Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane
after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 and
the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2014
Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images
Races [17 + 1] that Budweiser is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2015:
Daytona - 2/19, Budweiser Duel
Martinsville - 3/29
Texas - 4/11
Charlotte - 5/24
Pocono - 6/7
Michigan - 6/14
Kentucky - 7/11
Watkins Glen - 8/9
Bristol - 8/22
Darlington - 9/6
Richmond - 9/12
Dover - 10/4
Kansas - 10/18
Talladega - 10/25
Texas - 11/8
Phoenix - 11/15
Homestead - 11/22
Races [14 + 1] that Jimmy Johns is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2015:
Daytona - 2/14, Sprint Unlimited
Atlanta - 3/1
Las Vegas - 3/8
Phoenix - 3/15
Auto Club - 3/22
Bristol - 4/19
Richmond - 4/26
Kansas - 5/9
Daytona - 7/5
New Hampshire - 7/19
Indianapolis - 7/26
Pocono - 8/2
Michigan - 8/16
Chicago - 9/20
Charlotte - 10/10
Races  that Outback Steakhouse is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2015:
Talladega - 5/3
Sonoma - 6/28, Folds of Honor
Martinsville - 10/26
Races  that ditech Mortgage Corp is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2015:
Dover - 5/31
New Hampshire - 9/27
Races  that Hunt Brothers Pizza is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2015:
Charlotte, All-Star Race - 5/16
Contract Status: Driver: 2016; Primary Sponsors: Budweiser, Jimmy John's 2016, ditech 2015?, Outback Steakhouse 2015
became the #4 team in 2014 with Kevin Harvick
was the #39 team from 2009 thru 2013 when Stewart became co-owner in 2011
the #66 from 2006 thru 2008
the #0 2003 thru 2005 and #60 in 2002, the first year for the team
Harvick wins ESPY for best driver: #4-Kevin Harvick won the 2015 ESPY for best driver Wednesday night. He is the first Sprint Cup driver to win the award since Tony Stewart won in 2012. IndyCar driver Ryan Hunter-Reay was the recipient the last two years. Other nominees were: Erica Enders-Stevens, NHRA; Lewis Hamilton, Formula One; Juan Pablo Montoya, IndyCar; and Will Power, IndyCar(7-16-2015)
Harvick can become first driver to officially clinch Chase spot UPDATE: Nine races remain until the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Chances for spots in NASCAR's playoffs are dwindling, and a number of big names are still looking for their first win of 2015, including Kasey Kahne, Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman, Aric Almirola, Greg Biffle and AJ Allmendinger, all of whom made last year's Chase. This weekend, Kevin Harvick can clinch a top 30 spot. That, combined with his multiple wins which guarantees him to be among the top 16 winners, will officially clinch a spot in the Chase, assuming he starts the remaining races in the regular season. With a 48-point victory, Dale Earnhardt Jr. could also clinch, but would need lots of help to clinch a top 30 spot.(NASCAR)(7-9-2015)
UPDATE: Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Budweiser/Jimmy John's Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), finished eighth in the Kentucky 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta on Saturday night. The finish put Harvick 410 points ahead of the driver listed 31st in the points standings and clinched his berth in the 10-race NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.(Stewart Haas Racing)(7-12-2015)
#4 Crew Chief Childers awarded the 'The Byrnsie Award": To honor longtime FOX NASCAR broadcaster Steve Byrnes, the NASCAR on FOX crew has developed 'The Byrnsie Award." In honor of late FOX NASCAR broadcaster Steve Byrnes, whose nickname was 'Byrnsie,' the award was established to celebrate an individual in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series who embodies principles Byrnes portrayed daily in his personal and professional life -- preparation, teamwork and family within the garage area. Childers was voted the recipient by Byrnes' colleagues on the FOX NASCAR broadcast team, of which he was a member since the first race broadcast in February 2001. Byrnes passed away in April following a courageous battle with cancer.
"The Byrnsie Award" was voted on by FOX NASCAR broadcasters, and introduced on Sunday's "NASCAR RaceDay" pre-race show by Byrnes' son, Bryson. "I'm very honored that my dad could have his very own award named after him," Bryson said in announcing Childers as recipient of The Byrnsie Award. "I'm very excited to announce that the winner of the first-ever Byrnsie Award goes to Rodney Childers. Rodney is the crew chief for Kevin Harvick, and so far this season, he's already led him to two victories and 10 top-five finishes. But he's also a great family man. So I'd like to congratulate Rodney, and I think my dad is very proud of you right now." Larry McReynolds presented the inaugural award to Stewart-Haas Racing crew chief Rodney Childers for his success both atop the pit box and as a father. "It's incredible to hold this (trophy) and to think about Steve and his family and how much he meant to this community and everybody here at the race track," Childers told McReynolds after receiving the trophy. "For somebody to say anything like this to me is incredible, so I appreciate this and everybody at FOX ... a great honor."(FoxSports)(6-29-2015)
Folds of Honor scheme for Harvick at Sonoma: During the Toyota/SaveMart 400 race at Sonoma Raceway in June, Kevin Harvick will be swapping paint on his #4 Chevy. For one race only, Harvick's race car will feature a special "Folds of Honor" paint scheme designed to raise awareness and support for the families of our nation's brave servicemen and women.(Lionel Racing), see image of the scheme on the #4 Team Schemes page.(6-22-2015)
Harvick first driver since 2001 to lead 1,200 laps after 15 races: In Sunday's Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Raceway, #4-Kevin Harvick became the first driver since Jeff Gordon in 2001 to eclipse 1,200 laps led 15 races into a season. Harvick only has two wins, but his robust loop data numbers suggest more are coming. The #4 Chevy driver ranks first in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average running position (7.3), number of fastest laps (755), laps led (1,225) and driver rating (126.0). Harvick's number of fastest laps are nearly triple the next-best driver's total (Kurt Busch, 277). His number of laps led are nearly double the next-best driver's total (Kurt Busch, 665). Harvick is on pace to shatter the driver rating record of 112.2 set by Jimmie Johnson is his 2009 championship season. The only caveat when comparing Harvick's driver rating statistic is that it could drop with two restrictor plate and two road course races left on the schedule.(NASCAR)(6-20-2015)
Lug Nut or Valve Stem Issue?: Flat tires caused when valve stems have been knocked off by lug nuts during pit stops have been a recurring issue for teams this season. The #19 of Joe Gibbs Racing driver Carl Edwards, the #27 of Paul Menard (Richard Childress Racing) and more recently, the #4 of Kevin Harvick (Stewart-Haas Racing) are among those that have been affected by the problem. According to some in the garage, the problem isn't that the lug nuts occasionally strike the stem during a tire change. Instead, it's how the stem is seated in the wheel that makes it easier to be knocked off. "I don't even know how to fix it," Rodney Childers, crew chief for Harvick, said after Sunday's race at Michigan International Speedway. "Definitely got to do something though."(NASCAR.com)(6-19-2015)
Childers signs contract extension with Stewart-Haas UPDATE: Stewart-Haas Racing has signed crew chief Rodney Childers to a multiyear contract extension, maintaining the successful pairing with 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick. In his inaugural season as crew chief for Harvick and the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John's team in 2014, Childers oversaw an outfit that won five races, scored eight poles and led 2,137 laps en route to the championship. The Childers-led squad became only the third Sprint Cup team to lead more than 2,000 laps in a single year since 2000, and of the 24 track qualifying records set during the 2014 season, the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John's team accounted for six of them. No other team had more than four. Childers and Harvick haven't let up in 2015. They have a commanding lead in the championship point standings 13 races into the season thanks to two wins, nine top-two finishes and 12 top-10 finishes. They've also led 1,123 laps this season, or 25.99 percent of the laps available. The next closest driver in laps led this season is Harvick's SHR teammate Kurt Busch, who has led 659 laps in his #41 Haas Automation Chevy SS. Childers is a native North Carolinian who turns 39 on June 7.(Stewart-Haas Racing)(6-5-2015)
UPDATE: The deal will keep Childers paired with reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick on the #4 Chevrolet team for the indefinite future. Stewart-Haas didn't disclose the terms of the contract in announcing the deal Friday; asked how long the extension will keep him in the SHR fold, Childers simply smiled and said: "It's a long time."
