Busch Bucks Make The All-Star Race Potentially A $2 Million Dollar Payday

Kevin Harvick

Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Busch Bucks Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), is racing for $2 million this Saturday night in the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. That is not a misprint. Harvick is racing for $2 million.

In conjunction with the launch of Busch Beer’s loyalty program “Busch Bucks,” 42-year old Steve Sinanan, an accountant and consultant from Orlando, Florida, will have the opportunity to win $1 million – matching the first-place prize taken home by the All-Star Race winner – but only if it is Harvick who takes the checkered flag.

Sinanan, an avid Harvick fan, outdoors enthusiast and Busch Beer drinker, says he would use the money to pay off his student loans and invest the rest. He will be at Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend to watch the excitement trackside and to see if he is taking home the $1 million grand prize. Harvick’s No. 4 Busch Bucks Ford Fusion will showcase a special paint scheme featuring a “million-dollar look” – literally.

Sinanan, who regularly drives the hour from his home in Orlando to Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway to attend the Daytona 500 each February, is just like most Busch Beer drinkers in his love of the outdoors. His hobbies include fishing and swimming, and he regularly makes home-cooked meals with Busch Beer as a key ingredient.

The good news for Sinanan is that Harvick is an experienced NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Race competitor with a history of success in the annual event.

Harvick is making his 17th consecutive All-Star appearance, which moves him into a tie with Matt Kenseth for the sixth-most consecutive appearances ahead of Dale Earnhardt, Darrell Waltrip and Bobby Labonte. Mark Martin has the most consecutive All-Star appearances at 24, and Jeff Gordon is second after making his 22nd straight appearance prior to his retirement at the conclusion of 2015. Rusty Wallace and Tony Stewart are tied for third with 19, while Dale Earnhardt Jr. has 18.

The 2014 NASCAR Cup Series champion earned his first appearance in the All-Star Race during his 2001 rookie campaign, when he scored his first NASCAR Cup Series win in only his third Cup Series start at Atlanta Motor Speedway that March. He started the race fifth, led 18 laps and beat runner-up Jeff Gordon by .006 of a second for one of the closest finishes in Cup Series history. While he qualified for his first All-Star Race in only his third start, a brake issue in the All-Star Race forced him to retire after only 19 laps. He finished 21st.

Harvick won the 2007 All-Star Race when he started fourth, led 20 of 80 laps and beat runner-up Jimmie Johnson to the finish line by .141 of a second. The win made Harvick an automatic All-Star qualifier. However, he has qualified for the All-Star Race by virtue of a win every season since 2010 and also as the 2014 NASCAR Cup Series champion.

In addition to the one win, Harvick has three runner-up finishes in the All-Star Race – two in the last three events. He started third, led five laps and finished second to race-winner Jamie McMurray by .696 of a second in 2014. In 2015, he started 20th and finished second by .923 of a second to Denny Hamlin.

The 2007 All-Star Race winner has three additional points-paying wins at Charlotte. He won the Coca-Cola 600 in both 2011 and 2013, in addition to his win in the 2014 Bank of America 500.

Given Harvick’s past performance at Charlotte, Saturday night’s NASCAR All-Star Race may be Sinanan’s best chance to cash a $1 million payday, all coming courtesy of Harvick and Busch Beer.

KEVIN HARVICK, Driver of the No. 4 Busch Bucks Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing:
Is it added pressure racing to win $1 million for a race fan with Busch Bucks on the No. 4 Busch Beer Ford this week?

“We want to win every single week, but the Busch Bucks million-dollar giveaway definitely ups the ante and adds some serious pressure to the No. 4 team in the All-Star Race. Even though it’s a non-points race, the stakes are going to be about as high as they can possibly be on Saturday night.”

If you’re in the mix on the final lap of the All-Star Race, what would you do to win?

