#4 Team News and Links


Stewart-Haas Racing
Kevin Harvick (2018+)
Kevin Harvick Foundation
True Speed Communication (PR)


Jimmy John's (16 races)(2017+)
Busch Beer (16 races)(2019)
Outback Steakhouse (2 races)(2016?)
ditech Home Loans (2 races)
ditech Racing
Mobil 1 (2 races)
Mobil 1 Racing



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Stewart Haas Racing - Facebook
Stewart Haas Racing - Instagram
Stewart Haas Racing - Pinterest
Stewart Haas Racing - YouTube
Stewart Haas Racing - Google+
Kevin Harvick - Twitter
Kevin Harvick - Facebook
Kevin Harvick - Instagram
Kevin Harvick - YouTube
Rodney Childers / Crew Chief - Twitter
Freaky Fast Racing (Jimmy Johns - Facebook
ditech Racing - Twitter
ditech Racing - Facebook


Kevin Harvick - ESPN
Kevin Harvick - RacingReference.info

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  • Races [16] that Jimmy Johns is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2017:
    Daytona - 2/26

  • Races [16] that Busch Beer / Busch Light is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2017:

  • Races [20+1] that Jimmy Johns is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2016:
    Daytona, Can-Am Duel 150* - 2/18
    Daytona - 2/21
    Atlanta - 2/28
    Las Vegas - 3/6
    Phoenix - 3/13
    Auto Club - 3/20
    Martinsville - 4/3
    Texas - 4/9
    Kansas - 5/7
    Dover - 5/15
    Charlotte - 5/29
    Pocono - 6/5
    New Hampshire - 7/17
    Indianapolis - 7/24
    Michigan - 8/28
    Richmond - 9/10
    Chicago - 9/18
    Dover - 10/2
    Talladega - 10/23
    Phoenix - 11/13
    Homestead - 11/20

  • Races [10+2] that Busch Beer / Busch Light is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2016:
    Daytona - 2/13, Sprint Unlimited
    Richmond - 4/24, Busch Light
    Talladega - 5/1, Busch Beer Fishing
    Charlotte, All-Star Race - 5/21, Busch Light
    Daytona - 7/2
    Kentucky - 7/9, Busch Light
    Watkins Glen - 8/7
    Bristol - 8/20
    Darlington - 9/4, throwback, 1979 Daytona 500
    Charlotte - 10/8, Busch Beer Hunting
    Martinsville - 10/30, Busch Light
    Texas - 11/6

  • Races [2] that ditech is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2016:
    Bristol - 4/17
    New Hampshire - 9/25

  • Races [2] that Outback Steakhouse is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2016:
    Michigan - 6/12
    Kansas - 10/16

  • Races [2] that Mobil1 Oil is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2016:
    Sonoma - 6/26
    Pocono - 7/31

  • There are FOUR race tracks (of 23) the Sprint Cup Series currently races at that #4-Kevin Harvick has not won a Sprint Cup race at:
    Texas, Pocono, Sonoma, Kentucky.(5-15-2016)

  • Contract Status: Driver: 2018+; Primary Sponsors: Busch Beer/Light 2019; Jimmy John's 2017+; ditech 2016; Outback Steakhouse 2016?; Mobil1 2017+