"I said this last year, but Kevin's the last guy I'm ever going to crew chief for, so signing something for a long time doesn't scare me," Childers said Friday morning in the Pocono Raceway garage. "I think there's always going to come a time in somebody's life when they decide not to crew chief, and I feel like Stewart-Haas would do whatever they wanted to do if I got to that point to help me move into a different role or something like that. To be there and have that security and all that stuff is a good feeling for sure."
Childers said he had another extension in place on his current contract that would have kept him with Stewart-Haas Racing through the end of 2016, but said that the two sides agreed to start from scratch on a new deal. He said he and the team negotiated for "a couple of weeks" on the all-new contract and that talks went smoothly.(NASCAR.com)(6-6-2015)
Harvick's team penalized: The #4 team has been assessed a P1 level penalty for receiving written warnings in two consecutive events (Section 22.214.171.124b,c NASCAR rule book). The team will receive the last choice in the pit selection process for this weekend's event at Pocono Raceway. (NASCAR)(6-3-2015)
Drivers met with NASCAR on Saturday UPDATE:In a first of its kind, NASCAR met with a group of Sprint Cup drivers for about two hours Saturday night, discussing safety, competition, attendance and more. #11-Denny Hamlin, #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., and #4-Kevin Harvick confirmed they were among about eight drivers in the meeting, which was held in the Kent Room at the Dover Downs Hotel & Casino. It marked the first time that a council of drivers - selected by their peers - had met with NASCAR in such a formal setting. "The drivers got together and organized a vote and all the drivers voted for the guys they wanted on this council," Earnhardt said before Sunday's race at Dover International Speedway. "NASCAR asked us to do that so we could get together and just have a better ability to communicate. It's just a better way to have discussions." A source told NBC Sports that NASCAR was represented by Mike Helton, vice chairman, and Steve O'Donnell, executive vice president and chief racing development officer, among others. "The drivers, we always talk amongst ourselves anyway, but having that open line of communication to NASCAR has never been this open before," Hamlin said before Sunday's race at Dover International Speedway. "You look around the room and you're like, 'Wow, this is a monumental time to where you've got the powers that be and some of the greatest drivers talking about how we can make this sport better." The meeting comes after a recent spat of complaints from drivers about the rules and racing. So what was discussed? "There was talk of competition," Earnhardt said. "What we think about the new package and the direction that they want to go and what we're doing with tires and testing." NASCAR recently came out with a rules update eliminating the 2016 tire testing at all Goodyear tire tests until October. Hamlin said safety was a big topic discussed. "We talked about a lot of safety issues we want to see changed at various racetracks," Hamlin said. "We went racetrack by racetrack, and I feel like we're going to make our sport better." NASCAR did not offer details of the meeting. Brett Jewkes, NASCAR senior vice president and chief communications officer, issued a statement: "NASCAR meets with drivers frequently on a wide range of topics. As part of our ongoing commitment to foster dialogue between all stakeholders, we've met formally with drivers on several occasions this season, including here at Dover. We'll meet with them again later in the season as normal course of business. The meetings have been productive and we find the dialogue very valuable." Hamlin said he's unsure how often the group will meet but expected it would be "at least a few times a year."(NBC Sports)(5-31-2015)
UPDATE: Three-time NASCAR champion #14-Tony Stewart confirmed he was among a group of drivers that met with NASCAR officials for about two hours Saturday evening at the Dover Downs Hotel and Casino adjacent to Dover International Speedway. Stewart came away impressed by the intent and encouraged by the content of the discussions. He said it was the first time in his 17 years in NASCAR racing he can remember this kind of informal get-together session between the sanctioning body and a group of drivers that also included Denny Hamlin, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick and Greg Biffle among others. "They want to sit down, and they want to listen," Stewart told NASCAR.com on Sunday just prior to the FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks. I think it's just everyone staying on the same page which is good. It was a good thing, it was positive and makes me feel good about our sport that they want to keep everyone staying on the same page. I'd call it very, very positive."(NASCAR.com)(6-1-2015)
ditech on #4 at Dover: For the first time in 2015, the distinctive ditech blue paint scheme will adorn the #4 Chevy for the 400-mile event at Dover International Speedway, which is less than 100 miles from the mortgage company's headquarters in suburban Philadelphia. Ditech Mortgage provides home loans nationwide through a team of specialists available by phone, online and in-person.(Stewart Haas Racing), see an image of the car on the #4 team paint schemes page.(5-28-2015)
NASCAR racers notice IndyCar's safety team: The quick response of the IndyCar Series safety team in saving James Hinchcliffe from suffering catastrophic blood loss in his accident Monday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway demonstrated the critical role the series-hired safety team plays in driver care. NASCAR doesn't have its own safety team, instead relying on the tracks to hire the doctors and emergency medical technicians who treat the drivers. While NASCAR requires an emergency response plan, holds an annual safety worker summit as well as weekly meetings at the tracks hosting each event and can dictate staffing requirements to the tracks, NASCAR's traveling medical staff consists primarily of nurses who keep driver files and know their medical histories. Drivers talked with NASCAR after Kyle Busch's accident earlier this year about the week-to-week staffing levels and training. Busch suffered a broken right leg and broken left foot in an accident Feb. 21 at Daytona International Speedway in one of the most crushing wrecks in recent years.
"NASCAR is adamant that having true ER folks that every single day fight in the ER room to save people's lives are the best people to have in place here on a weekend for us," six-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson said Thursday. "In my heart, I feel like there is maybe a hybrid version where, yes, we have those EMTs here, but we also have people that are very sharp and NASCAR-specific, car-specific, know the drivers, know our cockpits. I know that NASCAR briefs them and works with them on all that." With the tracks primarily owned by two companies, it is not unusual for doctors and first responders to work at multiple tracks.
"Once [NASCAR] explained the process and how the doctors and things were chosen was definitely kind of eye-opening as to how much money and time were spent to make sure they have the right people at every race track -- and really the longevity of the staff," Kevin Harvick said.(full story at ESPN)(5-22-2015)
Harvick's team receives their championship rings: On Tuesday morning, the team of Kevin Harvick's #4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevy received their rings for winning the 2014 Sprint Cup Championship. The rings were presented to Harvick's team at their SHR shop. The rings include the #4 on them and the last name of each crew member. Harvick's crew chief, Rodney Childers, tweeted pictures of the ceremony as well as the rings.(NBC Sports), images also at SHR's Twitter.(5-13-2015)
Stewart-Haas Racing Classic Paint Scheme Program at Darlington: With the NASCAR Hall of Fame serving as an appropriate backdrop, reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick unveiled the gold-and-black #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John's Chevy SS that he will race in the Sept. 6 Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway as part of the track's The Tradition Returns weekend Sept. 4-6. The retro-themed, commemorative paint scheme mimics the first can Budweiser produced, which was gold and featured an eagle flying through the Anheuser-Busch stylized "A" with five stars above and below the winged crest. Below the eagle, Budweiser is spelled out in block letters with "Lager Beer" in script. The design is part of an overall throwback weekend at one of NASCAR's oldest venues. Built in 1949 by Harold Brasington, Darlington has hosted Sprint Cup races since 1950, and last year Harvick won the 65th running of the iconic Southern 500 - one of the crown-jewel races on the 36-race Sprint Cup schedule. Paint schemes for the full stable of SHR drivers will be revealed in the weeks leading up to the Southern 500.(Stewart-Haas Racing), see an image of the car on the #4 team paint schemes page.(5-6-2015)
Harvick feels Sprint Cup schedule is Stagnant: #4-Kevin Harvick, met with members of the media at Talladega Superspeedway and discussed his thoughts on the current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule:
Q) THERE HAS BEEN A LOT MADE ABOUT DECLINING ATTENDANCE AND FAN SUPPORT WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON HOW NASCAR CAN GROW THE FAN BASE?
Harvick: "I mean the last three races that we went to last year were sold out. I don't know that is a 100 percent true statement. I think it just depends on where you go and what you do. Now, if you want to talk about growing the sport I believe that some venues need one race. I believe that the schedule needs to be mixed up. People like things that change they don't like stagnant things. In my opinion the most stagnant thing in our sport is our schedule and our venues that we go to. You can beat a dead horse as much as you want, but it doesn't come back to life. And sometimes you just have to change things up to keep the excitement and enthusiasm in the sport. I think our schedule is definitely the weak link along with some of the venues that we go to. That is my opinion."
Q) IF YOU WERE IN CHARGE WHAT THREE OR FOUR PLACES WOULD YOU ADD TO THE SCHEDULE?
