HOMESTEAD, Fla. — The fastest driver doesn't always win a race — or a championship — but on Sunday at Homestead- Miami Speedway, Kevin Harvick did both.
Driving a No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet that has been the class of the field for most of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, Harvick won Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400 at the 1.5-mile intermediate track and claimed his first premier series championship after a three-lap drag race against underdog title contender Ryan Newman.
Harvick was so wrapped up in the championship battle that the victory in the race didn’t register right away.
"I forgot we won the race — how about that?” Harvick chuckled. “I think this Chase is about the best thing that has happened to this sport over the last decade. This is probably going to shorten the drivers’ careers, because it’s been so stressful, but I want to thank every single fan for sticking with this sport, and to the industry for working to get it right.”