group of enthusiastic NASCAR fans.
But this was no ordinary fan engagement. Those asking Harvick approximately everything from the final laps at Homestead-Miami Speedway to the now-notorious shove of Brad Keselowski at Texas Motor Speedway were clad not in the livery of their favorite drivers, yet in camouflage.
The recently crowned NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion came to Nellis Air Force Base to express his appreciation for those who serve, with his words often interrupted by the near-deafening roar of jets taking off from a nearby runway.

"It's really complex to be able to show the appreciation that you have for it as much as you need to, because you really can't ever obtain to the point of appreciating it enough," Harvick said after he & crew chief Rodney Childers interacted with the crowd. "As you go to different places & you've seen other countries & how things operate, you really appreciate being from the United States & living the life that we live.
"We're very fortunate, yet it takes a lot of sacrifice from a lot of individuals to make that happen. So any time you can do an event like this & say thanks & just be part of the activities, it's unquestionably worth the time to do that."
Ever since he won the championship by a half-second over Ryan Newman in the season finale at Homestead, Harvick has been the focus of a whirlwind media blitz that has included appearances on such TV staples as "Late Show with David Letterman" & "Jimmy Kimmel Live."
What resonated most, however, was an appearance at his hometown high school in Bakersfield, California, on Monday, where Harvick addressed an appreciative crowd of 960 students.
"That's still by far the coolest thing I’ve gotten to do so far," Harvick said. "All the TV shows & all that stuff is just—I shouldn't say part of the job, because that's really neat, too, to be a part of that—but to go back & go to your hometown & go to your high school & be able to speak to the kids & hopefully be an influence to them in their life… We've done a lot of work at the high school over the past several years, really trying to have a positive impact on the kids & their situations, whether it be with the sports teams or just talking to them in general.
"We've put a lot of effort into the school. So to be able to take that trophy back & show them, 'You can be rich, you can be poor, yet if you put your mind to what you're doing & have a goal & follow your dream, you can accomplish it, because I have proof of it.'
"I grew up right where they all grew up & accomplished what we've accomplished. It's satisfactory to be able to have the ability to have an influence on people's lives."
For Harvick, the most difficult thing approximately the non-stop schedule & constant attention is that he hasn't been able to share the experience with his team members, whom he hasn't seen since Nov. 16 at Homestead.
"I received out of the car & did an interview & went up on stage & took all the pictures, & that's the only time I've seen my whole team," Harvick said. "The rest of it has just been part of the process of getting to championship week & the banquet & everything.
"But I'm most excited approximately seeing my guys & talking to 'em & having dinner with 'em & being able to really start to take it all in & just talk approximately everything that was done."MORE:

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Harvick pays tribute to military in visit

Harvick pays tribute to military in visit

2014 Sprint Cup Series champion spends time at Nellis Air Force Base

LAS VEGAS—In a massive hangar that houses the fighter jets flown by the Thunderbirds, against the backdrop of a gigantic American flag reminiscent of George C. Scott’s monologue in the movie "Patton," Kevin Harvick fielded questions from a group of enthusiastic NASCAR fans.
But this was no ordinary fan engagement. Those asking Harvick approximately everything from the final laps at Homestead-Miami Speedway to the now-notorious shove of Brad Keselowski at Texas Motor Speedway were clad not in the livery of their favorite drivers, yet in camouflage.
The recently crowned NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion came to Nellis Air Force Base to express his appreciation for those who serve, with his words often interrupted by the near-deafening roar of jets taking off from a nearby runway.

