Thursday, October 20, 2011

Harvick Using New Chassis This Week at Talladega

Kevin Harvick
No. 29 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet Impala

This Week’s Jimmy John’s Chevrolet at Talladega Superspeedway … Kevin Harvick will race chassis No. 377 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. It is a brand new racer that will see its first on-track activity this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.

Freaky Fast at Talladega … The black, red and white colors of Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches will adorn the No. 29 Chevrolet as the team’s primary sponsor for the sixth and final time in 2011 this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.

Chase Update … Halfway through the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Harvick sits second in the driver championship point standings, just five markers behind the leader. In the first five races he’s scored one top-five and four top-10 finishes. Harvick’s average finishing position thus far in the Chase is 7.2.

Talladega Autograph Session … Harvick is one of more than 10 drivers scheduled to participate in the NSCS autograph session at Talladega Superspeedway starting at 9 a.m. local time on Saturday. Ticketholders selected to attend by the track were notified earlier this month. For more details, visit

Testing 1, 2, 3 … Prior to Friday’s practice sessions, Harvick and the No. 29 team will spend Thursday participating in NASCAR’s Electronic Fuel Injection test at Talladega Superspeedway.

Harvick at Talladega … In 21 starts at the superspeedway, Harvick has scored one win, one pole award, six top-fives and 10 top-10 finishes. His average starting position is 22.5 and he holds a 14.3 average finish at the 2.66-mile track. Harvick has led a total of 129 laps at Talladega and has completed 97.9 percent (3,894 of 3,977) of the laps run in NSCS competition at the track since 2001.

Last Time Around … Harvick and the No. 29 team nearly swept both races at Talladega Superspeedway last year. Starting 14th in the October race, he moved all the way up to first by lap two. He led a total of 12 laps and was passed for the top spot just before the caution flag waved on the final lap of the race by his Richard Childress Racing teammate Clint Bowyer. In April 2011, Harvick started 38th at Talladega, led five laps and finished fifth.

In the Loop … Harvick holds several impressive NASCAR Loop Data statistics at Talladega heading into Sunday’s race, including: fourth in closers; fifth in green-flag passes (4,258); sixth in fastest laps run (54); eighth in laps led (93); and eighth in quality passes (2,323).


Are you really excited about racing at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend?
“I am, restrictor plate stuff has been great for us, you never know how it is going to go at Talladega (Superspeedway), but we have been pretty good there in the past.”

How are the new changes to the restrictor plate going to change racing at Talladega Superspeedway?
“I don’t anticipate the restrictor plate change doing anything. I think the speeds will be a little bit higher. I think the pop-off valve will probably be a bigger change than the restrictor plate for sure.”

With the changes, will two-car tandems still be a factor at Talladega Superspeedway?
“Absolutely. I don’t think it’s going to change the two-car tandem other than you’re going to have to switch spots a lot more to keep the engine cool.”

What has made Talladega Superspeedway such a successful track for you?
“For whatever reason, we’ve just always had a good plate program at RCR and when you have good cars, it makes it a lot easier to have success. We’ll stick with our teammates and see where we fall at the end.”

You’re currently second in the point standings. What’s been the key for the No. 29 team’s strong finishes in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup so far?
“Just battling. Everyone is just battling to keep the cars up front and doing the things they have to do. We haven’t had the fastest cars in the first few races, but we just have never given up on it and wound up with decent finishes. Hopefully we can keep at that and get a little more speed out of them.”

- Richard Childress Racing, Press Release

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