|Harvick took Richmond checkers in fall of 2011; he's 12/1 this week|
No. 29 Bell Helicopter Chevrolet SS
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week’s Bell Helicopter Chevrolet at Richmond International Raceway … Kevin Harvick will pilot chassis No. 420 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the Richmond 400. This Chevrolet is new to the rotation this season and made its first appearance at Martinsville Speedway in April, where Harvick finished 13th.
RIR Stats … Harvick will make his 25th Sprint Cup Seriesstart at the 0.75-mile facility Saturday evening. Through the years, the California native has collected two wins (September 2006 and September 2011), one pole award (September 2005), six top-five and 15 top-10 finishes. Harvick maintains an average start of 16.5 coupled with an 11.7 average finishing position, has completed 98.8 percent (9,486 of 9,603) laps contested and led 942 laps at the Virginia-based facility.
Bell Helicopter … Bell Helicopter, a wholly owned subsidiary of Textron Inc., is an industry-leading producerof commercial and military, manned and unmanned vertical-lift aircraft and the pioneer of the revolutionary tiltrotor aircraft. Globally recognized for world-class customer service, innovation and superior quality, Bell’s global workforce serves customers flying Bell aircraft in more than 120 countries.
Double Duty … In addition to driving the No. 29 Bell Helicopter Chevrolet SS in Saturday night’s race, Harvick will pilot the No. 33 Hungry-Man Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR Nationwide Series event on Friday evening. This race is scheduled to air live on ESPNEWS at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time, along with the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
Champion Chat … Harvick will participate in his monthly Champion Chat on Tuesday, April 23, at 7 p.m. ET answering fan questions via Twitter and TweetChat.com. To ask a question, simply log on to TweetChat.com or Federal-Mogul’s @ChampionParts Twitter feed and add the #ChampionChat hashtag to the end of each tweet. Harvick’s video “Touts” will be available through the @ChampionParts Twitter feed as well as www.Tout.com (search for “#TeamChampion”).
2012 Race Rewind … Harvick and the No. 29 team finished 19th during last year’s Capital City 400 at Richmond International Raceway, after battling an unfavorable handling race car for the majority of the 400-lap event.
KEVIN HARVICK QUOTES:
Richmond International Raceway is the second short-track race of the season, what are your thoughts heading into this race?
“Richmond has been a great race track for us through the years. It’s always fun to go there and do a little short-track racing, I really enjoy the style of racing that Richmond International Raceway produces. I’m definitely looking forward to getting back in the car there to see what kind of result we can walk away with.”
Short-track racing produces a lot of bumping and banging. How much can you do with the Gen-6 car?
“Not much. You want to bump and bang, but the bottom line is you don’t want to tear the fenders off the car so aerodynamically the car works like it needs to. You can definitely get a few bumps and dings in the fenders, but you don’t want to be tearing it up too much.”
- Richard Childress Racing