"It's really complex to be able to show the appreciation that you have for it as much as you need to, because you really can't ever obtain to the point of appreciating it enough," Harvick said after he & crew chief Rodney Childers interacted with the crowd. "As you go to different places & you've seen other countries & how things operate, you really appreciate being from the United States & living the life that we live.
"We're very fortunate, yet it takes a lot of sacrifice from a lot of individuals to make that happen. So any time you can do an event like this & say thanks & just be part of the activities, it's unquestionably worth the time to do that."
Ever since he won the championship by a half-second over Ryan Newman in the season finale at Homestead, Harvick has been the focus of a whirlwind media blitz that has included appearances on such TV staples as "Late Show with David Letterman" & "Jimmy Kimmel Live."
What resonated most, however, was an appearance at his hometown high school in Bakersfield, California, on Monday, where Harvick addressed an appreciative crowd of 960 students.
"That's still by far the coolest thing I’ve gotten to do so far," Harvick said. "All the TV shows & all that stuff is just—I shouldn't say part of the job, because that's really neat, too, to be a part of that—but to go back & go to your hometown & go to your high school & be able to speak to the kids & hopefully be an influence to them in their life… We've done a lot of work at the high school over the past several years, really trying to have a positive impact on the kids & their situations, whether it be with the sports teams or just talking to them in general.
"We've put a lot of effort into the school. So to be able to take that trophy back & show them, 'You can be rich, you can be poor, yet if you put your mind to what you're doing & have a goal & follow your dream, you can accomplish it, because I have proof of it.'
"I grew up right where they all grew up & accomplished what we've accomplished. It's satisfactory to be able to have the ability to have an influence on people's lives."
For Harvick, the most difficult thing approximately the non-stop schedule & constant attention is that he hasn't been able to share the experience with his team members, whom he hasn't seen since Nov. 16 at Homestead.
"I received out of the car & did an interview & went up on stage & took all the pictures, & that's the only time I've seen my whole team," Harvick said. "The rest of it has just been part of the process of getting to championship week & the banquet & everything.
"But I'm most excited approximately seeing my guys & talking to 'em & having dinner with 'em & being able to really start to take it all in & just talk approximately everything that was done."MORE:

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Harvick rises to become championship favorite

Harvick rises to become championship favorite

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NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick spent 13 years trying to win a Sprint Cup championship with Richard Childress Racing, something owner Richard Childress managed to do on a regular basis with another man behind the wheel.
Now RCR, with driver Ryan Newman, is the competition. Along with Denny Hamlin (Joe Gibbs Racing) & Joey Logano (Team Penske), the four make up the field for this year's Championship Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

At a soon-to-be 39, Harvick is the oldest of the drivers headed to Homestead-Miami Speedway in search of a title. Unlike the others, he has been penciled in as a favorite since he first emerged from behind the curtain at Stewart-Haas Racing.
His No. 4 Chevrolet, put together under the guidance of crew chief Rodney Childers, has been swift just approximately everywhere. Of the 23 track qualifying records set this year, Harvick has accounted for six. No one else has more than four.
Other drivers have more victories, yet only one of them (Logano) will be after the same thing Harvick is chasing this weekend. The others with more than four trips to Victory Lane fell by the wayside somewhere between Daytona in February & Phoenix in November.
It's been one of those "coulda' shoulda' " seasons for Harvick, who has led more laps than some folks have completed this year. Troubles earlier — a broken chain here, a flat tire there — forced him & his SHR team to spend the first half of the year filling in gaps & fixing problems that come with a new team; he went winless after a victory at Darlington in April until midway through this year's Chase.
He was competitive; he just wasn't making trips to the winner's circle as regularly as he had hoped & many expected.
But when his team had its back against the wall, or mountain if you prefer, at Phoenix this past weekend, it delivered.
Needing a win, & nothing yet a win, to advance, Harvick did so handily. He was fastest in two of the three practice sessions, qualified third & eventually led 264 of 312 laps. His perfect driver rating (150) was only the second of the season by a driver in the series.
In biblical terms he slayed the field at Phoenix. Now he hopes to do the same at Homestead when the Ford Ecoboost 400 (ESPN, 3 p.m. ET) gets underway.
It's no surprise that Jeff Gordon, a four-time series champion chose Harvick as the favorite going into this weekend's race. Even as Logano, Hamlin & Newman stood off to the side at PIR, Gordon heaped praise on Harvick's performances thus far in 2014.
Which quickly prompted some semi-good-natured "Jeff, you realize we're standing right here" comments from the trio.
"This man has led the most laps all year long guys," Gordon said with a shrug of his shoulders. "It's not me that's saying this.
"I do think that Denny won that race last year (at Homestead), so he can be really, really strong there. But Kevin looked satisfactory there in the test (last month), & man, they've just been so strong lately … it seems like they've gotten some of the bugs worked out in their team that they had early in the year, & I think if they do that next week, they're going to be really tough to beat."
None of the four finalists has won a Sprint Cup title, although Hamlin led Jimmie Johnson (minus-15) & Kevin Harvick (minus-46) entering the season-ending race in 2010. But Hamlin stumbled, finishing 14th, while Johnson & Harvick finished second & third, respectively, giving Johnson his fifth consecutive championship.
Harvick remained third, equaling his best complete in the Chase.
In 2013, he duplicated the feat, closing out his run at RCR with another third-place points finish, then headed off to Stewart-Haas for what he hoped would be a better opportunity.
Rodney Childers was brought in from Michael Waltrip Racing to serve as crew chief ("He builds swift cars," Harvick noted before the season received underway) & a pre-Chase shuffle of pit crews strengthened the lineup of those going over the wall on race day for the No. 4 team.
Two of Harvick's four victories this year came in the Chase. One more would match his previous best (in '06) for wins in a single season. It would moreover clinch the title, although he could capture the crown by finishing ahead of the other three Chase drivers.
"He's so competitive, & he wants to work so complex for it, he expects everybody else around him to work just as hard, so when he sees that, it makes him tick," Childers said. "Like if he knows we're here at the shop & we're doing everything that we could possibly do & giving 110 percent, then he's going to donate 110 percent.
"I don't think there's one word that you can say that makes him tick or anything like that. I think that's just being around a bunch of people that want the same things that he wants & the same goals."
The goal is winning races. The goal is winning the championship. You don't alter teams, Harvick said earlier this year, to run worse.
The move to SHR & the success he has enjoyed "has given me new life & a new perspective on the way that things work," he said after the Phoenix win. "(Team owners) Gene (Haas) & Tony (Stewart), they donate us a lot of resources to draw from within our own company & from a financial standpoint they've made a huge commitment to make this race team right, & then you add in the Hendrick (Motorsports) engines & support & chassis & everything that those guys do. It's like a dream.
"You lay it all out on paper & you say, 'This is what we want to do & we want to race for wins & championships,' & all of a sudden you're a week away from everything that you talk approximately & dream approximately & dream up & want it to be like, & here we are."MORE:

