Kevin Harvick Is Hunting For His Second Win Of The Season.

Kevin Harvick

 As the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to the high banks of Bristol Motor Speedway for Saturday night’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race, Kevin Harvick will be in the outdoors hunting for his second win of the season and his second straight win in the night race at “The Last Great Colosseum.”

The No. 4 Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) will feature the Busch Outdoors paint scheme this weekend at Bristol.

Busch Beer has embodied the spirit of the great outdoors since its inception in 1955. This fall, Busch Beer will launch an evolution of past fishing and hunting programs: The Great Outdoors program, which will celebrate this rich history with outdoor pursuits.

From Sept. 4 to Dec. 4, Busch and Busch Light packaging will be converted to Great Outdoors packaging featuring bold colors, varied wildlife and the iconic stream. During this time, consumers who find a gold trophy can will have the chance to win an epic outdoors trip by visitingwww.Busch.com.

Those who find a gold trophy can are able to enter Busch Beer’s Great Outdoors contest. Busch fans can submit a picture of their gold trophy can on social media using #TrophyCan and #Contest for a chance to win weekly prizes, or the grand prize: a trip to Big Cedar Lodge, America’s premier wilderness resort, with pro angler Kevin VanDam.

The Busch Beer Great Outdoors program will officially launch Sept. 4, but fans at Bristol for this weekend’s race will get a preview of Busch’s new Great Outdoors Packaging on Harvick’s No. 4 Ford.

The background of the car will mimic the Great Outdoor cans featuring a blaze orange and silhouettes of trees and common game. The driver and passenger sides will display an image of the coveted gold trophy can.

Harvick is likely to do well in his outdoor pursuit at the .533-mile high-banked oval.

In August 2016, Harvick scored his second win of the 2016 season, when he started 24th, led 128 laps and beat runner-up Ricky Stenhouse Jr. by 1.933 seconds. The win was his second in NASCAR’s top series at Bristol. He scored his first win at the .533-mile oval in April 2005, when he started 13th and led 109 of 500 laps and beat Elliott Sadler to the finish line by 4.652 seconds.

In fact, Harvick is one of five drivers to win at Bristol in all three of NASCAR’s top touring series – Cup Series, Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series. The other four drivers are Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Brad Keselowski and Mark Martin.

Harvick has five Xfinity Series wins at Bristol with his most recent coming in March 2009, when he started 13th and led 46 laps to beat runner-up Carl Edwards by .798 of a second. He also visited victory lane at Bristol in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in August 2011, when he started sixth, led 103 of 200 laps and beat Johnny Sauter by .434 of a second.

As the second half of the 2017 season continues, Harvick and the No. 4 Busch Outdoors team are ranked fourth in points with a win to their credit and eight playoff points. The goal moving forward is to score as many playoff points as possible in the remaining three regular-season races.

The best way to gain playoff points is to win races and win stages. Harvick and the No. 4 team will attempt to do both this weekend in the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol as he continues his march toward a second NASCAR Cup Series championship.

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KEVIN HARVICK, Driver of the No. 4 Busch Outdoors Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing:
What did you take away from your win last August at Bristol?

“For me, I was excited that you were able to use the bottom of the racetrack, and the lapped cars had an option. You just didn’t get pinned up high. Really, I just want to applaud the racetrack for the effort they made to really get that bottom groove working so we had multiple grooves of racing, and I think, as a driver, you had a lot of options to make your car work and maneuver through traffic and make up positions. We started 24th and pretty much drove through the field because of that.”

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you get asked about the Bristol Night Race?

“The Bristol night race is just intense. And, for me, it’s a place I love going to race because it reminds me a lot of my home track and the rhythm and things that you used to do there, running around the bottom of the racetrack. That changed for a while, when they changed the racetrack.  But, since the changes and with the addition of the VHT and things, with the groove coming back to the bottom you’ve kind of got those memories rekindled with the rhythm that used to be for me at Mesa Marin.”

