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Harvick ends 16-year drought with win at Brickyard 400

 

Crew Chief RODNEY CHILDERS & Race Winner KEVIN HARVICK PRESS CONFERENCE AUDIO

65,444 Rodney Childers Crew Chief Its special winning at the Brickyard 9 8 2019

65,446 Rodney Childers Crew Chief How good is this new aero package car for Vegas as you start the playoffs next week 9 8 2019

65,447 Rodney Childers Crew Chief Will the team take the same crar back to Vegas next weekend from the Spring race 9 8 2019

65,459 Kevin Harvick Race winner On Rick Mears and IndyCar being his idols as a kid not Stock car racing 9 8 2018

65,460 Kevin Harvick race winner On giving Team owner Tony Stewart a Brickyard win 9 8 2019

65,461 Kevin Harvick race winner Has the car the way he likes it But iis it difficult or easier to get it that way every race 9 8 2019

Indianapolis, IN. – 43-year-old Kevin Harvick says that Indianapolis 500 legend Rick Mears is his idol. Having watched him as a kid on television and in person at several races at the famous brickyard track in Indiana’s capital city.

At times, the Bakersfield, California native drives like Mears when he can win races and come from back in the pack at key stages to take control at the end to close it out.

Race winner Kevin Harvick listens to question in back of room (megasportsnews.com photo)

On Sunday, driving in the 26th Annual Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard, he led 77 laps and steadily moved up the pack and took control in the final laps for his third win of the season and second at IMS. His victory ended a drought of 16 years between his last win here back in 2003.

Harvick's crew chief Rodney Childers says they are used to the 2019 aerodynamic package for the car this part of the season. Have to adjust race to race (megasportsnews.com photo)

Harvick's crew chief Rodney Childers says they are used to the 2019 aerodynamic package for the car this part of the season. Have to adjust race to race (megasportsnews.com photo)

“Happy” as they call Harvick, has always been one of the best active drivers at the “Brickyard”. He has the best average finish of any driver in the 400 field with a 9.4 average finish. Joining the Stewart-Haas Racing team in 2014, his average has improved with an average finish of 5.4, plus he has never finished worse than eighth in Indianapolis. Futhermore, he has never started worse than seventh and has led for 186 laps.

MORE NOTES ON KEVIN HARVICK #4 MOBIL 1 FORD

* Brickyard wins: 2003, 2019

* Starts: 18

* First Cup Season: 2001

* Won the Pole Award with a lap of 48.448 seconds, 185.766 mph

* Was his 30th pole in 672 Monster Energy Series races

* This was his fifth pole and 17th top-10 start in 2019

* This was his third pole in 19 races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

* Owner Stewart-Haas Racing

* Crew chief Rodney Childers

* His 48th victory in 672 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Races

* His third win and 17th top-10 finish in 2019

* His second win and 13th top-10 finish in 19 races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

 

 

Kevin Harvick photo (By Jonathan Ferrey of Getty Images, courtesy NASCARmedia.com)

Dayton Flyers shock 14th-ranked Indiana State on road, 42-35

 

QB Jack Cook accounted for 4 touchdowns for Dayton

Indiana State Was The Highest-Ranked FCS Opponent In UD’s Program History

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The University of Dayton football team pulled off the biggest upset program history Saturday, knocking off No. 14 Indiana State by a score of 42-35 in in the Sycamore home opener.

 

Indiana State is the highest-ranked FCS opponent that Dayton football had ever played in program history. Jack Cook accounted for four touchdowns — two rushing and two passing — and Sean Prophit punched in the game-winning score on a 13-yard run with 1:57 left in the game.  Zach Rumpke intercepted a Sycamore pass at the Dayton 20 with 18 seconds to play to seal the victory.

 

RECAP

FIRST QUARTER

- Indiana State took the opening kickoff and drove 81 yards in 10 plays to take a 7-0 lead. Peterson Kerlegrand scored on a 19-yard run en route to a 194-yard rushing day.