  • 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

#4 Team News and Rumors
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  • Jimmy John's Renews with Stewart-Haas Racing: Jimmy John's, the "freaky fast" gourmet sandwich chain since 1983, has extended its partnership with Stewart-Haas Racing in a multiyear agreement to continue as a primary sponsor of driver Kevin Harvick and the #4 team in the NASCAR Premier Series. Jimmy John's will be the primary sponsor of Harvick and the #4 team for 16 races in 2017, highlighted by the season-opening Daytona 500. For the remaining 22 races on the Premier Series schedule, Jimmy John's will serve as a major associate sponsor of the #4 entry.
    "We are fortunate to partner with Kevin for many years in a very meaningful way," said Jimmy John Liautaud, owner and founder of Jimmy John's. "On and off the track, Kevin and (wife) DeLana Harvick are winners in all they do, and Stewart-Haas Racing has proven to be an excellent home for them and for Jimmy John's."
    From humble beginnings in Charleston, Illinois, in 1983, Jimmy John's has grown to become a dominant entity in the quick-service restaurant industry. With more than 2,600 stores throughout the United States, Jimmy John's success is attributed to an innate desire to simply be the best. Its award-winning bread is baked fresh each day, and its meat and vegetables are sliced fresh daily. Its food contains no additives and no vegetable-based fillers. Augmenting the company's unmatched product is equally unmatched service, with every sandwich made fresh-to-order.
    "I've known Jimmy since 2009 and I've personally seen how driven he is and how his work ethic is embraced by Jimmy John's franchise owners," said Harvick, the 2014 Premier Series champion. "He wants to be the best, period. And he'll out-work everyone to be the best. That's the same mindset we have in racing. I'm proud to continue this partnership with Jimmy John's at Stewart-Haas Racing."
    "Jimmy's passion for quality products and service has made Jimmy John's what it is today," said Stewart, the three-time Premier Series champion who co-owns SHR with industrialist Gene Haas. "He's a savvy marketer who has seen the benefit of a NASCAR team sponsorship. We're pleased to continue our partnership with Jimmy John's because combining quality with quickness is what Stewart-Haas Racing is all about."(SHR)(12-1-2016)

  • Harvick left hanging after reaching out to Dillon: #4-Kevin Harvick said he reached out to #3-Austin Dillon following last week's incident between the two Sprint Cup Series drivers at Texas Motor Speedway but got no response. Austin Dillon said he's here at Phoenix International Raceway this weekend to race, and preferred not to comment on what took place last weekend. "I reached out to him and he didn't reach back," Harvick, the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, said after qualifying Friday at PIR. "So it is what it is." The two competitors were racing for fifth place at Texas when contact from Harvick's #14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevy sent Dillon's car into the wall in Turn 4 and ended his night.(NASCAR.com)(11-13-2016)

  • Harvick not happy with lack of Stewart 'credit': after qualifying at Phoenix International Raceway on Friday, #4-Kevin Harvick was asked:
    Harvick: "It's not going to be what it should be because I don't think anybody did a very good job of giving him the credit that he deserved throughout the year at the race tracks and from a sports standpoint. That has been very disappointing from my standpoint. I know that Tony probably would say that he didn't want that but I don't think anybody has done a very good job of giving him the credit for the time that he has put in and had in the sport. A three-time champion, multiple race winner, IndyCar champion and winner and to auto racing in general. It's been pretty disheartening to me to see the lack of credit that he has gotten."(Team Chevy Qualifying Notes and Quotes)(11-13-2016)

  • Busch Beer renews sponsorship of Harvick: Stewart-Haas Racing announced in a Facebook video, that Busch Beer has signed a three year extension to sponsor #4-Kevin Harvick.
    AND Busch Beer has increased its number of races with Kevin Harvick for next season as it goes from 12 races to 16 races as part of a three-year extension with Stewart-Haas Racing. Harvick will have sponsorship from Mobil 1 and Jimmie John's for the remainder of the races.(ESPN.com)(11-3-2016)

  • Stewart-Haas Racing signs deal with Nike: Stewart-Haas Racing has signed a six-figure value-in-kind deal with Nike to outfit the team starting next season, when SHR switches manufacturers from Chevy to Ford. SHR did not previously have a sole apparel manufacturer and instead had different brands worn by team members. However, because of the switch to Ford, SHR will have to get all new apparel since Chevy's logo is on its current gear, and the team decided the time was right to go out and find one official partner. Nike will outfit the organization with various forms of apparel, and in return gets the exposure from the gear being worn publicly, plus signage on SHR's pit practice facility and weight room.
    Meanwhile, [SHR VP/Sales & Marketing Mike Verlander] said that as part of the switchover from Chevy to Ford, SHR will also slightly tweak its logo. The new logo is not ready to be released, but Verlander said it will be a small change. SHR currently has a light blue logo, so switching to a darker shade to align with Ford's darker-blue logo is a possibility.(Sports Business Daily)(10-27-2016)