Busch Outdoors Racing Team Report

Round 24 of 36 – Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race – Bristol

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 andBilly Kuebler

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. 4-884:
Kevin Harvick will pilot the No. 4 Busch Outdoors Ford Fusion built on Chassis No. 4-884 in the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race Saturday night at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. Built in 2014, Chassis No. 4-884 made its debut at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where it won the pole, led 12 laps and finished eighth. It also won the pole in its second appearance at Atlanta Motor Speedway in August, when it led 195 laps and finished 19th. It won its third appearance at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway in October, when it started seventh and led 162 laps. Harvick won the Bass Pro Shops NRA Bristol Night Race in August 2016, when he beat runner-up Ricky Stenhouse Jr. to the finish line by 1.933 seconds in. It has scored two wins, six top-two finishes, eight top-fives and 10 top-10s in 11 NASCAR Cup Series starts.
Bristol Motor Speedway Notes of Interest:
· 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. Since joining forces in 2014, Harvick and Childers combined to produce 13 victories, 14 poles, 62 top-five finishes and 89 top-10s; led 6,360 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 Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway for the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race ranked fourth in the standings with 787 points after his 13th-place finish last weekend at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. He trails leader Martin Truex Jr. by 146 points.

· Playoff Bound: Harvick clinched his position in the 2017 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs as he scored his first Cup Series win of the season at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway in June. He started 12th, led 24 laps and had more than a five-second cushion when the final yellow flag waved to end the race under caution.Harvick and the No. 4 team have scored one race win and three stage wins to account for eight playoff points –seventh-most among Cup Series drivers.

· Harvick in the NASCAR Cup Series at Bristol: The Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race will mark Harvick’s 34th career NASCAR Cup Series start at Bristol. Harvick has two wins (April 2005, August 2016), one pole (August 2014), 12 top-five finishes and 16 top-10s at the half-mile oval. He has led 876 laps, has an average starting position of 16.4, an average finish of 13.6, and has completed 97.8 percent (16,157 of 16,527) of the laps he’s contested there.

· Bristol Night Race Winner: Harvick started 24th and raced his way to the win in August 2016 in the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol. The race was postponed due to inclement weather and raced during the day Sunday afternoon, when Harvick led 128 laps and beat runner-up Ricky Stenhouse Jr. to the finish line by 1.933 seconds to score his second NASCAR Cup Series win at the .533-mile oval.

· Bristol Sweep:Harvick’s win in the 2005 Food City 500 at Bristol came in convincing fashion as he led three times for 109 laps and beat Elliott Sadler by 4.652 seconds. A prelude to that win was Harvick’s victory in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race the day before, giving him a sweep of the Bristol race weekend.

· Harvick in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Bristol: Harvick has made 29 starts in the Xfinity Series at Bristol. He has five wins (August 2000 and 2001, March 2003, April 2005 and March 2009), three poles (August 2000, March 2001 and 2006), 15 top-five finishes and 24 top-10s. He has led 1,217 laps, has an average starting position of 9.1, an average finish of 7.5, and has completed 99.0 percent (7,615 of 7,691) of the laps he’s contested there.

· Harvick in the Camping World Truck Series at Bristol: Harvick has five starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Bristol. In his most recent Truck Series start at Bristol in August 2011, he started sixth, led 103 of 200 laps and beat runner-up Johnny Sauter by .434 of a second. In addition to that win, he has two top-five finishes and four top-10s. He has led 227 laps with an average finish of 8.8.

· All-Time Wins List: After his 36th career Cup Series win at Sonoma in June, Harvick is ranked 22nd on the all-time wins list. His next Cup Series win will move him into a tie with Bobby Isaac for 21st on the all-time list. Among active drivers, Harvick ranks fourth behind leader Jimmie Johnson’s 83 career wins, Kyle Busch’s 39 wins, and Matt Kenseth who has 38 victories.

· On The Pole: Harvick has scored three Cup Series pole awards in 2017 – all coming on 1.5-mile racetracks. He scored his first of the season at Atlanta Motor Speedway with a lap of 29.118 seconds at 190.398 mph. His second of the season came at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, when he made a lap at 27.217 seconds at 198.405 mph. His most recent came at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway for the Coca-Cola 600 with a lap of 27.918 seconds at 193.424 mph.

· All-Time Pole List: Harvick’s 20 career Cup Series poles has him tied with Benny Parsons and Neil Bonnett for 39th on the all-time list. His next Cup Series pole would move him into a four-way tie with Dick Hutcherson and SHR teammate Kurt Busch. He ranks seventh among active drivers behind Ryan Newman’s 51, Johnson’s 35, Kasey Kahne’s 27, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch each have 24, and Kurt Busch’s 21.

· Closing In on 11,000 Lap Led: Harvick also needs 214 laps led to become the 17th Cup Series driver of all time to lead 11,000 or more laps. Johnson, Kyle Busch and Kenseth are the only active drivers to accomplish the feat.

· Career NASCAR Cup Series Totals: Harvick has 36 wins, 162 top-fives, 298 top-10s and 20 poles in 597 career Cup Series starts heading into Saturday night’s race at Bristol.

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