- UD’s Jake Chisholm’s 43-yard kickoff return set up a game-tying 50-yard drive.  Sean Prophit’s three-yard run tied the game 7-7.  The Flyers would not trail again.

 

SECOND QUARTER

- Dayton finished off a drive that started late in the first quarter to take its first lead.  A Jack Cook-to-Sean Prophit nine-yard TD pass capped off a 79-yard drive.

- UD scored again after a 68-yard drive.  Cook hit Andrew Holderer with a three-yard pass to give the Flyers a two-touchdown lead.

- Punter Allen Waltz pinned ISU back to the five with 54 second left, but the Sycamores went 95 yards with time to spare to make the halftime score Dayton 21, Indiana State 14.

 

THIRD QUARTER

- The Flyers received the second half kickoff, but after a three-and-out, Indiana State took advantage of a short field to tie the game 21-21.

- Dayton scored 14 unanswered points, both on Jack Cook runs, to leads 35-21 heading into the fourth quarter.

 

FOURTH QUARTER

 

- The Sycamores scored on the first play of the fourth quarter (after a 75-yard drive) and then went 68 yards on their next possession to tie the game 35-35.

- Dayton moved the ball into ISU territory, but Cook’s pass was batted down on fourth down, giving ISU the ball on its own 35.

- But the Flyer defense stepped up, forcing its only three-and-out punt of the game.

- The Flyer offense stepped too, embarking on a 10-play, 85-yard drive.  Cook ran or passed for 66 yards, and Prophit ran for the other 19, including a 13-yard TD that proved to be the game-winner with 1:57 to go.

- Indiana State moved the ball to the UD 26, but redshirt freshman Zach Rumpke (who was subbing for injured captain Andrew Lutgens) intercepted sealed the win with an interception with 18 seconds left.

 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

- Tight end Adam Trautman caught a career-high 11 passes for 132 yards.

- Quarterback Jack Cook was 21 of 29 passing (.724) for 251 yards and two scores.

- Sean Prophit, Cook and Jake Chisholm all ran for at least 40 yards.  Prophit had 13 carries for 65 yards (5.0 avg.), Cook 13 for 52 (4.0) and Chisholm 7 for 43 (6.1).

- Chisholm also returned four kickoffs for 145 yards (38.1 avg.).

- Prophit scored half of UD’s six touchdowns – two rushing and one receiving.

- UD’s safeties Brandon Easterling and Tim Simon led the defense.  Easterling had a game-high-tying 13.  Simon had 11 hits (6 solo), an interception and two pass breakups.

Sean Prophit scored the game winning touchdown with 1:57 for UD

UP NEXT

The Flyers will be back on the road next week to take on Robert Morris on Sat., Sept. 14 at 3:00 p.m. (ET).

Team Statistics

Team Statistics
Game Stats UD INS
Total Yards 427 505
Pass Yards 251 147
Rushing Yards 176 358
Penalty Yards 7-77 9-104
1st Downs 26 27
3rd Downs 4-9 5-12
4th Downs 0-1 1-2
TOP 32:26 27:34

 

 

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS

PHOTOS COURTESY OF DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS

Thrilling Indiana 250 at IMS sees Kyle Busch holding off Justin Allgaier at the end

 

 

2011 Brickyard Winner Menard Leads Cup Series Practice

INDIANAPOLIS, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019 – Kyle Busch continued his dominating ways in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Indianapolis Motor Speedway by winning the Indiana 250 from the pole on an action-filled day of NASCAR racing on Saturday, Sept. 7.

Busch’s fourth Xfinity Series win at Indy and his fifth pole in seven starts at the historic 2.5-mile oval came on a day filled with Xfinity Series racing and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practices.

“It was really tough to pass, even when you had a run on guys,” said Busch, who led a race-high 46 of the 100 laps. “You could pass some of the guys that were built more for long-run longevity, the No. 7 (Justin Allgaier) was. You could pass them on the straightaways.”