  • Confrontation between Harvick and Kurt Busch on pit road: #4-Kevin Harvick confronted Stewart-Haas Racing teammate #41-Kurt Busch on pit road after Sunday's race at Talladega, appearing to lean into Busch's car and initiate physical contact. Harvick apparently was upset that Busch hit the #4 car on the cool-down lap; it's unclear why Busch was angry with Harvick. Busch finished fourth while Harvick was seventh, and both drivers advanced to the third round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup. But NBC Sports Network later showed footage of a confrontation, which occurred while Busch still was sitting in his car.(USA Today, see video at NBCSports)(10-24-2016)

  • Roush Yates Engines preparing for Stewart Haas switch to Ford: One of the biggest stories of the 2016 NASCAR season played out early in the year with the announcement that Stewart-Haas Racing would switch from Chevrolet to Ford in 2017 - a move that caught most everyone off-guard. Now, with the season winding down, the countdown is on for that switch to become a reality and Roush Yates Engines is working behind the scenes to ensure it is up to the task of putting power under the SHR hoods. "Roush Yates Engines, right now, is in the process of increasing inventory and getting prepared," said Jeff Clark, Vice President of Sales for Roush Yates Engines. "We don't build the engines yet because technology is always changing but we are reviewing applications and potential employees - that will be more of a November/December item. And then acquiring the inventory, a lot of the parts in these engines require long lead-times. There are three, four, five or six months of lead time on these items, so we're trying to get the hard parts together and just prepare as much as possible for when it is go-time." Clark doesn't have an exact number of people the organization will need to bring on to fulfill the new workload but he knows they will be choosing from the best-of-the-best in the sport. He said they have received a lot of interest from engine experts looking to fill the void and that have led to numerous applications and resumes. He said management is poring over stats to determine how much the workload will increase to be ready for 2017.(Kickin the Tires)(10-17-2016)

  • Kevin Harvick wins at Kansas: #4-Kevin Harvick won the Hollywood Casino 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway for his 4th win of the season, 2nd win at Kansas and 35th career win. Harvick led 74 of the 267 laps.
    #19-Edwards finished 2nd followed by #22-Logano, #48-Johnson, #18-Busch, #3-Dillon, #88-Bowman (a career best), #47-Allmendinger, pole sitter #20-Kenseth, and #5-Kahne.
    Two Chase drivers finished off the lead lap. #2-Keselowski spun off turn 4 during the race, slid down into the grass and ripped the front off the car. He finished 38th. #24-Elliott had a couple tire rubs that led to unscheduled pit stops. He finished 31st.
    There were 16 lead changes among 10 drivers and 8 cautions for 38 yellow flag laps.
    See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more [NOTE: money/winnings are no longer reported] at:
    Unofficial Race Results page (pdf)
    Lap Summary Report (pdf)
    Penalty Report (pdf)
    Pit Stop Times (pdf)
    Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf)
    Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)

  • KHI Management adds Harrison Burton: Second-generation NASCAR driver Harrison Burton is the latest athlete to join KHI Management's continually expanding list of high-profile athletes and celebrities, inking a multi-year representation agreement with the company. Burton is the son of former NASCAR driver, current NASCAR on NBC analyst and fellow KHI Management client Jeff Burton. Harrison Burton, who turned 16 this week, is scheduled to make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at Martinsville Speedway on Oct. 29 and will run a partial Truck Series schedule in 2017. Burton is the second athlete announced as a part of the KHI Management stable in as many weeks. Last week, the company revealed the addition of PGA TOUR golfer James Hahn. Burton and Hahn join a roster of KHI Management athletes and celebrities that also includes: UFC fighters Miesha Tate, Donald Cerrone and Rose Namajunas; former NASCAR driver and current NASCAR on NBC analyst Jeff Burton; FOX Sports sideline reporter Shannon Spake; amateur motocross prodigy Ryder DiFrancesco; PGA golfer Jason Gore; and country music artists Jake Owen and Matt Stillwell.(KHI Management)(10-21-2016)

