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LOUDON, N.H. -- Kevin Harvick had his 4-year-old son on his lap two hours prior to the race as he listened to instructions from NASCAR in the drivers meeting.Harvick needed the distraction of having his son with him, but he got a little bit more than he bargained for as his son squirmed in his lap. Apparently Harvick was in prime position to suffer the effects of the first accident of the day.He was bouncing around, and Im like, Man, Im going to have to send him out of the drivers meeting to go pee, Harvick said. Hes like, Dad, Ive got to go. Im like, Youre going to have to wait. We dont want to start at the back [for missing the meeting].Harvick, if he had to, probably could have started from the back and won the Sprint Cup race Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He had a fast car to feel, well, good enough to be No. 1. And when it turned out he had to go, he went.On a restart with six laps remaining, Harvick got by race leader Matt Kenseth and cruised to the victory, vaulting him into the Chase for the Sprint Cup quarterfinal round instead of sitting 11th in the points and on the bubble to be among the 12 cars to make it following next weeks race at Dover.Call it a win by distraction.Harvick had already put last weeks race at Chicago behind him, a race in which he started in the rear because of unapproved adjustments prior to the race and then got caught a lap down when the caution came out while he was on pit road. He never got the lap back and finished 20th.But that wasnt his only distraction to overcome. What Harvick appeared to have more trouble getting over was NASCARs decision Wednesday to not penalize two of his Chase competitors, Martin Truex Jr. and Jimmie Johnson, for failing postrace measurements after Chicagoland. NASCAR determined the 10-point penalties would not have been equitable because Truex had won the race, advancing him to the next round, so NASCAR opted to penalize no one and wipe out its two lowest-tier out-of-tolerance ranges of the rulebook for the rest of the season.I was just absolutely irate all week about everything that went on, Harvick said, not specifying anything that caused the anger. But by the time we had got here, I think we had all calmed back down and just tried to focus on racing the cars. ... It really took me until Saturday morning to get over the fact of just not, just wanting to tear somebodys head off because of everything that went on last week and the way that it all worked out because I just didnt 100 percent agree with it.Harvick admitted he wouldnt have been able to do that early in his career.I was having a tough time gathering that one up, he said. I had to put it aside and we had to move on and we had to focus and just worry about what we were going to do, and I think its kind of like we talk about the Chase and performing well in situations.I havent been good about this my whole life, but over the past several years I think Ive become a lot better at letting things go. You can hold a lot in and frustrate yourself and youre just not going to perform at the level that you need to perform and communicate with your team and the people around you.Harvick performed all day but needed nearly all the 300 laps to get to the front after qualifying 19th. Kenseth led 105 laps and had a spirited battled with Truex, who led 141 laps, for parts of the final 100 laps.That battle wore out Kenseths tires, and he spun them on the pivotal restart.I felt great about my positioning, felt good about my chances on that last restart, and I just totally didnt get it done, which is disappointing, Kenseth said.Kenseth admitted that NASCAR had gotten in his head a little bit on that final restart after it warned him on an earlier one to make sure he kept proper speed heading into the restart zone.But mainly Kenseth said he just blew it, leaving too early in the restart zone instead of waiting until the end of the box after seeing how Harvick was positioned. Harvick executed when he had to, something the 2014 Sprint Cup champion has pretty much done in the first two elimination-style Chase seasons.He was first the first year and second the second year, so Im thinking hes a pretty big threat [for the title], Kenseth said.Harvick had nothing to lose on that final restart. And the Stewart-Haas Racing driver apparently had a clear head after having the distraction at the drivers meeting at a time when most drivers already have their game face well in position.Its better for me to not think about racing honestly, because we think about it ... all week, and we have meetings and we have things that go on about racing all week, so any time I can get away from it is better for me, Harvick said.So [having Keelan] kind of adds a diversion, and he likes it. He likes to be in the drivers meeting, and he thinks its cool because theres really no other kids in there. He likes clapping for everybody [as dignitaries are introduced].After answering the question, Harvick gave Keelan a fist-bump. They smiled. It was probably a much different reaction after the race a week earlier when Harvick refused to answer reporters questions, taking swigs of water as they walked beside him trying to get something about his awful Chicagoland day.I get frustrated and mad because I care, Harvick said. I want to do the best for my team and the people around me. But youre going to go through some highs and youre going to go through some lows, and the lows suck.But thats just kind of the nature of the game that youre in.Its the nature of the game that