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2012 Kansas II: Kevin Harvick NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Preview
Posted by: newsla on Oct 16, 2012 - 05:33 PM
2012 Kansas II: Kevin Harvick NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Preview

Budweiser Racing Team Notes of Interest
• Kevin Harvick and the No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet team travel to the newly repaved Kansas Speedway this week for Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400. In addition to the regular weekend schedule, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) teams will spend Wednesday and Thursday testing at Kansas.


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• Heading to the Hall… NASCAR Hall of Fame attendees will have the opportunity to take part in a special fan Q&A session with Harvick on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at approximately 4:25 p.m. ET. Tickets to the NASCAR Hall of Fame can be purchased by calling 877-231-2010 or at www.NASCARHall.com.
• Media availability… Prior to participating in the fan Q&A at the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Tuesday, Harvick will be available to members of the media on the NASCAR video teleconference at 3:50 p.m. ET. NASCAR.com will carry a live stream of the teleconference. Participant information and satellite coordinates are available atwww.nascarmedia.com.
• Honoring a Fallen Solider… The No. 29 Budweiser team will wear a special memorial bracelet in honor of fallen soldier Army Specialist Chris Horton this weekend at Kansas Speedway. Horton, a sniper in the 45thInfantry Brigade Combat Team of the Oklahoma National Guard, was killed during a tour of duty in Afghanistan on Sept. 9, 2011. His wife Jane shares his killed-in-action bracelet with others to remind people of her late husband and all of the soldiers who have lost their lives while serving our country.
• Heading Home… The trip to Kansas Speedway will take Aaron Schields, rear tire carrier on the No. 29 Budweiser team, back to his home state. The 31-year-old, Goodland, Kan., native moved to North Carolina in 2005 to work in NASCAR. He joined the Richard Childress Racing (RCR) team in August 2009.
• Chassis Info… The No. 29 team will utilize chassis No. 378 from the RCR stable this weekend at Kansas Speedway. Harvick raced this car to top-10 finishes at Kansas in April (sixth), Michigan International Speedway in June (10th) and Atlanta Motor Speedway in September (fifth).
• Harvick at Kansas… In 13 starts at Kansas Speedway, Harvick has earned one top five and six top-10 finishes. He’s led 83 laps at the 1.5-mile track and completed 96.8 percent of the laps run in NSCS competition there (3,309 of 3,419 laps). Harvick’s average starting spot at Kansas is 20.7 and his average finish is 13.0.
• Last Time Around… Harvick has earned back-to-back sixth-place finishes at Kansas Speedway. Last fall he started 14th and struggled with the handling of the No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet before the team made wholesale changes on their final pit stop and he worked his way up to sixth before the checkered flag waved. In April, he started the race from the second position and fell back to 26th when his car ran out of fuel at lap 86. Despite the setback, the team rallied to earn a sixth-place finish.
• Q&A with Harvick… Kansas Speedway race fans will have the opportunity to join Harvick for a fan Q&A session at The Finish Line Fan Hospitality area on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 9 a.m. CT. Fans can purchase tickets for The Finish Line Hospitality by calling the Kansas Speedway ticket office at (866) 460-7223 or logging ontowww.kansasspeedway.com.
• Furthering Education… On Monday, Oct. 15, Harvick presented Nick Heilmann, student wrestler at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with the inaugural UNC Kevin Harvick Foundation Athletic Scholarship. The scholarship presentation marked the first stage of the foundation’s three-year commitment for an annual, full-ride scholarship to UNC for one need-based student athlete.
• Happy’s Birthday Bash… Harvick will celebrate his birthday a week early this year with the Budweiser Presents Happy’s Birthday Bash at The Fox Theater on Saturday, December 1, in his hometown – Bakersfield, Calif. Country music star Craig Morgan headlines the charity event that will benefit the Kevin Harvick Foundation and Bridgette Tatum will make a special guest appearance. Tickets to the event start at $29 and are available for sale at www.vallitix.com, The Fox Theater box office and any Vallitix outlet, or by phone at 1-888-825-5484.
• Win Happy’s Chevy… Get your tickets now for a chance to take home Harvick's 2012 Chevrolet Camaro 2SS Convertible. For just $29 you could have the opportunity to win the RS Package vehicle, which features 21-inch black painted aluminum wheels, 6-speed manual transmission, V8 engine, high intensity discharge headlamps with LED halo ring, premium floor mats and more. Proceeds from the raffle benefit the Kevin Harvick Foundation and help the charitable organization further its mission to positively enrich the lives of children through programs such as Kevin's Krew, Chase Your Dreams Scholarships, the Kevin Harvick Athletic Scholarship Fund and more. A limited number of tickets are available, so visit www.WinHappysChevy.com for more details and to purchase a ticket today.

Harvick talks about racing on the new surface at Kansas Speedway:
What are your thoughts going into the weekend at Kansas Speedway considering the track has been repaved since the spring race? “I’m not a big fan of repaving anywhere, to be honest, and I enjoyed racing on the old surface at Kansas. However, I understand they had some issues with the track that made (repaving) necessary, so obviously it’s what they had to do. Paul (Menard) and the No. 27 team went out there for the Goodyear test in August, so we have some data to go off of entering the weekend that should help us. The guys that took part in the test had good things to say about the track, so we’ll see what we’ve got to work with when we get there on Wednesday.”

Harvick's Career Record at Kansas Speedway:

Kansas Speedway Track Facts:
Track Length: 1.5 miles
Race Length: 267 laps/400.5 miles
Grandstand Seating Capacity: 73,635
First Race: Sept. 30, 2001
TV: ESPN, 2 p.m. ET
Radio: MRN Radio affiliates, Sirius XM NASCAR Radio

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