  • ExxonMobil and Stewart-Haas Racing Extend Partnership with Multi-Year Deal: ExxonMobil announced it will be extending the Mobil 1 brand's sponsorship of Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) in a multi-year deal. Beginning next year, Mobil 1, the "Official Motor Oil of NASCAR," will provide full primary sponsorships across SHR's four NASCAR premier series drivers. Kevin Harvick's #4 car, Danica Patrick's #10, Clint Bowyer's #14 and Kurt Busch's #41 will see Mobil 1 full primaries at various NASCAR premier series races throughout the year. At the same time, the Mobil 1 brand will remain an associate sponsor for all SHR drivers at all other races. "ExxonMobil and Mobil 1 lubricant technology have been integral to my success with SHR and my 2014 Championship, so I'm excited they're coming back," said Harvick. "I'm also honored to step in as the lead representative for the Mobil 1 brand both on and off the track."
    Tony Stewart, who has represented Mobil 1 since the brand joined SHR in 2011, is retiring as a NASCAR driver at the end of the 2016 season. He will remain a brand ambassador for Mobil 1 in his role as a team owner, as he co-owns SHR with industrialist Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation. Additionally, the Mobil 1 brand will be an associate sponsor of SHR's new NASCAR XFINITY Series for the 2017 season, where Cole Custer will run for rookie of the year. The company has been providing lubricant technology support to the team since 2011, which helped Stewart and Harvick earn premier series championships for SHR in 2011 and 2014, respectively.
    "With two championships already, our partnership with Stewart-Haas Racing has been pushing performance limits since day one. Finishing this year and going into 2017, we're ready to add more wins and titles to the collection," said Kai Decker, global motorsports manager at ExxonMobil. "Our engineers are continuously working to advance our lubricant technology and SHR plays a large role in how we test our engine lubricants - ensuring consumers and race fans are getting the best product available."
    After announcing the partnership in 2010, SHR and Mobil 1 engineers began working closely together to tackle racing challenges. The 2017 season continues a collaborative engineering relationship used to develop lubricant packages and push technology limits to new frontiers. This relationship helps the SHR team win races and ExxonMobil continue to improve the performance of Mobil 1 branded lubricants with improved power, fuel mileage, engine efficiency and reliability.
    "We're thrilled to continue our partnership with ExxonMobil for the 2017 race season and beyond," Stewart said. "They've been an incredible partner. "The success we've achieved has been greatly helped by Mobil 1 lubricant technology and our engineers working hand in hand with their engineers."
    Including the 2016 season, the partnership with ExxonMobil has led to significant on-track success for SHR, compiling two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series titles, 34 race wins, 140 top-five finishes, 266 top-10 finishes and 28 poles.
    Along with its association with SHR, Mobil 1 is entering its 15th year as the "Official Motor Oil of NASCAR." Mobil 1 is used by more than 50 percent of the teams in NASCAR's top-three series.(ExxonMobil PR)(10-7-2016)

  • Special scheme for Harvick at Charlotte: Busch is planning a race day takeover on October 8 at Charlotte Motor Speedway to celebrate the launch of its racing platform. On the track, race-goers can expect to see the #4 Chevy of Kevin Harvick schemed to mimic the Busch hunting cans - featuring classic Busch logos, along with blaze orange throughout and green silhouettes of deer, elk, pheasant and ducks in a wilderness setting. Enlarged versions of the ever-elusive gold trophy can graphics will appear on both the driver and passenger sides. Harvick will also be outfitted in a camo fire suit to round out the hunting look and feel on the track. Race fans will be on the hunt for Busch Beer gold trophy cans as part of Busch Beer's campaign dubbed "Hunt One. Win Big." Fans will have the chance to win the grand prize hunting trip of a lifetime, as well as weekly hunting-themed prizes. The promotion will feature updated packaging with four unique hunting game cans and a new golden camouflage trophy can, more info about the contest on Jayski.com's Contest page.(Stewart-Haas Racing / ), see image of the scheme on the #4 Team Schemes page (10-6-2016)

  • Fewest laps led by a race winner in 2016: #4-Kevin Harvick led just 8 laps at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday, the fewest laps any race winner has led this season:
    #4-Harvick - New Hampshire - 8 laps led
    #11-Hamlin - Watkins Glen - 10 laps
    #34-Buescher - Pocono - 12 laps
    #14-Stewart - Sonoma - 22 laps
    (ESPN Stats & Info)(9-26-2016)

