|– Mobil 1 Press Conference: Mobil 1 is hosting a press conference Thursday featuring Harvick and NBA legend Dikembe Mutombo at the MGM Grand Las Vegas from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. leading up to the Kobalt 400 race weekend. The event will take place outside the KA Theater inside the MGM Grand.
– Fast and Reliable Since 2014: Harvick enters his 17th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season and his fourth at Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) with crew chief Rodney Childers at the helm. In their first three seasons together, Harvick and Childers combined to produce 12 victories, 11 poles, 54 top-five finishes and 75 top-10s; led 5,815 laps; won the 2014 Cup Series title; finished runner-up in 2015 to champion Kyle Busch and eighth in 2016.
– Mobil 1 on the No. 4: Harvick will drive the No. 4 Mobil 1 Ford Fusion for the first of six NASCAR Cup Series races in 2017. Mobil 1 will also appear on the hood of the No. 4 Ford for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway May 28; Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway June 25; Pocono (Pa.) Raceway July 30; New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon Sept. 24; and Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth Nov. 5.
– Mobil 1 Lubricant Technology: 2017 marks the 15th consecutive year that Mobil 1 has served as the “Official Motor Oil of NASCAR”. Mobil 1 is used by more than 50 percent of the teams in NASCAR’s top-three series and provides advanced vehicle performance and engine protection for both extreme and everyday driving conditions to drivers on and off the track. Stewart-Haas Racing’s technology partnership with Mobil 1 is a unique combination of experience, expertise and innovative thinking that strives to consistently deliver performance enhancing results on the track.
– Points Position: Harvick arrives at Las Vegas leading the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series standings with 90 points after a ninth-place finish in the Folds of Honor 500 at Atlanta. He scored eight points in the Can-Am Clash at Daytona, nine points in the first stage of the Daytona 500, 10 points plus a playoff point for winning the second stage of the race, and 15 points for the final stage. Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway, he won two stages and finished ninth to score an additional 48 points.
– Playoff Points: Harvick is one of four drivers to score a playoff point through the first two Cup Series races of the season. SHR teammate Busch and Team Penske driver Brad Keselowski lead with five playoff points each. Harvick has tallied three playoff points and Kyle Busch has one.
– Leader of the Pack: Through the first two NASCAR Cup Series starts of 2017, Harvick has led 342 of 525 laps –65.1 percent of the total laps. Chase Elliott ranks second in laps led with 39.
– Harvick in the Monster Energy Cup Series at Las Vegas: The Kobalt 400 will mark Harvick’s 17th career Cup Series start at Las Vegas. He scored his lone win at the 1.5 mile oval in 2015 when he started 18th, led five times for a total of 142 laps and beat Martin Truex Jr. by 1.640 seconds. He also has four top-five finishes and seven top-10s at the 1.5-mile oval. The 41-year-old driver has led 224 laps, has an average starting position of 19.6, average finish of 13.4, and has completed 99.2 percent (4,258 of 4,293) of the laps he’s contested there.
– Harvick in the Xfinity Series at Las Vegas: Harvick has made 11 starts in the Xfinity Series at Las Vegas. Harvick has two wins, one pole, six top-five finishes and seven top-10s. He has led 364 laps, has an average starting position of 7.0 and average finish of 9.3, and has completed 95.6 percent (2,120 of 2,217) of the laps he’s contested there. Harvick’s first Xfinity win at Las Vegas came in 2004, when he started 11th and led 14 laps, and his second in 2010, when he started second and led 82 laps. His lone Xfinity pole position came in 2007, when he ran 181.111 mph.
– Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) at Las Vegas: In 23 overall starts at Las Vegas, SHR-prepared cars have earned two wins (Tony Stewart in 2012 and Harvick in 2015), five top-five finishes and eight top-10s, one pole (Kurt Busch in 2016), have been atop the leaderboard for 494 laps, and have completed 98.2 percent of the laps contested (6,077 of 6,177).
– Career NASCAR Cup Totals: Harvick has 35 wins, 154 top-fives and 285 top-10s and 18 poles in 576 career NASCAR Cup Series starts heading into Sunday’s Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas.
– Overwhelming Start – Married and First Top-10 in the Same Week: Following Dale Earnhardt’s death on the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500, Harvick was named the driver of the No. 29 car for Richard Childress Racing and made his NASCAR Cup Series debut at Rockingham (N.C.) Speedway the very next weekend, where he finished 14th. The following Wednesday, as the Cup Series headed west to Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Harvick married his wife DeLana. That Sunday, Harvick scored his first career Cup Series top-10.
– Harvick the Broadcaster: Harvick appeared in the television booth for FOX and called the Xfinity Series race Saturday, February 25 at Daytona. He also will broadcast NASCAR Xfinity races at Phoenix International Raceway on March 18, Bristol Motor Speedway on April 22, Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway on May 6 and Pocono (Pa.) Raceway on June 10. He is also slated to broadcast NASCAR Truck Series races at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway on April 1, Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 21 and Talladega on Oct. 13.
– Crew Moves: Matthew Custer, originally from Bedford, Pennsylvania, joins the No. 4 Mobil 1 Ford Fusion road crew as the interior specialist. Custer previously worked in the SHR shop in Kannapolis, North Carolina, as the in-shop interior mechanic of the No. 10 Ford. He replaces Aaron Kuehn who has served as the road crew interior specialist of the No. 4 team since its inception. Kuehn is transferring to the No. 10 team as a shock specialist.