NASCAR AMERICA: A well-deserved title for Kevin Harvick (VIDEO)

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Kevin Harvick always had the speed. It was just everything else that was the problem.

As mechanical issues and pit road botches cost the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing team one win after another over the regular season, it was getting harder and harder to see Harvick as a legitimate contender for this year’s Sprint Cup title.

But Harvick and SHR kept at it. A crew swap with teammate/boss Tony Stewart seemed to stabilize the pit road issue. And then the luck finally turned at the most opportune time: The Chase.

A win at Charlotte propelled Harvick into the Eliminator Round, and in that round’s finale at Phoenix, Harvick won to ensure himself a place in the championship battle at Homestead.

Then, Harvick did it again in the biggest race of the season with a victory that gave the 4 camp a title in its very first season of existence.

All in all, the crown was a well-deserved one for them. NASCAR AMERICA’s Rick Allen and Kyle Petty discuss in the clip above.

Conor Daly honors friend killed Saturday amid Indianapolis unrest

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IndyCar driver Conor Daly posted a poignant tribute to Chris Beaty, a former Indiana University football player and Indianapolis business owner who was killed Saturday amid protests and rioting in the city.

Daly said he got to know Beaty, who owned an event and marketing promotions company, five years ago when he was organizing Indianapolis 500 afterparties.

Daly annually had been involved in Beaty’s parties since then and said Beaty helped get him home earlier this year when Daly’s blood sugar crashed while at an event.

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“The world lost a tremendous person. RIP Chris Beaty,” wrote Daly, who also tweeted “The violence has to stop.”

According to the Indianapolis Star, Beaty died after suffering multiple gunshot wounds during Saturday night’s unrest in downtown Indianapolis. It’s unclear if the shooting was tied to the protests.

Graham Rahal also posted about his interaction with Beaty.

Daly, Rahal and the rest of the IndyCar Series will return to action Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway (8 p.m. ET, NBC).