  • Harvick wins at New Hampshire: #4-Kevin Harvick won the Bad Boy Off Road 300 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for his 3rd win of the season, 2nd win at New Hampshire and 34th career win. Harvick took the lead from Kenseth with 5 laps to go and led a total of just 8 of the 300 laps.
    Harvick joins Martin Truex, Jr in automatically earning a spot in the Chase Round of 12 that begins at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    #20-Kenseth finished 2nd followed by #18-Busch, #2-Keselowski, #41-Busch, pole sitter #19-Edwards, #78-Truex, Jr., #48-Johnson, #5-Kahne, and #42-Larson.
    There were 14 lead changes among 8 drivers and 6 cautions for 31 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 109.291mph.
    See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more [NOTE: money/winnings are no longer reported] at:
    Unofficial Race Results page (pdf)
    Lap Summary Report (pdf)
    Penalty Report (pdf)
    Pit Stop Times (pdf)
    See UNOFFICIAL drivers championship points standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf).
    See the UNOFFICIAL owner points standings on the Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).(9-25-2016)

  • Truex and Harvick ok after Chicago contact: #78-Martin Truex Jr. said he and #4-Kevin Harvick have cleared the air following contact during last week's race at Chicagoland Speedway. At one point in the opener for the Chase for the Sprint Cup, Harvick door-slammed Truex and caused a tire rub on the #78 car. But Truex went on to win the race, so it ultimately didn't have an impact. At the time, Truex said he was certain Harvick initiated the contact on purpose and was trying to damage Truex's fast car. But on Friday, Truex said the drivers spoke this week and no longer have any problems. "We're fine; we're good to go," Truex said. "We just talked about what our perspectives were on it and agreed it's over, it's done with, we'll move on and race like we always have. We've raced very hard but always clean. So we agreed it was a racing deal and we'll move forward." Truex said he was angry with Harvick at the time and didn't realize Harvick also was mad. What did Harvick have to be upset about? "I guess he thought I ran into him," Truex said.(USA Today)(9-24-2016)

  • Harvick not happy with pit crew at Darlington: Kevin Harvick finished 2nd Sunday night at Darlington Raceway after dominated much of the race.
    On his night:
    Harvick: "Our team in the garage did a great job. They brought the fastest race car to the track once again and we just didn't do a good job on pit road and gave it away."
    How much did the race change and how did your car react throughout the night?
    Harvick: "We started 12th and eighth and sixth and we had a great race car all night just got to thank everybody in the shop and in the garage for putting the race cars under us. We can't just continuously shoot ourselves in the foot every few pit stops."
    How much in the forefront of you rmind were the pit stops on pit road tonight?
    Harvick: :Oh, it's just the same old thing. You get in position where you bring a dominant car. The guys in the shop and the guys in the garage are doing a great job, and the guys on pit road are doing a terrible job. You get in a position to win races, and they continually step on their toes and don't make it happen. You're not going to win races like that. I'm really proud of the car that we brought tonight and the things that we've done on the race track, but you can only make so many excuses for pit road."
    How do you get it cleaned up before the Chase starts?
    Harvick: "That's a good question for (crew chief) Rodney (Childers)."
    How do you balance trying to be a cheerleader?
    Harvick: "I'm over being a cheerleader. Those guys get paid a lot of money to perform on pit road, and cheerleading hasn't really been working. You've got to get after it on pit road and do your job."
    (Team Chevy PR)(9-5-2016)

  • Harvick leads in 2nd place finishes since 2014: Since the start of the 2014 season #4-Kevin Harvick has 22 second-place finishes - more than double the next-closest driver in the same period: #2-Brad Keselowski has 10.(USA Today), Harvick has 47 career 2nd place finishes, 11th all time. Richard Petty is the all-time leader with 157 second place finishes. See the list on the All-time winners page (8-28-2016)

