Money Mondays offer helpThe Office of Human Resources will be offering a special series of “HARVie chats” on banking, benefits, investing, and other financial topics. Harvard staff are invited to visit http://harvie.harvard.edu/chats/upcomingchats.shtml to get information that may help in navigating through the current economic downturn.Those employees who have never used HARVie’s “chats” feature should make sure their Java is updated before logging on. To find out more about how the chats work, visit http://harvie.harvard.edu/chats/overview/shtml. The chats take place Mondays at noon. Coming up:Dec. 1, Ask a TIAA-CREF Investment Professional: A representative from one of Harvard’s investment fund providers will talk about managing money in a volatile market.Dec. 8, Ask a Vanguard Investment Professional: A representative from another of Harvard’s investment fund providers will discuss managing your money in today’s market.If you have difficulties logging on, contact [email protected], (617) 495-0511.HRES plans home-buying seminarHarvard Real Estate Services is holding a home-buying seminar on Dec. 4 from noon to 1:30 p.m. Titled “Home Buying Seminar & Obtaining a Mortgage: Tips to Assist You with This Process,” the program will be at 124 Mt. Auburn St., Room 3311. Feel free to bring a lunch. Registration is required. To register, e-mail [email protected] to offer flu vaccination clinics through NovemberHarvard University Health Services (HUHS) will conduct free vaccination clinics throughout November. The clinics will be open to the entire Harvard University community every Monday and Tuesday (noon-3 p.m.) at HUHS on the second floor of the Holyoke Center (Monks Library). Students must have their Harvard ID to receive the vaccination. More information on the flu can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/.
The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation announced its 2009-10 fellowship awardees on April 8. Five Harvard faculty members were named Guggenheim recipients, as well as one fellow from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The winners include: Peter Galison, Pellegrino University Professor; Ingrid Monson, the Quincy Jones Professor of African-American Music; Alexander Rehding, professor of music; Jessica Eve Stern, lecturer on law, Harvard Law School; Jeannie Suk, assistant professor of law, Harvard Law School; and Priya Natarajan, fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.The Guggenheim Foundation disburses more than $273 million in fellowships to nearly 16,700 individuals who have demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. For more about the foundation, visit www.gf.org.
“Having a new manufacturer is probably the thing for me that’s the most exciting because there will be a lot of problems to solve, a lot of things that are going to be different. Working through those things with my team and organization is something I thrive on. I love the challenges that are presented.” “Now it’s down to bare frames; cut the clips off, making them where the Ford engine will fit. And you have to wait on NASCAR to give you certification dates to go get your (chassis) certified. Most organizations only get one or two a week; when you’ve got 75 race cars sitting there waiting to get certified, that’s taken a long time.” SHR fields teams for drivers Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Danica Patrick and team newcomer Clint Bowyer. The organization, located in Kannapolis, North Carolina, will also field a NASCAR XFINITY Series program for the first time this season. A bigger concern is the loss of practice time – most race weekends will now include only one session instead of two the day before the race. “I think there’s a lot to motivate yourself with this year and I love those challenges.” RELATED: Phoenix unveils major renovation plan | Full test speeds AVONDALE, Ariz. – These are busy days for NASCAR teams, with the start of the 2017 season just weeks away. Before the switch, SHR teams purchased chassis and other pieces from Hendrick Motorsports. Now, those must be crafted in-house. “The machine shop is just turned upside down,” Childers said. “Not only are you learning to build your own cars and your own suspensions and that type of stuff but you’re trying to figure out the rules too, and how you need to build them. He said he relishes the opportunity afforded by a new manufacturer and a new race format. His confidence, he said, is no less because of the issues his team faces. But nowhere is it busier than Stewart-Haas Racing, where the four-team Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series organization is undergoing the move from fielding Chevrolet to Ford entries. The 2017 season is another season of opportunity. “Plenty to reach out and grab,” he said, “and keep yourself and your team motivated.” “I’ll be honest, I don’t think we’re where we need to be. We had so much wind tunnel time in the Chevrolet bodies. We knew every little detail of every little corner, every crease. Now it’s starting over and will take a while to get that part figured that out and get the downforce back to where it needs to be.”Harvick has won 12 times since he and Childers joined SHR prior to the 2014 season. He’s made it to NASCAR’s Championship 4 two of those three years and won the title in 2014. </p> A