CONCORD, N.C. - Kevin Harvick cashed in for the second time this season, holding off Jimmie Johnson to pick up a $1 million payday last night in the Nextel All-Star Challenge.
Harvick, who opened the year with a Daytona 500 victory, has earned $2.5 million from his two wins this season.
Johnson, a two-time winner of the all-star race, stayed in line behind Harvick for the final 18 laps of the race. Johnson made one attempt at a pass, looking briefly to the outside of Harvick's car.
But Harvick held him off, pulled firmly out front and motored to the finish line for his first all-star victory in seven tries at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
He was second to Johnson last season, and gave car owner Richard Childress his first win in the non-points event since Dale Earnhardt in 1993.
ATLANTA - AT&T won an injunction to get its logos placed on Richard Childress Racing driver Jeff Burton's car.
The car has been sponsored by Cingular, but AT&T has been fighting to get on the hood since the two companies merged.
NASCAR denied the request, citing its exclusivity agreement with series sponsor Nextel, but a U.S. district judge allowed RCR to put the AT&T logo on the car yesterday morning.
Ramsey Poston, NASCAR's managing director for corporate communications, said NASCAR will continue the fight. The appeal is expected to be heard in July.
INDIANAPOLIS - An Unser and another Andretti are in the field for the 91st Indianapolis 500.
Except this isn't the heyday of open-wheel racing, when those two families were the biggest names in the sport and their inclusion in the big race was all but a foregone conclusion.
This time, Al Unser Jr. and John Andretti had to drive other people's backup cars and put them into the lineup on the second weekend of qualifying.
Unser, 45 and a recovering alcoholic, climbed into A.J. Foyt's second car last week and had one qualifying run bumped out of the tentative lineup last Sunday. He came back yesterday, the third of four days of time trials for this Sunday's race, to post a four-lap, 10-mile run of 220.876 m.p.h. that assured him of starting his 19th 500.
"The last lap, I let it loose, opened it up and ran a good lap," Unser said. "I was happy because we were getting faster every lap and I'm just glad it's in. We're back, so I was a little careful with it in the wind."
Andretti, who has spent the last 13 years racing in NASCAR, didn't get his ride in the third Panther Racing car until earlier this week. With some help in setting up the car from teammate Vitor Meira, Andretti was even stronger. He turned an average of 221.756 to qualify for his eighth Indy start and first since 1994.
The two veteran racers were among 10 drivers who qualified yesterday, leaving one more position to fill in the 33-car lineup in today's final time trials.
Once the field is full, any nonqualified cars will still have a chance to bump out the slowest qualifiers until the end of today's session.