Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Harvick to use winning Richmond chassis this week at Martinsville

Kevin Harvick is using winning Richmond chassis this week 
Kevin Harvick
No. 29 Rheem Chevrolet SS
Event Preview Fact Sheet

This Week’s Rheem Chevrolet SS at Martinsville Speedway
… Kevin Harvick will pilot chassis No. 420 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500. Harvick has driven this RCR-prepared machine four times this season at Martinsville Speedway in April, to Victory Lane at Richmond International Raceway in May, New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July and again at Richmond in September.

M’ville Short-Track Stats … Harvick has made 24 Sprint Cup Series starts at Martinsville Speedway dating back to the 2001 season. Throughout his years in the Sprint Cup Series, the California native has made one trip to Victory Lane (April 2011). Harvick has also collected one pole award (2010), three top-five and 10 top-10 finishes. He has an average starting position of 13.7 paired with an average finishing position of 16.6, has completed 97.5 percent (11,736 of 12,034) of the laps contested and has 363 laps led to his credit.

Rheem on the Hood … The red Rheem logo will adorn the hood of the No. 29 RCR machine this weekend at Martinsville Speedway for their final of seven appearances during the 2013 Sprint Cup Series season.

Gotta Have a Rheem … Rheem Manufacturing Company ( 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 Sprint Cup Series and RCR’s No. 33 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

Race Rewind … After starting from the 12th position, Harvick and the No. 29 Rheem Chasing the Cure team was relegated to a 32nd-place finish in the TUMS Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway after the engine expired with 27 laps remaining in the 500-lap event.


What is it like to race at Martinsville Speedway?

“Racing at Martinsville Speedway is definitely a challenge. You have the tight turns and you also have to worry about the tires falling off. It creates the ultimate challenge of keeping track position, dealing with the fall off of the car, deciding whether you want to be good on the start or end of a run, and when to get tires. There are a lot of challenges in strategy, but also in balancing your car at Martinsville. So, not only does the race track itself create a lot to challenges with the tight racing quarters, but you deal with challenges in the strategy as well.”

You talked about the tires falling off during a run at Martinsville Speedway. Do you think this is a good thing?
“Oh yeah, absolutely. I was brought up racing was on a lot of old worn out short tracks that wore out the tires, so we always had to worry about tire management, strategy and what we put underneath our cars always came into play as we raced on those types of tracks. I think Martinsville (Speedway) is very similar to those tracks I used to race on, and is a good short track that has a lot of elements to think about in order to have a good day.”

There’s a lot of stress that goes along with things like pack racing at Talladega Superspeedway and battling traffic at Martinsville Speedway. How much does that weigh on you as a driver?
“They are completely different styles of racing, but you can still get caught up in someone else’s mess really quick. No matter where you’re running. If you’re the leader and you come up on lap traffic, they want to stay on the lead lap and they will usually become more aggressive as they start pushing their way through the cars ahead of them. Martinsville (Speedway) is much like Talladega (Superspeedway) in the sense that you can get caught up in someone’s mess, and it’s just part of the game that you have to deal with.”

- Richard Childress Racing

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