|· Dynamic Duo – While this is Harvick’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, the non-points-paying 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race at Charlotte, 17 poles, 81 top-five finishes and 112 top-10s while leading 7,666 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.
· Harvick has career totals of 42 wins, 23 poles, 181 top-fives, 321 top-10s and 12,131 laps led in628 starts.
- His most recent Cup Series win came at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City (May 12, 2018).
- His last Busch Pole also came during the same weekendat Kansas (May 11, 2018).
· On Point – Harvick arrives at Kentucky second in in the championship standings with 692 points after his 19th-place finish Saturday night at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. Harvick trails series leader Kyle Busch by 57 points.
· Kentucky Numerology – Harvick has top-10 finishes and has led a total of 128 laps in his seven career NASCAR Cup Series starts at Kentucky. It stands as the only current Cup Series track where Harvick has yet to record a top-five finish. Kentucky and Pocono (Pa.) Raceway are the only two current Cup Series tracks where Harvick has yet to score a win. His average Kentucky start is 10.4, his average finish is 10.0 and he has completed all 1,876 laps of competition.
· 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 May 19 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway for the second time in his career. Harvick’s five wins are also tied for best in the series with Kyle Busch, who scored his fifth win of the season July 1 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois.
· Freaky Fast Qualifier – Harvick has qualified in the top-10 in 15 of the 18 NASCAR Cup Series race this season. He qualified 13th at Chicagoland, which marked the first time he was unable to advance to the final round of qualifying in a race where he 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 for the Coca-Cola 600 due to an issue in 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 Speedway in Kansas City, 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 June 3 at Pocono, where he started second to polesitter Ryan Blaney.
· Three-Peat Notes – Harvick’s consecutive wins at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway and ISM Raceway near Phoenix marked only 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 (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, and April 21 at Richmond (Va.) Raceway.
· Lap Leader –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 7,666, which is 3,279 laps more than the total from his 13 previous seasons before joining SHR (2001 to 2013). Harvick has already led 1,040 laps in 2018 and has now surpassed 1,000 laps led in a season for the fourth time in his career. He’s done it three previous times, all with SHR.
· Already Playoff Bound – Harvick qualified for the 2018 NASCAR playoffs with his wins at Atlanta, Phoenix, Dover, and Kansas. He currently ranks second in playoff points with 27. 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, Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn and Chicagoland Speedway (total of seven). 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 May 12 at Kansas, Harvick stands alone at 18th on the all-time NASCAR Cup Series win list. Among active drivers, Harvick’s 42 career wins rank third behind only series leader Johnson’s 83 and Busch’s 48 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 in the Cup Series, 47 in the Xfinity Series and 14 in the Camping World Truck Series. Only three other drivers in NASCAR history have passed 100 wins in NASCAR’s top-three series: Richard Petty, Cale Yarborough and Busch.
· 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 to 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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