Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Kevin Harvick using 2016 Richmond Chassis: Fifth-place, twice

Kevin Harvick is 7/1 to win at Richmond on Sunday.
KEVIN HARVICK, Driver of the No. 4 Busch Light Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing: 

What makes Richmond unique to you? 
“Richmond has been a very successful racetrack for us as we’ve gone through the years. We finished both races in the top-five last year at Richmond so I think, as we go back this year, we’re going to shoot to be a little better than we were last year. We’ll try some different things. It’s been a very good racetrack for me in the past and I’m looking forward to going back. I like the short, flat tracks.” 

Is back-to-back short tracks a good thing for the No. 4 team this time of year? 
“I think short-track racing is something that we all enjoy any time we get to go do that. I don’t know if having back-to-back short tracks is good or bad for us. I think right now we are fortunate to be on the side of things going well. We’ll just show up and race again.” 

Do you have a favorite win at Richmond? 
“I remember the ones I lost more than I do the ones I won. I think the first one where Ricky Rudd and I were racing in 2001 was pretty cool. But I think, as you look back at the last one, we won in 2013 as part of a green-white-checkered finish and I think we came from seventh to win, so I didn’t really expect to win that one. I think the other two were probably fairly strong nights for us.”

Chassis Information:
Chassis No. 4-899: Kevin Harvick will pilot the No. 4 Busch Light Ford Fusion built on Chassis No. 4-899 in the 400-mile Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race Sunday at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. Built in 2014, Chassis No. 4-899 made its debut that September at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois, where it started sixth, led 79 laps and finished fifth. Since its debut, Chassis No. 4-899 has started on the front row three times, including twice from the pole position, and recorded four top-five finishes, six top-10s and led 686 laps through nine NASCAR Cup Series starts.

 Earning It Since 2014: Harvick is in his 17th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season and his fourth at StewartHaas Racing (SHR) with crew chief Rodney Childers at the helm. In their first three seasons together, Harvick and Childers combined to produce 12 victories, 11 poles, 54 top-five finishes and 75 top-10s; led 5,815 laps; won the 2014 Cup Series title; finished runner-up in 2015 to champion Kyle Busch and eighth in 2016. 

 Points Position: Harvick arrives at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway ranked ninth in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series standings with 239 points after a third-place finish Sunday at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. He trails leader Kyle Larson by 121 points. 

 Leading Laps: Through the first eight NASCAR Cup Series events of 2017, Harvick ranks first in laps led with 433 of 2,642 total laps contested – more than 16 percent. He leads Martin Truex Jr. by one lap. 

 Harvick in the NASCAR Cup Series at Richmond: The Richmond 400 will mark Harvick’s 33 rd career NASCAR Cup Series start at Richmond. Harvick has three wins (September 2006 and 2011, and April 2013), one pole (September 2005), 11 top-five finishes and 20 top-10s at the .75-mile oval. The 41-year-old driver has led 1,050 laps, has an average starting position of 14.7, an average finish of 10.5, and has completed 99.1 percent (12,698 of 12,816) of the laps he’s contested there.

- True Speed Communication

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