RICHMOND BOUND: Kevin Harvick and the No. 33 Rheem team head to Richmond, Va., this week for the second time this season. The Kevin Harvick Inc. (KHI) co-owner will pilot the No. 33 Chevrolet Impala in the NASCAR Nationwide Series’ Friday night event at Richmond International Raceway, a track the driver knows his way around.
BY THE NUMBERS: Two-time Nationwide Series champion Harvick has 20 starts at the Virginia track with a record that boasts five wins, two poles, 13 top-five and 16 top-10 finishes. The driver has led 790 laps around the 0.75-mile facility.
KHI AT RICHMOND: KHI has made a total of 19 starts in the Nationwide Series at the 0.75-mile track. Last September, Harvick collected the organization’s sole win at the track winning the race from the pole. KHI has a total of seven top-five and nine top-10 finishes in addition to the one win and one pole.
WIN HAPPY’S CHEVY: One lucky winner will not only help children in need, but will take home Harvick’s 2011 Camaro 2SS Coupe. The vehicle, exterior color and trim packages were hand-picked by the driver himself and include black leather interior with inferno orange accents, 21” machined aluminum wheels, 6-Speed manual transmission, V8 engine, quarter flares and more. Proceeds will be used to further the mission of the Kevin Harvick Foundation through programs such as Kevin’s Krew, Chase Your Dreams Scholarships and the Kevin Harvick Athletic Scholarship Fund. Less than 750 tickets remain for purchase. For more information, go to: http://www.winhappyschevy.com/
CHASSIS HISTORY: The No. 33 Rheem team will unload chassis No. 063 when they arrive at Richmond. This particular chassis has been utilized twice thus far this season. Harvick drove to a 13th-place finish at Chicagoland Speedway in June and Austin Dillon came across the finish line 14th at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis in July.
PREVIOUS RACE RECAP: Harvick returned to the driver’s seat of the No. 33 Rheem Chevrolet Impala for the Nationwide Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The two-time series champion started from the eighth position and led five times for 31 laps before crossing the finish line in fourth.
HARVICK’S THOUGHTS ON RICHMOND:
“I’ve always liked racing at Richmond and enjoy racing at night. I think everyone likes night racing. Richmond, like the other flat tracks, really suits my driving style, plus we’ve been able to run really good there. I have five wins in the Nationwide Series including last year’s fall race. I’m hoping we can get this Rheem Chevrolet back into victory lane this Friday night and make it six.”