Harvick: "I know the first place I would go is Iowa. I think that everybody wants to see more short tracks and more venues. I think road racing - we have a couple of road races on the schedule and most every team has two road race cars and spends a lot of money on their road race program. Adding a road race here or there would definitely be something that I would vote for just for the fact internationally road racing is very recognizable to race fans. Whether it be Formula 1 or any other form of racing there are not many ovals. You could take your pick on road courses, Montreal (Canada) does a great job, you could go to Laguna Seca (California), you could go anywhere in the world and race on a road course. There are lots of good venues. I would have to really think about the rest of the question. I have always been a fan of let's go to the banquet and roll the pills around of race tracks across the country and have a wild card race every year. Go to the Milwaukee (Wisconsin) Mile and really you could go to test these venues and see how the markets react. And see the reaction you get from the market, even if you only have 30 or 40 thousand people in the grandstands if you put on a good event for TV and do the things that it takes to have a unique event that is really what people want. They want unique things."(Team Chevy)(5-2-2015)
Outback Steakhouse makes 2015 debut on the #4: Outback Steakhouse has celebrated #4-Kevin Harvick's eight top-10 finishes thus far in 2015 by giving its customers a free Bloomin' Onion on Bloomin' Mondays - the Monday immediately following each top-10 finish. Harvick would like to continue those Bloomin' celebrations this weekend by scoring another top-10 by way of his third NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race win of 2015 and the second of his career at Talladega Superspeedway. In fact, if Harvick is able to score his ninth top-10 of the season this weekend, Outback Steakhouse will give away its 1 millionth Bloomin' Onion as part of its Bloomin' Monday promotion. Outback Steakhouse is the primary sponsor of the #4 Chevy at Talladega, the first of three races in 2015. The other races scheduled are Sonoma in June and Martinsville in October.(SHR), see images of the car/scheme on the #4 Team Scheme page.(5-2-2015)
Four teams penalized with loss of practice time at Talladega: #4-Kevin Harvick's team is one of four NASCAR Sprint Cup teams that will lose 15 minutes of practice time this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway, NASCAR announced. Harvick's team, along with #83-Matt DiBenedetto's team will be docked 15 minutes of practice time at Talladega after being late for pre-race inspection last weekend at Richmond. #43-Aric Almirola's team also will lose 15 minutes of practice at Talladega after being late for qualifying inspection at Richmond. #7-Alex Bowman's team failed qualifying inspection more than three times at Richmond. The Tommy Baldwin Racing team received a written warning and will be docked 15 minutes of practice time at Talladega. NASCAR's rule book states that if a team receives two warnings during two consecutive events, it may result in one or more of the following P1 penalties - last choice in selecting pits, reduced practice time, reduced time for qualifying, delay in order of inspection and/or be selected for post-race inspection, among other things. NASCAR also announced that the teams of #98-Josh Wise and #32-Joey Gase (Bobby Labonte will drive the #32 at Talladega) each failed qualifying inspection twice at Richmond and received written warnings.(NBC Sports)(5-1-2015)
Harvick to be honored at the White House UPDATE: Reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick and his #4 Stewart-Haas Racing team will be honored by President Obama at the White House on Tuesday, April 21. The visit will continue the president's tradition of honoring athletes and sports teams for their efforts to give back to their communities. The event will be held at 2:45pm/et and will be streamed live by the White House website. Harvick most recently visited the White House in 2012 when President Obama welcomed the participants in the 2011 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.(4-17-2015)
UPDATE: The #4 Chevy took up residence on the South Lawn of the White House Tuesday as Kevin Harvick was honored by President Obama for his 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup championship. Obama welcomed Harvick, his wife DeLana, crew chief Rodney Childers and co-owner/teammate Tony Stewart for an afternoon ceremony under sunny skies and pleasant conditions in Washington. The only one missing - Harvick's two-year old son Keelan, a fixture at many NASCAR races. "My son stayed home this time," Harvick said. "We didn't figure he was quite ready to terrorize the White House yet, with running around and everything he likes to do. Hopefully somewhere down the line, he gets to come back." Harvick said just being at the White House was an honor but he was most happy for his crew, who got to experience the pomp and ceremony for the first time.(USA Today)(4-21-2015)
Three drivers start season with top-ten streaks UPDATES: #78-Martin Truex Jr.'s 7th place finish at Martinsville marked his sixth consecutive top-10 finish. That's the longest top-10 streak to open a season since Greg Biffle scored six top-10s to begin the 2010 campaign (finishing 6th in the standings). Truex isn't the only one though. Points leader #4-Kevin Harvick and #22-Joey Logano also have opened the season with six consecutive top-10s to open the season. The NASCAR record for most top-10 finishes to open a season is 10 set by Lee Petty in 1955 (finished 3rd in the standings) and James Hylton in 1972 (finished 3rd in the standings).(NBC Sports)
UPDATE: the record is actually held by Morgan Shepherd, who opened the 1990 season with 11 consecutive top-10 finishes in the #15 Motorcraft Ford owned by Hall of Famer Bud Moore. Shepherd finished with 16 top-10 finishes in 29 races during the 1990 season, finishing 5th in the Championship.(3-31-2015)
UPDATE 2: #4-Kevin Harvick, #22-Joey Logano, and #78-Martin Truex, Jr. all continued their top-10 streaks Saturday night at Texas. The streaks are the longest in each driver's career.
Logano has 2 previous streaks of 6 races -- Indianapolis to Atlanta in 2013 and Richmond to Charlotte in the fall of 2014.
Truex, Jr's previous streak is 5 races -- Bristol to Kansas in the spring of 2012.
Harvick has now finished in the top-10 in the last 10 races, starting at Texas last November. Previously he had top-10 streaks of 9 races -- Pocono to Kansas in 2008 and Darlington to New Hampshire in 2013.(4-13-2015)
NASCAR examines tires from Harvick, Logano: NASCAR confirmed it found nothing out of the ordinary with the tires used by Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick in Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway. The tires were seized during Sunday's CampingWorld.com 500 in what was described as a "regularly scheduled audit" by NASCAR executive vice president chief racing development officer Steve O'Donnell. "We've done it in the past," O'Donnell told SiriusXM's "The Morning Drive" during a Monday interview. "It's something we check working with Goodyear, making sure the tires supplied are where we want them to be. It's just another area of the car. We don't expect to find anything; it's just something we like to do every once in a while." NASCAR normally examines tires at its R&D Center in Concord, N.C., but those from Logano and Harvick were checked at a remote site with NASCAR haulers on the road in the midst of a three-race swing through Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Phoenix and Auto Club Speedway. The decision to confiscate the tires for examination was made independent of Goodyear and unrelated to durability. The tire supplier occasionally keeps tires for further examination (such as with tire failures on the cars of Brad Keselowski and Dale Earnhardt Jr. last October at Kansas Speedway).(NBC Sports)(3-17-2015)
Harvick comments on engine failure in AMS Happy Hour: #4-Kevin Harvick's Jimmy John's Chevy experienced an engine failure during the final practice session, answers a few questions:
ON WHAT HAPPENED DURING THE PRACTICE SESSION:
Harvick: "Mainly the Hendrick engine guys just wanting to know what I felt. This is a very rare occasion. This is the first one I have ever had. The engine shop does a great job. I am just glad that it happened today. Our Jimmy John's/Budweiser team is doing a great job and the car is handling good. If we were going to have something happen, this is a good place to have it happen because you can pass."
