No. 33 Rheem Heating, Cooling & Water Heating Chevrolet Impala
NASCAR Nationwide Series Race 29 of 34 – Dover International Speedway
BOWYER VS. DOVER, ROUND TWO: Clint Bowyer lost the battle against the “Monster Mile” during the NASCAR Nationwide Series first visit to the concrete oval in May of this season. The Emporia, Kan., native was collected in a wild, last-lap accident that left the Kevin Harvick Inc. (KHI) team with a 14th-place finish after leading 37 laps and running up front all day. Bowyer returns to the No. 33 Rheem Chevrolet Impala this weekend looking to add a third win to his series record at Dover International Speedway.
BY THE NUMBERS: In 10 starts, Bowyer has two wins, five top-five and seven top-10 finishes and has led a total of 208 laps around the one-mile facility. In 18 Nationwide Series starts at the track, KHI has a record of two top-five and seven top-10 finishes. Bowyer notched the organization’s best start of third in May while KHI co-owner Kevin Harvick and four-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday hold the mark for best finish with fifth-place results in 2010 and 2006 respectively.
ONEMAIN FINANCIAL 200: This weekend’s Nationwide Series race serves as a special event for KHI as OneMain Financial, the primary sponsor of the No. 2 team and driver Elliott Sadler, will be the title sponsor at Dover. Prior to the OneMain Financial 200, Sadler and Kevin and DeLana Harvick will head to the organization’s headquarters in Baltimore, Md., to meet OneMain Financial employees. “As team owners, it’s exciting to see a sponsor like OneMain Financial activating and participating in NASCAR,” said Kevin Harvick. “It shows how dedicated they are to the sport, which is something that is great to be a part of. It’s fun that the race is in OneMain Financial’s backyard at Dover, and it should be a great weekend.”
RHEEM GOES PINK: Rheem will pull double duty this weekend serving as primary sponsor of Harvick’s No. 29 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. On Sunday, Rheem’s familiar black and red colors will go pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month which begins nationwide on Oct. 1. Additionally, Rheem will launch “Chasing the Cure,” a month-long program created to support the national effort and to raise awareness of the Young Survivor Coalition, a group dedicated to supporting women diagnosed with breast cancer that are under 40 years old. KHI co-owner DeLana Harvick will wear a special pink firesuit for the Sprint Cup Series race day, and a replica of the suit will be presented to the Young Survivor Coalition.
CHASSIS HISTORY: The No. 33 Rheem team will unload chassis No. 066 when they arrive at Dover this weekend. This particular chassis has seen the most competition this season of any in the No. 33 KHI stable, having being utilized in seven events with a best finish of second twice (Richmond International Raceway with Paul Menard in April and Harvick at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July).
PREVIOUS RACE RECAP: Paul Menard returned to the No. 33 Rheem/Menards Chevrolet as the Nationwide Series made its second trip of the season to Chicagoland Speedway on September 17. Menard qualified the KHI Chevrolet in the third position for the 200-lap event and competed among the top 10 throughout the day before finishing ninth.
THOUGHTS FROM THE DRIVER: CLINT BOWYER
“I love Dover. It’s like Bristol, just a bigger, faster, meaner Bristol. I have two Nationwide Series wins at Dover. I’d love to make it three and get this No. 33 Rheem Chevrolet into victory lane this weekend, especially after the spring race here. We had the Rheem Chevrolet up front all day and led laps but got tangled in a wild wreck coming out of turn four on the last lap.”
Rheem Manufacturing Company (www.rheem.com) is privately held with headquarters in Atlanta. In its 86th year of operation, the company manufactures a full-line of eco-friendly, technologically advanced residential and commercial heating and cooling systems; tank, tankless, solar and hybrid heat pump water heaters; whole-home standby generators, controls, swimming pool and spa heaters; indoor air-purification products; and commercial boilers throughout North America and world markets. The company’s premium brands, including Raypak, Ruud and Rheem, have been recognized with countless industry and consumer awards for reliability, innovative design and high quality. Rheem is the official heating, cooling and water-heating supplier to Richard Childress Racing (RCR), Kevin Harvick, Inc. (KHI) and is a primary sponsor of RCR’s No. 29 Sprint Cup Series car and KHI’s No. 33 Nationwide Series car and Camping World Truck Series No. 2 truck. Harvick was named Nationwide Series “Driver of the Decade” in 2010.