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Trouble finds Chase contenders at Kansas

Trouble finds Chase contenders at Kansas

Four Contender Round drivers complete outside the top 20

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Several of the favorites in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup took it on the chin Sunday at Kansas Speedway, site of the Hollywood Casino 400 & the opening race of the Contender Round.
His Team Penske teammate, Joey Logano, was celebrating in Victory Lane when 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski climbed from his scarred No. 2 Ford, 36th in the rundown.
"Three points," Keselowski said when asked what was gained by returning to the track after a flat right-front tire sent his car into the wall at Lap 160 of the 267-lap race. "Hopefully we can win one of the next two & those three points don't matter, yet it could come down to one point at Talladega & if it does, my guys deserve a lot of credit for getting us back out."

A winner at Chicagoland in the Chase opener, Keselowski was running fifth when the accident unfolded. He had been out front briefly, leading once for two laps. Nothing unusual approximately the setup should have led to the problem, he said.
"That would make me feel satisfactory if we did because then you know what is up, yet no, we didn’t do anything. … It was a game of Russian roulette & it was our turn at the gun."
Keselowski was one of seven Chase drivers that had problems of one sort or another at Kansas. Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon, Kasey Kahne, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Matt Kenseth & Jimmie Johnson moreover dealt with issues.
Johnson took the biggest hit, finishing 40th after contact with Greg Biffle on Lap 85 sent his No. 48 Chevrolet to the garage for an extended stay.Hendrick Motorsports teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. was leading when "the surface of the tire unwound all the way across the surface," he said.
Hard contact with the wall sent him to the garage where crewmen were waiting to commence the process of repairing the No. 88 entry.
Like Keselowski & Johnson, Earnhardt Jr. eventually returned to the race. But he finished 63 laps down & 39th in the 43-car field.
Kahne was running inside the top three & closing on the leaders when a tire problem sent him to pit road. "And then we received behind," he said.
Trying to race his way back into contention, Kahne lost the handle & received into the wall on Lap 236.
"I tried to come from 19th & on the outside I passed like five or six cars & was feeling pretty good, & lost the back & hit the wall. My day was over at that point," he said. He finished 22nd.
A crash, the result of contact from Jamie McMurray, knocked Gordon out of contention, although he mounted enough of a rally to complete 14th.
"I knew he had a satisfactory car. He's been running good, yet he just received loose & received into me & received me in the wall," said the four-time series champion. "We had a little damage yet we just lost all that track position."
And for yet another time, Harvick had a car capable of contending for the win, only to be sidelined by something out of his control. Running third just past the 213-lap mark, Harvick reported a possible flat tire.
"I pitted because you see all the trouble that is going on," he said.
Although the green-flag stop left the Stewart-Haas Racing driver deep in the field, he was able to rally & complete 12th.
Crew chief Rodney Childers said it wasn't an issue with the tires, yet agreed with his driver's decision to bring the car to pit road.
"He was running along there & all of a sudden he said it felt like the right front went flat," Childers said. "It wouldn't turn at all. He tried to do the smart thing & bring it to us. We kept watching it on the huge (video) screen & it didn't look flat. At that point I received panicked that it might be something with the left front so we decided to put four tires on it to be safe."
A short time later, he said, Kenseth had what looked like a tire issue, followed by Kahne a few laps later.
"I don’t know what they had going on there," he said. "It's disappointing for sure to run top three all day & have something like that take you out of contention."
Race No. 2 of the three-race Contender Round, the Bank of America 500, is scheduled for Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway (7:30 p.m. ET, ABC). The process of trying to make up ground will commence for those who stumbled at Kansas.
"A lot of people had trouble today," Gordon said. "So today was a real survival day. We did that."MORE:

