Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Kevin Harvick is 15-to-1 to Win His Second All-Star Race

Kevin Harvick is 15-to-1 to win All-Star race
Kevin Harvick
No. 29 Rheem/Budweiser Chevrolet SS
NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Event Preview Fact Sheet

This Week’s Rheem/Budweiser Chevrolet SS at Charlotte Motor Speedway … Kevin Harvick will pilot chassis No. 378 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race under the lights of Charlotte Motor Speedway. Harvick last drove this RCR machine to a 13th-place result at Auto Club Speedway in March.

Proven Winner … Saturday night’s event marks Harvick’s 13thappearance in the NASCAR exhibition race, dating back to 2001. In 2007, the RCR veteran visited Victory Lane following the marquee event. Harvick has collected a total of two top-five and seven top-10 finishes throughout the years, and is credited with 62 lap led.

Gotta Have a Rheem … Rheem Manufacturing Company (www.rheem.com) is privately held with headquarters in Atlanta and U.S. operations in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Indiana, North Carolina and Texas. In its 88th 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 Rheem, Raypak, Ruud and Richmond 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, and is a primary sponsor of RCR’s No. 29 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and RCR’s No. 33 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

New BUD 360° App … As the Sprint Cup Series teams compete at Charlotte Motor Speedway the next two weekends, fans can experience what it’s like to hit speeds of up to 190 mph at the speedway with the new interactive BUD 360° app. The King of Beers’ innovative new app utilizes surround video technology to provide users with a 360-degree look inside Harvick’s Sprint Cup Series ride as the driver completes several laps around the 1.5-mile track. While Harvick controls the wheel, the consumer controls the view, allowing them to experience the sensation of speed in never-before-seen angles. The app is available for free in the Apple App Store for both iPhone and iPad users. The Budweiser Racing 360° video also is accessible on desktop computers at www.budweiser.com.

Champion Chat … Harvick will participate in his monthly Champion Chat on Tuesday, May 14, at 7 p.m. Eastern Time 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”).

Race Rewind … Harvick and the No. 29 team captured a sixth-place finish during the 2012 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, after battling a tight-handling condition throughout the non-points event at Charlotte Motor Speedway.


Share your thoughts on participating in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.
“I was fortunate enough to win this race back in 2007. You definitely would rather win the All-Star race, than not. It’s one of the marquee races in our sport that you want to win. Charlotte (Motor Speedway) hasn’t been a great track for us, but we have had some success there throughout the years. The All-Star race was one of our successes; it was definitely a cool race to win.”

What are your thoughts on the new format for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race this season?
“Anytime they put that much money in front of anybody it’s going to cause things to rise to another level. Take the points away from that and you really have some unique scenarios that come up. I think adding the bonus for winning all five segments is really going to add a twist to the event as well, especially for the driver who wins the first segment. They’re going to be giving it all they have to try and win the remaining segments to collect the additional $1 million bonus. It’s always fun when you know there is really nothing on the line but to win. If you do, then usually there is a big check waiting for you at the end so that gives you some bragging rights and a lot of money.”

How much does the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race help to prepare you and the team for the Coca-Cola 600?
“Usually, we can get a glimpse into the future, primarily in the engine department. They’ll test out a few different things to try to see what we might be able to utilize the following weekend. We also get to be on the race track under conditions similar to those we’ll see during the Coca-Cola 600. The extra track time will really help us determine how these new cars are going to handle under the lights at Charlotte (Motor Speedway).”

- Richard Childress Racing 

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