Harvick Gears Up For Daytona

Kevin Harvick

Kevin Harvick won eight Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races in 2018, plus the non-points-paying NASCAR All-Star Race.

And he’s hoping that success leads right into 2019.

His eight race wins were a career high after winning five races each in 2006 and 2014.

And for the kickoff to the new season at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway over the next two weekends, his car will have a new look.

As the Official beer of NASCAR, Busch has a long and storied history within the NASCAR family. Not only has Busch been the beverage of choice by countless winners during their celebrations in victory lane, but Busch has been along for the ride for four decades dating back to the 1979 Daytona 500.

Since 2019 marks the 40th anniversary of Busch’s presence at Daytona, the brand is celebrating racing roots and raising a cold one to 40 years of NASCAR support with something never before seen in motorsport – a crisp, cold can of Busch constructed from Harvick’s No. 4 racecar. The Car 2 Can collection from Busch is giving people the unique opportunity to drink the sport they eat, sleep, and breathe.

See the full making-of video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5hSJOtIBUM

On Daytona 500 race day Feb. 17, Busch is inviting nearly 10 million Daytona 500 viewers to play a live trivia contest for a chance to win one of the exclusive cans. The truer the fan, the higher the chance folks have of winning one of the most exhilarating cans ever created. To join the race for a can during Daytona, participants will need to look out for the trivia questions on screen and simply tweet their answers using the designated hashtags #Car2Can and #BuschContest.

How to Participate:

·         Follow @BuschBeer on Twitter

·         Watch Daytona 500 live

·         Answer trivia questions on Twitter using the hashtags #Car2Can and #BuschContest

·         Stay tuned for the winners

 

Trivia skills not up to par? Consumers can also score a can via Busch’s charity auction ahead of the contest at Daytona. The first can of the collection will be offered to the highest bidder Monday (Feb. 11) at rallyup.com/car2can. All proceeds will go directly to Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and be matched dollar-for-dollar by Busch. KAB’s mission is to improve and beautify community environments across the country every day. As a part of Busch’s ongoing commitment to giving back to and taking care of the great outdoors, Busch partnered with KAB to kick off the collection announcement with a special auction of can #1.

“We wanted to do something for the hardcore fans that had never been done before, and give them a chance to hold the sport they love,” said Daniel Blake, Senior Marketing Director, Anheuser-Busch. “This year marks the 40th anniversary of our first Daytona 500, so we created the 40 collector’s edition cans to give a piece of the sport back to the fans that have been there every step of the way.”

Follow @Buschbeer on Twitter to stay up to speed with how consumers can get their hands on a piece of NASCAR history with Busch Beer’s #Car2Can collection auction Monday (Feb. 11) and via live trivia during the Daytona 500 on Feb. 17.

For more information on Busch Car 2 Can collection, please visit https://www.youtube.com/user/OfficialBuschBeer

Meanwhile, this is Harvick’s 19th year in the NASCAR Cup Series and his sixth with crew chief Rodney Childers. Since joining forces at Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) in 2014, Harvick and Childers have combined to produce 22 points-paying victories, a victory in the non-points-paying 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, 19 poles, 91 top-five finishes and 127 top-10s while leading 8,655 laps.

They won the 2014 championship, finished runner-up in the 2015 title chase to champion Kyle Busch, finished eighth in 2016 and third in 2017 and 2018. The team has qualified for the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway four times in the last five years.

Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Busch Beer Car2Can Ford Mustang for SHR, has two wins at Daytona, including the 2007 Daytona 500. He also has nine top-five finishes, 14 top-10s and has led a total of 244 laps in his 35 career points-paying NASCAR Cup Series starts at Daytona. That said, he has not had a top-15 finish at Daytona in a points-paying race since he finished fourth in the 2016 Daytona 500.

He does have three victories in the non-points Clash exhibition race – in 2009, 2010, 2013 – tying him for second on the all-time list with his team owner Tony Stewart and NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett. Additionally, the Bakersfield, California native has seven top-five finishes and 10 top-10s in Clash competition.

In addition to his three Clash wins at Daytona, Harvick has four other victories at the famed 2.5-mile racetrack – two NASCAR Cup Series points-paying races in February 2007 and July 2010, the 2013 non-points-paying Gander RV Duel, and the February 2007 NASCAR Xfinity Series race.

