Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Kevin Harvick still seeking first career Pocono win

Classic Pocono Moment: Harvick punting Logano late in 2010 race
Kevin Harvick
No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet SS
Event Preview Fact Sheet

This Week’s Budweiser Chevrolet SS at Pocono Raceway
… Kevin Harvick will pilot chassis No. 391 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway. This Chevrolet was most recently utilized by the No. 29 team at Pocono Raceway in June starting the race fifth and finishing ninth.

Taking on the “Tricky Triangle” … Since his first appearance at Pocono Raceway, Harvick has 25 starts to his credit. Throughout the years, the RCR driver has collected five top-five and nine top-10 finishes, holds an average starting position of 19.2 coupled with an average finishing position of 13.9, has completed 96.2 percent (4,528 of 4,707) of the laps contested, with five laps led.

Season to Date … With 20 point paying events complete in the 2013 season, Harvick sits fourth in the Sprint Cup Series driver championship point standings, 90 markers behind the leader. In those 20 starts, the California native has accumulated two wins, five top-five and 11 top-10 finishes. According NASCAR’s Season-To-Date Loop Data Statistics, Harvick sits second in Percentage of Laps Run on the Led Lap (93.22 percent), third in Laps in the Top 15 (4,588), is the third-Fastest in Traffic, fourth-Fastest Driver Late in a Run and is fifth in the category of Green Flag Speed.

Race Rewind … Harvick started 21st in the 2012 rain-delayed and shortened event at Pocono Raceway, and battled a loose-handling condition before crossing the finish line 16th.


How do you approach racing at Pocono Raceway?
“The first thing is you’ve got to survive the restart. The track is really fast and the thing I like about what they did at Pocono is that all the bumps are now kind of swells instead of extreme bumps. Each corner is fast. Turn 1 is a corner where you drive in and down shift. The key to Pocono is getting up off the corners and in the throttle and being able to stay in the throttle really in all three (turns).”

- Richard Childress Racing

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