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2014 Cup Schedule
NASCAR Next Alumni Sweep Sunoco Rookie of the Year Awards
Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott and Ben Kennedy Take Rookie Honors in Respective
NASCAR National Series
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 17, 2014) – For the first time since the NASCAR Next initiative was created in 2011, three of its alumni captured the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Awards in NASCAR’s national series. Kyle Larson took home the honor in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Chase Elliott added the accolade to his resume in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and Ben Kennedy earned the recognition competing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
“The 2014 Sunoco Rookie of the Year class is a testament to the massive effort put towards developing our next generation of stars through the NASCAR Next initiative,” said Jill Gregory, NASCAR senior vice president of Industry Services. “We congratulate all three honorees and look forward to watching them accomplish great things in the future.”
The winner of last season’s NASCAR Nationwide Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award, Larson, 22, is only the sixth driver to also claim the honor in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He defeated runner-up Austin Dillon by 89 points behind eight top-five and 17 top-10 finishes. A graduate of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity (D4D) program, Larson placed second in three races and won a Coors Light Pole Award. He pilots the No. 42 Target Chevrolet SS for Chip Ganassi Racing.
Elliott – 18 years, 11 months and 18 days – became the youngest and first rookie champion in NASCAR national series history when he captured the NASCAR Nationwide Series title. The No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet driver won three races and ended his season on a streak of 14 top-10 finishes. A native of Dawsonville, Georgia, Elliott will return to the series next season to defend his title. He finished 47 points ahead of second-place Ty Dillon in the final NNS Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award standings.
Kennedy, 22, was the highest rookie finisher in a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series-best eight races. Kennedy tied Tyler Reddick atop the rookie standings, winning the tiebreaker thanks to a final championship points position of ninth. Kennedy drove his No. 31 Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado to a career-best third-place finish at Martinsville in March.
“Sunoco has been a proud supporter of NASCAR’s rising stars through the Sunoco Rookie of the Year program for the past decade,” said Cynthia Archer, executive vice president and chief marketing officer, Sunoco. “This year’s award winners represent the youthful exuberance and competitive drive that define this award and we couldn’t be more excited to see what the future holds as their careers advance.”
The Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award is awarded to Kyle Larson, driver of the No.42 Target Chevrolet. The rookie was the highest finishing rookie in the Ford EcoBoost 400, finishing 13th Sunday night.
1. (5) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 267 laps, 132.7 rating, 43 points.
2. (21) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 267, 108.2, 42.
3. (4) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 267, 104.5, 41.
4. (16) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 267, 87.1, 40.
5. (19) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 267, 84.9, 39.
6. (3) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 267, 101.5, 38.
7. (8) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 267, 118.7, 37.
8. (6) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 267, 97.2, 36.
9. (12) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 267, 105.7, 35.
10. (1) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 267, 138.2, 36.
11. (2) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 267, 85.8, 34.
12. (23) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 267, 91.7, 32.
13. (27) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 267, 88.5, 31.
14. (11) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 267, 100.4, 30.
15. (14) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 267, 74, 29.
16. (9) Joey Logano, Ford, 267, 105.1, 28.
17. (10) Martin Truex Jr., Chevrolet, 267, 79.4, 27.
18. (32) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 267, 67.7, 26.
19. (18) Aric Almirola, Ford, 267, 66.6, 25.
20. (29) Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 267, 55.3, 24.
21. (38) Michael McDowell, Ford, 267, 48.4, 23.
22. (22) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 267, 58.6, 22.
23. (13) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 267, 77.7, 21.
24. (36) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, 267, 48.7, 20.
25. (24) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 267, 67.5, 19.
26. (42) Cole Whitt, Toyota, 267, 44.5, 18.
27. (17) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 267, 58.7, 17.
28. (30) Brian Scott, Chevrolet, 267, 53.3, 0.
29. (33) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 267, 47.4, 0.
30. (31) David Ragan, Ford, 267, 41.2, 14.
31. (35) David Gilliland, Ford, 267, 37, 13.
32. (37) Josh Wise, Chevrolet, 267, 35.7, 12.
33. (41) Alex Bowman, Toyota, 264, 40.5, 11.
34. (15) Carl Edwards, Ford, 263, 62.8, 10.
35. (39) Michael Annett, Chevrolet, 263, 30.7, 9.
36. (43) Brett Moffitt, Toyota, 262, 28.9, 8.
37. (34) J.J. Yeley, Toyota, accident, 254, 30, 0.
38. (40) Blake Koch, Ford, accident, 254, 27.9, 0.
39. (7) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 246, 73.7, 5.
40. (25) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, accident, 235, 60.6, 4.
41. (20) Greg Biffle, Ford, 220, 52.5, 3.
42. (26) Trevor Bayne, Ford, accident, 204, 46.6, 0.
43. (28) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, accident, 182, 46, 1.
Average Speed of Race Winner: 122.280 mph.
Time of Race: 3 hours, 16 minutes, 31 seconds.
Margin of Victory: 0.500 seconds.
Caution Flags: 13 for 52 laps.
Lead Changes: 18 among 5 drivers.
Kevin Harvick Wins 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship
Fourteen-Year Series Veteran Captures First Career Title
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 16, 2014) – In a storybook finish to conclude a revamped Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Kevin Harvick won the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway Sunday to claim his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship.
To win the title, Harvick needed to finish ahead of his fellow Championship 4 – and a win was the only way that would’ve happened. Ryan Newman finished second, Denny Hamlin finished seventh and Joey Logano ended the night in 16th.
After finishing a career-best third in the standings in three of the last four seasons, the 14-year series mainstay finally broke through for the premier series title in his first season with Stewart-Haas Racing.
A veteran of all three of NASCAR’s national series, Harvick joins Bobby Labonte and Brad Keselowski as the third driver to win both NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series crowns. Harvick, 38, is the 30th champion in the 66-year history of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
The No. 4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet driver showed off his speed throughout 2014, pacing the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led and poles. Following a two-win regular season, Harvick entered the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup as its No. 6 seed. He adeptly navigated his way through the Chase’s Challenger and Contender Rounds highlighted by his victory at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but would still be searching for a championship without his clutch performance in the Eliminator Round cutoff race at Phoenix International Raceway.
Entering the penultimate showdown at the one-mile tri-oval last among Chase qualifiers, Harvick needed a win at Phoenix to advance to the Championship 4. He responded to the pressure by leading 264-of-312 laps and beating four-time series champion Jeff Gordon on his way to Victory Lane. The Bakersfield, California, native carried his momentum to Homestead, becoming the first title-winner under NASCAR’s new playoff format.
Harvick’s championship is the second for Stewart-Haas Racing. The racing outfit jointly owned by three-time premier series champion Tony Stewart and Gene Haas won its first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title behind the driving efforts of Stewart in 2011. No. 4 team crew chief Rodney Childers, also in his first season with SHR, won his first series crown as well.
|2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup
|NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship Results (Homestead-Miami)
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