  • Harvick wins Bristol: #4-Kevin Harvick won the rain delayed Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway for his 2nd win of the season, 2nd win at Bristol and 33rd career win. Harvick came from the 24th starting spot to win, the deepest in the field a Bristol winner has started since Dale Earnhardt Jr. took the checkered flag from 30th in the 2004 Night Race. The race was was suspended because of rain after 48 laps on Saturday night and resumed on Sunday after showers blew through the area by late afternoon.
    Harvick had his team owner, #14-Tony Stewart, join him in doing donuts and celebrating the victory on the frontstretch.
    #17-Stenhouse Jr. (ties his career best finish) finished 2nd followed by #11-Hamlin, #3-Dillon, #34-Buescher, #19-Edwards, #48-Johnson, #1-McMurray, #47-Allmendinger and #22-Logano.
    #18-Busch led the most laps, 256 of 500, before crashing out on lap 357 finishing 39th.
    #34-Buescher's 5th place finish moves him into the top 30 of drivers points and eligible for the Chase.
    There were 20 lead changes among 8 drivers and 9 cautions for 106 yellow flag laps and 3 red flags for rain.
    The average speed was 77.968 mph.
    See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more [NOTE: money/winnings are no longer reported] at:
    Unofficial Race Results page (pdf)
    Lap Summary Report (pdf)
    Penalty Report (pdf)
    Pit Stop Times (pdf)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Bristol Race & Points Report (pdf). (8-21-2016)

  • Most mentioned drivers in first half of season: According to research by Joyce Julius, #4-Kevin Harvick recevied the most TV interviews and TV mentions in the first half of the Sprint Cup season (through Kentucky) and #18-Busch had the most interview time. They also note that there were 46 fewer (-23%) NASCAR driver TV interviews at mid-year compared to 2015 at the same point in the season.

    Driver Interviews Interview
    #4-Harvick 22 16:34 2,458
    #48-Johnson 13 9:46 1,961
    #18-Busch 23 21:11 1,870
    #78-Truex, Jr. 17 17:27 1,792
    #2-Keselowski 15 14:50 1,634
    #19-Edwards 20 16:15 1,622
    #20-Kenseth 10 6:21 1,522
    #22-Logano 17 17:00 1,489
    #11-Hamlin 17 11:36 1,349
    #41-Busch 10 6:38 1,295
    #88-Earnhardt, Jr. 17 12:26 1,240
    #24-Elliott 14 7:16 1,049
    #42-Larson 8 7:26 823
    #14-Stewart 9 9:34 714
    #21-Blaney 9 6:47 594

  • Mobil 1 sponsoring 3 SHR cars at Pocono: A live-broadcasted virtual race, a one-of-a-kind time lapse experience and another leg of an endless road trip are all upcoming digital video events to celebrate ExxonMobil's expanded partnership with Stewart-Haas Racing at Pocono. These three pieces of Mobil 1 online content will be released during the days leading up to race weekend, culminating with full primary sponsorships of #4-Kevin Harvick, #10-Danica Patrick and #14-Tony Stewart for the Pennsylvania 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Additionally, Mobil 1 will be the presenting sponsor of the race's NBC Sports Network TV broadcast. "The same brand having marquee placement on three cars for one of NASCAR's top teams during the same race is rare, so we are marking the event by bringing more Mobil 1-branded action to race fans before and during the Pocono Sprint Cup race," said Kai Decker, global motorsports manager at ExxonMobil. "Our Mobil 1 Pocono digital content ranges from light-hearted to thrilling and provides behind-the-scenes access we think fans will love."(Mobil 1 PR)(7-26-2015)

  • Indianapolis Post-race penalties and warnings: NASCAR has announced penalties and warnings following the Crown Royal presents the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 24th.
    #4-Kevin Harvick was given a P3 penalty for violations of Section 12.1; Section [Lug Nut(s) not properly installed]. Crew chief (Rodney Childers) has been fined $20,000 and suspended from all NASCAR Series Championship Points Events through August 3, 2016 and placed on NASCAR Probation through December 31, 2016.
    The following warnings were issued:
    #5-Kahne (1), #27-Menard (3), #83-Dibenedetto (4), Failed LIS twice during pre-race inspection, written warning
    #41-Busch (2), #43-Almirola (2), Failed template inspection twice, prequalifying inspection, written warning
    ()--Total current warnings
    See the New Hampshire Post-Event Penalty & Warning Report(pdf) for more.
    AND: [SHR engineer] Dax Gerringer will serve as Harvick's interim crew chief at Pocono.(7-20-2016)

