NASCAR: Kevin Harvick voted 2014 Driver of the Year

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Kevin Harvick’s run to the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship has earned him the 2014 Driver of the Year Award, voted on by a panel of American motorsports broadcasters and journalists.

Harvick, who won the final two races of the season to seal his first Cup title, earned 13 of the 16 votes cast by the panel (which each voted in a secret ballot for a single driver).

Verizon IndyCar Series champion Will Power, NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Chase Elliott, and World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz each received a single vote.

This marks the sixth consecutive season that a NASCAR driver has won the prestigious award, which was founded in 1967 to honor the best American drivers.

Jimmie Johnson received 12 of the 16 votes in winning the DOTY last year following his sixth career Cup title.

“It’s quite an honor and goes with the respect of the media,” Harvick said in a release. “Any time you gain that [respect], it has something to do with performance obviously as well…I’m pretty excited about it. It’s a great honor.”

DOTY president Barry Schmoyer added that “Harvick was destined to be a Sprint Cup champion – it was not a question of if, but when.”

“His performance on and off the track makes him a deserving Driver of the Year,” he said.

Additionally, Harvick also won the 4th Quarter DOTY award for his efforts, beating out NHRA stars Erica Enders-Stevens and Tony Schumacher in a points-based ballot.

Schumacher himself is the last non-NASCAR driver to win the yearly DOTY, which he accomplished in 2008.

Scott Dixon fastest on the second day of Indianapolis 500 practice

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Scott Dixon was fastest on the second day of Indy 500 practice Thursday, turning a lap at 226.102 mph in his No. 9 Dallara-Honda at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Takuma Sato was second, followed by Marco Andretti, Conor Daly and rookie Alex Palou.

The rest of the top 10 were: Colton Herta, Charlie Kimball, James Hinchcliffe, Fernando Alonso and James Davison.

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The session had one incident as Alonso crashed with just less than an hour left in the session. The Arrow McLaren SP driver was optimistic that the car could be repaired without a backup.

Among the other notables on the speed chart Thursday: Ryan Hunter-Reay (11th); Tony Kanaan (14th); Helio Castroneves (16th); Josef Newgarden (18th); Graham Rahal (19th); Will Power (23rd); Alexander Rossi (26th) and defending race winner Simon Pagenaud (27th).

Felix Rosenqvist (24th) and rookie Dalton Kellett turned the most laps (141) around the 2.5-mile oval.

Teams mostly focused on race setup Thursday as they will receive 80 extra horsepower in the “Fast Friday” practice that will feature speeds above 230 mph for qualifying Saturday and Sunday.

The Indy 500 will take place Aug. 23; coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET on NBC with the green flag at 2:30 p.m.

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