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Harvick pleased with stretch of consistency

Harvick pleased with stretch of consistency

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BROOKLYN, Mich. — Throughout the first half of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, Kevin Harvick's No. 4 team was defined by having some of the fastest cars every week — & moreover some of the most inconsistent performances on pit road.
 
Whether it was a loose wheel that ruined his Coca-Cola 600 chances, a miscommunication on fuel at Sonoma or stops that dragged & dragged for a variety of reasons, Harvick's stretch of offensive luck on the track was equaled only by his perils on pit road.
 
The recent month-long stretch since the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returned from its off week, though, has seen Harvick in the same super-fast cars — yet without the issues that had so plagued this team throughout the first 19 races.

The team's improvement was on display again Sunday in the Pure Michigan 400, where Harvick ran up front the entire day & logged his fifth second-place complete of the season. It was moreover his fourth consecutive runner-up at Michigan International Speedway, which ties a Sprint Cup Series record at a track (Dale Jarrett moreover did it at Rockingham in 1996 & 1997).
 
"For us, we've had some moments where we've been kind of sporadic, inconsistent, swift one week, swift the next week, make mistakes, have something go wrong," Harvick said in the media center. "The pit crew, they've done a satisfactory job in stepping up, & had a tremendous month. Right now it's kind of like we obtain to start over. We've been able to fix a lot of things."
 
Fixing a lot of things isn't just approximately Harvick's pit crew, either. It moreover deals with the driver himself.
 
Throughout the complex times to start the season — & times were indeed complex despite two wins in the first eight races — Harvick had, on occasion, vociferously voiced his frustrations over the radio as crew chief Rodney Childers patiently played the role of the foil on those occasional outbursts.
 
The radio the past four weeks has been relatively quiet. Even when Harvick had to pit early at Watkins Glen for a crew member to remove two weighted bean bags that were inadvertently left in the car, he didn't blow up.
 
"I think I've tried to do a better job at handling situations," Harvick said. "I think we've all worked together a little bit longer, & going back to these tracks for a second time, know what we want in our cars. There's just a lot of things that are different as we came back from the break. We were able to have a lot of discussions, set some goals. It's complex to set goals when everything is brand new. … (So) it's been a little bit different for all of us to have swift cars every week & feel you're in contention to win just approximately every race.
 
"It took myself & Rodney a little while to obtain used to that, how to handle it, whether it be from tech inspection, the criticism, whatever it may be — it's just been different. We just have a better handle on everything."
 
In the four events since the Sprint Cup Series returned to the track, Harvick has two runner-up finishes & four total top-10s. He's started every event inside the top 10 as well.
 
With three regular-season races remaining before the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup field is set, it's the type of measured consistency — sprinkled with bursts of dominance — that the No. 4 both needs & expects for NASCAR's 10-race postseason.
 
"The main focus for our team has been consistency heading into the Chase," Harvick said. "When you have a solid day, complete it off. Those are the things we've been able to do.
          
"Obviously you want to win, yet all in all we had some different goals that are as significant leading into the Chase. It's just approximately having all your ducks in a row when we obtain to Chicago (for the Chase opener). When something goes wrong, they're not going to let you start over."

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