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Lenox Industrial Tools 300 - Kevin Harvick Notes

Kevin Harvick
No. 29 Shell-Pennzoil Impala SS
Event Preview Fact Sheet

Event/Date: LENOX Industrial Tools 300 – July 1, 2007
Venue: New Hampshire International Speedway – Loudon, N.H.


  • This Week’s Race Car at New Hampshire International Speedway … Kevin Harvick will pilot Chassis No. 190 from the Richard Childress Racing (RCR) stable. Built new for 2007, this is the same car Harvick raced at Bristol (St. 40, Fn. 4), Martinsville (St. 6, Fn. 41), Phoenix (St. 8, Fn. 8), Richmond (St. 27, Fn. 7), Darlington (St. 9, Fn. 17) and Dover (St. 18, Fn. 20).
  • Harvick in the Loop at New Hampshire
  • Stat Facts … In 12 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races at New Hampshire International Speedway, Harvick has earned one win, one pole, three top-five and seven top-10 finishes. Additionally, the 11-time NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series winner has earned a 14.1 starting average and a 12.7 finishing average and has completed all but four laps at New England’s Magic Mile.
  • Laps Leader … “Happy” Harvick has led in seven of his 12 New Hampshire races for a total of 264 laps contested at the one-mile oval.
  • Green Flag Passes … Harvick leads all drivers in the Green Flag Passes category. He has tallied 1,583 green-flag passes this season.
  • Since We’re Talking Stats … Harvick is ranked 13th in NASCAR’s Average Running Position category (15.960) and is currently the sports fifth best Closer – a statistic derived from the number of positions improved over the last 10 percent of each race. Harvick has gained an average of 1.938 spots over the season’s first 16 races. He is 12th in the Driver Rating category (84.9). The Driver Rating is a formula that combines the following categories: wins, finishes, top-15 finishes, average running position while on the lead lap, average speed under green, fastest lap, most laps led and lead-lap finishes. The maximum points a driver can earn in each race is 150 points. The Driver Rating number is used pre-race as a prediction tool and post-race as a performance evaluator.
  • RCR at NHIS … Richard Childress is tied for fourth all time with Joe Gibbs and Robert Yates for car owner victories at New Hampshire International Speedway with two – Robby Gordon (2001) and Kevin Harvick (2006). In 54 starts at the one-mile oval, Childress boasts one pole, nine top-five and 22 top-10 finishes with seven different drivers including Dale Earnhardt, Mike Skinner, Harvick, Gordon, Jeff Green, Steve Park, and Burton.
  • Testing One, Two, Three, Testing … All three of RCR’s NEXTEL Cup teams are testing at The Milwaukee Mile on Wednesday and Thursday of this week. Harvick along with teammates Jeff Burton and Clint Bowyer will log laps at the flat, one-mile West Allis, Wis., oval as they prepare for this weekend’s LENOX Industrial Tools 300.
  • Doin’ it on Pit Road … Following last weekend’s race at Infineon Raceway, the Shell-Pennzoil pit crew won the Checkers/Rally’s Double Driver-Thru Challenge Award for spending the least amount of time on pit road. The team earned $11,000 for the award. The No. 29 crew is in good company with teams from Ginn Racing, Hendrick Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing, Dale Eanhardt Inc. and Penske. The season champion team will receive an $111,150 bonus from Checkers/Rally’s at the end of the year.
  • Double Down … In addition to his driving duties with the No. 29 Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet Impala SS, Harvick, a 27-time race winner in the NASCAR Busch Series, will drive the No. 21 AutoZone Chevrolet in the Camping World 200 presented by RVs.com from New Hampshire International Speedway on Saturday, June 30. The race will be televised on ABC beginning at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). The event will also be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius Satellite Radio. Qualifying for the 18th stop on the 35-race Busch Series tour will be televised live on SPEED the same day at 10 a.m. EDT.
  • Record-Holder … The 2007 Daytona 500 winner holds the record for Busch Series qualifying at New Hampshire International Speedway. This record was set May 11, 2001 when he recorded a fast lap of 29.138 seconds (130.716 mph) at the one-mile New England racetrack.
  • Up to Speed … Live coverage of the LENOX Industrial Tools 300 begins Sunday, July 1 at 1 p.m. EDT on TNT. The race will also be broadcast on MRN and Sirius Satellite Radio. Qualifying for the 17th of 36 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races will be televised live on SPEED Friday, June 29th beginning at 3 p.m. EDT.

    What’s unique about New Hampshire International Raceway?
    “It’s just one of those places where you have to get through the center of the corner and get up off the corner wide open. That makes it really hard to get through the center of the corner and turn good like you need to. Getting up off the corner under full power without getting loose is really tricky. Passing is harder there than at most places because it’s so hard to make your car work getting up off the corner. That makes track position probably the most important thing.”

    Why have you had so much success at New Hampshire?
    “We had a lot of success at New Hampshire last season. Our flat-track program has been really good over the past few years – Richmond, Loudon, Phoenix all those places have been really good to us. We look forward to going to New Hampshire every year and this year is no different. We enjoy the race track since they put the progressive banking in. Since the progressive banking, you can race side-by-side and pass people and do the things you need to do to get toward the front.”

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