Stewart-Haas Racing Crew Chief Rodney Childers Is the First and Only Recipient of This Trophy

Published 06/19/2022, 11:47 AM EDT
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 18: Crew chief Rodney Childers stands in the garage area during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 59th Annual DAYTONA 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 18, 2017 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

In a typical NASCAR race, the format is such that the race is broken up into three stages. Normally, a stage win is worth a few points on the scoreboard. However, once upon a time, there was a trophy handed out for winning the first stage. Interestingly, that has been the only stage trophy given out. That honor went to Stewart-Haas Racing driver Kevin Harvick’s crew chief Rodney Childers.

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This occurred all the way back in 2017 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway when Harvick won the first stage. It is also worth noting that Harvick snatched the win when the second stage concluded. Unfortunately, he could not sustain it and finished ninth at the chequered flag. Meanwhile, Team Penske driver Brad Keselowski won the race after finishing 2nd and 7th in the first two stages.

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What is Stewart-Haas Racing driver Kevin Harvick up to now?

Currently, the veteran driver is in the midst of the 2022 Cup Series championship battle. Admittedly, he is under a little bit of pressure because his teammate Chase Briscoe has already booked his berth. With just a handful of spots left, and only 10 races remaining, the battle will be fierce. Harvick may also have his hands full if he keeps encountering pit lane issues. Last weekend, he was furious with his team after a 20-second pit stop.

DAYTONA, FL – FEBRUARY 16: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Busch Light #BUSCHRACETEAM Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Mustang, fields questions from the media during Daytona 500 Media Day on February 16, 2022 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fl. (Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

For a pit stop, 20 seconds is an eternity. Kevin Harvick would have been relieved that he was able to salvage a fine fourth place at Sonoma. On the other end of the scale, he has to wonder what would have happened if he had not had the lengthy pit stop. Maybe he could have been in a position to win the race and join Briscoe in the Playoffs. In the end, he will simply have to move on and try and focus on the next race at Nashville.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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