The key for Harvick and the rest of the SHR team is the transition to the new Ford Mustang for this season. It is the world’s best-selling sportscar and been in continuous production since its debut in 1964. But it has never been used in the Cup Series.

Harvick is hoping he can start 2019 the right way – with a second career Daytona 500 victory. He would be just the 12th driver to win the race multiple times.

KEVIN HARVICK, Driver of the No. 4 Busch Beer Car2Can Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing: 
Talk about Car2Can for Daytona Speedweeks.

“Busch Beer officials brought the idea to me last year and I thought it was great way to connect with the fans. These cans are made up of pieces of my car from the 2018 season and I’m excited for the cans to be released. Can’t wait for the fans to see them.”

 

Talk about the Ford Mustang.

“Well, the first thing I think of is muscle car and, in today’s world, I guess you would call it a sportscar. For me, I know how much the Ford Mustang brand means to Ford. I’m still new to the Ford family. I would consider myself new only being here two years, going into the third. Being able to drive the Ford Mustang on the racetrack and know that it’s never been in the Cup Series, and to have seen the car being designed, developed and put on the racetrack, I feel like I’ve been part of the whole process. Not doing anything, but part of the whole process and how much effort has gone into getting the Mustang to the racetrack at the Daytona 500.”

 

How important would it be to win a second championship in 2019?

“Winning championships is important and, obviously, getting the first one out of the way takes a lot of pressure off of things. I think as you start to add championships, it puts you in a different class of competitors who have done that before and there are a lot less of them. So, to be able to add championships is a goal and what we’re still here racing for on a yearly basis. It’s a lot different than it used to be. There’s not a week-to-week point count. There are stages and cutoff races and cutoff races in playoffs – there are so many more elements in NASCAR than there used to be. There is a lot of short-term thinking. In the end, more championships are definitely better.”

 

SHR’s last restrictor plate race was pretty impressive. Qualified 1, 2, 3, 4. Ran 1, 2, 3, 4 for much of that race. Can that type of performance be replicated in the Daytona 500?

“Well, we hope so and we specifically hope to finish the race in the 4 car whether it’s a wreck or a circumstance or something along those lines, the restrictor plate stuff hasn’t been great for us. But from a team performance side of things for 98 percent of that race, I thought all the drivers and the plan that was laid out to try to execute during the race started in qualifying by having fast, fast cars and, you know, as we went into the race the four of us did a really good job of, of navigating everything and keeping ourselves in the front of the pack, which is the safest place to be. And it came down to some, some crazy fuel mileage at the end but definitely possible. I mean speedway racing is all about details. It’s all – to me when I owned a race team, that was really a measuring stick of, of how detailed your organization was because or specifically your aero department and the guys putting the cars together in the fab because speedway racing is all about details and, obviously, they shined that day.”

 

You won the 2007 Daytona 500. How satisfying is it to win that race?

“You always hear people talk about how winning the Daytona 500 is different than winning any other race. Once experiencing that, I would definitely say that it’s true just because everything you do at Speedweeks during the Daytona 500 weekend is just bigger and different than any other race you go to. So, winning our sport’s most prestigious race is pretty cool and something you would definitely like to experience again.”

 

Does winning one Daytona 500 make you even hungrier for another one?

“After experiencing everything that comes with the Daytona 500, yes. But, you know, you look back in time and see how hard it’s been to win that one particular race because you only get one shot a year. It’s a tough one to win. So I’m very fortunate to have been to victory lane in the Daytona 500, but would love to get back there.”

Busch Beer Car2Can Racing Team Report
Round 1 of 36 – 61st Daytona 500 – Daytona

 

Car No.: 4 – Busch Beer Car2Can Ford Mustang

 

PR Contact: Joe Crowley, True Speed Communication (704) 875-3388 ext. 808 or Joe.Crowley@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: Mooresville, North Carolina
Engine Specialist: Robert Brandt
Hometown: Mobile, Alabama
Spotter: Tim Fedewa
Hometown: Holt, Michigan
Over-The-Wall Crew Members:

Front Tire Changer: Shayne Pipala

Hometown: Frankfort Square, Illinois

 

Rear Tire Changer: Daniel Smith

Hometown: Concord, North Carolina

 

Tire Carrier: Mike “Shrek” Morneau

Hometown: Oxford, Maine

 

Gas Man: Evan Marchal

Hometown: Westfield, Indiana

 