“Heck, you don’t have to put $1 million up to know what most of us would do to try and win a race. But, when there are no points on the line and $1 million at stake, plus $1 million for a race fan through the Busch Bucks program this week, you definitely throw caution to the wind and go for it. A lot of times you see that at the All-Star Race and it ends up with a lot of bent-up sheet metal due to moves that aren’t necessarily thought out very well – and we’ve all made them. It’s a fun race and it’s fun just for that reason. If you make a mistake, the repercussions aren’t really that great in terms of points or anything like that. It’s really about trying to win and that carrot that they dangle out in front of you is a trophy and a million bucks – so go for it.”

Busch Bucks Racing Team Report

Non-Points Event – NASCAR All-Star Race – Charlotte Motor Speedway

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: Chris Clayton

Hometown: Modesto, California

Chassis Information – Chassis No. 4-004:
Kevin Harvick will pilot the No. 4 Busch Bucks Ford Fusion built on Chassis No. 4-004 in the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race Saturday night at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. Built new in 2017, Chassis No. 4-004 will make its NASCAR Cup Series debut Saturday night.​

 

NASCAR All-Star Race Notes of Interest:
· Racing Busch Bucks for $1 Million: In conjunction with the launch of Busch Beer’s loyalty program Busch Bucks, Steve Sinanan, 42, an accountant/consultant from Orlando, Florida, 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. Sinanan, a Harvick fan and Busch Beer drinker, says he would use the money to pay off his student loans and invest the rest. He will be at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway for this weekend’s NASCAR All-Star Race to watch from trackside and see if he is taking home the $1 million grand prize. Harvick will pilot the No. 4 Busch Bucks Ford Fusion with a special paint scheme featuring a “million-dollar look” – literally. If Harvick wins, Sinanan 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.

· Certified All-Star: Harvick is one of only three NASCAR Cup drivers to have met each of the following three of six qualifying criteria for Saturday night’s Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race – 2016 or 2017 race winner, previous All-Star Race winner, NASCAR Cup Series championship. He won four Cup Series races in 2016, the 2007 NASCAR All-Star Race and the 2014 NASCAR Cup Series championship.

· Points Position: Harvick arrives at the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race ranked sixth in the NASCAR Cup Series standings with 347 points after a third-place finish Saturday night at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City. He trails leader Kyle Larson by 128 points.

· Leading Laps: Through the first 11 NASCAR Cup Series events of 2017, Harvick ranks third in laps led with 469 of 3,298 total laps contested – more than 14.2 percent. He trails series-leader Martin Truex Jr. by 67 laps. Harvick has led at least one lap in seven of the 11 points-paying events of 2017, including at least 10 laps in five straight events.

· Harvick at Charlotte since Joining SHR:Harvick has six Cup Series points-paying starts at Charlotte and three non-points starts in the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race since joining SHR at the beginning of the 2014 season. He scored runner-up finishes in 2014 and 2015 in the non-points-paying All-Star Race. Harvick has one win, one pole, three second-place finishes, a ninth-place finish and a 38th-place finish in his six points-paying starts since joining SHR. His lone win came in the Bank of America 500 in October 2014, when he started seventh, led 162 laps and beat Jeff Gordon to the finish line by.571 of a second. He finished runner-up to Jimmie Johnson in May 2014, Joey Logano in October 2015 and Martin Truex Jr. in May 2016. Harvick won the pole in October 2016 with a lap of 27.547 seconds at 196.029 mph.

· Harvick in the NASCAR All-Star Race: Harvick has competed in the All-Star race all 16 years he’s been in the NASCAR Cup Series. As a rookie, Harvick won at Atlanta Motor Speedway in just his third Cup Series start in 2001 to gain entry into the All-Star event. In 2006, Harvick finished second to Jimmie Johnson by 1.729 seconds but got payback the following year when he won the 2007 All-Star Race by holding off Johnson by .141 of a second. Harvick has finished second in two of his last three NASCAR All-Star Races.

· Career NASCAR Cup Series Totals: Harvick has 35 wins, 158 top-fives, 290 top-10s and 19 poles in 585 career Cup Series starts heading into next Sunday’s 600-mile event at Charlotte.

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