Freaky Fast Since 2014: Harvick is in 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 16 victories, 15 poles, 70 top-five finishes and 100 top-10s; led 7,060 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 three of the last four seasons.
Points Position: Harvick arrives at Phoenix ranked first in the NASCAR Cup Series standings with 135 points after back-to-back wins at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Playoff Qualifier: Harvick qualified for the 2018 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs with his back-to-back wins at Atlanta and Las Vegas. He will enter the playoffs with a minimum of 13 playoff points. He gained five playoff points for each of his two wins and picked up three additional points for one stage win at Atlanta and two at Las Vegas.
100 and Counting: Harvick scored his 100th career win in NASCAR’s top three series when he wonSunday’s Cup Series race at Las Vegas. He has 39 Cup Series wins, 47 in the Xfinity Series and 14 in the Camping World Truck Series. Harvick and Childers also have 100 top-10s since they joined forces in 2014.
Harvick in the NASCAR Cup Series at Phoenix: Sunday’s TicketGuardian 500k will mark Harvick’s 31st career NASCAR Cup Series start at Phoenix. Harvick has a series-high eight wins, 14 top-five finishes and 19 top-10s at the mile oval. The 42-year-old driver has led 1,484 laps, has an average starting position of 15.8, an average finish of 9.7, and has completed 99.8 percent (9,341 of 9,363) of the laps he’s contested there.
Topping the All-Time NASCAR Cup Series Win List at Phoenix: Harvick’s series-high eight career NASCAR Cup Series wins at Phoenix tops a list that shows Jimmie Johnson next-best with four career wins, followed by Davey Allison, Jeff Burton, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards, Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth and Ryan Newman with two wins each.
Winner of Six of the Last 11 at Phoenix: Harvick has won six of the last 11 NASCAR Cup Series races at Phoenix and five of the last nine. He is the only driver to win four in a row. He won the November 2013 race, swept the 2014 races and won in March 2015 before ending his streak with a runner-up finish in November 2015. Johnson is the only other driver with a three-race streak at Phoenix when he won the November 2007 race and swept the 2008 races. Only five drivers have won consecutive NASCAR Cup Series races at Phoenix and Harvick is the only driver to win consecutive races twice. Harvick also swept both races in 2006. He has led 1,064 laps in his last eight races at Phoenix, however he has not led a lap in his last three starts at the mile oval.
Perfection at Phoenix: Harvick has scored a perfect 150.0 driver rating at Phoenix on three occasions. His first was in November 2006, when he started second, led 252 of 312 laps and reached victory lane. His second was in his November 2014 win, when he started third and led 264 of 312 laps. His third came in his March 2015 win, when he started first and led 224 of 312 laps.
All-Time Wins List: Harvick’s win Sunday at Las Vegas moved him into a three-way tie with Matt Kenseth and Tim Flock for 19th on the all-time list with 39 career Cup Series wins. Among active drivers, Harvick ranks third behind leader Johnson’s 83 career wins and Kyle Busch’s 43.
SHR at ISM Raceway: In 54 overall starts at ISM Raceway, SHR-prepared cars have earned five wins (Ryan Newman in April 2010 and Harvick in March 2014, November 2014, March 2015 and March 2016), 16 top-five finishes and 23 top-10s, one pole (Harvick in March 2015), have been atop the leaderboard for 1,309 laps, and have completed 97.6 percent of the laps contested (16,296 of 16,694).
Career NASCAR Cup Series Totals: Harvick has 39 wins, 170 top-five finishes, 309 top-10s and 21 poles in 613 career NASCAR Cup Series starts heading into Sunday’s TicketGuardian 500k at ISM Raceway near Phoenix.
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.
Harvick’s Happy Hours on SiriusXM Radio: Harvick is in his second year as the co-host ofHappy 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 marks 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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