NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Kevin Harvick Sweeps 2006 Season at PIR; Jimmie Johnson Builds on Points Lead

Kevin Harvick had the hottest car in the Arizona desert today – in more ways than one. With sunny skies and temperatures in the 80s, Harvick battled a battery problem that required turning off his cooling fans in the cockpit for much of the race. Nevertheless, he was dominant throughout the afternoon, winning the Checker …

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Jeff Gordon Grabs 2006 Checker Auto Parts 500 Pole at Phoenix

Avondale, Ariz. – Jeff Gordon followed up his field-leading Cup practice session on Friday by winning the pole for Sunday’s Checker Auto Parts 500. Gordon posted a qualifying lap of 26.773 seconds at a speed of 134.464 mph. Also in the top five were Kevin Harvick, Brian Vickers, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Joe Nemechek. The top-five qualifiers …

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JJ Yeley & Phoenix International Raceway Join Forces for Spring Golf Tournament

Avondale, Ariz. – Rookie Nextel Cup driver and Phoenix native JJ Yeley, in conjunction with Phoenix International Raceway, announced plans today for a spring 2006 golf tournament to benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The event will take place on Thursday, March 8, 2007, at Kierland Golf Club and will feature fellow NASCAR drivers and personalities along …

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Jeff Gordon Tops Friday 2006 Checker Auto Parts 500 Practice at Phoenix

Avondale, Ariz. – Jeff Gordon, driver of the No. 24 Dupont Chevy, lead all drivers in Friday’s first Cup practice with a speed of 133.640 mph. Carl Edwards, Clint Bowyer, Jimmie Johnson and Ryan Newman rounded out the top five. Three Chase contenders were among the top 10, including Gordon and Johnson; Denny Hamlin was …

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Jamie McMurray Hopeful Despite Disheartening Year

“It’s been a frustrating year. I think everyone knows that.” That’s how Jamie McMurray, driver of the No. 26 Cup car for Roush Racing, summed up his 2006 season this morning in Phoenix. As a result, big changes are in the works at Roush Racing. The organization has only two drivers – Matt Kenseth and …

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Scanner Static: Did Kevin Harvick Deserve a Pat on or a Shove in the Back?

Q: Why does everyone talk about Robby Gordon being a bad driver or Jimmie Johnson being dangerous when Kevin Harvick still has a ride? He ran over, just simply ran over Scott Riggs. I can understand why Riggs’s crew member got upset; I would have knocked the (expletive) out of Harvick as soon as he …

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Voices From the Heartland: Kevin Harvick Aces Crucial Test

People have been waiting for it all year. The non-Harvick fans, the media, even the Childress camp wondered if and when it would happen. When would “Happy Harvick” suddenly snap and become “Hothead Harvick?” Well, folks, I must say, if there wasn’t a meltdown last Sunday, don’t hold your breath for the rest of the …

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