THREE THINGS TOWATCH

The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - News - — God­win Kelly, god­win. kelly@news-jrnl.com

1. Pedal to metal

Kevin time after Har­vick win­ning says his it is fifth pedal-to-the-metal Cup Se­ries race in 12 starts. Har­vick passed Martin Truex Jr. on the penul­ti­mate lap for Win 5. “We know that we’re rid­ing a mo­men­tum wave that is hard to come by, and you need to cap­i­tal­ize on it as many times as you can be­cause it may never come again,” Har­vick said. “I’ve never had it in my ca­reer, and I’ve been do­ing this for 18 years.”

2. Funk con­tin­ues

After win­ning the sea­son-open­ing Day­tona 500 (doesn’t that seem like a year ago?), Team Chevro­let con­tin­ues to strug­gle. Seven­time NASCAR cham­pion Jim­mie John­son has yet to lead a lap in 2018, and Chevy’s other top driv­ers are strug­gling with the new Ca­maro body style, the ex­cep­tion be­ing Kyle Lar­son. Chase El­liott was 12th at Kansas. “Just scratch­ing and claw­ing to run medi­ocre,” El­liott said.

3. All-Star­week­end

The at­ten­tion turns to Char­lotte Mo­tor Speed­way for the next two week­ends. This is a time where the team air­planes stay in the hangar and every­body sleeps in their own bed be­cause this is more or less the home track for al­most ev­ery race team (sorry, Den­ver’s Fur­ni­ture Row Rac­ing). Satur­day’s Mon­ster En­ergy Open and All-Star races will have a new wrin­kle: The Cup cars will be fit­ted with re­stric­tor plates.

[AP/CHAR­LIE RIEDEL]

Don’t be sur­prised to see more Kevin Har­vick race-vic­tory cel­e­bra­tions. After just 12 races, he has al­ready matched his ca­reer high of five wins in one sea­son.

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