Harvick Is Looking To Continue His Recent Momentum This Week

Kevin Harvick

Kevin Harvick’s No. 4 Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) will feature Busch Light for the first time this season during Sunday’s 400-mile Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway.

This weekend marks the first of five appearances by Busch Light on the No. 4 Ford Fusion in 2017. It will next appear May 13 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, then July 8 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Aug. 13 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, and Nov. 12 Phoenix International Raceway.

Harvick will look to continue his momentum gained over the last two races and score his first win of the season this weekend and his third consecutive top-five finish.

Harvick’s history with Busch Beer goes back to his days racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, which was then known as the Busch Series. He won two championships in the stepping-stone division to the Cup Series. He won his first championship in 2001 while racing in the No. 2 car for Richard Childress Racing. The Bakersfield, California native won five races, scored 20 top-five finishes, 24 top-10s and led 1,265 laps in 33 starts that season and beat runner-up Jeff Green for the championship by 124 points.

The 2014 NASCAR Cup Series champion scored his second Busch Series championship in 2006 while racing both the Nos. 21 and 33 cars for Childress. He scored nine wins, 23 top-five finishes, 32 top-10s and led 1,197 laps. That season, he dominated the competition and won the championship by 824 points over now-retired NASCAR Cup Series driver Carl Edwards.

Harvick is hoping to continue his success racing with Busch Light this weekend. He has 10 wins at Richmond between NASCAR’s top two touring series – three Cup and seven Xfinity. His most recent Cup Series win there came in April 2013, when he led only three laps but beat runner-up and current SHR teammate Clint Bowyer to the finish line by .343 of a second in overtime.

Harvick’s history at Richmond should give the No. 4 Busch Light team reason for optimism. He has 32 career Cup Series starts there and is the active leader in top-10 finishes with 20, lead lap finishes with 25, and has finished every race. He also has led laps in 17 of his 32 starts and ranks second in laps led with 1,050.

While his history at Richmond is impressive, so has been his speed to start the 2017 season. Through the first eight races, Harvick is the only driver to win two poles – the first at Atlanta Motor Speedway and the second at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. He leads the Cup Series in laps led with 433 and miles led with 697.642. He has also scored three stage wins to pick up playoff points, but unfortunately has had to overcome some subpar finishes, as well, due to contact on the racetrack.

This weekend, Harvick will attempt to put Busch Light in victory lane for the first time with his first win of the season and his fourth Cup Series win at the .75-mile Virginia oval.

KEVIN HARVICK, Driver of the No. 4 Busch Light Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing:
What makes Richmond unique to you?

“Richmond has been a very successful racetrack for us as we’ve gone through the years. We finished both races in the top-five last year at Richmond so I think, as we go back this year, we’re going to shoot to be a little better than we were last year. We’ll try some different things. It’s been a very good racetrack for me in the past and I’m looking forward to going back. I like the short, flat tracks.”

Is back-to-back short tracks a good thing for the No. 4 team this time of year?

“I think short-track racing is something that we all enjoy any time we get to go do that. I don’t know if having back-to-back short tracks is good or bad for us. I think right now we are fortunate to be on the side of things going well. We’ll just show up and race again.”

Do you have a favorite win at Richmond?

“I remember the ones I lost more than I do the ones I won. I think the first one where Ricky Rudd and I were racing in 2001 was pretty cool. But I think, as you look back at the last one, we won in 2013 as part of a green-white-checkered finish and I think we came from seventh to win, so I didn’t really expect to win that one. I think the other two were probably fairly strong nights for us.”

Busch Light Racing Team Report

Round 9 of 36 – Richmond 400 – Richmond International Raceway

At-Track PR Contact: Ryan Barry, True Speed Communication (704-500-1553, Ryan.Barry@TrueSpeedCommunication.com)
Primary Team Members:

Driver: Kevin Harvick

Hometown: Bakersfield, California

 

Crew Chief: Rodney Childers

Hometown: Mooresville, North Carolina

 

Car Chief: Robert Smith

Hometown: Whitewater, Wisconsin

 

Engine Builder: Roush-Yates Engines

Headquarters: Moorseville, North Carolina

 

Engine Specialist: Robert Brandt

Hometown: Mobile, Alabama

 

Spotter: Tim Fedewa

Hometown: Holt, Michigan

Over-The-Wall Crew Members:

Gas Man: Justin White

Hometown: Lynnville, Tennessee

 

Front Tire Changer: Eric Maycroft

Hometown: Algonquiin, Illinois

 

Second Gas Man: Marc Wulf

Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska

 

