Kevin Harvick Homestead-Miami Speedway Preview (No. 33 NNS)

RETURN TO MIAMI: For the first time since 2007, two-time Nationwide Series champion Kevin Harvick will return to Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway to compete in the Ford 300. In his seven previous starts in the series at the Miami track, Harvick has one win, two top-five and four top-10 finishes. He has completed 97 percent of laps attempted (1361 of 1403 laps) and has led 384 laps. In addition to making his first start since 2007, this will also mark Harvick’s first Nationwide Series start at Miami in a Kevin Harvick Inc. (KHI) car.  

Even though he has not competed in the Nationwide Series at Homestead-Miami Speedway since 2007, Harvick has competed in both the Truck and Cup Series in between the gap.

Harvick enters the weekend as the defending Truck Series winner, but is not scheduled to compete in the Truck Series race on Friday night. He has competed in five Truck Series events at the track, earning one win, three top-five and three top-10 finishes. For the Cup Series, Harvick has nine starts with four top-five and seven top-10 finishes.

IT’S A WRAP: As the Nationwide Series season concludes this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the No. 33 KHI team with co-owner DeLana Harvick sits third in the Nationwide Series Point Standings. Having seen Harvick, KHI newcomer Elliott Sadler, four-time Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday, Mike Bliss and Max Papis in the driver’s seat this season, the team has earned four poles, three wins, 20 top-five and 29 top-10 finishes.  

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…AND THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS! At the conclusion of the Nationwide Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the countdown will begin as teams feverishly begin working towards the start of the 2011 season. Once the race is complete in Miami, there will be 90 days until the first Nationwide Series race of the 2011 season at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway where Clint Bowyer will be behind the wheel of the No. 33 Rheem Chevrolet for the first time in his career.

 

BEFORE THE RACE: QUOTES WITH DRIVER KEVIN HARVICK:

Why is Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway one of your favorite tracks? “Miami is one of those race tracks that you don’t know when it is going to stop aging.  It seems like every time we return to the track it loses a little grip, which is a good thing.  Since they repaved the track a few years back it has become one of my favorites.  You can move all around trying to find a groove that works for you. There are a lot of different places where you can make your car work.  For me it has been a lot of fun to race on and I look forward to going back this time around.”

 

CHASSIS HISTORY: This week the No. 33 Jimmy John’s crew will unload chassis No. 053 for team co-owner Kevin Harvick at Homestead-Miami Speedway. This chassis was last on track at Kansas Speedway where Harvick started the race third and led 43 laps before finishing the race fourth. Prior to Kansas, this chassis was on track at Kentucky Speedway with Mike Bliss where he started the race sixth and led 13 laps before a late-race spin relegated the team to a 24th-place finish. This chassis was previously on track at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway where Harvick piloted the car to an eighth-place finish, Las Vegas Motor Speedway where Harvick won his first Nationwide Series race for sponsor Rheem and Auto Club Speedway where a failed engine ended the team’s strong run with a 38th-place finish.

 

PREVIOUS RACE RECAP: For the final Rheem race of the 2010 season, Kevin Harvick piloted the No. 33 Rheem Solar Heaters Chevrolet to a solid second-place finish. Starting the 200-lap event from the fourth spot, Harvick remained in the top nine for the entire race and rebounded from a slow pit stop to finish solidly in the second position. The finish marked his 25th top-10 finish of the 2010 season.

 

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 (adeal@kevinharvickinc.com) at KHI for access to the new site.

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Nationwide Stats at Miami

 

Year       No.          Team     Start       Finish

2007       21           RCR        4              16

2006       21           RCR        1              6

2005       21           RCR        16           4

2004       29           RCR        12           1

2003       21           RCR        4              6

2001       2              RCR        4              37

2000       2              RCR        27           21

*RCR: Richard Childress Racing

 

About Jimmy John’s:

Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches was founded in 1983 by 19-year-old Jimmy John Liautaud in a converted garage in Charleston, IL. Since its inception, the company has grown to over 1,000 corporate and franchised locations in more than 37 states throughout the U.S. The company is known for its obsession with fresh, quality products and high-speed execution. For more information, visit www.jimmyjohns.com.

 

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.

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