|· Always An All-Star – Harvick has competed in the All-Star race all 17 years he’s been in the NASCAR Cup Series. As a rookie in 2001, Harvick won at Atlanta Motor Speedway in just his third Cup Series start to gain entry into the All-Star event. In 2006, Harvick finished second to Jimmie Johnson by 1.729 seconds but got payback the following year when he won the 2007 All-Star Race by holding off Johnson by .141 of a second.
· Harvick’s All-Star Stats – In 17 NASCAR Cup Series All-Star race appearances, Harvick has the 2007 win, three second-place finishes, four top-fives, 10 top-10s and led 88 laps.
· Harvick has career totals of 42 wins, 23 poles, 177 top-fives, 317 top-10s and 11,911 laps led in622 starts.
- His most recent Cup Series win came last Saturday at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City
- His last Busch Pole also came last weekend at Kansas.
· Back-To-Back – Harvick is coming off consecutive wins at Dover (Del.) International Speedway and Kansas. He first scored back-to-back wins at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway and made it three wins in a row the following week when he reached victory lane at ISM Raceway near Phoenix.
· Three-Peat Notes – Harvick’s three consecutive wins at Atlanta, Las Vegas and Phoenix marked only the 24th time in NASCAR’s modern era (1972 to present) that a driver won three consecutive races. In nine of the 23 previous times a driver won three consecutive races in a season, that driver has gone on to win the championship. Prior to Harvick’s three-peat, Kyle Busch was the most recent driver to win three in a row – in 2015, when he went on to score his first and, so far, only championship. Ironically, Busch has also won three straight races this season – April 8 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, April 16 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, and April 21 at Richmond (Va.) Raceway.
· DYK? Seven of the last 15 NASCAR Cup Series races have been won by a driver over 40 years old. Harvick, age 42, is responsible for six of those victories.
· Five Wins for No. 4 – Harvick’s five wins in 2018 is tied for his most wins in a season. He also won five races in 2014. This is the sixth time Harvick has scored at least four wins in a season.
· Feels Like the First Time – This is the first time Harvick has won five races in the first 12 races of a season. The last time a driver had five wins in the first 12 races of a season was Jeff Gordon in 1997, who won 10 times that year.
· On Point – Harvick arrives at Charlotte third in the championship with 484 points after his win at Kansas. It was his seventh consecutive top-10 finish and 10th of the year.
· Charlotte Numerology – Harvick has two poles, three wins, four second-place finishes, eight top-threes, 16 top-10s and has led a total of 528 laps in his 34 career NASCAR Cup Series points-paying starts at Charlotte. His average start is 15.3, his average finish is 14.8 and he has a lap completion rate of 96.6 percent, completing 11,780 of the 12,191 laps available.
· There’s No Place Like Home, aka Intermediate Tracks – Of Harvick’s 42 NASCAR Cup Series wins, 17 have come at intermediate-style racetracks (1.5-miles in length or longer, and not including restrictor-plate tracks). Three of Harvick’s five wins this season have come at intermediate tracks – Atlanta, Las Vegas and Kansas. Harvick also finished runner-up April 8 at Texas.
· Power of Three – The combination of Harvick competing at Charlotte in SHR equipment is impressive. In his last eight points-paying NASCAR Cup Series starts at Charlotte – all of which have come with SHR – Harvick has a win, two poles, three runner-up finishes and only one finish worse than eighth (38th in October 2016). And of the 528 total laps Harvick has led at Charlotte dating back to his rookie year in 2001, 494 of those laps have come with SHR (93 percent), despite only eight of his 34 Charlotte starts being with SHR (23.5 percent).
· To Xfinity and Beyond – Harvick has made 28 NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at Charlotte. He has three poles (May 2001 and 2003, and October 2003), eight top-fives and 18 top-10s with a total of 351 laps led.
· Freaky Fast Qualifier – Harvick has qualified in the top-10 in every NASCAR Cup Series race this season where he has made a qualifying attempt. An accident in practice April 13 at Bristol prevented him from making a qualifying attempt. Harvick scored his first Busch Pole of the year at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, where he recorded a lap of 49.247 seconds at 194.448 mph. He scored his second pole of the season last week at Kansas, where he recorded a lap of 28.600 seconds at 188.811 mph.
· Starting on the Front Row – Harvick has started on the front row five times this season. The most recent came from the pole last Saturday at Kansas.
· Already Playoff Bound – Harvick qualified for the 2018 NASCAR playoffs with his wins at Atlanta, Phoenix, Dover and Kansas. He will enter the playoffs with a minimum of 24 playoff points, currently the most of any driver. He gained five playoff points for each race win at Atlanta, Phoenix, Dover and Kansas, and an additional point for each of his stage wins at Atlanta, Texas and Dover (total of four). The No. 4 team’s race win at Las Vegas does not count toward the team’s playoff qualification due to a post-race penalty.
· Make Your Mark – With his win last Saturday at Kansas, Harvick stands alone at 18th on the all-time NASCAR Cup Series win list. Among active drivers, Harvick ranks third behind only series leader Johnson (83 career wins) and Busch (46 career wins).
· Earning It at SHR – Harvick has earned 19 NASCAR Cup Series victories since joining SHR in 2014.
· Out Front – Harvick’s laps-led total since 2014 is 7,485, which is 3,059 laps more than the total from his 13 previous seasons before joining SHR (2001 to 2013).
· Dynamic Duo: While this isHarvick’s 18th year in the NASCAR Cup Series, it’s only his fifth with crew chief Rodney Childers. Since joining forces at SHR in 2014, Harvick and Childers have combined to produce 19 victories, 17 poles, 77 top-five finishes and 108 top-10s while leading 7,485 laps. They won the 2014 championship, finished runner-up in the 2015 title chase to champion Busch, finished eighth in 2016 and third in 2017. The team has qualified for the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway three of the last four seasons.
· 103 and Counting – Harvick scored his 100th career win in NASCAR’s top three series when he won the NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas and his 101st at Phoenix the following week. He now has 103 total victories – 42 Cup Series wins, 47 in the Xfinity Series and 14 in the Camping World Truck Series. Only four drivers in NASCAR history have passed 100 wins in NASCAR’s top three series: Richard Petty, Cale Yarborough, Kyle Busch and Harvick.
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