|· 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 90 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 Darlington (S.C.) Raceway for the Southern 500 ranked fourth in the standings with 824 points after his eighth-place finish at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. He trails leader Martin Truex Jr. by 127 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 Monster Energy Cup Series at Darlington: The Southern 500 will mark Harvick’s 21st career Monster Energy Cup start at Darlington. Harvick has one win (May 2014), six top-five finishes and nine top-10s at the 1.333-mile egg-shaped oval. He started from the pole position in 2016 after rain cancelled Cup Series qualifying, and went on to lead 214 laps en route to a runner-up finish. Since joining Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) in 2014, Harvick has one win, a runner-up finish and three top-fives and has led 496 laps in three starts at Darlington. The 41-year-old driver has led 559 laps, has an average starting position of 14.8, an average finish of 15.6, and has completed 95.5 percent (6,742 of 7,058) of the laps he’s contested there.
· Harvick in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Darlington: Harvick has made 14 starts in the Xfinity Series at Darlington. He has one pole and two top-five finishes, and eight top-10s. He has led 135 laps, has an average starting position of 11.4, an average finish of 12.9, and has completed 94.3 percent (1,942 of 2,060) of the laps he’s contested there.
· Double Duty at Darlington: Harvick will run both the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series races at Darlington. In addition to racing the No. 4 Busch Beer Ford Fusion for SHR as part of NASCAR’s throwback weekend Sunday night in the Cup Series, he will race the No. 41 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford Mustang for SHR in the Xfinity Series Saturday afternoon.
· 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 40 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, the 24 each by Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch, 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, 299 top-10s and 20 poles in 598 career Cup Series starts heading into Sunday night’s race at Darlington.
· Personal Announcement: On Tuesday, July 11, Harvick kicked off his Tuesday-night SiriusXM Radio show “Happy Hours” by announcing that he and wife DeLana are expecting to add a daughter to their family around the first of the year.
· 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.