Front Tire Carrier: Matt Holzbaur

Hometown: New Egypt, New Jersey

 

Windshield: Matthew Custer

Hometown: Bedford, Pennsylvania

 

Rear Tire Changer: Daniel Smith

Hometown: Concord, North Carolina

 

Jackman: Stan Doolittle

Hometown: Ninety Six, South Carolina

 

Rear Tire Carrier: Mike “Shrek” Morneau

Hometown: Oxford, Maine

Road Crew Members:

Truck Drivers: Rick Hodges and Stephen Mitchell

Hometowns: Raleigh, North Carolina, and Woodville, Ohio, respectively

 

Tire Specialist: Dustin Keath

Hometown: Reading, Pennsylvania

 

Shock Specialist: Mike McCarville

Hometown: Kensington, Prince Edward Island, Canada

 

Engineers: Dax Gerringer and Billy Keubler

Hometowns: Gibsonville, North Carolina, and Saline, Michigan,respectively

 

Mechanics: Richie Bean and Allen Mincey

Hometown: Bradford, Vermont, and Fort Lauderdale, Florida,respectively

 

Fuel Runner: Evan Kureczka

Hometown: Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Chassis Information – Chassis No. 4-899:
Kevin Harvick will pilot the No. 4 Busch Light Ford Fusion built on Chassis No. 4-899 in the 400-mile Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race Sunday at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. Built in 2014, Chassis No. 4-899 made its debut that September at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois, where it started sixth, led 79 laps and finished fifth. Since its debut, Chassis No. 4-899 has started on the front row three times, including twice from the pole position, and recorded four top-five finishes, six top-10s and led 686 laps through nine NASCAR Cup Series starts.

 

Richmond International Raceway Notes of Interest:
· Busch Bucks Sweepstakes: In conjunction with the launch of Busch Beer’s loyalty program Busch Bucks, one race fan will have the opportunity to win a cool $1 million – matching the first-place prize taken home by the All-Star Race winner – but only if it’s Harvick who takes the checkered flag. Consumers must enter for their chance to take home the grand prize by enrolling in the Busch Bucks platform on BuschBucks.com between now and May 7. The potential winner will be invited to Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway the weekend of the All-Star Race to watch the race from trackside and find out if they’re taking home the $1 million. Harvick will pilot the No. 4 Busch Bucks Ford Fusion with a special paint scheme featuring a “million-dollar look” …literally. If Harvick wins, the consumer winner will be presented with a $1 million check matching Harvick’s winnings.

· Earning It Since 2014: Harvick is in 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 Richmond (Va.) International Raceway ranked ninth in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series standings with 239 points after a third-place finish Sunday at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. He trails leader Kyle Larson by 121 points.

· Leading Laps: Through the first eight NASCAR Cup Series events of 2017, Harvick ranks first in laps led with 433 of 2,642 total laps contested – more than 16 percent. He leads Martin Truex Jr. by one lap.

· Harvick in the NASCAR Cup Series at Richmond: The Richmond 400 will mark Harvick’s 33rd career NASCAR Cup Series start at Richmond. Harvick has three wins (September 2006 and 2011, and April 2013), one pole (September 2005), 11 top-five finishes and 20 top-10s at the .75-mile oval. The 41-year-old driver has led 1,050 laps, has an average starting position of 14.7, an average finish of 10.5, and has completed 99.1 percent (12,698 of 12,816) of the laps he’s contested there.

· Harvick in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Richmond: Harvick has made 27 starts in the Xfinity Series at Richmond. He has seven wins, three poles, 18 top-five finishes and 21 top-10s. He has led 1,387 laps, has an average starting position of 8.4, an average finish of 6.8, and has completed 99.9 percent (6,754 of 6,763) of the laps he’s contested there.

· Richmond Sweep: Harvick won both the NASCAR Cup Series and Xfinity Series races at Richmond in September 2006. In the Xfinity race, he started fifth, led 154 of 250 laps and beat runner-up Greg Biffle to the finish line by .925 of a second. In the Cup Series race, he also started fifth, led 54 laps and beat runner-up Kyle Busch to the finish line by .153 of a second.

· Career NASCAR Cup Series Totals: Harvick has 35 wins, 156 top-fives, 288 top-10s and 19 poles in 582 career Cup Series starts heading into Sunday’s 400-mile event at Richmond.

· 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, March 18 at Phoenix, and last Saturday at Bristol, as well as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event April 1 in Martinsville. He also will be in the booth for Xfinity races May 6 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway and June 10 at Pocono. He is slated to broadcast the Truck Series races July 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 hostHappy 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 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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