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Joey Logano uses ‘Awesome Sauce’ to hold off Kevin Harvick

Joey Logano raved all weekend about the new “Awesome Sauce” at Phoenix Raceway, which was the driver’s nickname for the substance that was put on the mile oval to improve grip for tires and make for better racing. The sauce did its job during an entertaining show Sunday and so did Logano, who raced to his second NASCAR Cup Series win in three weeks by holding off Kevin Harvick during a two-lap overtime restart.

Jimmie Johnson’s playoff run ends as Kevin Harvick captures 2nd Brickyard

Kevin Harvick’s nearly flawless Brickyard 400 run Sunday ruined any chance of Jimmie Johnson executing his in-and-in playoff strategy. A crash with 55 laps to go made it official: Johnson’s perfect postseason record was over. On a day Harvick won the pole, led all but 42 laps and earned his second Brickyard 400 victory, Johnson pulled his familiar No. 48 car through pit row and parked it in Gasoline Alley – missing out on the playoffs for the first time.

Kevin Harvick wins NASCAR Cup race at Michigan

Kevin Harvick won a NASCAR Cup race at Michigan International Speedway for the second straight year, giving him two victories this year and 47 in his career. Harvick is hopeful the timing of his strong performance helps him win a championship with just three races remaining before the playoffs.

Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick lead Ford sweeps in Daytona qualifying

Ford drivers swept both of the Daytona 500 qualifying races to position the manufacturer for a strong run in “The Great American Race.” Kevin Harvick won the first qualifying race and Joey Logano won the second. Both won in the Mustang that has been introduced by Ford for competition in NASCAR’s top series this season. Ford drivers hold rows two through four in the Daytona 500, behind a pair of Chevrolets from Hendrick Motorsports.

Kevin Harvick on mission to silence his critics after penalty

Kevin Harvick was penalized by NASCAR this week for using an illegal car to win at Texas. The punishment cost him a berth in the championship race. But Harvick is determined to get it back. He’ll need a good run at ISM Raceway outside of Phoenix. Harvick starts from the pole and was fastest in the final practice session before the race. Seven drivers are vying for three spots in NASCAR’s championship race.

Kevin Harvick’s championship berth spoiled by NASCAR inspectors

Kevin Harvick has been stripped of his berth in NASCAR’s championship race because his winning car failed inspection after Texas Motor Speedway. The No. 4 Ford had an illegally modified spoiler. The discovery negates the automatic berth Harvick earned into the finale at Homestead. He now enters this weekend’s race at Phoenix fourth among the remaining eight playoff drivers vying for three playoff spots.

Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick start 1-2 in playoff race at Dover

Rain has washed out NASCAR Cup qualifying at Dover International Speedway. Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick will start 1-2 to kick off the round-of-12 playoff race on the mile concrete track. The field was set on points, giving the top dozen spots to the 12 playoff drivers. Busch and Harvick each have seven wins.

Auto racing roundup: Kevin Harvick uses bump-and-run to win at New Hampshire

Kevin Harvick used a bump-and-run on Kyle Busch with seven laps left to win a thrilling battle of two of NASCAR’s dominant drivers Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. Harvick aimed his Ford bumper at the right side of Busch’s Toyota and nudged the leader out of the way for the move of the race in another stellar showing for the leader of the Big Three.

Martin Truex Jr. pulls away on final restart to win at Pocono Raceway

Martin Truex Jr. pulled away off a restart with seven laps left to win the NASCAR Cup race at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania, on Sunday and thrust himself back into the championship picture. Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick had turned the season into a two-driver show, winning nine of the first 13 races. Each driver spent time in front and battled for the lead over the final laps until the final restart on the 2 1/2-mile track. Truex took the checkered flag in the No. 78 Toyota after two straight runner-up finishes in a season where he was almost an afterthought compared to the Busch-Harvick dominance. Kyle Larson finished second Sunday, followed by Busch and Harvick. Brad Keselowski was fifth. – Associated Press

Kevin Harvick picks up $1 million check with All-Star win

Kevin Harvick won yet another race with a victory in the All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It’s his 6th victory of the season and third in a row. This one counted only for cash and NASCAR tried a new rule package that improved the racing in the exhibition event.

Commentary: IndyCar on an upswing as NASCAR stumbles over itself

IndyCar and NASCAR, the top two series in the United States, seem as if they are headed in opposite directions at the start of the 2018 season. IndyCar has had two competitive races, boasts a new car that contributed to a nail-biting finish Saturday night in Phoenix, and renewed energy and excitement surrounding the beleaguered little series. NASCAR, the behemoth league in this country, has seven races under its belt. But after Sunday’s race at Texas, some might wonder if the series is falling off its rails.