ARE YOU CONCERNED ABOUT STARTING IN THE BACK TOMORROW? IT'S GOING TO BE A HECK OF A RACE WITH THE NAMES BACK THERE:
Harvick: "It will just make for a better show."(Team Chevy)(2-28-2015)
Harvick Looks To Join Hall of Fame Group: #4-Kevin Harvick will look to pull off the almost unheard of "NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship-followed-by-Daytona 500-win" double. Only five drivers have accomplished the feat, and none since 2000. The five: Lee Petty (1958 championship, 1959 Daytona 500); Richard Petty (1972 championship; 1973 Daytona 500); Cale Yarborough (1976 championship, 1977 Daytona 500); Jeff Gordon (1998 championship, 1999 Daytona 500); and Dale Jarrett (1999 championship, 2000 Daytona 500). All those drivers are in the NASCAR Hall of Fame, except for Jeff Gordon - who will assuredly be honored one day. Harvick owns a varied history in the Daytona 500. He won the closest Daytona 500 in the race's history in 2007, edging Mark Martin to the finish line by a margin of .020 seconds. Still, he's suffered DNFs in two of the last four Daytona 500s, finishing 42nd in 2011 (engine) and 2013 (accident).(NASCAR)(2-18-2015)
Harvick confronts Logano for late tap: #4-Kevin Harvick and #22-Joey Logano traded heated words following the Sprint Unlimited after Logano got into the back of Harvick's car with two laps remaining. The two drivers were nose to nose (Harvick still having his helmet on) after they had gotten out of their cars following the 75-lap exhibition event at Daytona International Speedway. At one point, Logano appeared to lunge toward Harvick before they were separated and returned to their cars. "He's just Kevin," Logano said. "He's an instigator, right? It's the same thing he is every other time he talks to someone. It's the same old crap. It just happens all the time. It's no big deal." Harvick was upset because he felt Logano's move was silly. "He thinks he was helping, but you can't just drive somebody straight in the corner into the fence," said Harvick, the 2014 Sprint Cup champion. "He kind of did the same thing to me at Talladega. I told him, 'The karma train is coming after you.' And it bit him right in the [butt]. ... I just didn't appreciate just getting straight drove into the wall." Logano finished sixth; Harvick was 11th.(ESPN)(2-15-2015)
Harvick wins NMPA Driver of the Year Award: Defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion #4-Kevin Harvick has been named the recipient of the NMPA's Richard Petty Driver of the Year Award for 2014. The award, which has been presented each year since 1969, is determined by a vote of the National Motorsports Press Association membership. Harvick was presented the trophy by the award's namesake, seven-time premier series champion Richard Petty, during the annual NMPA Awards Dinner Sunday night at the Embassy Suites in Concord, NC. It is the second time Harvick has been honored with the Richard Petty Driver of the Year award. Elevated to Cup competition following the 2001 death of seven-time champion Dale Earnhardt, Harvick responded by winning twice and finishing ninth in points in Cup while also winning the Busch (now XFINITY) Series championship. Harvick received nearly 75% of the vote cast by the membership. Other receiving votes were NASCAR drivers Chase Elliott, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and Ryan Newman, along with six-time World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz (NASCAR.com), see an image of the award presentation at Kevin Harvick's Twitter.(1-26-2015)
Stewart-Haas Racing's #4-#14 pit crew swap is permanent: A 2014 late season pit crew swap between Stewart-Haas Racing teammates #14-Tony Stewart and #4-Kevin Harvick will be permanent, Stewart said Tuesday while making a USO visit with troops and military families at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa. The Stewart-Haas Racing co-owner/driver and Harvick switched crews in September in time for the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup elimination playoff that culminated with Harvick hoisting his first trophy. Stewart, who did not qualify for last year's Chase, said Tuesday the teams will continue with the lineup as they left it last season. "The pit crew I had that pitted Kevin's car at the end of the year, we kept that switch permanent for this year," said Stewart.(NASCAR.com)(1-21-2015)
NASCAR spotters at the Rolex 24: NASCAR is NASCAR and sports cars are sports cars - and never the two shall meet, right? But at the upcoming Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway [January 24-25], that demarcation line is getting more blurry than ever. Two of the best spotters in NASCAR will be lending their eyes and (hopefully) calming voices on the team radio in this year's Rolex 24. Tim Fedewa, himself a former NASCAR driver and primary spotter for reigning 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion #4-Kevin Harvick, will give this sports car thing a whirl for a second time, having also done so in last year's Rolex. Also, Tyler Green, who has served as #43-Aric Almirola's spotter the last five years - including for Almirola's first career Cup win last summer in the Coke Zero 400 at DIS - will also be for a second straight year at the Rolex. Both Fedewa and Green will be part of a team for Mazda drivers, that also includes Mazda primary spotter Chris Long (who works full-time with Chip Ganassi's NASCAR team), as well as Daniel Tremblay, son of Mazda SpeedSource team owner and driver, Sylvain Tremblay.
Spotters work four-hour shifts during the race. "We will do four hours on, and four off," Green said. "We're used to long days on the spotter stand at NASCAR races, but this is like doing three 500-mile Cup races in one day."
Spotters must be like postal carriers in the 24, in a sense. Neither gloom, nor dark, nor storms, nor chills will keep them from their appointed rounds in keeping their respective drivers safe and out of trouble. "It's pretty straightforward in the daytime," Fedewa said. "But, it's not lit up like a NASCAR race when it's dark. So, you have to focus that much more."(NBC Sports)(1-19-2015)
Johnson and Harvick once camped out at 'Camp Hornaday': The last vestige of it rests in Lindy Hornaday's office, across the street from the house where it became a peculiar NASCAR artifact. One 17 years in the making. The solitary remaining component of a hard-used and well-worn sectional couch from Ron and Lindy Hornaday's former Lake Norman home is the River Styx and "George Washington Slept Here" all at once. But more importantly it symbolizes the opportunity and the friendship the Hornadays afforded not only to young race car drivers named Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick in 1997, but the scores of other wayfaring dreamers the former Truck series champion and his wife have made in the place the racing community fondly refers to as Camp Hornaday.
That Johnson, a six-time Sprint Cup champion, and Harvick, newly minted with his first title at NASCAR's highest level in November, at one point lounged, slept or passed out on that couch has made it a talisman in black leather for the latest generation of drivers and mechanics with NASCAR ambitions that followed them in the Hornadays' home. Its newest layer of historic patina has made it a source of amusement for its owners. And perhaps one day, a resident of the Hall of Fame in Charlotte. "They've made our couch really famous because now everybody wants to sleep on it," Lindy Hornaday said with a laugh. "I talked to [historian] Buz [McKim] from the Hall of Fame. He was coming to my house to get some stuff of Ron's and I was teasing him about the couch. He said, 'You know we really ought to start thinking about that couch.'"
Simply put, Ron and Lindy Hornaday love people. They must. They better. That's the only explanation for how they not only endured by enjoying life in a 969-square-foot home in California with two kids, three guests, three dogs, two birds, a goat, a pig, a rabbit and numerous cats, all with one bathroom, before they relocated to North Carolina to better pursue Ron's racing career in the 1990s. When they migrated to Charlotte's suburbs in Mooresville and bought a comparatively spacious 2,400-square-foot spread on a cove on Lake Norman, Ron Hornaday Jr. could more easily indulge the habit of inviting folks out to visit, lounge or bunk down. And he did. "Hornaday's place was always a place where everybody felt like they had a connection to him," Harvick said. Now living across the street, with more space and a bigger dock, there's even more room for the Hornadays to connect. "Chasing money," Hornaday said, for the first time in his career and without solid plans to race in the NASCAR Truck series this season, he busies himself with other racing ventures. His wife has opened her own business, and although they still take in guests, they miss the din of the heyday of Camp Hornaday. Though Lindy Hornaday has occasionally scolded her husband, Ron said, for his "revolving door" of a liberal guest policy, the denizens of their commune credit her equally with fostering a family environment that keeps old friends returning for years, grilling out and telling stories after races, pulling up their boats at the dock on weekends just to see who will stop by. "I love Ron, but Lindy's the glue, the real champion of that house," Johnson said.
Johnson came to camp as a 21-year-old off-road racer from El Cajon, California, seeking his next career arc, "working any angle I could," he said, before Hendrick Motorsports agreed to fund a dirt Late Model car for him. He'd previously met Hornaday at a Chevrolet autograph session in Detroit, was invited -- of course -- to bunk at the lake if he decided to relocate to NASCAR's hub, and bought a one-way ticket for Charlotte once the Hendrick offer came. Johnson stayed with the Hornadays for roughly four months in 1997 before they helped him find his first house. Having won the first of four Truck championships in 1996 -- his most recent in 2009 with Harvick's now-defunct team -- Hornaday wielded the cachet to make connections for both of the young Californians. Hornaday's endorsement had weight as Richard Childress moved to sign Harvick to his Nationwide program. Lindy still calls them "her boys" and coos as much about how they have grown into doting fathers as about them being champions of NASCAR's top series.(see full article at ESPN.com)(12-31-2014)
Kevin Harvick wins 2014 Driver of the Year: #4-Kevin Harvick swept the voting for both the 2014 Driver of the Year Award and the Fourth Quarter winner, respectively, by an elite panel of broadcasters and journalists. Just as Harvick walked off with his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship; he was the undisputed winner in both polls of the media. Driving the #4 Budweiser Chevy, Harvick, who turned 39 this Monday, won three races in NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup including the final two events. The Bakersfield, CA native won this honor in his first year driving for Stewart-Haas Racing. Tony Stewart, co-owner of the team and a two-time winner of the Driver of the Year Award, was the first owner/driver to win the award (2011). Upon learning of the media award which relates to all automobile racing in the United States or American drivers racing globally Harvick said "it's quite an honor and goes with the respect of the media." Any time you gain that (respect) it has something to do with performance obviously as well."
