No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet
FedEx 400 at Dover International Speedway
Budweiser Racing Team Notes of Interest
• Kevin Harvick and the No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet team travel to Dover (Del.) International Speedway, “The Monster Mile,” for Sunday’s FedEx 400 benefitting Autism Speaks.
• Harvick will be available to members of the media in the Dover International Speedway infield media center at 9:15 a.m. on Friday, May 13.
• The No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet team will utilize chassis No. 299 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. In March Harvick raced his way to Victory Lane at Auto Club Speedway in this car after starting from the 24th position. The team also utilized this car at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2010 and Harvick drove it to a second-place finish there after starting 34th.
• In 20 starts at Dover International Speedway, Harvick has earned two top-five and seven top-10 finishes. He’s completed 98.3 percent (7,864 of 8,004) total laps and has led 134 laps at the one-mile track. Harvick has an average starting position of 21.8 and an average finishing position of 17.3 at Dover.
• Harvick and RCR’s No. 29 team started 30th and finished seventh last spring at Dover. In the fall he started 33rd and finished 15th.
• While Harvick has made 108 total starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and 36 total starts at Dover in the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series combined, Friday will mark the Bakersfield, Calif., native’s first Truck Series start at the one-mile track. Harvick is entered in the Kevin Harvick Inc. No. 2 Bad Boy Buggies Chevrolet Silverado for the Lucas Oil 200.
• This week in Budweiser Racing history: On Sept. 23, 2001, Dale Earnhardt Jr. drove the No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet to Victory Lane at Dover International Speedway after leading 193 out of 400 laps that day. The event was the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race held following the Sept. 11 tragedies, and after Earnhardt Jr. scored the win, a crewman gave him a gigantic United States flag that the Budweiser driver held as he did a Polish victory lap around the one-mile track.
• For the online version of the Budweiser Racing media guide, please visit http://www.budracingmedia.com.
• Become a fan of Budweiser on Facebook. Exclusive information, photos and video footage of Harvick and the No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet team can be found on the Budweiser Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/Budweiser.
• 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 Dover International Speedway:
The next two races will be important to learn for the Chase. “With Dover and Charlotte, you need to know where you have to be when you come back for the Chase. So these are important weeks for us to put the notebooks where they need to be and have a good understanding of the things that we need to do when it counts.”
What does it take to be successful at the Monster Mile? “Dover is one of those places as a driver that feels really fast. With these kinds of cars, it seems like the forward drive off the corner is the most important thing, but you still have to make your car turn in the center of the corner. As a driver, the car has to be comfortable to be really aggressive. It’s just a fine balance for everything.”