Johnson on racing Harvick: ‘No telling what will take place’


LOUDON, N.H. – No threats, no promises, no looking back. Kevin Harvick refused to rehash last week’s run-in with Jimmie Johnson on and off the track after qualifying second for Sunday’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

“We’re not going to use you guys to make threats,’’ Harvick said. “I losedan do that myself.’’

Asked if Johnson should fear retribution, Harvick said: “I don’t look back.’’

Johnson admits that “I truthfully don’t know what to expect” racing Harvick this weekend.

“I certainly know what I hope for,’’ Johnson said after qualifying fifth. “There’s no telling what will take place.’’

Johnson said they have not talked since last week.

Harvick’s focus is on winning – which the reigning champion likely needs to do – this weekend or next weekend at Dover to advance to the second round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup after finishing 42nd last week at Chicagoland Speedway.

Harvick is in this spot after contact with Johnson cut Harvick’s left rear tire and caused Harvick’s car to wreck three laps later. Joey Logano shoved Johnson’s car on the restart, forcing it to the apron. Johnson hit Harvick’s car trying to return to the track.

“It really was a racing incident,’’ Johnson said. “I was just trying to get back on the race track. Unfortunately, that contact took place. It just sucks for those guys. I feel for Kevin. That’s not the situation that any of us wanted to happen. Unfortunately, it’s racing. There was a lot going on on that restart and we had the contact.’’

That moment dramatically changed the Chase, as one of the favorites to make the finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway could fail to survive the first round.

Johnson said he went to Harvick’s motorhome after the race because others had done the same to him in similar situations.

“Although I wasn’t happy to see whoever it was, it meant something to me and I appreciated the fact that they came to my bus to see me,’’ Johnson said. “That’s all I was trying to do there.’’

Harvick responded by thrusting a fist into Johnson’s chest and had to be held back. Johnson walked away.

“I knew he wasn’t going to be in the best mood,’’ Johnson said “I was expecting everything and anything. I didn’t go over there to fight.’’

Harvick’s mindset now is on looking ahead.

“I don’t have a lot to say on any of it,’’ Harvick said of last week’s incidents. “I’m here to race and do what I have to do … in the next two weeks.’’

Harvick admits he’ll need to be aggressive. This predicament is not new, though. He had to win at Phoenix in last year’s Chase to make the finale at Homestead and had to win that race to win the title.

“You still have to go out with the mentality of trying to win a race,’’ Harvick said. “I think everybody around us knows that, and I think they’re very aware of the aggressive nature that we need to go after that.’’

Portland Xfinity race results, driver points

Portland Xfinity results
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Cole Custer went from fourth to first on the overtime restart when the top three cars made contact and went on to win Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Portland International Raceway. Custer is the 10th different winner in 13 races this season.

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JR Motorsports took the next three spots: Justin Allgaier placed second, Sam Mayer was third and Josh Berry was fourth. Austin Hill completed the top five.

John Hunter Nemechek remains the points leader after 13 races. He has a 14-point lead on Hill. Nemechek leads Allgaier by 44 points.

Cole Custer wins Xfinity race at Portland in overtime


Cole Custer held off Justin Allgaier at the finish to win Saturday’s Xfinity Series race in overtime at Portland International Raceway. It is Custer’s first victory of the season.

JR Motorsports placed second, third and fourth with Allgaier, Sam Mayer and Josh Berry. Austin Hill finished fifth.

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Custer went from fourth to first on the overtime restart when Parker Kligerman, who restarted third, attempted to pass Allgaier, who was leading. Sheldon Creed was on the outside of Allgaier. All three cars made contact entering Turn 1, allowing Custer to slip by. Creed finished seventh. Kligerman placed 14th.

Custer won the second stage when John Hunter Nemechek made contact with Creed’s car while racing for the lead on the final lap of the stage. The contact spun Creed and Custer inched by Nemechek at the line.

Early in the final stage, Creed gained revenge with contact that spun Nemechek, who went on to finish 10th. A few laps later, Nemechek and Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Sammy Smith had issues. Smith spun Nemechek. After getting back around, Nemechek quickly caught Smith and turned into Smith’s car, damaging it.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Sheldon Creed

STAGE 2 WINNER: Cole Custer

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Despite the contact on the overtime restart, runner-up Justin Allgaier managed to score his fourth consecutive top-three finish. … Sam Mayer’s third-place finish is his best on a road course. … Austin Hill’s fifth-place finish gives him four consecutive top-five results.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Daniel Hemric finished 33rd after a fire in his car. … Riley Herbst placed 32nd after an engine issue. After opening the season with six top 10s in a row, Herbst has gone seven races in a row without a top 10.

NEXT: The series competes June 10 at Sonoma Raceway (8 p.m. ET on FS1).

Truck race results at WWT Raceway: Grant Enfinger wins


Grant Enfinger took the lead when the leaders wrecked in the final laps and held off the field in overtime to win Saturday’s Craftsman Truck Series race at World Wide Technology Raceway.

It is Enfinger’s second win in the last five races. He also collected a $50,000 bonus for winning the Triple Truck Challenge.

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Christian Eckes finished second and was followed by Stewart Friesen, Carson Hocevar and Chase Purdy.

Ty Majeski and Zane Smith wrecked while racing for the lead with six laps to go. Majeski, running on the inside of Smith, slid up the track and clipped Smith’s truck. Both hit the wall. That put Enfinger in the lead.

Smith finished 20th. Majeski placed 30th.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Grant Enfinger

STAGE 2 WINNER: Stewart Friesen

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Grant Enfinger’s victory is his fourth top 10 in the last five races. … Carson Hocevar’s fourth-place finish is his fourth consecutive top-five result. … Stewart Friesen’s third-place finish moved him into a playoff spot with four races left in the regular season. … Matt DiBenedetto‘s sixth-place finish is his third consecutive top 10. … Jesse Love finished ninth in his series debut.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Ty Majeski had a chance to take the points lead with series leader Corey Heim out because of illness, but Majeski’s 30th-place finish after running at the front most of the day, leaves him behind Heim. … Hailie Deegan finished 32nd after contact sent her truck into the wall hard. … After finishing a career-high third last week at Charlotte, Dean Thompson placed 34th Saturday due to an engine issue.

NEXT: The series races June 23 at Nashville Superspeedway (8 p.m. ET on FS1)

Xfinity starting lineup at Portland: Sheldon Creed wins pole


Sheldon Creed scored his first career Xfinity Series pole by taking the top spot for Saturday’s race at Portland International Raceway.

Creed, making his 50th career series start, earned the pole with a lap of 95.694 mph on the 1.97-mile road course.

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Cole Custer will start second with a lap of 95.398 mph. He is followed by Josh Berry (94.242 mph), John Hunter Nemechek (95.127) and Charlotte winner Justin Allgaier (94.897). Road racing specialist Jordan Taylor, driving for Kaulig Racing, qualified sixth at 94.772 mph.

The green flag is scheduled to wave 4:46 p.m. ET Saturday on FS1.