Overwhelming Start – First Sprint Cup Win: Following Dale Earnhardt’s death on the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500, Harvick was named the driver of the No. 29 car for Richard Childress Racing and made his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut at Rockingham (N.C.) Speedway, where he finished 14th. The following Wednesday, as the series headed west to Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Harvick married his wife, DeLana. The following Sunday, Harvick scored his first career Cup Series top-10. Then, on March 11, less than one month since his debut in NASCAR’s top series, Harvick won his first Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Freaky Fast Since 2014: Harvick enters his 18th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season and his fifth at Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) with crew chief Rodney Childers at the helm. Since joining forces, Harvick and Childers combined to produce 15 victories, 15 poles, 69 top-five finishes and 99 top-10s; led 6,846 laps; won the 2014 Cup Series title; finished runner-up in 2015 to champion Kyle Busch, eighth in 2016 and third in 2017. The team qualified for the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in three of the last four seasons.
Points Position: Harvick arrives at Las Vegas Motor Speedway ranked fourth in the NASCAR Cup Series standings with 75 points after last week’s win in the Fold of Honor 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Playoff Qualifier: Harvick qualified for the 2018 NASCAR Cup Series playoff with his win at Atlanta. He will enter the playoffs with a minimum of six playoff points. He gained five playoff points for the win and picked up another by winning the first stage at Atlanta.
99 and Counting: Harvick scored his 98th and 99th career wins in NASCAR’s top three series last week at Atlanta when he won the Xfinity race Saturday and the Cup Series race Sunday. He has 38 Cup Series wins, 47 in the Xfinity Series and 14 in the Camping World Truck Series. Harvick and crew chief Rodney Childers also have 99 top-10s since they joined forces in 2014.
Harvick in the Monster Energy Cup Series at Las Vegas: The Las Vegas 400 will mark Harvick’s 18th career Cup Series start at Las Vegas. He scored his lone win at the 1.5 mile oval in 2015 when he started 18th, led five times for a total of 142 laps and beat Martin Truex Jr. by 1.640 seconds. He also has four top-five finishes and seven top-10s at the 1.5-mile oval. The 42-year-old driver has led 224 laps, has an average starting position of 19.6, average finish of 14.8, and has completed 94.9 percent (4,326 of 4,560) of the laps he’s contested there.
Harvick in the Xfinity Series at Las Vegas: Harvick has made 11 starts in the Xfinity Series at Las Vegas. He has two wins, one pole, six top-five finishes and seven top-10s. He has led 364 laps, has an average starting position of 7.0 and average finish of 9.3, and has completed 95.6 percent (2,120 of 2,217) of the laps he’s contested there. Harvick’s first Xfinity win at Las Vegas came in 2004, when he started 11th and led 14 laps, and his second in 2010, when he started second and led 82 laps. His lone Xfinity pole position came in 2007, when he ran 181.111 mph.
Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) at Las Vegas: In 27 overall starts at Las Vegas, SHR-prepared cars have earned two wins (Tony Stewart in 2012 and Harvick in 2015), five top-five finishes and nine top-10s, one pole (Kurt Busch in 2016), have been atop the leaderboard for 494 laps, and have completed 95.5 percent of the laps contested (6,921 of 7,245).
Career NASCAR Cup Series Totals: Harvick has 38 wins, 169 top-five finishes, 308 top-10s and 21 poles in 612 career NASCAR Cup Series starts heading into Sunday’s Las Vegas 400.
Jimmy John’s: Jimmy John’s, maker of gourmet sandwiches with “freaky fast” delivery since 1983, is the primary sponsor of the No. 4 Ford Fusion for 16 NASCAR Cup Series races in 2016, highlighted by the Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
New Addition: Kevin and DeLana Harvick welcomed their second child, Piper Grace Harvick, on Dec. 28, 2017.
New To The Crew: Chris Rock from Steubenville, Ohio, joins the No. 4 team as a tire specialist. Rock replaces tire specialist Dustin Keath on the No. 4 team roster.
Harvick’s Happy Hours on SiriusXM Radio: Harvick is entering the second year as the co-host of Happy Hours on SiriusXM Radio channel 90. The show debuted March 28, 2017 and airs on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. ET, featuring Harvick’s distinctive perspective on the 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.
Harvick the Broadcaster: Harvick will once again appear in the television booth for FOX at select Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series races in 2018. He is set to make his broadcast debut in the Xfinity race at Richmond (Va.) Raceway on April 20 and will join the all-driver broadcast onApril 28 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. He is also slated to broadcast NASCAR Truck Series races at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta on July 12, Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, on July 18 and Talladega on Oct. 13.
Homecoming Race: Harvick announced on the Feb. 6 edition of his SiriusXM Radio show Happy Hours that he is scheduled to compete in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West opener on Thursday, March 15 at Kern County Raceway in Bakersfield, California. Harvick, a Bakersfield native, will field the No. 4 Ford for Jefferson Pitts Racing with sponsorship from FIELDS. This will mark Harvick’s first-ever appearance at the racetrack in his hometown, since he grew up racing at the now-closed Mesa Marin Raceway. Harvick has won his last two appearances in the West Series – 2007 at Iowa Speedway and 2017 at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway.
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