Harvick Would Love To Order Up A Victory

Kevin Harvick

Kevin Harvick has 45 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victories, including the four most iconic events – the Daytona 500, Coca-Cola 600, Brickyard 400 and Southern 500.

He won the championship in 2014 and has won almost everywhere. Save for Pocono (Pa.) Raceway and Kentucky Speedway in Sparta.

This week, for the 37th consecutive time, he’ll attempt to get his first win at Pocono in the Cup Series. But, oh has he been close.

Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Busch Light Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), has four second-place finishes, 12 top-fives, 17 top-10s and has led a total of 187 laps in his 36 career NASCAR Cup Series starts at Pocono. His average start there is 16.2, his average finish is 12.5, and he has a lap-completion rate of 95.1 percent – 6,130 of the 6,449 laps available.

The combination of Harvick competing at Pocono in SHR equipment is also very impressive. In his last 10 Cup Series starts there, all for SHR, he has the four runner-up finishes and only one finish worse than 14th – 42nd in August 2015. And of the 187 total laps Harvick has led at Pocono dating back to his rookie year in 2001, 182 (97 percent) have come with SHR despite only 10 (27.7 percent) of his 36 Pocono starts being with SHR.

Harvick led a total of 119 laps in Pocono’s two 2018 races en route to a pair of fourth-place finishes.

His childhood hero, Rick Mears, who like Harvick is from Bakersfield, California, won at Pocono three times in IndyCar racing, taking the checkered flag in 1982, 1985 and 1987. But Pocono is a track unlike any other, made up of just three distinct turns.

The triangular layout was designed by two-time Indianapolis 500 champion Rodger Ward, who modeled each of its three turns after a different track.

Turn one, which is banked at 14 degrees, is modeled after the legendary Trenton (N.J.) Speedway. Turn two, banked at eight degrees, is a nod to the turns at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. And turn three, banked at six degrees, is modeled after the corners at The Milwaukee Mile.

At the end of the day, Harvick would just like to order up a win this weekend to get closer to victory at every track on the NASCAR Cup Series circuit.

That’s because seemingly all the legends – Richard Petty, Bobby Allison and Dale Earnhardt to IndyCar stars like Mark Donohue, A.J. Foyt and Mario Andretti – have won there.

And Harvick would like to add his name to that list.

KEVIN HARVICK, Driver of the No. 4 Busch Light Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing: 
What are your thoughts on heading to Pocono this week?

“As we go to Pocono, we obviously want to win there, especially since it’s one of the two tracks we haven’t won at. I know that Rodney (Childers, crew chief) and the organization itself have put a lot of effort into that particular weekend, trying to get to victory lane and take that race off the list. It’s a place I enjoy going – not so much the place I enjoyed going in my previous life before I came to Stewart-Haas Racing. It was never a track we ran very well at, but we’ve come to find out that if you have the cars where they need to be and the people around you, things are much different. So, Pocono is a place that I’ve learned to enjoy more than I did in my previous life at RCR (Richard Childress Racing).”

The group at Pocono has done so much to improve the infrastructure and fan experience. What does that mean for the racetrack?

“Well, people see effort. When you go to Pocono, you see effort from the time you turn into the tunnel and see the waterfall – going through the tunnel to the guardrails all the way to the campgrounds. Everything there has been in a transition. You feel like you’re having more fun when you go to Pocono now than you did, say, six or seven years ago.”

Busch Light Racing Team Report
Round 14 of 36 – Pocono 400 – Pocono

 

Car No.: 4 – Busch Light 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

Pocono Notes of Interest:
· Dynamic Duo: While this isHarvick’s 19th year in the Monster Energy 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, 22 poles, 99 top-five finishes and 136 top-10s while leading 8,937 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, 28 poles, 196 top-fives, 345 top-10s and 13,363 laps led in659 starts.

 

· His most recent Cup Series win came 16 races ago at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth (Nov. 4, 2018).

 

· His last Busch Pole came two racesagoat Kansas Speedway in Kansas City (May 10, 2019).

 

· Pocono Numerology – Harvick remains in search of his first Cup Series win and Busch Pole at Pocono. Pocono and Kentucky Speedway in Sparta are the two remaining Cup Series tracks where Harvick has yet to score a win. He has four second-place finishes, 12 top-fives, 17 top-10s and has led a total of 187 laps in his 36 career NASCAR Cup Series starts at Pocono. His average start is 16.2, his average finish is 12.5 and he has a lap-completion rate of 95.1 percent – 6,130 of the 6,449 laps available.

 

· Harvick at Pocono since 2014 – The combination of Harvick competing at Pocono in SHR equipment is impressive. In his last 10 NASCAR Cup Series starts there, all for SHR, he has four runner-up finishes and only one finish worse than 14th (42nd in August 2015). And of the 187 total laps Harvick has led at Pocono dating back to his rookie year in 2001, 182 (97 percent) have come with SHR despite only 10 (27.7 percent) of his 36 Pocono starts being with SHR.

 

· Laps Led: Harvick has led 8,937 laps in 193 races since joining SHR in 2014. That’s an average of 46.3 laps led per race.

 

· Points Position: Harvick arrives at Poocno third in the NASCAR Cup Series standings with 478 points, 50 markers behind leader Kyle Busch.

 

· Trucks at Pocono: Harvick has competed in two NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races at Pocono and won the pole and the race in 2011 and started seventh and finished second in 2015.

 

· Harvick’s Happy Hours on SiriusXM Radio: Harvick is entering the third year as the co-host ofHappy Hours on SiriusXM Radio channel 90. The show debuted March 28, 2017 and airs on Wednesdays from 1 to 3 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 races in 2019. He will do eight races this year with final broadcast on June 8 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn.

 

· 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 Truck Series. Only three other drivers in NASCAR history have passed 100 wins in NASCAR’s top three series: Richard Petty, David Pearson and Kyle Busch.

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

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