new points system that yields race bonus points at the end of individual stages and those that carry over into the playoffs means “you have to be greedy on a week-to-week basis in order to get those points because they’ll matter at the end,” he said. Friday practices aren’t helpful, Childers said, because the track is green and time is limited with teams switching from qualifying trim to race trim. No different than ’14, he said, when Harvick was part of a new team at SHR. Or last year when the group was labeled a “lame duck operation” because of the impending switch to Ford. Or the challenges faced when co-owner/driver Tony Stewart was sidelined. “You try to go and be fast, lead the most laps, that part hasn’t changed,” he said. “It’s been a huge change,” said Rodney Childers, crew chief Harvick’s No. 4 Ford. “Normally in the offseason you can take some cars, put new doors on them, put new quarter panels on them or a new nose and move on. You put the same truck arms, the same housing, the same lower control arms back under it. “I’m not saying we can’t do that,” he said, “but it’s going to take some time, I think.” “The thing that keeps me motivated about our sport are things that you can reach out and grab and motivate yourself with,” Harvick said during a break in testing Tuesday at Phoenix Raceway. “The thought and the process that goes into a new format and thinking about how it’s going to play out. With the transformation, success might come a bit slower. But most remain convinced it will come. Including Childers. Meanwhile back under the hood, Childers has taken a look at the format changes, but says his team won’t alter its approach. Without the changes, he said, it’s likely that the No. 4 team would have been “really, really good” in ’17. “You don’t have time to make things better,” Childers said. “You’ve got one 50-minute practice on Saturday; whoever is fastest in that practice is going to kill everybody because you just don’t have time to do anything.
Jamie McMurray Kasey Kahne Kevin Harvick Austin DillonChase Elliott Martin Truex Jr.Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series PlayoffsAnd now, for mobile devices:Monster Energy NASCAR Cup SeriesMonster Energy NASCAR CupMonster Energy NASCAR Cup Series PlayoffsChris Graythen | Getty ImagesDale Earnhardt Jr. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Denny Hamlin Kyle Larson Jimmie Johnson Brad Keselowski Ryan Newman Can’t get enough of your favorite NASCAR Playoffs driver? Want him near you at all times?We don’t blame you — and we’re here to help.Scroll or swipe below for wallpapers of all 16 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs drivers for your desktop or laptop (designed by NASCAR Creative Design). We also have three images designed to serve as the home screen or lock screen on your mobile device.Simply click on the image of the driver you want; the full-sized image will pop up, and you can download it and set it as your background.Bookmark this page and change them weekly if you want to. We hope you enjoy; see you Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway for the green flag (3 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).Ryan BlaneyKurt BuschKyle Busch Matt Kenseth
RELATED: Elliott, Hamlin exchange words | Elliott: ‘He’s not even worth my time’Chase Elliott appeared headed for his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory Sunday at Martinsville Speedway when the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota of Denny Hamlin nudged Elliott’s No. 24 Chevrolet from behind with three laps remaining, spinning Elliott’s car and dimming his hopes of advancing in the NASCAR Playoffs.Elliott had been battling the No. 2 Ford of Brad Keselowski for the lead for most of the final 100 laps of the First Data 500, and Elliott took the edge on Lap 497 of a scheduled 500 as Keselowski dropped in traffic.That was when a hard-charging Hamlin drove right up to the rear bumper of Elliott’s No. 24, initiating contact that caused the No. 24 to spin.Elliott’s car sustained enough damage that he was forced to drop far back in the field as the race went to overtime. He would finish 27th.RELATED: Hamlin: ‘I’m not sitting here saying I wrecked him on purpose’After the race ended, after cars spun out in a multi-car incident at the checkered flag, Elliott got out of his car and spoke angrily to Hamlin — after he drove the No. 11 up into the outside wall on the cool-down lap.“I got into the back of him and he spun out,” Hamlin told NBCSN. “Trying to get a race win. … Everybody was doing the exact same thing. I hate it for his team. I understand they’ve had a win for a long time coming, but this is for a ticket to Homestead.”Elliott, for his part, remained angry after the race.“My mom always said if you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything at all,” Elliott told NBCSN. “He’s not even worth my time. … We had a good opportunity. I can’t control his decisions and whatever the hell that was. On to Texas.”Later, Hamlin issued an apology via Twitter.👇🏻 pic.twitter.com/tpu6JSUcBy— Denny Hamlin (@dennyhamlin) October 30, 2017The impact for Elliott was monumental. A win would have automatically advanced him to the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Instead, he’s now 26 points behind the cutoff line for advancement heading into Texas.
