HARVICK HEADED TO THE MAGIC MILE: Kevin Harvick and the No. 33 Rheem Chevrolet team head north to New England this weekend for the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. This Saturday’s race will be the Kevin Harvick Inc. (KHI) co-owner’s 11th series start at the “Magic Mile.”
BY THE NUMBERS: Two-time Nationwide Series champion Harvick has an impressive record at the Loudon, N.H., facility. In 10 starts, the driver has one win (2007), seven top-five and nine top-10 finishes. Harvick has collected four poles and led a total of 594 laps around the track.
BATTER UP! THE KEVIN HARVICK FOUNDATION & RHEEM HEAD TO THE BALLPARK: The Kevin Harvick Foundation and longtime sponsor Rheem have teamed up with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats to bring a group of 50 youth from the Boys & Girls Club of Manchester to the Northeastern Delta Dental Eastern League All-Star game on Wednesday, July 13. The group of kids will participate in a Home Run Derby with Kevin and his wife, DeLana, members of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, TNT’s Matt Yocum and other members of the media. Harvick will pilot the No. 33 Rheem Chevrolet show car around the warning track on his way to the pitcher’s mound where he will throw out the first pitch. Following the first pitch, Ed Raniszeski of Rheem will present a $50,000 donation to the Kevin Harvick Foundation.
Rheem and the Kevin Harvick Foundation have also provided tickets to the Boys & Girls Club group for the Nationwide Series race on Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The No. 33 Rheem Chevrolet will carry a special decal commemorating the ballpark event during the weekend.
CHASSIS HISTORY: Crew chief David Hyder and the No. 33 Rheem team will unload chassis No. 066 when they arrive at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. This chassis has been on track four times so far this season. Harvick drove the car to a third-place finish at Phoenix International Raceway in February and finished sixth at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway in March. Paul Menard drove this particular chassis to a second-place finish at Richmond International Raceway in April. Austin Dillon climbed behind the wheel at Iowa Speedway in May where he finished 10th.
PREVIOUS RACE RECAP: Kevin Harvick returned to the driver’s seat of the No. 33 Rheem Chevrolet Impala at Kentucky Speedway for NASCAR’s first triple-header weekend at the track. Harvick started from the sixth position and finished second after closing in on the race lead in the last 10 laps. The top-10 finish ties the driver with Tommy Houston for the most all-time Nationwide Series top-10 finishes with 198. The runner-up finish is the No. 33 team’s seventh top-five and 11th top-10 finish in 18 races this season.
HARVICK’S THOUGHTS ON NEW HAMPSHIRE:
“I always look forward to going to New Hampshire. I like this type of track because it’s flat, similar to the tracks out west where I started my racing career. The track hasn’t changed a lot and we’ve had a lot of success there in the past, so that always makes it fun to go back to.
“This weekend, the Kevin Harvick Foundation and Rheem will have some special fans looking on. Fifty youth from the Boys & Girls Club Manchester, N.H., will be in the stands watching the race. We’re going to the ballpark in Manchester earlier in the week with them for the Northeastern Delta Dental Eastern League All-Star game. It’d be pretty cool to get this Rheem Chevrolet into victory lane with them there.”