Kevin Harvick’s championship brought an uplifting end to a tumultuous season for Stewart-Haas Racing co-owner/driver Tony Stewart, who missed three races after his involvement in a tragic racing accident that killed another driver and failed to win at least one race in a season for the first time in his Cup career.

Ever since Tyler Church’s mother lost her battle with lung cancer when he was 12 years old the Hickory resident and his father have focused on racing as quality father-son time. However, they never envisioned their small family operation emerging as the 2014 Pro All Stars Series South Super Late Model champion.

The 2014 NASCAR season might be over, but it’s not over for Who’s Hot/Who’s Not, which includes 2014 Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick, 2014 Nationwide Series champion Chase Elliott and 2014 Camping World Truck Series champion Matt Crafton.

When NASCAR unveiled its Chase format this season, its goal was to emphasize winning more than ever before. Kevin Harvick’s run to his first Sprint Cup Series championship not only emphasized winning, but it embraced it.

NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup: Kevin Harvick got it right Sunday. And so did NASCAR, which got an amazing race in the season finale that crowned Harvick the 2014 champion.

Kevin Harvick held off Ryan Newman on a restart with three of 267 laps remaining to win Sunday’s Ford 400 and capture the 2014 Sprint Cup Series championship.

Two quick caution flags were the undoing of a risky decision by Denny Hamlin’s crew chief to not get new tires, resulting in a win for Kevin Harvick in Sunday’s Ford 400 at Homestead.

Denny Hamlin is a FOM (Friend of Michael), and that was in major evidence with Michael Jordan’s appearance at the Ford 400 Sunday. Charlotte Hornets owner Jordan is a “huge race fan,” Hamlin said, saying he wished “I could have had one ring to his six.”

NASCAR gets its Game 7 moment as Kevin Harvick holds off fellow Chase contender Ryan Newman to win Sunday’s Ford 400 and the 2014 Sprint Cup championship.

Chase Elliott was already the champion but Matt Kenseth was still looking for a win. After a wild duel with Kyle Larson in a two-lap overtime, Kenseth held on to win Saturday night’s Ford 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The Nationwide Series win is the first for Kenseth in any NASCAR series this season.

It turned into one big Toyota victory party. Darrell Wallace Jr. held off Kyle Larson on the last lap to win Friday night’s Ford 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, his fourth NASCAR Truck series victory of the season.

NASCAR driver Ryan Newman doesn’t have a victory in the Sprint Cup series this season, but he could be a champion after Sunday, whether he wins or not. And he’s fine with that.

A season of 36 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races is made up of a collection of moments. Some are more memorable than others. Some are victories, some failures. The importance of some aren’t, or won’t be, realized until later.

With Sunday’s Ford 400, ESPN will conclude 28 seasons of televising live NASCAR racing.

NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup: Kevin Harvick is one of the favorites to win his first Sprint Cup championship, and at 38 the oldest of the four drivers who still have a chance. And Keelan‘s father wants it bad.

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