Busch held onto the lead during a four-lap dash to the finish in his No. 18 Combos Toyota. He restarted as the leader while defending Indiana 250 winner Justin Allgaier was second. Allgaier’s No. 7 Suave Men Chevrolet was on Busch’s rear bumper for the final four laps, but he couldn’t overcome Busch’s short-run speed and his horsepower on the long straightaways. Busch beat Allgaier by .132 of a second.

“Kyle’s great, especially on late race restarts,” said Allgaier, who won Stage 2 and led 24 laps overall. “That’s what sets him apart in the Cup side and here in the Xfinity Series. Hats off to our guys. Our Suave Men Camaro was unreal, especially on the long run. We were able to really push those guys. I knew Kyle’s weakness was the long run, and I kind of exploited those. We had a couple late-race restarts that just didn’t go our way and put us a little bit behind.”

Allgaier beat his two JR Motorsports teammates as Noah Gragson finished third in the No. 9 Switch Chevrolet and Jeb Burton finished fourth in the No. 8 State Water Heaters Chevrolet. Indiana native Justin Haley rounded out the top five in the No. 11 LeafFilter Chevrolet.

The end of the Indiana 250 was filled with dramatic action. Contact between Austin Cindric’s No. 22 Menards/Richmond Ford and Busch’s teammate Brandon Jones in the No. 19 First Foundation Toyota in Turn 3 prompted a caution on Lap 89.

On the restart with eight laps to go, Xfinity Series championship contenders Christopher Bell and Tyler Reddick crashed while battling for the lead in Turn 2 on Lap 93. Bell held the inside line, while Reddick was on the outside. The two drove through Turn 1 side-by-side, and then Bell’s No. 20 Rheem/Parker Hannifin Toyota got loose entering Turn 2 and slid into Reddick’s No. 2 Anderson’s Maple Syrup Chevrolet.

The cars went nose-first into the outside SAFER Barrier. Both drivers climbed from their cars without assistance and were unhurt.

The race featured eight cautions for 31 laps, and there were 14 lead changes among seven different drivers.

Paul Menard was the fastest driver over two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Practice sessions Saturday for the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Powered by Florida Georgia Line.

Menard, the 2011 Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard winner, topped the charts in the final practice session at 185.079 mph in the No. 21 Menards/Dutch Boy Ford fielded by the legendary Wood Brothers Racing. He was 23rd fastest in the first session at 180.473.

Kyle Larson was second fastest overall at 185.025 in the No. 42 McDonald’s Chevrolet, followed by Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Kurt Busch at 184.763 in the No. 1 Monster Energy Chevrolet, defending Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard winner Brad Keselowski at 184.600 in the No. 2 Discount Tire Ford and Chase Elliott at 184.305 in the No. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet.

As time expired in final practice, Denny Hamlin crashed in the No. 11 FedEx Toyota. Hamlin slid above the groove in Turn 4 and made contact with the SAFER Barrier. Hamlin stopped at the entrance to pit road and exited the car without assistance. His Joe Gibbs Racing team will go to a backup car, and he will start at the rear of the field for Sunday’s race.

 

RACE RECAP WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF IMS COMMUNICATIONS

 

UC Athletics announces 2019 Hall of Fame Class: Announcer Dan Hoard and 2009 Football Bearcats

CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati Department of Athletics will enshrine one of the most successful football teams in school history into the James P. Kelly UC Athletics Hall of Fame along with its longtime radio voice, the Athletics Department announced back in the Spring.

The 2009 University of Cincinnati football team, which finished with a perfect 12-0 regular season, won the BIG EAST Conference Championship and played in the 2010 Allstate Sugar Bowl, will be inducted alongside the Voice of the Bearcats, Dan Hoard.

