|· Harvick and comedian Casey Webb, both stars of the latest Mobil 1 television commercials, are teaming up for the Mobil 1™ Annual Protection “20K Road Trip” event at the first 5,000 mile “pit stop” at Sonoma Raceway, which marks the first of four legs of the cross-country journey. Harvick will be available at 9:45 a.m. PT on Friday, June 22 at the north end of the main paddock, behind the main grandstand at Sonoma Raceway to speak about the 20K Road Trip, the motor oil testing involved and his NASCAR season. In addition, some lucky onsite fans will be selected to have their vehicle’s motor oil changed with Mobil 1 Annual Protection, completed by Harvick and Webb with help from ExxonMobil partner, Yoshi. The 20K Road Trip demonstrates the newest ExxonMobil synthetic motor oil, Mobil 1 Annual Protection, which allows drivers to go one full year – or up to 20,000 miles (whichever comes first) – between oil changes for all vehicle types. Guaranteed. Two cars, including a 2014 Ford Fusion Titanium, will drive 20,000 miles across 48 states experiencing a variety of climates, altitudes, elevations and driving styles over the next four months. The first pit stop at Sonoma Raceway marks the end of the first 5,000 miles of the road trip.
· The Save Mart 350k will mark Harvick’s 626th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start and his 18th career NASCAR Cup Series start at Sonoma.
· Harvick has career totals of 42 wins, 23 poles, 179 top-fives, 319 top-10s and 12,049 laps led in 625 starts.
- Ø His most recent Cup Series win came four races ago at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City (May 12, 2018)
- Ø His last Busch Pole came also came four races ago at Kansas Speedway(May 11, 2018).
· On Point – Harvick arrives at Sonoma second in the championship standings with 589 points after his runner-up finish in the series’ most recent race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. Harvick currently trails series leader Kyle Busch by 75 points.
· Sonoma Numerology – Harvick has one win, five top-fives, eight top-10s and has led a total of 60 laps in his 17 career NASCAR Cup Series starts at Sonoma. His average start is 16.0, his average finish is 13.8 and he has a lap-completion rate of 99.9 percent, completing 1,878 of the 1,879 laps available.
· Harvick at Sonoma since 2014 – The combination of Harvick competing at Sonoma in SHR equipment is impressive. In his last four NASCAR Cup Series starts at Sonoma – all of which have come with SHR – Harvick ranks second in total points with 141, trailing Joey Logano by a single point. He also has one win, two top-fives and three top-10 finishes. And of the 60 total laps Harvick has led at Sonoma dating back to his rookie year in 2001, 50 (83 percent) have come with SHR despite only four (23.5 percent) of his 17 Sonoma starts being with SHR.
· Five Points-Paying Wins for No. 4 – Harvick’s five points-paying 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. Harvick also scored a non-points-paying win in the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race on May 19 for the second time in his career.
· 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 (Tenn.) Motor Speedway prevented him from making a qualifying attempt. He also failed to make an attempt at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway for the Coca-Cola 600 due to an issue in the prequalifying inspection. 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 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 six times this season. The most recent came on June 3 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway, where he started second to polesitter Ryan Blaney.
· 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 points-paying victories, 17 poles, 79 top-five finishes and 110 top-10s while leading 7,623 laps. They won the 2014 championship, finished runner-up in the 2015 title chase to champion Kyle 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. The duo also won the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Race at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.
· Back-To-Back – Harvick first scored back-to-back wins this season 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. He also scored back-to-back points-paying wins at Dover (Del.) International Speedway and Kansas Speedway. He scored a third straight win on May 19 when he won the non-points paying Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race at Charlotte.
· Three-Peat Notes – Harvick’s three consecutive wins at Atlanta, Las Vegas and Phoenix markedonly the 24th time in NASCAR’s modern era (1972 to present) that a driver won three consecutive races. 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, 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, and April 21 at Richmond (Va.) Raceway.
· Lap Leader – Kevin Harvick led his 12,000th lap in NASCAR Cup Series competition June 3 at Pocono. He is one of only 15 drivers to lead 12,000 laps in his Cup Series career. He joins Jimmie Johnson and Busch as the only two active drivers to accomplish that feat. Harvick’s laps-led total since 2014 is 7,623, which is 3,197 laps more than the total from his 13 previous seasons before joining SHR (2001 to 2013). Harvick has already led 958 laps in 2018, which ranks as the fourth-best single-season total of his career – and there are still 21 races remaining.
· Already Playoff Bound – Harvick qualified for the 2018 NASCAR playoffs with his wins at Atlanta, Phoenix, Dover, and Kansas. He currently has the series lead in playoff points with 26. 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, Dover, Pocono and Michigan (total of six). 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 on May 12 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 Kyle Busch (47 career wins).
· Earning It at SHR – Harvick has earned 19 points-paying NASCAR Cup Series victories since joining SHR in 2014, in addition to the non-points-paying 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race.
· 103 and Counting – Harvick scored his 100th career win in NASCAR’s top-three series when he won the 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.
· Harvick’s Happy Hours on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio – Harvick is in his second year as the co-host of the award-winning radio program Happy Hours on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio channel 90. The show debuted on March 28, 2017. It airs 7-9 p.m. ET on Tuesdays and features Harvick’s distinctive perspective on the sport and life outside the track. Harvick and co-host Matt Yocum take calls from listeners and give NASCAR fans a unique view on the driver’s life and interests when he is away from the racecar. On April 12, the show won the Cynopsis Sports Media Awards “Radio Program” category. Other finalists in the category included SiriusXM’s Basketball and Beyond with Coach K, as well as the Dan Le Batard Show, Dan Patrick Show and Jim Rome Show.
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