No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet
Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway
• Kevin Harvick and the No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet team posted the 14th-fastest lap in the Sunday afternoon qualifying session for next week’s Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Harvick’s fast lap clocked in at 48.717 seconds and a speed of 184.740 mph, which was more than two tenths faster than his practice times.
• NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams participated in two practice sessions for the Daytona 500 on Saturday, during which they focused on qualifying setups and spent both sessions making single-car runs in preparation for Sunday’s qualifying session. Harvick and the No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet team made gains throughout both practices, posting laps of 49.238 seconds and 182.786 mph in the first session, and 48.929 seconds and 183.940 mph in the second.
• Dale Earnhardt Jr. scored the pole award for the Daytona 500 with a lap time of 48.364 seconds and a speed of 186.089 mph. His Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon qualified second with a lap time of 48.396 seconds and a speed of 195.966 mph. As the two fastest qualifiers, they are locked into the front row starting spots for next Sunday’s race.
• The remainder of the starting lineup for the Daytona 500 will be set on Thursday during the Gatorade Duels, twin 150-mile qualifying races. Harvick will start ninth in the first Gatorade Duel race.
• Before Thursday’s races, teams will have two practice sessions on Wednesday, Feb. 16. SPEED will air live coverage of both starting at 10:30 a.m. ET.
• Follow along each weekend with Harvick and the team on Twitter. Check out @KevinHarvick for behind-the-scenes information straight from the driver of the No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet. Get live updates from the track each weekend from @Black29Car, the PR team for Harvick. Also, follow @RCRracing and @RCR29KHarvick for additional information about the Richard Childress Racing organization.
Kevin Harvick discusses qualifying for the Daytona 500:
Talk about your qualifying effort. “I’m just proud that we qualified seven or eight tenths faster than what we unloaded. Got to thank the guys on my team and the other three teams and everybody for putting their heads together and getting it all figured out. I’m excited about it and I know that our cars are where they need to be race wise. We had a little issue with the rev limiter last night that didn’t allow us to do what we needed to do at the end of that race but the first three quarters was exactly what we wanted to play out and would have been that way if I could have just reached the chip.”
The following is the qualifying position of the other beverage-sponsored cars participating in the Daytona 500:
• Matt Kenseth and the No. 17 Crown Royal Black Ford team qualified 22nd
• Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the No. 88 AMP Energy/National Guard Chevrolet team qualified first
• Kasey Kahne, driver of the No. 4 Red Bull Toyota, qualified 29th
• Brad Keselowski, driver of the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge, qualified 24th
• Brian Vickers and the No. 83 Red Bull Toyota team qualified 32nd
• Andy Lally, driver of the No. 71 Adobe Road Winery Chevrolet, qualified 46th
• Robby Gordon and the No. 7 SPEED Energy Dodge team qualified 41st
The following is the qualifying position of the other Richard Childress Racing teams participating in the Daytona 500:
• Jeff Burton and the No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet team qualified sixth
• Clint Bowyer and the No. 33 Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevrolet team qualified fifth
• Paul Menard, driver of the No. 27 Menards/Peak Chevrolet, qualified fourth
On Thursday the teams will compete in the Gatorade Duels, twin 150-mile qualifying races to determine the starting lineup for the Daytona 500. Live television coverage of the races will air on SPEED starting at 2 p.m. ET. MRN Radio and SIRIUS NASCAR Radio will provide the live radio broadcast.