“We are thrilled to enhance the 10th Anniversary of the 2009 football season by inducting the team as a whole into the Hall of Fame,” AD Mike Bohn said. “Adding the incomparable and iconic voice of Dan Hoard to this year’s class adds an inspirational dynamic in our salute to excellence. The achievements of the 2009 Bearcats, one of the greatest UC teams ever, are second-to-none in our football history and we look forward to unveiling additional exciting ways to commemorate their historic season.

“Dan Hoard is simply one of the best broadcast professionals in the nation. We are blessed to have him as our respected voice of the Bearcats. He’s a phenomenal representative of the University with an unparalleled work ethic.”

“I am honored, humbled, and quite honestly overwhelmed,” Hoard said. “Having a front row seat to watch Kenyon (Martin), Melvin (Levett), SK (Sean Kilpatrick), Gary (Clark), Jarron (Cumberland), Gino (Guidugli), Tony (Pike), Mardy (Gilyard), Connor (Barwin), Travis (Kelce) and so many other great players has been more than enough of a reward. Being the Voice of the Bearcats has been a joy and a privilege for 19 years. I look forward to many more to come.”

While the 2009 team will be celebrated throughout the upcoming football season, the weekend of October 18-19, 2019 will feature the annual Legion of Excellence dinner on Friday and an in-game recognition during the football game against Tulsa on Saturday, Oct. 19 in Nippert Stadium. The team will be welcomed back to Cincinnati and former Head Coach Brian Kelly will attend the Saturday recognition.

To forever commemorate the 2009 undefeated regular season, UC is creating a dual bobblehead of the game-winning Tony Pike to Armon Binns 29-yard touchdown which capped a 45-44 come-from-behind win at Pitt on Dec. 5, 2009.

The dual bobblehead features Pike delivering the pass and Binns in his iconic touchdown-celebration pose raising the football with an outstretched arm. The memento also includes an audio component which will play the radio and TV calls of the TD pass from the Voice of the Bearcats, Dan Hoard, and ESPN’s Sean McDonough.

The dual bobblehead was available to 2019 season ticket holders. If you are interested in its availability, contact the UC athletics ticket office at 1-877-CATS-TIX or online at GoBEARCATS.com/tickets.

2019 INDUCTEES
2009 FOOTBALL TEAM

  • The 2009 Bearcats (12-1, 7-0 BIG EAST), ranked No. 3 in the final Bowl Championship Series standings, finished the first undefeated season in the modern era and won their second-straight BIG EAST Championship.
  • Under the direction of BIG EAST Coach of the Year Brian Kelly, UC featured BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Year Mardy Gilyard, also an American Football Coaches Association All-American at wide receiver, and 11 all-conference selections.
  • Kelly is scheduled to return to campus for the UC-Tulsa game on Saturday, Oct. 19 to be a part of the team recognition.
  • Gilyard (WR & KR), (C), (QB), and (S) were first-team honorees. (WR), (OT), (OG), (OG), (TE), and (DL) earned second-team honors.
  • UC set numerous school records in 2009, including 10 which are still standing: wins (12), road wins (6), consecutive regular-season wins (18), points (502), touchdowns (66), TD passes (39), kickoff return yards (1,540), fewest fumbles (11), fewest fumbles lost (2), fewest turnovers (10).
  • UC finished the regular season leading the NCAA FBS in passing efficiency (166.19) despite using four different quarterbacks throughout the course of the season.
  • The Bearcats ranked second nationally in kickoff returns (29.2), third in tackles for a loss (8.4), sixth in passing offense (320.3), scoring offense (39.8), and total offense (464.3), while sitting tied for eighth in sacks (2.9), and 10th in sacks allowed (0.9).
  • Fans saw the emergence of future stars in QB Zach Collaros (.750 completion pct., 1,434 yds, 10 TDs), S Drew Frey (64 tackles, 2 INT), RB Isaiah Pead (806 yds, 9 TDs), LB JK Schaffer (100 tackles, 3 INT), DE Walter Stewart (8.5 TFLs, 4.5 sck), DT Derek Wolfe (5.0 sck., 8.0 TFL), WR DJ Woods (640 yds, 4 TDs)
  • The 2009 team also featured a foundation of freshmen and redshirt freshmen who would go on to become standout players at UC, including LB Maalik Bomar, OT Austen Bujnoch, CB Camerron Cheatham, DE Dan Giordano, OT Sean Hooey, QB Brendon Kay, TE Travis Kelce, P Patrick O’Donnell, C Dan Sprague and DT Jordan Stepp.
  • The roster featured 29 players who went on to play professionally in the NFL, CFL or arena football. Barnett, Collaros, Gilyard, WR Vidal Hazelton, Jason Kelce, Travis Kelce, O’Donnell, LS Mike Windt and Wolfe are currently on active rosters.

