Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Busch Light Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), is competing for his second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
A NASCAR Cup Series title would be the second for Harvick and the third for SHR since its inception in 2009. SHR won the 2011 Cup Series championship with driver-owner Tony Stewart and Harvick won the team’s second title in 2014.
The following are some anecdotes regarding the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title contender.
● Harvick has eight driving titles in his 38 years of racing. They are as follows:
2014 NASCAR Cup Series championship
2006 NASCAR Xfinity Series championship
2002 IROC Series championship
2001 NASCAR Xfinity Series championship
1998 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championship
1993 Late Model Track championship at Mesa Marin Raceway in Bakersfield, California
1987 International Kart Federation National championship
1985 International Kart Federation National championship
● No. 4 team crew chief Rodney Childers scored his lone championship as a NASCAR Cup Series crew chief in 2014 with Harvick.
● SHR co-owners Tony Stewart and Gene Haas have three NASCAR championships since joining forces in 2009.
2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series owners’ championship with the No. 00 team of Cole Custer
2014 NASCAR Cup Series championship with the No. 4 team of Harvick
2011 NASCAR Cup Series championship with the No. 14 team of Stewart
● Tony Stewart has 29 overall championships as a car owner.
2 NASCAR Cup Series championships as co-owner of SHR:
2014 with Harvick
2011 as a driver/owner
1 NASCAR Xfinity Series owners’ championship as co-owner of SHR:
2018 with No. 00 team
9 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series championships as the owner of Tony Stewart Racing:
2018 with Donny Schatz
2017 with Schatz
2016 with Schatz
2015 with Schatz
2014 with Schatz
2012 with Schatz
2009 with Schatz
2008 with Schatz
2001 with Danny Lasoski
14 USAC championships as the owner of Tony Stewart Racing:
2013 USAC Sprint Car championship with Bryan Clauson
2013 USAC Silver Crown championship with Bobby East
2011 USAC Sprint Car championship with Levi Jones
2011 USAC Silver Crown championship with Jones
2010 USAC Sprint Car championship with Jones
2010 USAC Silver Crown championship with Jones
2008 USAC Sprint Car championship with Jones
2007 USAC Sprint Car championship with Jones
2006 USAC Sprint Car championship with Josh Wise
2005 USAC Silver Crown championship with J.J. Yeley (Stewart co-owned team with Bob East)
2004 USAC Silver Crown championship with Yeley (Stewart co-owned team with Bob East)
2003 USAC Sprint Car championship with Yeley
2003 USAC Silver Crown championship with Yeley (Stewart co-owned team with Bob East)
2002 USAC Silver Crown championship with Yeley (Stewart co-owned team with Bob East)
3 UMRA King of the TQ Midget Racing Series championships
2017 with Ron Combs
2015 with Combs
2005 with Combs
● If Harvick wins the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series championship, he would become the 16th NASCAR Cup Series driver to win two or more championships since the sport was founded in 1948.
● If Harvick wins the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series championship, he would become the first driver since SHR co-owner Tony Stewart to win a NASCAR Cup Series title with two different manufacturers. Nine drivers have accomplished the feat.
Tim Flock (1952 Hudson; 1955 Chrysler)
Lee Petty (1954 Chrysler; 1958 Oldsmobile; 1959 Plymouth)
Buck Baker (1956 Chrysler; 1957 Chevrolet)
Ned Jarrett (1961 Chevrolet; 1965 Ford)
Richard Petty (1964, 1967, 1971-1972 Plymouth; 1974-75 Dodge; 1979 Chevrolet)
David Pearson (1966 Dodge; 1968-69 Ford)
Cale Yarborough (1976-77 Chevrolet; 1978 Oldsmobile)
Darrell Waltrip (1981-82 Buick; 1985 Chevrolet)
Tony Stewart (2002 Pontiac; 2005 and 2011 Chevrolet)
● If Harvick wins the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series championship, he would deliver the 10th driver title to Ford in the NASCAR Cup Series, and its second straight.
Ned Jarrett (1965)
David Pearson (1968, 1969)
Bill Elliott (1988)
Alan Kulwicki (1992)
Dale Jarrett (1999)
Matt Kenseth (2003)
Kurt Busch (2004)
Joey Logano (2018)
● If Harvick wins the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series championship, he would become the first driver in NASCAR history to win multiple NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series titles. Harvick won the 2014 NASCAR Cup Series championship and is a two-time Xfinity Series champion (2001 and 2006).