Harvick was destined to be a Sprint Cup Champion," said Driver of the Year president Barry Schmoyer continuing, "it was not a question of if, but, when. His performance on and off the track makes him a deserving Driver of the Year." Harvick scored 13 of the 16 votes cast by journalists and broadcasters, who voted in a secret ballot for a single driver. Will Power (the IndyCar Champion), Chase Elliott (the NASCAR Nationwide series champion), and Donny Schatz, (the World Of Outlaws series champion) each received one vote. I'm pretty excited about it," Harvick added, "it's a great honor." In the quarterly voting Harvick beat the NHRA's Erica Enders-Stevens and Tony Schumacher more than double the points in a points-based ballot. In its' 48th year, the Driver of the Year title is unique because it is the original award of its' type that encompasses all of the racing series and all of the drivers in the United States. A panel of 17 leading journalists and broadcasters from across the U.S. are eligible to vote. Harvick will receive his trophies and Tissot wristwatches at presentations at places and times to be announced later. James Cranos is the Executive Director of the Driver of the Year Award and Barry Schmoyer, a businessman and sportsman of Sarasota, Florida, is the president of the award.(DOTY)(12-11-2014)
HBO State of Play: First Ladies premieres Tuesday, Harvick's featured: HBO Sports and executive producers Peter Berg and Sarah Aubrey team up again for the innovative topical series STATE OF PLAY, continuing with FIRST LADIES on TUESDAY, DEC. 9 at 10:00pm/et, exclusively on HBO. Presented by Film 44 and HBO Sports, STATE OF PLAY takes on complex, multi-layered themes in sports, exploring their relationship to larger society. Each edition spotlights a topic or person with undeniable impact on the contemporary sports world, opening with a brief overview, followed by a cinéma vérité documentary and an in-depth roundtable discussion featuring filmmakers, subjects and guest experts, hosted by Berg.
STATE OF PLAY: FIRST LADIES
Debut: TUESDAY, DEC. 9 (10:00-11:00pm/et/pt) Other HBO playdates: Dec. 10 (6:15pm, 11:30pm), 11 (2:30pm), 12 (4:15pm), 13 (1:00pm), 14 (11:30am) and 15 (12:45pm)
HBO2 playdates: Dec. 10 (2:30am) and (10:00pm)
A deeply personal look at another side of professional sports, this film focuses on the challenges of balancing the pursuit of professional success and family obligations. FIRST LADIES focuses on three couples whose vows shape their decisions on the field and at home. What role has each of these spouses played in her family's success? Profiled are Mike and Kiya Tomlin, Kevin and DeLana Harvick, and Scott and Megan Lehnhoff. Mike Tomlin is head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Kevin Harvick captured his first NASCAR Sprint Cup championship last month, and Scott Lehnhoff is head football coach at Steele High School in Cibolo, Tex. After the documentary, Berg hosts a roundtable discussion featuring Kiya Tomlin, DeLana Harvick and Megan Lehnhoff.(HBO)(12-8-2014)
#4 SHR Pit Crew Most Valuable Pit Crew Award: Kevin Harvick's #4 Stewart-Haas Racing pit crew is awarded Mechanix Wear's Most Valuable Pit Crew Award at the Myers Brothers Luncheon during NASCAR Champion's Week. Kevin Harvick and his #4 pit crew arrived in high-fashion with the NASCAR Sprint Cup trophy in tow. The veteran Stewart-Haas Racing pit crew led by coach Joe Piette Jr. will take home Mechanix Wear's prestigious MVPC Award and a check for $100,000 for their outstanding performance in Chase.
In its 12th year running, the Mechanix Wear MVPC Award is the longest running and most coveted pit crew award in NASCAR. Every quarter of the Sprint Cup season, NASCAR Crew Chiefs vote for the pit crew contributing the most to the success of their team on race day. "A team might have slower pit stops all day, but if they're making more adjustments to the car or dropping-in more fuel on the last stop and spending extra time in the pit box, but win the race; that is what the Crew Chiefs are looking for," says Ted Abdon, Mechanix Wear's Director or Racing. Each quarter semi-finalist is awarded a check for $5,000 and opportunity to win Mechanix Wear's Most Vaulable Pit Crew award along with a check for $100,000 at the end of the season. The final MVPC Award is voted on at Homestead and serves as a testament to a teams' consistent performance on pit road in the Chase for the championship.
This Stewart-Haas pit crew is no stranger to running in the Chase where the pressure is high to run flawless pit stops. With Tony Stewart out of the Chase, team management made the decision to have members of the #14 pit crew move to the #4 car of Kevin Harvick in the Chase. It was a decision that would help propel Kevin Harvick to the championship. The 2014 Championship is the second one for these guys and the third for Front Tire Changer Ira Jo as he was on Tony's 2005 Championship team. Front carrier Todd Drakulich, Rear Changer Daniel Smith, Rear Carrier Mike Morneau and Jackman Mike Casto have been members of Tony Stewart's pit crew for many years and all were apart of Tony's 2011 Championship team. Gas Man Justin White joined the crew in 2013 and completed the championship line-up for Kevin Harvick's championship run.(Mechanix Wear)(12-7-2014)
NASCAR industry honors Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick at year-end gala: As the culmination of a calculated risk that led to a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship, the NASCAR industry joined together Friday night at the Wynn to honor 2014 titleholder Kevin Harvick, who claimed stock car racing's most coveted prize in his first season with Stewart-Haas Racing. In his speech at the Sprint Cup Awards Banquet, Harvick revealed just how much of a risk he took in changing teams after the 2013 season. "After 13 seasons at Richard Childress Racing, I made the move to Stewart-Haas Racing," said Harvick, who joined forces with long-time friend and SHR co-owner Tony Stewart this year. "And I have to admit, I was scared to death. I tried to play it cool, but it was a pivotal moment in my career. I was venturing outside my comfort zone, and I had to make it work. Tony, I consider you to be one of my best friends. You promised me if I came to Stewart-Haas Racing, we would win a championship, and we did just that. You are a man of your word."
In the first year of a new elimination format for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Harvick claimed the title with victories in the final two races. His win at Phoenix International Raceway propelled him into the Championship Round of the Chase at Homestead-Miami Speedway, where he secured the title by triumphing in the season finale. All told, Harvick won five races, three in the Chase, won a career-best eight poles and led a series-best 2,137 laps. From day one at SHR, he showed tremendous speed. "The first time I was able to get in my #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John's Chevrolet, we were fast," Harvick said. "It didn't matter if it was an open test at Charlotte last December. A practice, a qualifying session or a race-we wanted to be at the top of the board."
Nor was Harvick hesitant in offering praise to the architect of his race team, crew chief Rodney Childers. "He built new race cars and assembled a whole new group of guys between the end of the 2013 season right until we loaded up for the Daytona 500," Harvick said. "Under his direction, we accomplished a lot and became great friends in the process. From the lead-up to the Daytona 500 until the checkered flag dropped at Homestead, Rodney asked for a lot from our people on this race team. Rodney, I can't say thank you enough for all that you've done."
In accepting the championship owner's award, SHR co-owner Gene Haas pointed out that both titles won by the organization since he partnered with Stewart in 2009 required drivers Stewart (2011) and Harvick to win the final race of the season at Homestead. And in fact, Harvick finished one position and a mere half-second ahead of series runner-up Ryan Newman in the season finale. "We were one point away from our best finish of the season at Homestead," Newman said after leaving the stage.
The overwhelming consensus among the 16 drivers who appeared during the ceremony was that the new Chase format had transformed the sport. "Even though we didn't make it to Homestead to battle for the championship, I truly believe NASCAR got it right this year with the new knockout format for the Sprint Cup," said Jeff Gordon, who won four times in 2014 but was eliminated from the Chase at Phoenix by a single point. "I cannot begin to describe the pressure and the intensity we faced week after week, race after race-and this year crowned a deserving champion."
