Kevin harvick picks up $1 million check with all-star win kfox electricity and magnetism pdf

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CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Nothing can stop Kevin Harvick these days, not an experimental rules package or a field of racers with nothing but pride on the line, and the hottest driver in NASCAR scored a $1 million payday by winning the All-Star race.

Harvick’s win Saturday night came exactly 11 years to the day of his only other win in Charlotte Motor Speedway’s exhibition event. This time the victory is part of a raging hot streak that brought him into the All-Star race with five points race victories, including the last two.

Because the All-Star race is a made-for-TV event, NASCAR could play with the rules and try to spice up a race that has been beyond boring the last 10 years. No amount of tinkering to the format or the rules could liven the event, so NASCAR made a radical change this time. The aerodynamic package included a controversial horsepower-sapping restrictor plate, and it slowed the cars into a tighter pack that allowed for increased passing.

"A lot of pushing and shoving. It reminded me a lot of IROC racing back in the day," Harvick said, referring to the old all-star series that pitted champions from various series together in identically prepared cars. "We will see what everybody thinks and go from there."

"From an eye-test, we were certainly pleased with what we saw," said NASCAR head of competition Steve O’Donnell, who felt the lead changes Saturday night topped the last four years. O’Donnell made no promises as to what might come of the rules package, but also didn’t rule out that it could be used again.

Daniel Suarez won a stage in an earlier qualifying race to make the main event, and he finished second in a Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing. Suarez had one shot at trying to beat Harvick when the race went into overtime and he lined up next to Harvick on a restart with two extra laps ahead. Suarez got a push from teammate Denny Hamlin but he never could clear Harvick, and Harvick won by 0.325 seconds.

"It is fun to race with nothing to lose, that is the best part of All-Star races," Logano said. "Everyone goes out there and says ‘Screw it,’ and all you see is money signs at the end of this race. We did not get the big bag, so that kind of stinks."

Jimmie Johnson remained winless for more than a year with a sixth-place finish, and Larson was next at seventh. Larson tangled on the track with Logano, who was shoved into the wall in the closing laps by Larson. Logano didn’t deny intentionally sending Larson on a long slide through the grass as retaliation.

QUALIFIERS: The race was for only 21 drivers, and had three spots open to winners from a qualifying event. They were claimed by Alex Bowman, Suarez, and AJ Allmendinger. It was Allmendinger who put on a shot to get into the main event, and he ran hard for the $1 million prize. He finished eighth.

The Coca-Cola 600 on May 27. It is NASCAR’s longest race, a crown jewel on the schedule and Austin Dillon is the defending winner. The Daytona 500 winner used fuel mileage strategy to win last year’s 600, and his Daytona win came with a last-lap bump in overtime to take the checkered flag. The Coca-Cola 600 will use the traditional rules package.