DAN HOARD – THE VOICE OF THE BEARCATS

  • Hoard enters his 20th season as the Voice of the Bearcats in 2019, handling the play-by-play duties for the football and men’s basketball teams and hosting weekly radio and television programs.
  • One of UC’s greatest ambassadors, Hoard’s voice and approachable manner have made him a legend among Bearcats fans, coaches, student-athletes and staff over the years.
  • Also the radio announcer for the Cincinnati Bengals and a fill-in host for the Cincinnati Reds on FOX Sports Ohio, Hoard first served as UC’s over-the-air voice in 1996, handling the play-by-play on local TV telecasts from 1996-2000. He took over the radio play-by-play duties in 2000.
  • He joins his football broadcast partner, Jim Kelly Jr., and former basketball broadcast partner, Chuck Machock, as hall of fame inductee.
  • The Syracuse University graduate was named the National Sports Media Ohio Sportscaster of the Year in 2015 and 2017 and was inducted into the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame in 2016.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF UC SPORTS COMMUNICATIONS

 

American Athletic Conference Football News

American Pow6r Points:

·        American Athletic Conference teams continued their collective strong start to the 2019 season as league teams take a combined 14-8 record into Week 3.

 

·        The American is a combined 14-3 against teams that are not ranked in the national polls. Three of the eight overall losses have come to top-10 teams in true road games.

 

·        American teams’ FBS wins were by an average of 23.3 points yesterday. Perhaps most impressive was UCF’s 48-14 win at Florida Atlantic, where the Knights played in front of a school-record crowd in Boca Raton.

 

·        QB Dillon Gabriel threw for 245 yards and two touchdowns, while five UCF running backs found the end zone as the Knights improved to 26-1 in their last 27 games.

 

·        SMU is 2-0 for the second time in three seasons after the Mustangs took an impressive 49-27 win against North Texas behind three more rushing touchdowns from RB Xavier Jones, who has six TDs in two games. SMU will be looking for its first 3-0 start since 1984 with Saturday’s game against Texas State.

 

·        Tulsa scored a road win against San Jose State as the Golden Hurricane gained 539 yards in a 34-16 win. QB Zach Smith threw for 283 yards, while RB Shamari Brooks rushed for 140 yards and a touchdown.

 

·        Two head coached picked up their first wins at their respective schools as Mike Houston and ECU cruised past Gardner-Webb and Dana Holgorsen and Houston beat Prairie View A&M.

 

·        Memphis improved to 2-0 with a 55-24 victory against Southern at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. The Tigers have won 17 consecutive nonconference regular-season games at their home stadium.

 

·        Two teams from The American fell to top-10 opponents as Tulane battled No. 10 Auburn in a 24-6 decision, while Cincinnati fell at No. 5 Ohio State.

 

·        UConn saw freshman QB Mike Zergiotis throw for 275 yards in his first career start, but the Huskies fell 31-23 to Illinois. USF held Georiga Tech to 257 total yards, but it wasn’t enough as the Bulls dropped a 14-10 decision in Atlanta.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Chuck Sullivan; COURTESY AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE COMMUNICATIONS

 

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