"If I look like a wreck, it's not because I have a hangover. It's because I wrestled a two-year-old down the red carpet and up here on stage." - Kevin Harvick, who brought son Keelan with him to the head table.
"I'd love to have an opportunity to tie the greats in Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt Sr." - Jimmie Johnson. The six-time champion finished 11th in the final standings, his worst position since joining the Sprint Cup Series full-time in 2002.
"I stand up here as an honorary member of the Hendrick Drivers' Club." - former Hendrick driver Kyle Busch, now with Joe Gibbs Racing, standing with Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne and Dale Earnhardt Jr., all of whom were eliminated from the Chase in the Contender Round.
"I'm not saying Joey Logano's pit crew is slow, but tomorrow they're celebrating Thanksgiving." - Banquet host Jay Mohr in a reference to the mistake on pit road that cost Logano a shot at the title.(NASCAR Wire Service)(12-6-2014)
Champion's Week in Las Vegas, Friday, Dec. 5:
ˇ Pit Pass Check-In: Beginning Wednesday, Dec. 3, fans can pick up a Pit Pass at NASCAR fan headquarters, Champion's Week Live at The LINQ Promenade, and start checking in at various locations around the city where NASCAR partners will feature displays, including show cars. Running from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. each day, check-in locations include Tropicana (Ford), Treasure Island (Daytona International Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway and Auto Club Speedway), Paris Las Vegas (Las Vegas Motor Speedway), Caesars Palace (Chevrolet), Lagasse Stadium at The Palazzo (Toyota), and Excalibur (Mechanix Wear).
ˇ 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards: This black-tie celebration will be held at Wynn Las Vegas, where the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion driver and owner and the other Chase drivers will be honored. The drivers and stars will walk the Red Carpet from 4 - 5 p.m. and NASCAR.com will live stream the arrivals from 4:30 - 5:00pm. FOX Sports 1 will air the show live beginning at 9:00pm/et. Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will begin coverage at 8:00pm/et.
ˇ Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award Reveal: The Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award will be given to one dedicated NASCAR fan who has made a profound impact on children in his or her community. The NASCAR Foundation will announce the national award winner during this year's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards. Fans can cast their vote for the 2014 Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award winner by visiting www.NASCAR.com/Award before 11:59 p.m. ET on Dec. 4.(NASCAR)(12-5-2014)
2014 Championship "Tire Specialist" award announced: Champion Tire & Wheel has announced the recipient of the 2014 Sprint Cup "Consistently Smooth" award is; Todd Chafee of Stewart-Haas Racing's #4 car driven by Kevin Harvick. The award recognizes the skill and effort of the team's tire specialist in overseeing the Budweiser #4 teams' tire and wheel program. The tire specialist is an important piece in the performance formula for a championship effort as it requires managing a program of over 2,500 tires and wheels used throughout the full Sprint Cup season. When the call for a pit stop comes, the efforts to find the right combination of tires, wheels, and air pressure is critical in the overall performance of the race car. The lead crystal trophy will be presented to Chafee at the team's shop in of Kannapolis, NC with co-owner Tony Stewart, and Crew Chief Rodney Childers. In addition to the Sprint Cup series recipients, Champion Tire and Wheel will also present JR Motorsports, Will Coats, the Championship tire specialists award for the Chase Elliot driven Nationwide Series team, and Chris Rock, the tire specialist for Thorsport Racing and the Matt Crafton driven Camping World Truck Series Championship effort.(Champion Tire and Wheel PR) (12-5-2014)
2014 Most Mentioned Drivers: According to Joyce Julius, a company that tracks media mentions for sport sponsors, Kevin Harvick was the most-mentioned NASCAR driver on TV this year, but Jeff Gordon grabbed the most interview time. The top 10:
#4-Kevin Harvick, 54 interviews, time of 53:12, 5,740 media mentions
#24-Jeff Gordon, 47 interviews, time of 1:00:33, 5,094 media mentions
#48-Jimmie Johnson, 47 interviews, time of 42:41, 4,830 media mentions
#2-Brad Keselowski, 45 interviews, time of 41:30, 4,164 media mentions
#22-Joey Logano, 40 interviews, time of 43:00, 3,482 media mentions
#88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr., 50 interviews, time of 56:32, 3,311 media mentions
#20-Matt Kenseth, 40 interviews, time of 36:16, 2,892 media mentions
#11-Denny Hamlin, 37 interviews, time of 39:29, 2,768 media mentions
#18-Kyle Busch, 31 interviews, time of 24:27, 2,371 media mentions
#5-Kasey Kahne, 25 interviews, time of 24:13, 1,889 media mentions
Statistics reflect all live race telecasts and replays of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. (Joyce Julius)(12-1-2014)
Stump named technical director at Stewart Haas: Stewart-Haas Racing, the championship-winning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team, has hired Rex Stump as its technical director, effective immediately. Stump comes to Stewart-Haas Racing after an 18-year career at Hendrick Motorsports. There, he founded the organization's research and development program and has been instrumental in chassis design and technology. Stump graduated from Kettering University (formerly the General Motors Institute) in 1989 with bachelor's degrees in mechanical and automotive engineering. Upon graduation, Stump worked at General Motors and participated in the Sloan Fellowship program, pursuing a master's degree in structural analysis from Wayne State University in Detroit. While at General Motors, he began working with the Corvette team in developing the active-suspension of the C5, which was slated to debut in the early 1990s. When the active-suspension program was canceled and the C5 was delayed, Stump delved into motorsports, becoming a race engineer for Team Penske in 1991. Working with a group of engineers dedicated to improving the performance of the #2 team of driver Rusty Wallace, Stump helped advance Wallace from a two-win season in 1991 to a massive, 10-win season in 1993. By the end of 1993, Corvette had reactivated the C5. Stump returned to General Motors to assist with the project and stayed until the end of 1995, joining Hendrick Motorsports in 1996.(Stewart Haas Racing)(11-20-2014)
Harvick does Top 10 on Letterman: Tuesday night, #4-Kevin Harvick appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman to give the Top 10 List.
His subject: Top Ten Tips For Becoming An Auto Racing Champion
10. Hands at 10 and 2 when driving. 11 and 1 when celebrating
9. Reduce weight of the car -- take out the brakes
8. During a race, save your energy for the post-race brawl
7. There's no rule about slashing your opponents tires
6. No sex the night before the race -- or during the race
5. Don't waste time learning to parallel park
4. A pit stop should only last long enough to lick the windshield clean
3. Resist the temptation to take a mid-race selfie
2. Remeber: If you lose, you don't have to do 'Letterman'
1. Accept the fact that your ass will never stop vibrating
View the video on the Late Show with David Letterman site.(11-19-2014)
Borland to move over to Haas' F1 team UPDATE: One of Gene Haas' first hires for his Formula One, Matt Borland, was recruited from right next door, Stewart-Haas Racing. Although Borland, 43, has straddled his duties between SHR and Haas F1, the engineer turned crew chief and now vice president of competition on the NASCAR side will take of the role as vice president of special projects for the F1 team at seasons end. "Formula One is certainly a lot more technical and I think Borland is looking for the challenge," Haas told Motorsport.com. "He's been doing this a long time and even I have been doing NASCAR a long time and I look at Formula One, like next year we'll have a whole year to see how these cars are built. I've already had a couple of opportunities to see how the cars are built and they're just very fascinating. It's going to give us an opportunity to take some of our NASCAR crew people and say, 'hey, here's an opportunity to learn something new, can you apply that to Formula One and vice versa. The Formula One people from Ferrari are also interested in how we do things." Haas and Borland attended the F1 race at Circuit of the Americas last month. Haas also visited the Maranello-based Ferrari during the Italian Grand Prix. In Austin, Borland preferred to remain under the radar while on his fact-finding mission.(Motorsport)(11-13-2014)
UPDATE: Veteran motorsports engineer Matt Borland has been named vice president of technology for Haas F1 Team and Stewart-Haas Racing. In this role, Borland will serve as a liaison between the two organizations - Haas F1 Team in the FIA Formula 1 World Championship and Stewart-Haas Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Borland will oversee the transfer of Formula One technology to Stewart-Haas Racing while providing Haas F1 Team with deep engineering resources. Concurrently, the highly-respected Borland will serve as a gatekeeper, ensuring the privacy of proprietary information respective to each team. Borland joined Haas CNC Racing, the precursor to Stewart-Haas Racing, in May 2007. He has served in numerous capacities, including crew chief, competition director, technical director and, most recently, vice president of engineering, where he oversaw all of the team's technical initiatives and research and development projects. Borland came to Haas CNC Racing with significant NASCAR experience, first with Team Penske from the end of the 1999 season through 2006 and then with Michael Waltrip Racing in 2007. Prior to coming to NASCAR, Borland was the race engineer for driver Mark Blundell at PacWest Racing in Champ Car and before that, Borland was at Pi Research, a well-known engineering organization specializing in motorsports.(SHR)(11-18-2014)
Kevin Harvick's Racing Championships:
The 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship is Kevin Harvick's eighth driving title in his 33 years of racing.