Jackman: Stan Dolittle

Hometown: Ninety Six, South Carolina

 

Windshield: Matt Custer (also serves as interior mechanic)

Hometown: Bedford, Pennsylvania

Road Crew Members:

Truck Driver: Rick Hodges and Stephen Mitchell

Hometowns: Raleigh, North Carolina and Woodville, Ohio, respectively

 

Engineers: Dax Gerringer and Billy Keubler

Hometowns: Gibsonville, North Carolinaand Saline, Michigan,respectively

 

Mechanic: Richie Bean

Hometown: Bradford, Vermont

 

Tire Specialist: Jamie Turski

Hometown: Trumbull, Connecticut

 

Shock Specialist: Michael McCarville

Hometown: Kensington, Prince Edward Island, Canada

 

Mechanic: Allen Mincey

Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Daytona Notes of Interest:
·   Dynamic Duo: While this is Harvick’s 19th year in the NASCAR Cup Series, it’s his sixth with crew chief Rodney Childers. Since joining forces at Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) in 2014, Harvick and Childers have combined to produce 22 points-paying victories, a victory in the non-points-paying 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, 19 poles, 91 top-five finishes and 127 top-10s while leading 8,655 laps. They won the 2014 championship, finished runner-up in the 2015 title chase to champion Kyle Busch, finished eighth in 2016 and third in 2017 and 2018. The team has qualified for the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway four times in the last five years.

 

·   Harvick has career totals of 45 wins, 25 poles, 191 top-fives, 336 top-10s and 13,081 laps led in 646 starts.

·   His most recent Cup Series win came three races ago at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth (Nov. 4, 2018).

·   His last Busch Pole came two races ago at ISM Raceway near Phoenix (Nov. 9, 2018).

 

·   Harvick in The Clash: In 14 starts in the Clash at Daytona, Harvick has three wins (2009, 2010, 2013), tying him for second on the all-time list with his team owner Tony Stewart and NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett. Additionally, the Bakersfield, California native has seven top-five finishes and 10 top-10s.

 

·   Daytona Numerology – Harvick has two wins, nine top-five finishes, 14 top-10s and has led a total of 244 laps in his 35 career points-paying NASCAR Cup Series starts at Daytona. His average start is 15.4, his average finish is 17.3 and he has a lap-completion rate of 88.4 percent, completing 5,444 of the 6,161 laps available.

 

·   2007 Daytona 500 Champion: Harvick won the 2007 Daytona 500 when he beat NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin to the finish line by .020 of a second on the final green-white-checkered restart. It stands as the second-closest finish in Daytona 500 history, trailing only Denny Hamlin’s .010-of-a-second advantage over Martin Truex Jr., in 2016.

 

·   Wins at Daytona: In addition to his three wins in the Clash at Daytona, Harvick has four other victories at the famed 2.5-mile racetrack – two NASCAR Cup Series points-paying races (February 2007, July 2010), a non-points event (2013 Gander RV Duel) and a win in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (February 2007).

 

·   Harvick in the Xfinity Series at Daytona: Harvick has 19 career starts in the Xfinity Series at Daytona. He has one win, three poles, 12 top-five finishes and 14 top-10s. He has led 230 laps, has an average starting position of 8.8 and average finish of 7.6, and has completed 99.2 percent (2,102 of 2,119) of the laps he’s contested there.

 

·   Harvick in the Rolex 24 at Daytona: Harvick drove the No. 90 Flis Motorsports entry in the American GT class of the 2002 Rolex 24 at Daytona. The four-driver team consisted of Harvick, Dave Liniger, Rick Carelli and John Metcalf. The team finished eighth in class after a mechanical issue forced the car’s retirement after completing 123 of 716 laps.

 

·   Harvick in the IROC Series at Daytona: Harvick, the 2002 IROC champion, made three starts at Daytona in the series with a best finish of seventh in 2003 and 2004.

 

·   106 and Counting – Harvick scored his 100th career win in NASCAR’s top three series when he won the Cup Series race at Las Vegas in March 2018. He now has 106 total victories after his most recent Cup Series win in November 2018 at Texas – 45 in the Cup Series, 47 in the Xfinity Series and 14 in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series. Only three other drivers in NASCAR history have passed 100 wins in NASCAR’s top three series: Richard Petty, Cale Yarborough and Busch.

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