· 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 Texas Motor Speedway ranked 10th in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series standings with 154 points after a 20th-place finish Sunday at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. He trails points leader Kyle Larson by 114 points.
· Leading Laps: Through the first six NASCAR Cup Series events of 2017, Harvick has led 342 of 1,808 laps. That’s nearly 19 percent of the total laps contested. That ranks second in the Cup series to Kyle Busch’s 413 laps led.
· Missing From The Trophy Case: Harvick has reached victory lane at 19 of the 23 stops on the NASCAR Cup Series circuit. The four tracks where he has yet to visit victory lane in the NASCAR Cup Series are Texas, Pocono (Pa.) Raceway, Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway and Kentucky Speedway in Sparta.
· Harvick in the NSCAR Cup Series at Texas: The O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 will mark Harvick’s 29th career NASCAR Cup Series start at Texas. He has six top-five finishes and 16 top-10s at the 1.5-mile oval. The 41-year-old driver has led 116 laps, has an average starting position of 17.9, an average finish of 12.0, and has completed 96.5 percent (9,009 of 9,335) of the laps he’s contested there.
· Harvick in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Texas: Harvick has made 19 starts in the Xfinity Series at Texas. He has five wins (March 2001, and November 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2012), two poles (April 2008 and 2014), 10 top-five finishes and 16 top-10s. He has led 779 laps, has an average starting position of 7.0, an average finish of 7.5, and has completed 99.3 percent (3,700 of 3,727) of the laps he’s contested there.
· Harvick in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Texas: Harvick has made four starts in the Truck Series at Texas. He has one win (November 2011), two top-five finishes and two top-10s. He has led 64 laps, has an average starting position of 16.8, an average finish of 12.2, and has completed 92.6 percent (573 of 619) of the laps he’s contested there.
· Double Duty:Harvick will compete in the NASCAR Cup Series O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 and also the Xfinity Series My Bariatric Solutions 300 this weekend at Texas. He will drive the No. 4 Jimmy John’s Ford Fusion for SHR in the Cup Series race and the No. 41 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford Mustang for SHR in the Xfinity Series event.
· Career NASCAR Cup Series Totals: Harvick has 35 wins, 154 top-fives, 286 top-10s and 18 poles in 580 career Cup Series starts heading into Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas.
· Harvick the TV Broadcaster: Harvick has served as a broadcaster in the FOX TV booth for the NASCAR Xfinity Series races Feb. 25 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and March 18 at Phoenix, as well as the Camping World Truck Series event on April 1 in Martinsville. He also will 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. He is slated to broadcast the NASCAR Truck Series racesJuly 21 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Oct. 13 at Talladega.
· Harvick’s Happy Hours on SiriusXM Radio: On March 14, Harvick announced that he will host Happy Hours on SiriusXM Radio. The show debuted March 28 and airs every Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. ET, featuring Harvick’s distinctive perspective on his sport and life outside the track. Harvick and co-host Matt Yocum will 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. In June, the show will begin airing every other week.
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