Harvick Looks For A Win At Loudon

Kevin Harvick

Kevin Harvick has won three Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, including the 2018 race. His other victories came in September 2006 and 2016.

Those three victories put him in a tie for second in all-time wins at the 1.058-mile oval.

If Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Busch Beer / National Forest Foundation Ford Mustang for Stewart Haas Racing (SHR), is able to score his fourth New Hampshire victory in Sunday’s Foxwoods Resort Casino 301, he would move into a tie with Jeff Burton for most wins all-time at the track known as the “Magic Mile.”

Is it possible to make a lot of passes before the checkered flag? Because that would be ideal.

Busch Beer is not only continuing its efforts to get people outside, it’s giving fans even more of a reason to root for Harvick’s No. 4 Busch Ford Mustang. That’s because Busch is giving away one “America the Beautiful” pass – an all access pass to National Parks and Forests across the country for one year – for each green-flag pass Harvick makes Sunday at New Hampshire.

In addition to the “Every Pass Unlocks a Pass” giveaway, Busch, as part of its ongoing partnership with the National Forest Foundation, will donate funds to the foundation to plant the equivalent of 80 trees in a National Forest – the amount an America the Beautiful pass costs in dollars –for each of those passes Harvick’s National Forest Foundation-inspired car makes during the race.

For a chance to win an “America the Beautiful” pass from Busch, fans can Tweet using the hashtag #BuschPass4Pass and #sweepstakes.

In addition to his three wins, Harvick has 11 top-five finishes, 19 top-10s, one pole and has led a total of 718 laps in his 35 career NASCAR Cup Series starts at New Hampshire. His average start at New Hampshire is 12.9, his average finish is 13.1 and he has completed 10,181 of 10,389 laps of competition – 98 percent.

He’s been good there in other NASCAR series, too.

Harvick has 12 career starts in the Xfinity Series at New Hampshire and has scored one win, nine top-fives and 11 top-10s and three poles. He scored his victory in June 2007 after starting on the pole. And, in six Truck Series starts at New Hampshire, Harvick has finished in the top-15 each time and has three top-three finishes.

His goal this week, though is to score a win – hopefully with a lot of green-flag passes, as well.

KEVIN HARVICK, Driver of the No. 4 Busch Beer / National Forest Foundation Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:

What are your thoughts on Busch Beer and the National Forest Foundation working together?

“I’m excited to give back to my fans and to the National Forest Foundation, and there’s not a better way I could think of doing it. They told me every pass I make in the race gives another fan a free pass for an awesome getaway. I’m hoping to give away 300 of them.”

What makes the fans in Loudon so intense and so loyal?

“I’ve had a little bit different of an experience and I’ll go outside of Loudon a little bit. I was fortunate to go up and experience the Oxford 250 in Oxford, Maine, and that’s really where you see those grassroots fans. I went up there in 2007 and, to this day, I still see a lot of those competitors and people who come by and say hello at Loudon. It’s just fun to be able to have met those people. We were fortunate – looking back on it now, it was fortunate – but we might not have thought it was fortunate at the time, but to sit around in the rain for two days and talk to the folks, see where they were from and find out what they’re about was a pretty cool experience. It’s a great region for us in terms of fans and competitors, and really a big racing community.”

What does it take to be successful at Loudon?

“I’d say the most important thing at Loudon is track position, just because it’s hard to pass. You want to be up front and on the right strategy no matter what you do. If the caution flag falls in the wrong spot and you lose track position, it usually becomes a longer day than it could have been.”

Busch Beer / National Forest Foundation Racing Team Report
Round 20 of 36 – Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 – New Hampshire

Car No.: 4 – Busch Beer / National Forest Foundation 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

New Hampshire 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 138 top-10s while leading 9,099 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, 347 top-10s and 13,525 laps led in 665 starts.

· His most recent Cup Series win came 22 races ago at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth (Nov. 4, 2018).

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

· New Hampshire Numerology – Harvick has three wins, 11 top-five finishes, 19 top-10s, one pole and has led a total of 718 laps in his 35 career NASCAR Cup Series starts at New Hampshire. His average start at New Hampshire is 12.9, his average finish is 13.1 and he has completed 10,181 of 10,389 laps of competition – 98 percent. He won from the pole position in September 2006, when he beat now-team-owner Tony Stewart to the finish line by .777 of a second. His second win came in September 2016, when he led only eight laps and beat Matt Kenseth to the finish line by .442 of a second. And his third victory was in the 2018 when he led only 12 laps and beat Busch by 1.877 seconds.

· Laps Led: Harvick’s 9,099 since joining SHR in 2014 have come in 199 races, an average of 45.72 laps led per race.

· Points Position: Harvick arrives at New Hampshire third in the NASCAR Cup Series standings with 645 points, 101 markers behind leader Joey Logano.

· Harvick in the Xfinity Series at New Hampshire: Harvick has 12 career starts in the Xfinity Series at New Hampshire and has scored one win, nine top-fives and 11 top-10s and three poles. He scored his victory in June 2007 after starting on the pole.

· Harvick in the Truck Series at New Hampshire: In six Truck Series starts at New Hampshire, Harvick has finished in top-15 each time and has three top-three finishes.

· Harvick’s Happy Hours on SiriusXM Radio: Harvick is in his third year as the co-host of Happy Hours on SiriusXM Radio channel 90. The show debuted March 28, 2017 and airs on Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. EDT, 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.

· 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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