Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Harvick using eighth-place 2015 Martinsville chassis this week.

Kevin Harvick is 7/1 to win at Martinsville on Sunday.
Kevin Harvick Chassis Information: 
Chassis No. 4-864: Kevin Harvick will pilot the No. 4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS built on Chassis No. 4-864 in the Martinsville 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. Built in 2014, Chassis No. 4-864 made its debut at Martinsville in March 2014, when it started 18th , led one lap and finished seventh. It made its second appearance at Martinsville in October 2014, when it started 33rd and finished 33rd after being collected in an accident with Matt Kenseth. Its first appearance in 2015 also came at Martinsville, where it started 17th, led 154 laps and finished eighth after getting shuffled back on several late-race restarts. Its most recent start came at Martinsville in November 2015, where is started 12th, led 38 laps and finished eighth.

Jimmy John’s Racing Team Report – Martinsville Page Two Martinsville Speedway Notes of Interest:
Freaky Fast Since 2014: Harvick is in his 16th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season and his third at Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) with crew chief Rodney Childers at the helm. In their first two seasons together, Harvick and Childers combined to produce eight victories, nine poles, 37 top-five finishes and 48 top-10s; led 4,431 laps; won the 2014 Sprint Cup title; and finished runner-up in 2015 to champion Kyle Busch. 

2016 Race Winner: Harvick is one of four Sprint Cup winners through the first five races of 2016. He scored his lone Sprint Cup win of the season March 13 at Phoenix International Raceway in one of the closest finishes in Sprint Cup history when he beat runner-up Carl Edwards to the finish line by .01 of a second. The win should secure Harvick a spot in the 2016 Chase for the Sprint Cup. 

2016 Loop Leader: According to NASCAR Stats and Information, Harvick leads all Sprint Cup drivers in 2016 in points (194), driver rating (124.4), top-10s (five), average finish (4.0), quality passes (470), fastest laps (193), percentage of fastest laps run (41.2), laps in the top-15 (1,225), percentage of laps in the top-15 (93.2), laps led (413), percentage of laps led (31.4), average running position (5.777), miles led (626.24) and percentage of laps run on the lead lap (99.77). He also ranks second in bonus points (10) and third in average starting position (8.2). 

9,000 Laps Led and Counting: Harvick led 139 laps in the Good Sam 500k at Phoenix to surpass 9,000 laps led for his Sprint Cup career. He is one of only five active Sprint Cup drivers to lead more than 9,000 laps. The others are Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth. After leading 142 laps two weekends ago at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, Harvick now sits at 9,270 laps led for his Sprint Cup career. 

Harvick in the Sprint Cup Series at Martinsville: The Martinsville 500 will mark Harvick’s 30th career Sprint Cup start at Martinsville. Harvick has one win, three top-five finishes and 14 top-10s at the half-mile oval. The 40-year-old driver has led 556 laps, has an average starting position of 14.4, an average finish of 15.9, and has completed 97.7 percent (14,193 of 14,534) of the laps he’s contested there. 

Harvick in the Camping World Truck Series at Martinsville: Harvick has made 17 starts in the Camping World Truck Series at Martinsville. Harvick has two poles, seven top-five finishes and nine top-10s. He has led 595 laps, has an average starting position of 8.1, an average finish of 11.6, and has completed 97.1 percent (3,846 of 3,960) of the laps he’s contested there. 

Career Totals: Harvick has 32 wins, 140 top-fives and 262 top-10s in 543 career Sprint Cup starts heading into Sunday’s Martinsville 500.

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