His titles are:
2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship
2006 NASCAR Nationwide Series Championship
2002 IROC Series Championship
2001 NASCAR Nationwide Series Championship
1998 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Championship
1993 Late Model Track Championship at Mesa Marin Raceway in Bakersfield, California
1987 World Karting Association National Championship
1985 World Karting Association National Championship.(SHR)(11-18-2014)
Budweiser Racing Championship Fact Sheet:
Kevin Harvick and the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet SS team secured the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship with a dominating victory in Sunday's race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
The effort marks Budweiser's second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship as a primary sponsor in the racing series. The King of Beers' previous title came in 1985 with Darrell Waltrip driving the #11 Budweiser Chevrolet for Junior Johnson & Associates. That year Waltrip won three races, scored 5 pole awards, and earned 18 top fives and 21 top-10 finishes.
In 32 seasons as a primary sponsor of a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team, Budweiser Racing drivers have earned a total of 66 wins, 52 pole awards, 306 top fives and 527 top-10 finishes.
The 2014 season marks Budweiser's fourth-consecutive year as one of Harvick's primary sponsors in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the brewer's first season with Stewart-Haas Racing.
Harvick and the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet SS team earned five wins, 14 top fives, 20 top-10 finishes and eight pole awards en route to the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship.
In Harvick's 14 seasons competing at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series level he's accumulated 28 wins, 114 top fives, 229 top-10 finishes and 14 pole awards. (Budweiser Racing)(11-17-2014)
Kevin Harvick Wins 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship: In a storybook finish to conclude a revamped Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, #4-Kevin Harvick won the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway Sunday to claim his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship. To win the title, Harvick needed to finish ahead of his fellow Championship 4 - and a win was the only way that would've happened. #31-Ryan Newman finished second, #11-Denny Hamlin finished seventh and #22-Joey Logano ended the night in 16th.
After finishing a career-best third in the standings in three of the last four seasons, the 14-year series mainstay finally broke through for the premier series title in his first season with Stewart-Haas Racing. A veteran of all three of NASCAR's national series, Harvick joins Bobby Labonte and Brad Keselowski as the third driver to win both NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series crowns. Harvick, 38, is the 30th champion in the 66-year history of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
The #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John's Chevy driver showed off his speed throughout 2014, pacing the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led and poles. Following a two-win regular season, Harvick entered the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup as its No. 6 seed. He adeptly navigated his way through the Chase's Challenger and Contender Rounds highlighted by his victory at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but would still be searching for a championship without his clutch performance in the Eliminator Round cutoff race at Phoenix International Raceway.
Entering the penultimate showdown at the one-mile tri-oval last among Chase qualifiers, Harvick needed a win at Phoenix to advance to the Championship 4. He responded to the pressure by leading 264-of-312 laps and beating four-time series champion Jeff Gordon on his way to Victory Lane. The Bakersfield, California, native carried his momentum to Homestead, becoming the first title-winner under NASCAR's new playoff format.
Harvick's championship is the second for Stewart-Haas Racing. The racing outfit jointly owned by three-time premier series champion Tony Stewart and Gene Haas won its first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title behind the driving efforts of Stewart in 2011. #4 team crew chief Rodney Childers, also in his first season with SHR, won his first series crown as well.(NASCAR)(11-16-2014)
Harvick wins at Homestead and is the 2014 CHAMPION: #4-Kevin Harvick won the FORD EcoBoost 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway for his 5th win of the season, 1st win at Homestead and his 28h career win.
Harvick is the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion, beating #31-Ryan Newman by 1 points in the first ever Championship Race. #11-Hamlin finished 7th which placed him 3rd in the Chase and #22-Joey Logano suffered a poor pitstop late in the race to finish 16th and 4th in the Chase.
#31-Newman finished 2nd followed by #2-Keselowski, #27-Menard, #1-McMurray, #11-Hamlin, #15-Bowyer, #48-Johnson and #24-Gordon.
Pole winner #24-Gordon dominated most of the race, leading 161 of 267 laps until pitting late in the race and finishing 10th.
There were 18 lead changes among 5 drivers. There were 13 cautions for 52 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 122.280 mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Penalty Report (pdf) and Lap Summary Report (pdf).
Harvick sells land: #4-Kevin Harvick and his wife, DeLana, have sold 110.5 acres adjacent to their North Carolina estate for $3.2 million. The Harvicks' 12,000-square-foot mansion in Oak Ridge is listed with Tyler Redhead & McAlister Real Estate for $3.5 million. The effusive listing describes the estate as "extraordinary" with "architectural details beyond description." Features of the opulent estate include "soaring ceilings on all levels," "European-inspired balconies" and "multiple outdoor living spaces" on 19.8 acres, including gardens, a saltwater pool with cabana and outdoor dining area, according to the listing. The land was sold in two transactions. The 29.5 acres at 8413-8419 Haw River Road sold for $1.1 million, and 81.1 acres at 8427-8461 Haw River Road sold for $2.1 million, according to Guilford County records.(Charlotte Business Journal)(10-31-2014)
Harvick to make 500th Cup Start: #4-Kevin Harvick is scheduled to make his 500th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) start in Sunday's AAA Texas 500 race at Texas. In the midst of his 14th season in the series, Harvick has earned 26 wins, 111 top fives, 226 top-10 finishes and 14 pole awards. This weekend the #4 Budweiser Chevy will feature a special 500th start logo on the hood, under the right taillight and on the base of the b-post in recognition of the milestone. In addition, the hashtag #TexasToast appears on the car's decklid (Budweiser Racing), see an image of the scheme on the #4 Team Schemes page..(10-30-2014)
Harvick sells vacation home: Even before NASCAR star Kevin Harvick grabbed the checkered flag at Charlotte Motor Speedway, he already had closed out another impressive accomplishment: More than a week earlier, he and wife DeLana sold their Kiawah Island vacation home for about $1.8 million more than they paid for it four years ago. The oceanfront spread at 99 Surfsong Road fetched $8.2 million in a sale that closed Oct. 2. The buyers are from New Jersey. The Harvicks, who live in North Carolina, bought the home in October 2010 as a getaway, a spokesman told The Post and Courier at that time. They paid slightly more than $6.4 million, or about $2 million less than what it had sold for three years earlier. An online marketing brochure from Kiawah Island Real Estate shows the property had been on the market for $9.5 million recently. The 5,348-square-foot, five-bedroom home was built in 2002 with 14 tons of antique building materials shipped from Europe, including ancient white columns imported from the French Provencal countryside, limestone fireplaces from aging castles and kitchen floor tiles from Italy. It also has a pool, county record show. The property tax bill for this year is $74,236.60.(Charleston Post and Courier)(10-20-2014)
2015 team sponsorships coming together: Some top NASCAR Sprint Cup teams have sold their primary sponsorships for all of next season, but space remains on the cars of #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., #5-Kasey Kahne, Carl Edwards and #15-Clint Bowyer four months before the 2015 season begins. Among the teams that have sold all their primary sponsorship for next year are #24-Jeff Gordon, #48-Jimmie Johnson, #22-Joey Logano, #4-Kevin Harvick, #20-Matt Kenseth, #18-Kyle Busch and #11-Denny Hamlin. "It's certainly not easy finding a sponsor, but there was an abundant amount of interest in our sport and in our team," said Dave Alpern, chief marketing officer at Joe Gibbs Racing, which expands to four cars next season. Steve Newmark, president of Roush Fenway Racing, says that the three-car organization has fewer primary sponsorship openings then it did at this time a year ago. Ben Schlosser, chief marketing officer at Richard Childress Racing, says that his three-car organization also is ahead in selling sponsorships, noting some companies were willing to start negotiations earlier. "I think the climate is getting better," Newmark said. "It's not where we need to be, but I think the whole sport is doing a better job of marketing." Newmark credits more collaboration with NASCAR compared to when he arrived at Roush four years ago. Newmark also said that the team has made many changes to better serve sponsors. See more team-by team info at Motor Racing Network and check out the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Team / Driver Chart.(10-16-2014)