The 2018 season will see Earnhardt in the broadcast booth with NBC’s NASCAR coverage as well as plans to run a NASCAR XFINITY Series race for JR Motorsports, the organization he co-owns. Alex Bowman will step into the No. 88 for Hendrick Motorsports in 2018. RELATED: Track gifts for Dale Jr. | Earnhardt through the years | All of his winsTracks presented Dale Earnhardt Jr. with gifts throughout his final full-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. He won the Most Popular Driver Award for a 15th straight year and was award the Bill France Award of Excellence. There has been plenty of Appreci88ion for the son of Dale Earnhardt has contributed to the sport.And there is a little bit of extra thanks from the folks at Hendrick Motorsports, the team that Earnhardt drove for from 2008 to 2017.
What channels are NASCAR races on this week? We answer that and give you the weekly NASCAR television listings here in the NASCAR TV schedule.Note: All times are ET.MORE: Get the NBC Sports App | How to find FS1 | Gets FOX Sports Go | How to find NBCSN Monday, September 3midnight: NASCAR Southern Speed: Legends of Darlington, NBCSN/NBC Sports App5 p.m.: NASCAR Victory Lap, (re-air) NBCSN/NBC Sports App6 p.m.: NASCAR Race Hub, FS1On MRNnoon: Motorsports Monday (with hosts Woody Cain & Joey Meier)Tuesday, September 45 p.m.: NASCAR America, NBCSN/NBC Sports App6 p.m.: NASCAR Race Hub, FS16 p.m.: Glory Road, “Dirt Roots,” NBCSN/NBC Sports App6:30 p.m.: Glory Road, “David Pearson and the 1968 Rebel 400,” (re-air) NBCSN/NBC Sports App9 p.m.: Glory Road, “Dirt Roots,” (re-air) NBCSN/NBC Sports App9:30 p.m.: Glory Road, “David Pearson and the 1968 Rebel 400,” (re-air) NBCSN/NBC Sports AppOn MRN7 p.m.: NASCAR Live (with host Mike Bagley)Wednesday, September 5midnight: Glory Road, “Dirt Roots,” (re-air) NBCSN/NBC Sports App12:30 a.m.: Glory Road, “David Pearson and the 1968 Rebel 400,” (re-air) NBCSN/NBC Sports App5 p.m.: NASCAR America: Wednesdays with Dale Jr., NBCSN/NBC Sports App6 p.m.: NASCAR Race Hub, FS1On MRNnoon: Crew Call (with hosts Sammi Jo Francis and Rocko Williams)1 p.m.: NASCAR Coast to Coast (with hosts Kyle Rickey & Hannah Newhouse)Thursday, September 65 p.m.: NASCAR America, NBCSN/NBC Sports App6 p.m.: NASCAR Race Hub, FS16 p.m.: Whelen Modified Tour from Oswego Speedway NBCSN/NBC Sports AppOn MRN1 p.m.: Throwback Thursday: 2003 Power Stroke Diesel 200Friday, September 74 a.m.: NASCAR Race Hub, (re-air) FS11 p.m.: NASCAR Xfinity Series practice, NBC Sports App (Canada: TSN App)3 p.m.: NASCAR Xfinity Series final practice, NBC Sports App (Canada: TSN App)5 p.m.: NASCAR America, NBCSN/NBC Sports AppOn MRNnoon: The Inside Line (with host Tyler Burnett)Saturday, September 86 a.m.: Glory Road, “Dirt Roots,” (re-air) NBCSN/NBC Sports App6:30 a.m.: Glory Road, “David Pearson and the 1968 Rebel 400,” (re-air) NBCSN/NBC Sports App9 a.m.: Glory Road, “Dirt Roots,” (re-air) NBCSN/NBC Sports App9:30 a.m.: NASCAR America, NBCSN/NBC Sports App11 a.m.: Glory Road, NBCSN/NBC Sports App1 p.m.: Racing Roots: Martin Truex Jr., NBCSN/NBC Sports App1:30 p.m.: Racing Roots: Ryan Blaney, NBCSN/NBC Sports AppSunday, September 99 a.m.: Beyond the Wheel 2018, FS110 a.m.: NASCAR Race Classic: 1998 Daytona 500, FS110:30 a.m.: NASCAR RaceDay, FS12:30 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500, (re-air) NBCSN, NBC Sports App6:30 p.m.: Racing Roots: Ryan Blaney, NBCSN/NBC Sports App
