Budweiser Racing Team Notes of Interest
* Fresh off back-to-back wins at Auto Club Speedway and Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, Kevin Harvick and the No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet team will race under the lights at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) on Saturday night in the Samsung Mobile 500.
* Crew Chief Gil Martin has selected chassis No. 309 for Saturday’s race. The No. 29 team utilized this car to score fourth-place finishes in both races at Pocono Raceway in 2010.
· In 16 starts at TMS, Harvick has scored three top-five finishes and eight top 10s. He started 19th in last year’s Samsung Mobile 500 and took home a seventh-place finish. Harvick’s average starting position at the 1.5-mile track is 20.5 and his average finish there is 12.4. His best-ever finish at the 1.5-mile track is third, and he earned that result in Nov. 2006.
· Harvick will be available to members of the media in the Texas Motor Speedway infield media center at 2:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 7.
· Last weekend, Harvick took home the famed Grandfather clock at Martinsville Speedway after moving into the lead with four laps to go and taking the checkered flag 0.727 seconds ahead of the second-place car. The victory was Harvick’s second in two weeks. The last time he scored back-to-back wins was in September 2006 (Richmond (Va.) International Raceway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway).
· Six races into the 2011 season, Harvick has scored two wins, three top fives and four top-10 finishes. His average starting position thus far is 16.3 and his average finishing position is 11.8. Harvick is currently ranked fifth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver point standings and is just a mere 15 points out of the lead spot.
· This week in Budweiser Racing history: On April 2, 2000, Dale Earnhardt Jr. drove the No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet to Victory Lane at Texas Motor Speedway after scoring his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win. He started the race in fourth position, led 106 laps and took the checkered flag with a 5.920-second margin of victory.