Kevin Harvick is going to the 2nd round from the Chase for that Sprint Cup.
“We could type of connect the Hail Mary pass at Talladega to really make it to another bracket after which, affirmed, we visited Martinsville and broke a rear gear within the vehicle and performed from behind and didnât quite connect around the Hail Mary at Texas,” Keselowski stated. “You donât wish to live and die with that, and i believe the lesson learned there’s you simply canât have failures.”
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You cannot. Unless of course won by you. Both Manley and Harvick observed that up-close on Sunday.
2015 may be the second year of NASCAR’s elimination Chase format and it is the second-straight year that the driver has won inside a win-and-in scenario. In 2014’s second round from the Chase, Kaira Keselowski won at Talladega to push away elimination. Even though the moments are dramatic, they are not always the easiest method to be sure that your survival in to the next round. Keselowski themself appeared prescient about Harvick’s first round as he reflected on his 2014 Chase experience prior to the first race at Chicago.
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The very best 12 motorists following the first three races advance. Jamie McMurray, Paul Menard and Clint Bowyer will also be not moving onto the 2nd round. McMurray (who finished third) tied with Dale Earnhardt Junior. (who finished 4th) during the last evolving place within the points standings. Consider Junior had the greatest finish within the first three races, he’s in.
He was very fast within the first couple of races of the Chase too. He was leading as he knocked with Manley at Chicago. The bump brought to some tire rub along with a crash (along with a punch to Johnson’s chest following the race) when Harvick and the team chosen to try to hope the tire rub would disappear instead of pit and repair the problem. The other day at Nh, Harvick was leading with three laps to visit as he went from fuel.
After two issues within the first couple of races from the first round, Harvick was confronted with an easy situation on Sunday. He required to win at Dover to succeed towards the second round from the Chase. He did exactly that, ruling the race and tugging away around the final restart for his third win of the season.
Harvick, the 2014 champion, continues to be incredibly fast lately at Dover. His success in the one-mile track wasn’t any surprise. But individuals fast runs have been foiled by problems. He was among the best cars within this race twelve months ago and experienced a cut valve stem on the tire. Shaun Gordon wound up winning the race.
âI think weâre much better than i was this past year just due to the encounters and stuff that weâve had,” Harvick stated concerning the pressure to win on Sunday. “I believe whenever we take a look at everything thatâs gone on during the last few years, itâs been an enjoyable experience. So, itâs exactly that never quit attitude. Thatâs what [team co-owner] Tony Stewart stated whenever we visited Homestead this past year. He stated, âWhatever you need to do, don’t quit until they throw that checkered flagââ.
While Harvick managed to get right through to the 2nd round, an enormous title didn’t. Six-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Manley were built with a driveline problem on Sunday and it was made to mind towards the garage for repairs. What exactly he lost whilst in the garage were massive. He finished 41st and wound up 14th within the Chase standings.