BEDFORD, Mass. — NASCAR and iRacing will celebrate the 10th season of the eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series in 2019. The series, NASCAR’s only officially sanctioned esports series, is increasing its prize pool to $100,000, the highest in series history.“We are absolutely thrilled to be able to increase the prize pool to $100,000,” said Anthony Gardner, President, iRacing.com. “Working closely with NASCAR, as well as a great partner like PEAK Antifreeze, we have been able to elevate the series to a whole new level.”The eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series is the longest-running official esports racing series. The updated prize pool represents more than a 500% increase from the previous year, making it one of the richest payouts in esports racing competition.RELATED: 2018 schedule/results | Alfalla clinches 2018 titleThe 2019 season kicks off on February 12 at Daytona International Speedway and runs through October with the series champion receiving his or her championship trophy and check on stage during pre-race ceremonies at the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November.“We couldn’t be more pleased to celebrate the 10th season of the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series with our partners at NASCAR and iRacing,” said Bryan Emrich, Chief Marketing Officer for Old World Industries. “We have a storied history in motorsports and over the past five years as title sponsor we have authentically engaged and connected with racing enthusiasts competing at the highest level of sim-racing. This is a great way to build upon our official global Antifreeze partnership with NASCAR and our entitlement of the PEAK Mexico NASCAR Series.”NASCAR’s commitment to the series is stronger than ever with Jusan Hamilton recently being named Series Director for the eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series and the eNASCAR Ignite Series. Hamilton brings years of racing operations experience and is well placed to integrate the series even more within the NASCAR framework.“NASCAR is putting a strong emphasis on esports and the increased prize money demonstrates how committed we are to the series,” added Hamilton. “The competition has continued to improve each of the past nine seasons and we expect the incentive to win a championship will be at an all-time high. I believe this will be the most competitive season in series history.”All 18 rounds of the eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series will be broadcast live on the iRacing eSports Network (www.youtube.com/iracing-esports-network) as well as on www.iRacing.com and www.nascar.com.2019 SCHEDULERegular seasonFeb. 12 – Daytona International SpeedwayFeb. 26 – Las Vegas Motor SpeedwayMarch 12 – Auto Club SpeedwayMarch 26 – Texas Motor SpeedwayApril 9 – Richmond RacewayApril 23 – Talladega SuperspeedwayMay 7 – Kansas SpeedwayMay 21 – Charlotte Motor SpeedwayJune 11 – Sonoma RacewayJune 25 – Chicagoland SpeedwayJuly 9 – Kentucky SpeedwayJuly 23 – Pocono RacewayAug. 6 – Michigan International SpeedwayAug. 20 – Bristol Motor SpeedwayPlayoffsAug. 27 – Darlington RacewaySept. 10 – Indianapolis Motor SpeedwaySept. 24 –Charlotte Motor Speedway road courseOct. 8 – Homestead-Miami Speedway
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SPEEDWAY, Ind. – Kyle Busch walked around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway garage Friday afternoon feeling equal parts ambitious and already highly accomplished.The Joe Gibbs Racing driver locked down the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular-season championship last weekend at Darlington Raceway – his second regular-season title in as many years. And the clinch comes a full week before the series’ regular-season finale, Sunday’s Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard (2 p.m. ET on NBC, IMS Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at the 2.5-mile Indianapolis track.RELATED: Full Indianapolis scheduleBusch was third-fastest in the opening Xfinity Series practice Friday. He’ll suit up for opening Monster Energy Series practice Saturday morning. Qualifying will take place Sunday at 10:30 a.m. ET – the morning of the Brickyard 400.Although it was a lengthy and tight trophy battle between Busch and defending series champion Joey Logano for the regular season title, Busch set the standard from the get-go. He was the first driver to earn four victories (at Phoenix, Auto Club, Martinsville and the first Pocono race) and has a series-best 21 top 10s – including a record-tying 11 consecutive