● Harvick, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Bobby Labonte and Brad Keselowski are the only drivers to earn both a NASCAR Cup Series championship and a NASCAR Xfinity Series championship.
● Harvick and Kyle Busch are the only drivers to make the Championship 4 at Homestead five times in the six years since the inception of the winner-take-all format in 2014.
● Since joining forces in 2014, Harvick and crew chief Childers have combined to produce 26 victories, 25 poles, 105 top-five finishes and 152 top-10s; led 9,567 laps; and made the Championship 4 five times in the last six years. (They won the 2014 Cup Series title and have finished runner-up twice, to 2015 champion Kyle Busch and to 2018 champion Joey Logano.) Their worst points finish is eighth in 2016.)
● In 2019 alone, Harvick has claimed four victories, a series-leading six poles, 14 top-fives, 25 top-10s and led 912 laps.
● Harvick has led laps in 17 of the 35 NASCAR Cup Series races run thus far in 2019. He has led the most laps in six races:
Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March (88)
Kansas Speedway in May (104)
Chicagoland Speedway in June (132)
Pocono Raceway in July (62)
Indianapolis Motor Speedway in September (118)
Texas Motor Speedway in November (119)
● Harvick is only 88 laps away from tallying 1,000 laps led in 2019. If he leads 88 or more laps at Homestead, it will be the fifth time in his career that Harvick has led 1,000 or more laps in a season – all of which will have come with SHR.
● Harvick is only seven laps shy of reaching 14,000 career laps led. Should he lead seven or more laps at Homestead, he will become just the 11th driver in Cup Series history – and only the third active driver – to surpass 14,000 laps led in his career.
● Harvick has scored nine playoff wins since coming to SHR in 2014. He is tied with fellow Championship 4 competitor Martin Truex Jr. for the most playoff wins since the inception of the winner-take-all format in 2014. Harvick’s playoff wins are as follows:
Charlotte Motor Speedway (2014)
ISM Raceway near Phoenix (2014)
Homestead-Miami Speedway (2014)
Dover International Speedway (2015)
New Hampshire Motor Speedway (2016)
Kansas Speedway (2016)
Texas Motor Speedway (2017)
Texas Motor Speedway (2018)
Texas Motor Speedway (2019)
● In 18 career NASCAR Cup Series starts at Homestead, Harvick has a pole (2016), a win (2014), 10 top-fives, 16 top-10s and 373 laps led. His average start at the 1.5-mile oval is 12.3, his average finish is 6.6 and he has completed all but one of the 4,812 laps available.
● Harvick’s 10 top-fives at Homestead are the most among active NASCAR Cup Series drivers. Next best is Jimmie Johnson with five top-fives.
● Harvick’s 16 top-10s at Homestead are the most among active NASCAR Cup Series drivers. Next best is Jimmie Johnson with 11 top-10s.
● Harvick’s 373 laps led at Homestead are the most among active NASCAR Cup Series drivers. Next best is Kyle Busch with 343 laps led.
● Harvick leads the following loop-data categories at Homestead:
Best Average Running Position: 5.6 average finish and an 8.162 average position.
Next best is Martin Truex Jr. with a 9.2 average finish and an 8.712 average position.
Best Closer: 3.2 average spots gained and a collective gain of 45 positions.
Next best is Aric Almirola with 3.8 average spots gained and a collective gain of 34 positions.
Best Average Speed Late in a Run: 145.837 mph.
Next best is Martin Truex Jr. at 145.581 mph.
Laps in Top-15: 3,136
Next best is Martin Truex Jr. with 2,959 laps.
About Stewart-Haas Racing:
Stewart-Haas Racing is the title-winning NASCAR team co-owned by three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Tony Stewart and Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation – the largest CNC machine tool builder in North America. The Kannapolis, North Carolina-based organization fields four entries in the NASCAR Cup Series – the No. 4 Ford Mustang for Kevin Harvick, the No. 10 Ford Mustang for Aric Almirola, the No. 14 Ford Mustang for Clint Bowyer and the No. 41 Ford Mustang for Daniel Suárez. The team also competes in the NASCAR Xfinity Series with two fulltime entries – the No. 00 Ford Mustang for Cole Custer and the No. 98 Ford Mustang for Chase Briscoe. For more information, please visit us online at www.StewartHaasRacing.com, on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/StewartHaasRacing, on Twitter @StewartHaasRcng and on Instagram @StewartHaasRacing.
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