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2013 Charlotte (All-Star): Kevin Harvick NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Preview
Posted by: newsla on May 14, 2013 - 06:37 PM
2013 Charlotte (All-Star): Kevin Harvick NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Preview

Kevin Harvick and the No. 29 Rheem/Budweiser Chevrolet SS team will compete in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race this week at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The race is an annual non-points event that brings together NASCAR’s best drivers under the lights at the 1.5-mile track.


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Chassis Info… The No. 29 team will utilize Chassis No. 378 from the Richard Childress Racing (RCR) stable. Harvick raced this car several times last season and earned a top-five finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway as well as top-10 finishes at Kansas Speedway (insert finish), Michigan International Speedway (insert finish) and Homestead-Miami Speedway (insert finish).

All-Star Stats… Harvick has made 12 starts in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. In those events he has scored one win (2007), two top fives and seven top-10 finishes. He’s led 62 laps and completed 82.9 percent of the laps run in the race since 2001 (904 of 1,090 laps). Harvick holds an average starting position of 8.6 and an average finish of 10.5 in the All-Star Race.

Loop Data… Since the implementation of NASCAR's Loop Data Statistics in 2006, Harvick has competed in seven NASCAR Sprint All-Star Races and holds several impressive marks entering this weekend's event, including: first in closers, second in green flag passes (252), sixth in laps led (43), ninth in fastest drivers late in a run (178.389 mph), and 10th in fastest on restarts (176.345 mph).

In the Rearview Mirror… Last weekend Harvick and the No. 29 Budweiser team finished fifth at Darlington Raceway and advanced two spots to 10th in the 2013 driver point standings.

New BUD 360° App... As the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams compete at Charlotte Motor Speedway the next two weekends, fans can experience what it’s like to hit speeds of up to 190 mph at the speedway with the new interactive BUD 360° app. The King of Beers’ innovative new app utilizes surround video technology to provide users with a 360-degree look inside Kevin Harvick’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series ride as the driver completes several laps around the 1.5-mile track. While Harvick controls the wheel, the consumer controls the view, allowing them to experience the sensation of speed in never-before-seen angles. The app is available for free in the Apple App Store for both iPhone and iPad users. The Budweiser Racing 360° video also is accessible on desktop computers at www.budweiser.com.

Champion Chat… Harvick will participate in his monthly Champion Chat on Tuesday, May 14, at 7 p.m. ET and answer fan questions via Twitter and TweetChat.com. To ask a question, simply log on to TweetChat.com or Federal-Mogul's @ChampionParts Twitter feed and add the #ChampionChat hashtag to the end of each tweet. Harvick’s video "Touts" will be available through the @ChampionParts Twitter feed as well as www.Tout.com (search for "#TeamChampion").

Harvick Discusses the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race

Share your thoughts on participating in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.
“I was fortunate enough to win this race back in 2007. You definitely would rather win the All-Star race, than not. It’s one of the marquee races in our sport that you want to win. Charlotte (Motor Speedway) hasn’t been a great track for us, but we have had some success there throughout the years. The All-Star race was one of our successes; it was definitely a cool race to win.”

What are your thoughts on the new format for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race this season?
“Anytime they put that much money in front of anybody it’s going to cause things to rise to another level. Take the points away from that and you really have some unique scenarios that come up. I think adding the bonus for winning all five segments is really going to add a twist to the event as well, especially for the driver who wins the first segment. They’re going to be giving it all they have to try and win the remaining segments to collect the additional $1 million bonus. It’s always fun when you know there is really nothing on the line but to win. If you do, then usually there is a big check waiting for you at the end so that gives you some bragging rights and a lot of money.”

How much does the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race help to prepare you and the team for the Coca-Cola 600?
“Usually, we can get a glimpse into the future, primarily in the engine department. They’ll test out a few different things to try to see what we might be able to utilize the following weekend. We also get to be on the race track under conditions similar to those we’ll see during the Coca-Cola 600. The extra track time will really help us determine how these new cars are going to handle under the lights at Charlotte (Motor Speedway).”

Harvick's Career Record in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race

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