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2013 Daytona II (Coke Zero 400): Kevin Harvick NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Preview
Posted by: newsla on Jul 03, 2013 - 06:30 AM
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2013 Daytona II (Coke Zero 400): Kevin Harvick NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Preview


Kevin Harvick and the No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet SS team travel to Daytona International Speedway (DIS) this weekend for Saturday’s Coke Zero 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race.

 

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Chassis Info… The No. 29 team will utilize Chassis No. 387 from the Richard Childress Racing (RCR) stable. Harvick last raced this car during the Sprint Unlimited at DIS, when he picked up his first victory of the 2013 season on Feb. 16.

Red, White and Blue Summer... Harvick’s No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet will don a special paint scheme this weekend to reflect Budweiser’s limited-edition red, white and blue packaging. The patriotic 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.)

Giddy Up... Budweiser’s world famous Clydesdales will be on display in the DIS midway area throughout the Coke Zero 400 race weekend. For nearly eight decades the Budweiser Clydesdales have been an enduring symbol of Anheuser-Busch’s heritage, tradition and commitment to quality. The hitch consists of eight horses, the famous red, white and gold beer wagon, and two drivers seated next to the hitch’s signature mascot Dalmatian. To qualify for one of the traveling hitches, a Budweiser Clydesdale must be a gelding at least four years of age, stand 72 inches at the shoulder when fully mature, weigh between 1,800 and 2,300 pounds, have a bay coat, four white legs, a white blaze, and black mane and tail.

Statistically Speaking… Harvick has made 24 starts at DIS and has earned two wins, two top fives and 10 top-10 finishes. He’s completed 90.3 percent (3,815 of 4,225) of the laps run at the track in NSCS competition and holds an average starting position of 15.2 and an average finish of 16.5 at the 1.5-mile track. In addition to these stats, Harvick has earned four wins in non-points races at DIS, which includes the season-opening Sprint Unlimited and Budweiser Duel at Daytona qualifying races.

Loop Data... Harvick holds several impressive Loop Data statistics at DIS, including: first in fastest laps run (82 laps); fifth in green flag speed (188.583 mph); seventh in speed in traffic (188.462 mph); 10th in green-flag passes (3,081); and 10th in laps led (100).

A Look Back… Harvick started 11th and finished 23rd during last year’s Coke Zero 400 after getting caught up in a last-lap wreck.
Harvick Discusses Racing at Daytona International Speedway

What are your thoughts heading back to Daytona International Speedway for the second time this season?
“This hasn’t been normal for us, but the superspeedways have been our Achilles’ heel throughout the first part of the season. Hopefully we’ve gotten that bad luck out of the way, because I always look forward to the superspeedway races. There was a lot of talk about spoiler sizes back in the beginning of the season, but I haven’t heard of any definite changes yet. It’s going to be an interesting race. Obviously, it will be a lot hotter than it was in February, so that will make for some different racing conditions this time around. I’m looking forward to getting back to Daytona International Speedway. I always like our chances every time we go to a superspeedway. I just hope we have a little better luck this time around.”

What is the biggest change you experience at Daytona International Speedway between the race in February and the event in July?
“The track becomes a little bit slicker, especially with the increased temperatures. Plus, the asphalt ages just a bit from all of the other racing that takes place at this particular track. Usually it’s about 95 degrees with 90 percent humidity in July, so the slick track condition is the biggest change we deal with when racing at Daytona International Speedway in July compared to February.”


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