No. 29 Budweiser-Realtree Chevrolet
NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Budweiser Racing Team Notes of Interest
· Kevin Harvick’s No. 29 Chevrolet will sport a different look for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The 2007 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race winner will compete in the No. 29 Budweiser-Realtree Chevrolet on Saturday night. The paint scheme features Realtree on the hood, trunk and C-post with camo trim highlighting the body panels of the now-familiar Budweiser paint scheme.
· Harvick will be available to members of the media inside the Charlotte Motor Speedway infield media center at 12:45 p.m. on Friday, May 20.
· The No. 29 Budweiser-Realtree team will race chassis No. 346 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This is a brand new No. 29 racer that will be put through its first taste of competition this weekend.
· In the 2007 running of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, Harvick started on the outside of row two for the final segment, jumped to the outside on the opening lap and grabbed the lead, and never looked back as he took the checkered flag and won one-million dollars.
· In 10 starts in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, Harvick has earned one win (2007), two top five and five top-10 finishes. Combined, he’s led 62 laps, has an average starting position of 8.4 and an average finishing position of 11.1.
· Harvick owns several notable loop data statistics in the All-Star Race as he enters this weekend’s premier event: fourth in closers, fourth in laps led, fifth in green-flag passes, sixth in drivers fastest late in a run, eighth in fastest on restarts, eighth in laps in the top 15 (380) and ninth in driver rating (81.6).
· Harvick and RCR’s No. 29 team started 13th and finished sixth in last year’s All-Star Race. The Bakersfield, Calif., native was able to avoid several incidents during the fourth and final 10-lap segment, advancing three positions from ninth before the checkered flag waved.
· The No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet team will participate in the NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge Thursday, May 19 at 7 p.m. ET at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C. Harvick’s wife, DeLana, will be at the wheel of the No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet for the event. For ticket information, visit www.pitcrewchallenge.com or call 1-800-495-2295. SPEED will air the event at 9 p.m. ET.
· This week in Budweiser Racing history: The Budweiser Racing team has been a fixture in Victory Circle for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race since the first all-star race, then known as The Winston, on May 25, 1985. Darrell Waltrip scored the win in the very first all-star race at the wheel of the No. 11 Budweiser Chevrolet for Junior Johnson after leading 27 laps. In 1988 Terry Labonte won the event in the No. 11 Budweiser Chevrolet as well. Dale Earnhardt Jr. took the checkered flag in the race after leading just two laps in the No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet in 2000. In 2008, Kasey Kahne won the Sprint fan vote to get into the Sprint All-Star Race and led 17 laps on his way to score the one-million-dollar prize for first place in his No. 9 Budweiser ride.
· Budweiser and Harvick will celebrate Fourth of July this year with a special patriotic paint scheme that will be selected by adult NASCAR fans and featured on the No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet during the July 2 race at Daytona International Speedway. Now through June 3, fans 21 years of age or older can visit the Budweiser Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/Budweiser and cast their vote for one of three patriotic paint schemes they would like to see featured on the No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet for the July 2 Daytona race. Voting is available in the “Pick Your Paint” tab on the Budweiser Facebook page, and fans can cast one vote daily during the voting period.
· Fans can also enter Budweiser’s “52 Weeks to Win” promotion. It is a series of weekly sweepstakes hosted on Budweiser’s Facebook page throughout 2011 offering adult beer drinkers the opportunity to win unique prizes, including tickets to sporting events and concerts, seasonal gift packages and VIP experiences. Official rules are available on the Budweiser Facebook page.
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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 the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway:
Talk about the upcoming NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. “All-Star week is always a lot of fun. The crew guys are a big part of All-Star weekend with the pit stop competition and they’re a big part of the race. It’s an important week for us to see what we have, competition wise, heading into the (Coca-Cola) 600 and really evaluate the performance of the race car on the race track a week before the race. It’s a fun week and there’s a lot of money on the line. I guess it’s a really good paying test session but it’s a lot of fun, too.”
How important is it to use the All-Star Race as an information gathering event for the Coca-Cola 600? “Everything you do in that race is at night and the (Coca-Cola) 600 ends at night. You have to take what you do in the All-Star Race and the daytime practices and mix those two together and rely on a lot of past notes. You may try some new things, too, and have a set-up that’s adjustable for 600 miles.”