Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Kevin Harvick using All-Star chassis for Coca-Cola 600

Kevin harvick is 6/1 to win his fourth Charlotte Cup race Sunday.
Chassis Information: 
Chassis No. 4-995: Kevin Harvick will pilot the No. 4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS built on Chassis No. 4-995 in the Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. Built new in 2016, Chassis No. 4-995 made its Sprint Cup debut Saturday night in the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte. Harvick started first, led 21 laps in the first segment and overcame a mechanical issue related to the car’s steering to finish 11th . Coca-Cola 600 

Notes of Interest:  
Earning It 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 six Sprint Cup winners through the first nine races of 2016. He scored his lone win of the season March 13 at Phoenix International Raceway in one of the closest finishes in series 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.  

All-Star Results: Harvick started from the first position after rain forced the cancellation of qualifying at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway Saturday afternoon. He jumped out to an early lead and led 21 of the first 25 laps before a mechanical issue related to the car’s steering caused Harvick to finish 11th . – more – Jimmy John’s Racing Team Report – Charlotte Page Two  

Points Position: Harvick scored a 15th -place finish at Dover (Del.) International Speedway in the most recent points-paying Sprint Cup race to hold his lead in the Sprint Cup point standings. He now leads second-place Kyle Busch by 21 points heading into the Coca-Cola 600.  

2016 Loop Leader: According to NASCAR Stats and Information, Harvick leads all Sprint Cup drivers in 2016 in points (418), driver rating (116.2), average finish (7.6), average running position (6.136), laps led (688), percentage of laps led (17.6), fastest laps run (516), percentage of fastest laps run (110.3), miles led (860.73), laps run on the lead lap (3,880), percentage of laps run on the lead lap (99.39), laps in the top-15 (3,669) and percentage of laps in the top-15 (94.0). He ranks second in bonus points (17), top-five finishes (five), top- 10 finishes (nine) and laps completed (3,903). He also ranks fourth in quality passes (992). 

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, Busch and Matt Kenseth. After leading 117 laps at Dover, Harvick now sits at 9,545 laps led for his Sprint Cup career.  

Leading Laps: Harvick has led a series-best 688 laps through the first 12 points-paying races of 2016. The Daytona 500 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and Go Bowling 400 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City are the only two races of 2016 in which Harvick did not lead at least one lap.  

Harvick in the Coca-Cola 600: Harvick will make his 16th Coca-Cola 600 start Sunday. In 15 previous Coca-Cola 600 starts, Harvick has two wins (2011 and 2013), four top-five finishes, six top-10s and has led 159 laps. He finished second in his first attempt in 2001, but didn’t record another top-five finish until he won the 2011 race. Since 2011, Harvick has two wins, a second-place finish (2014), an eighth-place finish (2012) and a ninth-place finish (2015).  

Harvick at Charlotte since Joining SHR: Harvick has four Sprint Cup points-paying starts at Charlotte and three non-points starts in the Sprint All-Star Race since joining SHR at the beginning of the 2014 season. He has scored runner-up finishes in his last two appearances in the non-points-paying All-Star Race and finished 11th last weekend. Harvick has one win, two second-place finishes and a ninth-place finish in his four points-paying starts since joining SHR. His lone win came in the Bank of America 500 in October 2014, when he started seventh, led 162 laps and beat Jeff Gordon to the finish line by.571 of a second. He finished runner-up to Jimmie Johnson in May 2014 and Joey Logano in October 2015.  

Harvick at Charlotte in the Xfinity Series: Harvick has 26 NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at Charlotte. He has three poles (May 2001, May and October 2003), seven top-fives, 16 top-10s, and has led 293 laps with an average finish of 10.8. He has also scored top-fives in five of his last six Xfinity starts at Charlotte. His best Xfinity finish at Charlotte was second in October 2012, when he took the checkered flag 2.760 seconds behind race-winner Joey Logano.  

Harvick at Charlotte in the Camping World Truck Series: Harvick has three starts at Charlotte in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He started third, led 70 of 136 laps and finished fifth in his first start in May 2003. He started sixth and finished fourth in May 2004. In his most recent Truck Series start at Charlotte in May 2007, Harvick started 24th and finished 28th after he suffered a mechanical issue.  

Career Totals: Harvick has 32 wins, 142 top-five finishes and 266 top-10s in 550 career Sprint Cup starts heading into Saturday night’s All-Star Race.

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