Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Kevin Harvick using winning Las Vegas chassis at Michigan

Harvick using chassis from June Michigan race; he's 9/2 to win Sunday.
KANNAPOLIS, North Carolina (Aug. 12, 2015) – Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Jimmy John’s/Budweiser Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), has been leading the way nearly the entire NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. He leads most statistical categories but, as the series heads to Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn forSunday’s Pure Michigan 400, he is ready to make a freaky fast delivery to the most important category as the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship playoffs draw near – wins.

The Sprint Cup points leader has consistently run and finished in the top-five throughout the season with a chance to win nearly every weekend. He has scored two wins and eight second-place finishes, three times he’s finished third and twice he’s finished fourth. He has also scored top-10s in 19 of 22 Sprint Cup races and, in the three races he finished outside the top-10, he had an unfortunate issue arise while leading the race.

The reigning Sprint Cup champion would like to deliver his third Sprint Cup win Sunday at Michigan. He scored his first of the year in the season’s third race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and his second the very next week at Phoenix International Raceway.

Harvick is no stranger to victory lane at Michigan in the month of August. In fact, he has won in each of NASCAR’s three touring series at Michigan during the eighth month of the calendar year.

He scored a Sprint Cup victory at Michigan in August 2010, when he started eighth and led 60 of 200 laps and beat Denny Hamlin to the finish line by 1.731 seconds. He scored a NASCAR Xfinity Series win at Michigan in August 2003, when he started fifth, led 10 laps to beat runner-up Kasey Kahne as the race finished under caution. He also visited victory lane in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Michigan in August 2011, when he started sixth, led 13 of 102 laps and beat Timothy Peters as the race ended under caution.

Harvick clinched his spot in the Chase field with his eighth-place finish July 11 at Kentucky, guaranteeing a top-30 finish in the driver points after race No. 26 Sept. 12 at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. He only needs to attempt to qualify for the remaining four regular-season Sprint Cup events to make it official.

Twenty-two races into 2015, Harvick has a series-best 15 top-five finishes and 19 top-10s and sits atop the driver standings with 823 points. The No. 4 Chevrolet SS has led a series-high 1,391 laps with an average finish of 8.1. The 1,391 laps led are 670 more than the next-closest competitor – 721 by his SHR teammate Kurt Busch.

Harvick has led at least one lap in 18 of 22 Sprint Cup races in 2015, including a streak of 14 in a row fromMarch 1 at Atlanta Motor Speedway through June 14 at Michigan. The staggering number of laps led and the 14 consecutive races with laps led is among numerous other impressive numbers Harvick has compiled this season.

He leads several other statistical categories: 120.1 driver rating, 32 bonus points, 860 fastest laps run, 22.4 percent of fastest laps run, 23.7 percent of laps led, 1,772.35 miles led, 5,289 laps in the top-15, and average running position of 7.484 in addition to his average finish of 8.1.

While Harvick and the No. 4 team are locked into the Chase field by points and wins, gaining bonus points for additional wins is now their top priority through the next four races, starting this weekend at Michigan.

KEVIN HARVICK, Driver of the No. 4 Jimmy John’s/Budweiser Chevrolet SS:

What are you expecting this weekend at Michigan?

“We had an awesome car at Michigan in June. Unfortunately, we cut a tire and didn’t finish as well as we would have liked. We ran out of time before the rain came and ended the race. I’m hoping we have a car that handles as well as our car did in June without the misfortune. We’ll have to see how it goes with the new aero package this weekend, but we’ve been fortunate to have speed and be able to run up front all year, and I’m confident our guys will have a great Jimmy John’s/Budweiser Chevrolet for me again this weekend.”

What does it take to have a good finish in Michigan?
“How you finish at Michigan depends on how your day is going. If you’re having a good day, it’s not really hard to tell your guys what you need and everyone is in a good mood. If you’re having a bad day, you can get behind at Michigan really fast. Usually, when you’re hooked up at Michigan, the leaders have clean air and move through traffic pretty well. But, if you’re in the middle of the pack, you find yourself getting behind and going a lap down pretty quickly. You’re going to end up with a green-flag pit stop and a whole bunch of green-flag laps. You just have to be going from the time the green flag drops and keep yourself in position at the end.”

Chassis Information: Chassis No. 4-858: 
Kevin Harvick will pilot the No. 4 Jimmy John’s/Budweiser Chevrolet SS built on Chassis No. 4-858 in the Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. Built in 2014, Chassis No. 4-858 made its debut April 7 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, where the car started third and finished 42nd after a mechanical problem. Chassis No. 4-858 made its second appearance in May at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. Harvick started 11th and led 100 laps en route to a runner-up finish. In its final appearance of 2014, it started and finished third and led 104 laps at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. Chassis No. 4-858 won its first start of 2015, when it started 18th and led 142 laps en route to the win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March. In its most recent appearance, Harvick started sixth, led 53 laps and finished second in May at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City. The most recent appearance came at Michigan in June, where Harvick started second, led 63 laps, but finished 29th after suffering a cut tire late in the race.

Kevin Harvick Michigan International Speedway Performance Profile:
YearEventStartFinishStatus/LapsLaps LedEarnings
2015*Quicken Loans 400229Running, 137/13863$141,035
2014Quicken Loans 40012Running, 200/20063$196,118
 Pure Michigan 40062Running, 200/2000$181,743
2013Quicken Loans 400212Running, 200/2000$173,781
 Pure Michigan 400152Running, 200/2000$180,731
2012Quicken Loans 400210Running, 200/2000$134,346
 ×Pure Michigan 4002016Running, 201/2010$128,621
2011Heluva Good! 4002214Running, 200/2001$126,086
 ×Pure Michigan 4002422Running, 203/2030$123,236
2010Heluva Good! 4003119Running, 200/2000$115,801
 CARFAX 40081Running, 200/20060$211,901
2009LifeLock 4001218Running, 200/2000$118,178
 CARFAX 4002212Running, 200/2000$121,353
2008†×LifeLock 4001012Running, 203/2030$124,786
 3M Performance 400388Running, 200/2000$134,186
2007Citizens Bank 400197Running, 200/2000$129,761
 ×3M Performance 4002815Running, 203/2030$124,336
2006*3M Performance 4001910Running, 129/1290$119,936
 GFS Marketplace 400511Running, 200/2000$117,661
2005Batman Begins 4002825Running, 199/2000$116,351
 GFS Marketplace 4004222Running, 200/2000$116,426
2004DHL 4002117Running, 200/2000$101,043
 GFS Marketplace 400816Running, 200/2000$101,093
2003Sirius 4001018Running, 199/2000$91,468
 GFS Marketplace 400112Running, 200/20046$147,758
2002Sirius Satellite Radio 4001927Running, 198/2000$88,103
 Pepsi 40023Running, 200/20042$116,938
2001Kmart 400810Running, 200/2000$94,402
 *Pepsi 4002641Engine, 125/1620$80,552
× Race length extended due to green-white-checkered finish.
* Race cut short due to weather.
† Qualifying canceled due to weather, starting position set via car owner points

- True Speed Communication for Stewart-Haas Racing

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