Harvicks fun meter was at its lowest point seven days earlier and at one of its highest points Sunday night.The last two years weve kind of just worn ourselves out and really stressed out over trying to perform at this level, but we already perform at that level, Harvick said. Weve just got to keep performing at that level.Maybe Harvicks key to performing at that level from behind the wheel is creating distractions for himself. Expect Keelan at most drivers meetings the rest of the year. Or maybe Harvick brings him only after a bad race at a time when he needs to perform in the clutch.A lot of times you can talk yourself into being so amped up that you can talk yourself into making mistakes or doing things wrong, and this team has done a great job, Harvick said.But when you get in these situations, its fun to be able to succeed. Its kind of like an addiction. You just love the rush of being able to be behind and be able to perform and make that happen. Fake NHL Jerseys 2020 . -- The proud fathers huddled near the Dallas Stars dressing room, smiling, laughing and telling stories while wearing replica green sweaters of their sons team. NHL Jerseys 2020 Store . After Mondays hard-fought loss, the wait seemed longer than usual. 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LSU athletic director Joe Alleva called the situation concerning the Tigers postponed and later rescheduled game with Florida a joke in behind-the-scenes emails.Alleva also insinuated in emails obtained by ESPN?that members of Floridas athletic department didnt want to play LSU when the original game was postponed due to Hurricane Matthew impacting Gainesville and the northeastern coast of Florida.Officials from both Florida and LSU were already having contentious exchanges over how to make up the Oct. 8 postponement of the game in Gainesville, but Allevas frustrations came to a head when he learned that the Georgia-South Carolina game, which was also affected by the storm, would be moved from Saturday to Sunday of the same weekend. Alleva voiced those frustrations in an email exchange with board of supervisors athletic committee chairman Blake Chatelain.This is a joke, Alleva wrote to Chatelain.Chatelain then replied by asking Alleva if he thought Florida wanted to play as much as LSU did.Would they not ? Chatelain asked in the email.No way if they lost they would lose the east. Their schedule [is] easier than Tennessee[s] if they wanted to play we would be playing here or there, Alleva wrote back.LSU team spokesman Michael Bonnette also called the situation a joke.At the time, Floridas lone SEC loss came to Tennessee, which has since dropped back-to-back league games to Texas A&M and Alabama. Florida was also dealing with injuries at the time, most notably to starting quarterback Luke Del Rio who was recovering from a sprained knee. Backup Austin Appleby was the quarterback during the Gators loss to Tennessee, but Florida coach Jim McElwain later stated that Del Rio would have started if the LSU game had been played on its original date.On the Monday following the postponement, McElwain addressed criticism about whether his team wanted to play LSU that weekend.It shocks me that someone could actually think that way, especially knowing us, McElwain said during his Monday press conference.[There were] 19 deaths [in the United States], 2.5 million people without power. Families in dire needs. Obviously, they dont know me, they dont know the Florrida Gators.dddddddddddd They dont know our players.Dodging the game? Wow.Days later, resolution finally came when the SEC announced that the game would be played in Baton Rouge on Nov. 19. Both schools would buy out the nonconference games already scheduled on that date -- Florida against Presbyterian and LSU against South Alabama. LSU would also have to play at Florida in 2017 and 2018.Even this conclusion didnt come without more conflict from both sides. As options were laid out, Alleva continued to maintain that he would not give up LSUs home game on Nov. 19 or the Tigers bye week before the Nov. 5 game against Alabama.Late in the process, the SEC found an interpretation of the rules within its bylaws that essentially stated that in order for teams to participate in the SEC championship game in Atlanta, they had to play their eight scheduled league games. With that, Florida conceded, but not before outgoing athletic director Jeremy Foley had some choice words with LSU administrators.It was obvious that they were committed to that position and that it was going to be difficult to change that position, and therefore that we felt the only way to escape an even more difficult situation was to make the decision that we did, Foley said. I think it would have been a huge mistake in my opinion, my staffs position and opinion, [Florida president] Dr. [Kent] Fuchs position, for the University of Florida to draw a line in the sand, and then what would happen? And nothing good would have come out of that. At the end of the day, its time to step up and do what you think is right and go play a football game.The 15th ranked Gators (5-1, 3-1 SEC) play East rival Georgia (4-3, 2-3) in Jacksoville, Florida, at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday. No. 19 LSU (5-2, 3-1) is on a bye as it prepares to host No. 1 Alabama (8-0, 5-0) on Nov. 5. A time for the rescheduled Florida-LSU game has not been announced, but the league has said that the game will kick no later than 3:30 p.m. ET.Information from ESPNs Mark Schlabach was used in this report. ' ' '

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