AFTER WINNING the Sprint Cup championship in their first season together,
and his team came up with a new set of goals this year.
Near the top of the list was winning at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Harvick, who grew up racing on the West Coast, had never won at Las Vegas and he told crew chief Rodney Childers, "It would mean the world to him to come here and win."
So Stewart-Haas Racing built him a fast race car for their first visit to the track, and the team felt it had a chance to win last year's race. But a mechanical failure derailed his effort, and the loss stuck with them for the entire year.
Harvick pulled off the overdue victory yesterday, grabbing his first win of the season.
The win came in just the third race of the season. Harvick finished second in the season-opening Daytona 500, was second last week at Atlanta and, dating back to last season, has six consecutive top-two finishes. He also has won three of the last six races dating to last season.
Harvick isn't looking too far ahead, though.
"We just have to keep our heads down and keep doing everything that we've been doing," he said. "This isn't a bunch of guys that are just going to go out and brag. We're going to race every week like we have never won a race before.''
Harvick led 142 of the 267 laps, and he beat Martin Truex Jr. to the finish.
* Cycling officials let doping flourish and broke their own rules so
could cheat his way to becoming the superstar the sport badly needed, according to a scathing report into its drug culture. The International Cycling Union was severely criticized for failing to act during the doping era dominated by Armstrong, but the 227-page report the governing body released found no evidence that he paid to cover up alleged positive tests. The report was commissioned by the new UCI leadership to investigate doping that shredded cycling's credibility and led to Armstrong being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles in 2012.
* More tests are needed to determine the cause of death of a Syracuse University sprinter found in a Times Square hotel room during spring break, medical examiners said.
autopsy was conducted yesterday, but the results were awaiting further studies, medical examiners' spokeswoman
said. Police said there were no signs of criminality when Cammock, of Queens, N.Y., was found at around 9:20 a.m. Saturday at the Hotel Edison.
* Dustin Johnson fired a 3-under 69 and won the Cadillac Championship in Doral, Fla., for his second World Golf Championship title. Johnson took advantage of a collapse by J.B. Holmes, who lost a five-shot lead and closed with a 75 to finish one shot behind.
* Lindsey Vonn won a World Cup Super-G in Germany to regain the lead in the discipline with one race remaining. It was her 65th career win.