to start the season – to pair with 13 top-five finishes to date.The 2015 Monster Energy Series champion Busch won both the 2015 and 2016 Brickyard 400 races, joining four-time race winner Jimmie Johnson as the only two active drivers to have earned multiple wins here.This weekend, Busch will compete in both Indianapolis Motor Speedway races, including Saturday afternoon’s Indiana 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race. Busch is a three-time Xfinity race winner at Indy – taking the trophy from the pole position in all three wins (2013, 2015 and 2016) – and his combined five wins in the two NASCAR series equals the most stock car victories at the track. NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon won five Brickyard 400s.RELATED: JGR eyes royal sweep at IndyBusch said Friday during a break in Xfinity Series practice that having the regular-season title already wrapped up does allow a bit of breathing room for this particular race weekend.“Definitely way better to have it done,’’ Busch said. “Last year we didn’t have it done, so we had to points race and got it done (in the race).“This time around we don’t have to points race at all, we can basically just focus on what we need to focus on to try to win the race. So when you got to throw away a stage or something like that to set yourself up for the end of the race, you can do that.’’This sense of everything-to-gain is particularly bad news for Busch’s competition this weekend – and sets the tone for Busch’s fifth consecutive playoff run.Busch has won three or more races in 10 of his 15 full-time Monster Energy Series seasons. Twice he has hoisted eight trophies in a year – 2018 and 2008 – yet neither time did he get to celebrate with the season championship trophy.So in the midst of another chart-topping, regular-season championship year, Busch has set his eyes on navigating the 10-race playoffs. And, again, he’ll have the benefit of a hard-earned points cushion. The regular-season title – which he battled Team Penske’s Logano for – means an extra 15 points to start the playoff run. He also has a series-best 10 stage wins.Busch has won at all 10 playoff venues – although his win at Charlotte Motor Speedway last May was on the traditional 1.5-mile oval, not the new Roval road course used in the October playoff race.Twenty-one of Busch’s 55 career victories have come at playoff venues and he has multiple wins at Richmond (six), Dover (three), Texas (three), Phoenix (three) and Martinsville (two). However, Busch has earned only eight of those 21 wins during the playoff stretch of the season.Last year he led the playoff standings going into Phoenix – the next-to-last race of the year that decides which four drivers advance to the Homestead-Miami season finale – and capped that round with the victory at ISM Raceway.The four championship challengers finished 1-2-3-4 at Homestead – Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr., Kevin Harvick, and Busch. So, even after Busch’s amazing eight-win effort, Logano hoisted the Cup championship trophy.All the momentum Busch and his No. 18 JGR Toyota team rightly carry now will be useful both for practical purposes and motivational cache.This weekend, Busch is an absolute favorite to visit Indy’s historic Victory Lane – either in the Xfinity or Cup Series. Or both. And with the regular-season title locked up already, these races are about establishing a high team standard and putting the right foot forward.“It is what it is right now,’’ Busch said. “We could have eight or 10 wins right now if all things went our way, but it doesn’t ever seem like it does. So, we’ll just keeping working hard and doing what we need to be doing.“You know you can talk about championship runs and anything else right now, but the fact of the matter is it doesn’t matter. If you get crashed out or have things happen to you two races in a row, all those points go to nil. There’s too many things that can happen so you’ve just got to race it out.”