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2013 Michigan: Kevin Harvick NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Preview
Posted by: newsla on Jun 11, 2013 - 07:20 PM
2013 Michigan: Kevin Harvick NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Preview

This Week's Budweiser Chevrolet SS at Michigan International Speedway ... Kevin Harvick will pilot chassis No. 378 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the Michigan 400. The California native last piloted this Chevrolet to an 11th-place finish in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May.


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Irish Hills Stats ... Harvick has made 24 starts at the two-mile d-shaped oval dating back to the 2001 season. During that time, the RCR veteran has collected one win (August 2010), three top-five and eight top-10 finishes. He holds an 18.7 average starting position coupled with a 14.8 average finishing position, has completed 99.1 percent (4,660 or 4,701) of the laps contested and is credited with 149 laps led.

Budweiser Acceleration Club ... Harvick will make a special appearance on Sunday morning at the Budweiser Acceleration Club - an all-inclusive fan hospitality club located in the New Holland Fan Plaza. Harvick is one of several drivers that will visit with fans in the Budweiser Acceleration Club, which is open on Saturday and Sunday. In addition to the driver appearances, admission to the club includes pre-race pit and paddock access, continental breakfast and catered lunch, unlimited water and sodas, drink tickets, entertainment, a Lot 3 parking pass and more. Visit www.mispeedway.com for additional ticket information.

Red, White and Blue Summer ... Budweiser's limited-edition red, white and blue packaging represents a special initiative in which the brand will contribute a portion of all sales from May 5 - July 4 to help raise as much as $1.5 million for the Folds of Honor Foundation*, which provides post-secondary educational scholarships for families of U.S. military personnel killed or disabled while serving their country. Since 2010, Budweiser has raised more than $5 million for the Folds of Honor Foundation and provided more than 1,000 educational scholarships to the families of soldiers killed or disabled in service. (*Donation of 2 cents per case of Budweiser sold May 5, 2013 to July 4, 2013, with a maximum donation of $1.5 million.)

Celebrating a First ... Harvick will celebrate his first Father's Day with his 11-month-old son Keelan on Sunday.

Hangin' at the Team Chevy Stage ... Race fans can stop by and see Harvick at the Team Chevy Stage at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday, June 26 from 9:40 to 9:55 a.m. Eastern Time as the RCR driver participates in a fan question-and-answer session. The No. 29 RCR pit crew will also stop by to sign autographs from 11 to 11:20 a.m.

Champion Chat ... Harvick will participate in his monthly Champion Chat on Tuesday, June 11, at 7 p.m. Eastern Time answering 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").

Race Rewind ... Harvick and the No. 29 Budweiser Folds of Honor Chevrolet team took home a 10th-place finish in the 2012 rain-delayed Michigan 400 after starting from the second position.

What is the toughest aspect of running 400 miles at Michigan International Speedway?
"It all just depends on how your day is going; it really does. If you're having a good day, it's not really hard to tell your guys what you need and everyone is in a good mood. If you're having a bad day, you can get behind at Michigan (International Speedway) really fast. Usually, when you're hooked up at Michigan, the leaders have clean air and move through traffic pretty well, but if you're in the middle of the pack, you find yourself getting behind and going a lap down pretty quick. You're going to end up with a green flag pit stop and a whole bunch of green flag laps. You just have to be going from the time the green flag drops and keep yourself in position."

What was your take on the 200-plus mph speeds we saw at Michigan International Speedway last year?
"The speeds were high, but from where we sit, after two or three laps you become accustomed to however fast you're going. It definitely looked faster from the outside, but for us it was just another day at the office."

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