Kevin Harvick No. 33 Nationwide Series Race Advance: Bristol Motor Speedway

Pre-Race Reports | XFINITY Series | 03/13/12

No. 33 Armour Vienna Sausages Chevrolet Impala Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week’s Armour Vienna Sausages Chevrolet at Bristol Motor Speedway ... Kevin Harvick will pilot Chassis No. 106 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Nationwide Series stable. This is a brand new Chevrolet Impala which will be put through its first competitive paces this weekend.

Bristol Tidbits ... Harvick has competed in 21 Nationwide Series events at the Bristol Tenn., facility and boasts a track record of five wins, 13 top-five, 17 top-10 finishes and two poles. He has completed 98.6 percent (5,363 of 5,439) of the contested laps at BMS, led 1075 of those laps and holds an impressive average finish of 7.4.

Loopy in Bristol ... Since the inception of NASCAR’s loop data statistics in 2006, Harvick has competed in 11 Nationwide Series races at BMS and has posted some pretty impressive figures during this time: first in average finishing position (5.0) and average running position 8.7), first in green-flag speed, second best Driver Rating (110.2), second in laps led (372), second in laps in the top 15 (2454), second in fastest driver on restarts, third in fastest driver early in a run, third in fastest laps run (220), and third in green-flag passes with 313.

Success on the track with the Armour Brand... The Bristol 300 this weekend will mark the fifth time since 2009 that Harvick has raced with the Armour brand serving as primary sponsor. In the four previous Armour-sponsored races, the 37-time NNS race winner has captured the checkered flag in three (Bristol 2009, Nashville/Richmond 2010).

Armour Brands ... The Armour® Star story began when Phillip Danworth Armour founded Armour & Co. in 1867, in Chicago, IL. Armour & Co. is recognized as the first business in the nation to produce canned meat while using an assembly line for production purposes. Known for being one of the most important businesses in Chicago, there is no question as to why Armour ® Vienna sausage, Potted Meat, Chili, Stew, Hash, Corned Beef, Slice Dried Beef, and Luncheon Meats are one of America’s favorite brands. For more information on Armour® Star products, log onto Armour is a portfolio brand of Pinnacle Foods Group LLC.

Double Down ... In addition to competing in this weekend’s Bristol 300, Harvick will participate in Sunday’s Food City 500 race, driving RCR’s No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet. The fourth race on the 2012 Sprint Cup Series schedule will air live on FOX, beginning at 12:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time and will also be broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and Sirius XM Satellite Radio.

Testing Baby Knowledge ... Bristol Motor Speedway will help celebrate the impending birth of Harvick and his wife DeLana’s baby boy at its fan event Friday night at the BMS hospitality village. FOX pit reporter Matt Yocum will serve as host of the event and the pair will play a variety of games to see which of them knows the most about babies. Baby 101 starts at 7 p.m. and is free to fans.

2012 Schedule ... In addition to competing for the 2012 Sprint Cup Series championship, Harvick is slated to compete in 14 Nationwide Series races, driving RCR’s No. 33 Chevrolet with crew chief Ernie Cope. Tracks on Harvick’s NNS schedule include Phoenix International Raceway (March) Bristol Motor Speedway (March and August), Richmond International Raceway (April and September), Talladega Superspeedway (May), Charlotte Motor Speedway (May and October), Kentucky Speedway (June), Daytona International Speedway (July), New Hampshire Motor Speedway (July), Atlanta Motor Speedway (September), Texas Motor Speedway (November) and Homestead-Miami Speedway in (November). The Cope-led team is competing full time in NASCAR’s junior division, vying for the 2012 Nationwide Series owner’s title.

Meet the Press ... Harvick will field questions from the gathered media inside the BMS infield media center on Friday, March 16 from 10 a.m.

Last Time Around ... When Harvick took the wheel of the No. 33 South Point Casino Chevrolet in the Nationwide Series event at Phoenix International Raceway earlier this month, it marked his first NNS start at RCR since Nov. 2007. The Bakersfield, Calif. native dominated the Bashas’ Supermarket 200 early but ultimately settled for a fifth-place finish after taking four-tires on the final pit stop of the day and running out of time to return to the front spot. Harvick’s RCR teammate Elliott Sadler went on to claim the victory, marking his first win in the series since 1998.

You’ve had tremendous success in the Nationwide Series at Bristol Motor Speedway both at RCR and with KHI. Why is Bristol so special to you?
“Bristol is one of my favorite tracks we go to. It’s such a unique track with the steep and a fast concrete surface. I always look forward to racing at Bristol. We’ve been very fortunate to have a lot of success there. I won four Nationwide Series races with RCR and my first Nationwide Series race in my own equipment in 2009, which was special in itself, but pretty cool that it came at a place where I’ve had so much success in the Nationwide Series.”

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