ditech Mortgage Corp Increases Involvement with SHR: ditech Mortgage Corp ("ditech"), one of the mortgage industry's best-known brands, has significantly increased its partnership with Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) for the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. ditech will expand its associate sponsorship of Kevin Harvick and the #4 team to include a two-race primary sponsorship. While the two races where ditech will adorn Harvick's #4 Chevy have not been determined, the look of the #4 ditech Chevrolet has been confirmed. "We are thrilled to expand our sponsorship with Kevin for two primary races in 2015," Smith said. "It's well known that NASCAR fans are steadfast in their support of team sponsors, and the surge in interest and awareness of the ditech brand is proof of that loyalty. Kevin continues to be a top performer in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, and we look forward to seeing all that he and the #4 team can do this year and in the years to come." Headquartered in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, ditech's overarching goal is to change the experience of securing a mortgage. The company views itself not as being in the mortgage business, but rather as being in the business of helping Americans reach their dream of homeownership. Ditech Mortgage Corp ("ditech") is a well-known home lender. Headquartered in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, the company provides residential mortgage products through a team of home loan specialists who are easily accessible by phone (1-800-700-9212), online and in-person. For more information, please visit www.ditech.com.(True Speed Communication/Stewart-Haas Racing), see an image of the scheme on the 2015 #4 Team Schemes page.(10-7-2014)
Stewart, Harvick swap pit crews UPDATE: Stewart-Haas Racing, the championship-winning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team, has swapped the pit crews of it #4 and #14 teams, effective immediately. Beginning with Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois, the #14 team's tire changers, tire carriers and jackmen will switch to the #4 team, and vice versa. "We made this change in the best interests of the entire organization," said Greg Zipadelli, vice president of competition, Stewart-Haas Racing. "Our primary goal is to win races and championships, and this pit crew swap provides championship experience to the #4 team and continued race-winning experience to the #14 team." (Stewart-Haas Racing(9-9-2014)
UPDATE: Kevin Harvick says the members of his pit crew that were switched to finish out the season with teammate and Stewart-Haas Racing co-owner Tony Stewart will get better with time. But with NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup beginning this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, time wasn't on Harvick's, or the team's side. "They do perform well," Harvick said of his now former crew Thursday during media day in downtown Chicago. "They just have to work on the consistency, and a lot of that consistency will come with time. The 14 group has been fortunate to be together for a long time and have been through the championship stuff. My guys are going to do great, they just need time to go through all the situations that all these pit crews that have been together for a long time have seen ... pit hoses getting stepped on and tires get hung and lug nuts fall off. I think everybody talked about it and felt like this was the right thing to do for now with the opportunity that we have," Harvick said. "Give those guys a little time to hopefully get Tony to Victory Lane and be competitive, (still) be in the same environment and do all the same things."(NASCAR.com)(9-12-2014)
Ditech joins Harvick as associate sponsor: Ditech Mortgage Corp, one of the mortgage industry's best-known brands, has partnered with Stewart-Haas Racing, the title-winning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team, in a multiyear agreement. ditech will serve as an associate sponsor of Kevin Harvick and the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John's team beginning with the Sept. 12-14 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekend at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois. ditech will appear on the C-post of the #4 Chevy and on the chest of Harvick's firesuit. Headquartered in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, ditech's overarching goal is to change the experience of securing a mortgage. The company views itself not as being in the mortgage business, but rather as being in the business of helping Americans reach their dream of homeownership.(Stewart-Haas Racing)(9-11-2014)
KHI Management add UFC's #2 female fighter: KHI Management expands its rapidly growing stable of athletes by signing a multi-year agreement to represent Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) standout Miesha "Cupcake" Tate, the UFC's second-ranked female fighter. KHI Management, LLC, an athlete-representation company owned by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick, continues to grow in the world of sports by signing its second fighter in as many years, adding to an impressive roster that already includes #4-ranked UFC fighter Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone. Tate, a former Strikeforce Women's bantamweight champion, is based and trains in Las Vegas. Her legendary rivalry with UFC women's bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey, is one of the most infamous in UFC history and in today's sports world, credited with bringing women's MMA to the UFC, the sport's premier promotion, and piquing national interest. Tate, 27, made her UFC debut in April 2013, taking on Cat Zingano in The Ultimate Fighter 17 finale, which marked the second women's MMA matchup in the UFC and produced the coach for The Ultimate Fighter 18 reality TV series. In 2013, she was featured in ESPN The Magazine's Body Issue. Tate joins a list of athletes and celebrities represented by KHI Management that includes Cerrone, NASCAR driver Jeff Burton, PGA Golfer Jason Gore and country music artists Jake Owen and Matt Stillwell.(KHI Management)(8-16-2014)
How much does it cost to operate a race team each week? Less than 24 hours after [Stewart-Haas Racing's haulers] returned from Sonoma, they are on their way to the Saturday race in Sparta, Ky. It's all part of the weekly routine at Stewart-Haas Racing, or any other NASCAR team, for that matter. Most people know that NASCAR is a traveling circus, a weekly carnival built on rubber and exhaust. But outside of motorsports, few can appreciate everything that goes into creating that big top each week. During a season, the sport travels 38 weekends across 23 markets, and that doesn't include test sessions. Teams truck race cars and parts, fly dozens of people and set up temporary homes at all of them. The NASCAR schedule makes the logistics and costs of operating a race team unique in professional sports. While stick-and-ball teams have front-office staff, players and administrators, NASCAR teams have pilots, flight attendants, long-haul truckers, engineers, mechanics, even chefs. Outside of racing, few - if any - face such a challenge of coordinating freight trucking and airline travel across so many weeks. Doing so is an enormous undertaking that takes months of planning. The Kentucky race weekend highlighted just how demanding it can be. Over the course of three days in June, Stewart-Haas Racing trucked eight race cars and flew more than 100 people to Kentucky for the Quaker State 400. It rented 27 vehicles and reserved 44 hotel rooms. It spent more than $1.5 million, and its four entries finished seventh, 11th, 12th and 21st to collect a combined purse of $428,401. (That doesn't include driver salaries or additional personnel costs.) As teams prepare to head to Indianapolis for NASCAR's annual Brickyard race, last month's Kentucky race provided a glimpse at what goes into a typical race weekend, how it comes together and how much it costs. See much more on race team logistics and expenses at Sports Business Journal.(7-22-2014)
Harvick joins Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation board: The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation (CRSF) announced that NASCAR driver #4-Kevin Harvick will be joining its Board, effective immediately. One of the first initiatives that the Ripken Foundation and Kevin Harvick Foundation will combine efforts on is construction of a Youth Development Park in the greater Greensboro, N.C. area.(Kevin Harvick Foundation)(2-13-2014)
Wiley X Sponsoring 14 NASCAR Drivers: Wiley X, Inc. has announced its team of sponsored NASCAR drivers. Among the Wiley X Pro Racing Team this year are proven champions, racing legends, perennial fan favorites and up-and-coming stars. Among Wiley X's stable of sponsored NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers are #20-Matt Kenseth, #99-Carl Edwards, #4-Kevin Harvick, #22-Joey Logano and #16-Greg Biffle. These drivers have been selected not only for their racing skills, but for their ability to serve as ambassadors for the Wiley X sunglasses brand. Wiley X will also be sponsoring drivers Aric Almirola, Ron Hornaday Jr., Michael McDowell, Joe Nemechek, John Hunter Nemechek, David Ragan, Joey Coulter and Chad Hackenbracht. Fifteen-year-old racing protégé Gray Gaulding, who signed with Wiley X last year, is also an important part of the team. Wiley X is also the official sunglass of Roush Fenway Racing.(NSSN)(2-12-2014)
became the #4 team in 2014 with Kevin Harvick
was the #39 team from 2009 thru 2013 when Stewart became co-owner in 2011
the #66 from 2006 thru 2008
the #0 2003 thru 2005 and #60 in 2002, the first year for the team
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