LOOKING FOR NO. 1: As Kevin Harvick makes his 16th-career Nationwide Series start this week at Dover (Del.) International Speedway, he looks to record his first-career Nationwide Series win at the ‘Monster Mile.’ Behind the wheel of the No. 33 Kevin Harvick Inc. (KHI) Kevin Harvick 10th Anniversay Fan Club car, Harvick will attempt to improve upon his current record of three poles, two top-five and eight top-10 finishes. He has completed 98.1 percent of laps attempted (2957 of 3014 laps) and led 290 laps.
Harvick will make his 20th-career Cup Series start at the famous one-mile track when he climbs behind the wheel of the No. 29 Richard Childress Racing (RCR) Chevrolet on Sunday. In 19 previous Cup Series starts, he has two top-five and seven top-10 starts, completing 98.2 percent of laps attempted (7464 of 7604 laps) and has led 134 total laps.
THANK YOU FOR 10 GREAT YEARS! This weekend Harvick will carry a unique paint scheme as the Kevin Harvick Fan Club celebrates 10 years of having some of the most loyal fans in NASCAR. The paint scheme centers around a unique Fan Club Anniversary logo, along with details for this year’s Fan Club Gathering to be held on October 17, 2010 at Kevin Harvick Inc.(KHI) in Kernersville, North Carolina. This year’s event will feature live entertainment from The Chris Lane band, a dunking booth sponsored by Rheem, KHI Idol, KHI shop tours, a Corn Hole Tournament, a Big Wheel Race with sponsor Jimmy John’s and much more!
For more information or to join the Kevin Harvick Fan Club, visit www.kevinharvick.com. Replica diecasts of this special paint scheme can also be purchased from Happy’s E-shop by visiting www.kevinharvick.com.
BEFORE THE RACE: QUOTES WITH DRIVER KEVIN HARVICK:
This weekend you are driving the No. 33 car with the 10th Anniversary of the Kevin Harvick Fan Club represented. Can you talk about this special paint scheme? “This car is really neat and is our way of thanking the fans for 10 great years. NASCAR fans are so loyal and stick with us through the good and the bad, and that is no different for my fans. I have some of the best fans around and they’ve been with me for my Nationwide Series championships, my Daytona 500 win and continue to stick with me as I continue to build my career. This is just a really neat way to celebrate 10 years of the Kevin Harvick Fan Club.”
Describe Dover International Speedway. “Dover is an extremely fast track. You really need to concentrate the entire race just to make sure you don’t get caught up in someone else’s mistake. The track is very narrow with a lot of banking, which makes for some great side-by-side racing. This track is one of the toughest places on our circuit to pass. You also need to have a good qualifying run since pit road is very small and narrow, which can cause you to lose a lot of valuable positions during a routine pit stop.”
Is it hard to avoid accidents when they happen at Dover? “Things happen really fast. There really isn’t a lot you can do. But, you can usually tell when something is getting ready to happen in front of you. The real trouble spots are driving in too deep under someone getting in and washing up, getting a bad push or getting loose off the corners. The track is self cleaning with all the banking so it’s hard to get out of the way if you are in the groove and it all starts coming down the hill.”
CHASSIS HISTORY: This weekend the No. 33 team will unload chassis No. 055 for team co-owner Kevin Harvick at the ‘Monster Mile’ of Dover International Speedway. This chassis was last on track at Bristol(Tenn.) Motor Speedway with Elliott Sadler. Sadler won the pole position, led 21 laps and finished fourth. In addition to Bristol, this chassis was run at Iowa Speedway where Harvick started the race from the seventh position and finished solidly in second place. Prior to Iowa, this chassis was on track at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway where Harvick started the race from the 18th position and finished sixth and in the rain-delayed race at Texas Motor Speedway in April, Harvick piloted the then brand-new chassis from the16th position to fifth.
PREVIOUS RACE RECAP: Most recently, the Nationwide Series competed at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway for 250 laps of action under the lights. Showcasing the Nationwide Series new car for the third of four times this season, Harvick scored his third pole of the season and 22nd of his Nationwide Series career. Dominating the race, Harvick went on to lead a race high of 170 of the 250-scheduled laps and secured his third Nationwide Series win of the season for his 37th-career Nationwide Series win. The win marked his fifth Nationwide Series win at Richmond and tied Harvick with Mark Martin for the most career Nationwide Series wins at the 0.75-mile track. The win was the first time that Harvick has won a Nationwide Series race from the pole position in a KHI car.
ARE YOU A FOLLOWER? Twitter users can now keep up-to-date with Kevin Harvick Inc.’s NASCAR Nationwide Series by following @KHI_NNS. In addition, you can follow KHI’s Truck Series teams @KHI_TruckSeries. Want more from KHI? Follow KHI’s co-owners Kevin and DeLana Harvick @KevinHarvick and @DeLanaHarvick.
ONLINE MEDIA KITS: Media members can now access KHI media kits online at KevinHarvickInc.com. Included on the site are driver bios, driver and team images, KHI history and statistics, team profiles and schedules. Please contact Alicia Deal (firstname.lastname@example.org) at KHI for access to the new site.
Nationwide Stats at Dover
Year No. Team Start Finish
2010 33 KHI 10 6
2009 33 KHI 5 13
2008 33 KHI 6 28
2008 33 KHI 13 17
2007 77 KHI 29 7
2006 21 RCR 24 3
2006 21 RCR 1 13
2005 21 RCR 2 29
2004 21 RCR 6 6
2004 21 RCR 13 6
2003 21 RCR 1 9
2001 2 RCR 4 14
2001 2 RCR 2 3
2000 2 RCR 12 22
2000 2 RCR 1 6
*KHI: Kevin Harvick Inc.
*RCR: Richard Childress Racing
About Kevin Harvick Inc.:
Kevin Harvick Inc. (KHI), established in 2001 by Kevin and DeLana Harvick, is an 80,000 sq. ft. facility located in Kernersville, N.C. Home of the 2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship team, KHI enters 2010 in its seventh full year of competition with two full-time Truck Series teams and one full-time Nationwide Series team. Four-time Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday returns to the helm of the No. 33 Truck team looking for his fifth title and third championship for KHI (2009 and 2007), while Sprint Cup series stars Kevin Harvick and Elliott Sadler guide the No. 2 Truck team. Two-time NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Harvick will again shine as the lead driver of the No. 33 Nationwide Series team as he continues to make his mark in motorsports and establish KHI as one of the top teams in NASCAR competition. For more information about KHI and its teams, please visit www.KevinHarvickInc.com.