|· Freaky Fast 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.
· Points Position: Harvick arrives at Phoenix International Speedway ranked eighth in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series standings with 91 points after a 38th-place finish in the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas.
· Playoff Points: Harvick is one of five drivers to score a playoff point through the first three Cup Series races of the season. Martin Truex Jr. leads with seven playoff points after winning both stages and the race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. SHR teammate Busch and Team Penske driver Brad Keselowski are tied for second with five playoff points each. Harvick has tallied three playoff points and Kyle Busch has one.
· Leader of the Pack: Through the first three NASCAR Cup Series starts of 2017, Harvick has led 342 of 792 laps – 43.1 percent of the total laps. Martin Truex Jr. ranks second in laps led with 152.
· Harvick in the NASCAR Cup Series at Phoenix: Sunday’s Camping World 500k will mark Harvick’s 29th career NASCAR Cup Series start at Phoenix. Harvick has a series-high eight wins, 13 top-five finishes and 17 top-10s at the mile oval. The 41-year-old driver has led 1,484 laps, has an average starting position of 15.9, an average finish of 10.0, and has completed 99.7 percent (8,715 of 8,737) of the laps he’s contested there.
· Topping the All-Time NASCAR Cup Series Win List at Phoenix: Harvick’s series-high eight career NASCAR Cup Series wins at Phoenix tops a list that shows Jimmie Johnson next-best with four career wins, followed by Davey Allison, Jeff Burton, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards and Mark Martin with two wins each.
· Winner of Six of the Last Nine at Phoenix: Harvick has won six of the last nine NASCAR Cup Series races at Phoenix and five of the last seven. He is the only driver to win four in a row. He won the November 2013 race, swept the 2014 races and won in March 2015 before ending his streak with a runner-up finish in November 2015. Johnson is the only other driver with a three-race streak at Phoenix when he won the November 2007 race and swept the 2008 races. Only five drivers have won consecutive NASCAR Cup Series races at Phoenix and Harvick is the only driver to win consecutive races twice. Harvick also swept both races in 2006. He has led 1,064 laps in his last seven races at Phoenix.
· Perfection at Phoenix: Harvick has scored a perfect 150.0 driver rating at Phoenix on three occasions. His first was in November 2006, when he started second, led 252 of 312 laps and reached victory lane. His second was in his November 2014 win, when he started third and led 264 of 312 laps. His third came in his March 2015 win, when he started first and led 224 of 312 laps.
· Career NASCAR Cup Series Totals: Harvick has 35 wins, 154 top-fives, 285 top-10s and 18 poles in 577 career Cup Series starts heading into Sunday’s Camping World 500k at Phoenix.
· Harvick the Broadcaster: Harvick will broadcast Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Phoenix, and will also be in the booth for Xfinity races April 22 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway,May 6 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway and June 10 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway June 10. He is also slated to broadcast NASCAR Truck Series races April 1 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, July 21 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Oct. 13 at Talladega. He made his 2017 debut in the television booth for FOX when he called the Xfinity Series race Feb. 25 at Daytona (Fla,) International Speedway.
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