Tony Stewart’s victory in Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400 means that there will be no sweep at Daytona this year. It has been 30 years since the same driver won both Daytona races in the same season. Matt Kenseth won his second Daytona 500 to kick off the season, but finished second this past weekend. Bobby Allison was the last man to accomplish the sweep in 1982.
Kasey Kahne officially has his hands full. While it’s been difficult to fend off Dale Earnhardt, Jr. on the track, Kahne is trying to beat him in a fan-based vote for the cover of NASCAR The Game: Inside Line. Kahne beat out Jeff Gordon in the semifinals and now tries to overtake the nine-time most popular driver in the sport as Junior had no trouble getting past Danica Patrick in round three before edging Tony Stewart in the semifinals. Voting ends July 15 and NASCAR fans can cast their vote on the game’s Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/NASCARthegame/app_173750929419031
Plenty of celebrating for Kevin Harvick over the weekend but this one wasn’t in Victory Lane. Harvick and wife DeLana welcomed their first child on Sunday, more than two weeks before DeLana’s due date. Keelan Paul Harvick weighed in at 6.8 pounds and 19.5 inches. “Waiting on Keelan was the longest nine months of my entire life,” said Kevin Harvick “But time literally stood still when I held our baby for the first time.” The Harvicks closed their Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series organizations last year to focus on starting a family. “I've accomplished a lot in my life that I'm proud of,” said Kevin, “but those moments don't hold a candle to becoming a father and seeing that little face looking up at you. DeLana and I are just amazed by how special and rewarding this is.”
Kyle Busch is accustomed to a chorus of boos at most NASCAR race tracks he drives and that’s now the case at Wisconsin’s Slinger Super Speedway. Wisconsin is Kenseth Country and while Matt captured the top spot in the feature race of the super late model event for a record-setting sixth time, only Busch prevented a 1-2 Kenseth finish by taking second. Ross Kenseth, Matt’s 19-year-old son came in third place, working his way into the top five before running out of laps to challenge Busch. "I think with a few more laps we could have had second," said the younger Kenseth. "Perhaps we might have even had a shot for the win.” No comment from his father, though rumor has it, he was chuckling all the way to Daytona last week.
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