Kevin Harvick scored his 51st career NASCAR Cup victory with a dominating win Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Harvick led 151 laps and beat second-place Kyle Busch by 3.5 seconds.
When he took the lead on lap 37, he led his 10,000th lap at Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) and now has led 10,150 at SHR and 14,576 in his career.
Harvick figures he might as well keep moving up the ladder as he drives the No. 4 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford Mustang for SHR Wednesday in the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.
He has one win, five top-fives, 19 top-10s and has led a total of 628 laps in his 37 career NASCAR Cup Series starts on the .526-mile, paperclip-shaped oval. His average start there is 14.2, his average finish is 14.9 and he has a lap-completion rate of 98.1 percent – 18,196 of the 18,539 laps available.
Sunday’s win at Atlanta gave him sole possession of 12th place on the all-time NASCAR Cup Series wins list. He is third on the active driver list behind Jimmie Johnson and Busch. Harvick is three wins behind Lee Petty for 11th on the all-time wins list.
Harvick is also closing in on another big mark as he is 16th all-time in laps completed with 198,123 after the Atlanta race. He’s on pace to break 200,000 laps completed in late summer. He is the leader among active drivers and is closing in on Dale Earnhardt, who is 15th with 202,888.
The support of longtime partner Hunt Brothers Pizza will be in Harvick’s corner Wednesday night at Martinsville.
With more than 7,800 locations in 30 states, Hunt Brothers Pizza is the nation’s largest brand of made-to-order pizza in the convenience store industry. Hunt Brothers Pizza offers original and thin crust pizzas available as a grab-and-go Hunk perfect for today’s on-the-go lifestyle, or as a customizable whole pizza that is an exceptional value with All Toppings No Extra Charge®. Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, Hunt Brothers Pizza is family owned and operated with more than 25 years of experience serving great pizza to convenience store shoppers through its store partners. To find a Hunt Brothers Pizza location, download the Hunt Brothers Pizza app by visiting www.huntbrotherspizza.com/app/
Hunt Brothers Pizza has partnered with Harvick for 11 years and last visited victory lane with him when he won the 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Atlanta. In 2019, Hunt Brothers moved up to the Cup Series as a primary sponsor for three races and, in 2020, will be on Harvick’s car five times.
Harvick has made only one NASCAR Xfinity Series start at Martinsville Speedway, but he made the most of it. He started sixth in the Goody’s 250 on July 22, 2006, led 149 of 250 laps and scored a victory. And in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series at Martinsville, Harvick has three wins, seven top-five finishes and nine top-10s in 17 starts.
He’s hoping he “heats up” at Martinsville and scores NASCAR Cup Series win number 52.
KEVIN HARVICK, Driver of the No. 4 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:
A night race at Martinsville. What are your thoughts on that?
“When you look at Martinsville and you add the short-track Saturday-night feel to a midweek race is something we’ve all not really experienced. I’m looking forward to that experience. Being under the lights for pretty much the whole race is going to be a great moment for our sport and we get to fire those lights up in Martinsville. It’s always intense. You’re going to get run into, you going to run into somebody. Someone is going to be mad at you and you are probably going to be mad at more than one person as you go through the race. It’s a great place to race. The thing I look at is you’re going to run Martinsville and then run Homestead by the end of the week. That’s it, a third of the season is gone. We’ve made up a lot of ground of the races we’ve missed. We’ve got 14 races left until the playoffs start. As you look forward, things are happening really fast. I’m proud we’ve gotten back on the racetrack and doing the things we’ve done. And with Martinsville being in the playoffs, it’s important to understand what you have when you leave the racetrack.”
Can you talk about the longstanding relationship with Hunt Brothers Pizza?
“Our fans are pretty loyal to the brands that are on our cars. Many of my pictures come from the standees in the store. People take selfies next to them. There are a number of reasons you have sponsorships – you want that brand recognition, the brand integration. Hunt Brothers Pizza is a very family oriented company and we’re a very family oriented group from the Harvick side of things. Those relationships you build through the years with brands that recognize and reflect what you believe in are few and far between. We’ve grown with the Hunt Brothers brand. They’ve grown with us and been very loyal to us and I think our fans are very loyal to us and the brand. It’s fun to see that brand recognition and that understanding of loyalty and partnership. I realized how many Hunt Brothers Pizza stores there are as I’m driving to racetracks the last few weeks.”
Hunt Brothers Pizza Racing Team Report
Round 11 of 36 – Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 – Martinsville
Car No.: 4 – Hunt Brothers Pizza 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: Shawn Hopkins (also serves as interior mechanic)
Hometown: Chesterfield, Virginia
Martinsville Notes of Interest:
· Dynamic Duo: While this is Harvick’s 20th year in the NASCAR Cup Series, it’s his seventh with crew chief Rodney Childers, which is the longest pairing of any current driver-crew chief combination. Since joining forces at Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) in 2014, Harvick and Childers have combined to produce 28 points-paying victories, a victory in the non-points-paying 2018 NASCAR All-Star Race at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, 25 Busch poles, 112 top-five finishes and 162 top-10s while leading 10,150 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, 2018 and 2019.
· Harvick has career totals of 51 wins, 31 poles, 212 top-fives, 371 top-10s and 14,576 laps led in 692 starts.
· His most recent Cup Series win came Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
· His most recent Busch Pole came in November 2019 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.
· Harvick’s 51 career NASCAR Cup Series victories put him 12th on the all-time NASCAR Cup Series wins list. He is third on the active driver list behind Jimmie Johnson and Busch. Harvick is three wins behind Lee Petty for 11th on the all-time wins list.
· At the Homestead season finale in 2019, Harvick became just the 11th driver to have led 14,000 laps in his NASCAR career. He’s led 14,576 and trails 10th-place Busch, who has led 17,552, and Johnson, who is ninth with 18,862 laps led. Harvick has led 10,150 laps as an SHR driver. He led his 10,000th lap as an SHR driver when he took the lead on lap 37 Sunday at Atlanta.
· Points Position: Harvick arrives at Martinsville first in the NASCAR Cup Series standings with 421 points, 48 markers ahead of second-place Joey Logano. He’s led the points since the conclusion of the March 8 race at Phoenix Raceway.
· Laps Completed: Harvick is 16th all-time in laps completed with 198,123 after Sunday’s Atlanta race. He should break 200,000 laps completed in late summer. He is the leader among active drivers and is closing in on Dale Earnhardt, who is 15th with 202,888.
· Harvick in the Monster Energy Cup Series at Martinsville: Harvick has one win, five top-fives, 19 top-10s and has led a total of 628 laps in his 37 career NASCAR Cup Series starts at Martinsville. His average start is 14.2, his average finish is 14.9 and he has a lap-completion rate of 98.1 percent – 18,196 of the 18,539 laps available.
· Already Playoff Bound – Harvick qualified for the 2020 Cup Series playoffs with his win May 17 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway.
· One-for-one: Harvick has made only one NASCAR Xfinity Series start at Martinsville Speedway, but he made the most of it. He started sixth in the Goody’s 250 on July 22, 2006, led 149 of 250 laps and scored a victory.
· Harvick in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series at Martinsville: Harvick has three wins, seven top-five finishes and nine top-10s in 17 starts.
· 112 and Counting – Harvick scored his 100th career win in NASCAR’s top three series with his March 2018 Las Vegas win. He now has 112 total victories – 51 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 (200), David Pearson (106) and Busch (210).
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