  • Harvick not happy with pit crew: #4-Kevin Harvick talked to NBCSN at the conclusion of Sunday's race at New Hamsphire:
    "I'm disgusted to tell you the truth. It's the same thing every week. We just make mistake after mistake and until we clean that up we don't have a chance to win races putting ourselves in a hole every time we make a mistake. It sucks because the cars are plenty fast, but we are just not executing."
    "We just have to perform better. We under execute as a team on a weekly basis and got to do a better job. The Jimmy John's Chevrolet cars are always fast, but we always do something wrong."
    "It's really going to have to come from the top. I mean they are going to have to clamp down and there is no way we can win a championship like this unless they straighten some of this stuff out."
    (Chevy Racing PR)(7-18-2016)

  • Harvick named celebrity captain for Triple-A Home Run Derby: #4-Kevin Harvick has been named one of eight celebrity captains for the 2016 Triple-A Home Run Derby. Harvick joins Panthers star Shaq Thompson, Hornets head coach Steve Clifford, UNCC men's basketball coach Mark Price and WWE Hall of Fame member Sergeant Slaughter as celebrity captains. Harvick will represent the Kevin Harvick Foundation, which he and wife DeLana founded in 2010.(WCNC)(7-7-2016)

  • Harvick to be sponsored by Mobil 1 at Sonoma: Kevin Harvick will drive the #4 Mobil 1 Chevy for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) for the first time this year as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to the first of two road-course races on the 2016 Sprint Cup schedule - Sunday's Save Mart 350k at Sonoma Raceway. Mobil 1 is the "Official Motor Oil of NASCAR" and the Mobil brand of lubricant products are the "Official Lubricants of NASCAR." Mobil 1 engine oils have long been the lubricant of choice for race teams competing in the most demanding and popular motorsports series across the globe. This weekend will be the first of two races with Mobil 1 as the primary partner on the #4 Chevy in 2016. Mobil 1 will next appear as the primary partner of the #4 Chevy at Pocono in July.(SHR), see an image of the car on the #4 team paint schemes page.(6-22-2016)

  • Harvick gets new front tire changer: This past weekend at Michigan International Speedway, Kevin Harvick's #4 pit crew had a new front tire changer, Tim Sheets. Sheets' move to the #4 came late in the week and it's uncertain if his position is a long-term fix. Stewart-Haas Racing's #4 crew has always been a top pit crew, but has struggled a bit this year. Sheets was once the front changer for the #31 of Ryan Newman and after he split from Richard Childress Racing joined Casey Mears' #13 team before taking the role on the #4 team.(PitTalks)(6-17-2016)

  • Mobil 1 Motor Oil Gears Up for More "Three Wide" Action with Stewart-Haas Racing: Building upon the "Tony's Next Chapter" series, Mobil 1 motor oil, the Official Motor Oil of NASCAR, is back with fresh digital content for NASCAR fans. The "Endless Road Trip" and "What's Your Take?" video series bring together #4-Kevin Harvick, #10-Danica Patrick and #14-Tony Stewart to provide fans a window into the playful relationship between the drivers, as well as a sense of their personalities when away from the racetrack. "Endless Road Trip" chronicles the between-race road trips of Harvick, Patrick and Stewart as they venture to several NASCAR Sprint Cup Series destinations. Each episode depicts the uniqueness and local culture of different U.S. regions. Altogether, the road trip distance reaches approximately 15,000 miles, representing the guaranteed engine protection for up to 15,000 miles between oil changes using Mobil 1 Extended Performance motor oil. The series launched before the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 29 and will include seven installments:
    " Charlotte - Coca-Cola 600 on May 29
    " Michigan - FireKeepers Casino 400 on June 12
    " Sonoma - Toyota/Save Mart 350 on June 26
    " New Hampshire - New Hampshire 301 on July 17
    " Indianapolis - Crown Royal Presents "Your Hero's Name Here" 400 on July 24
    " Pocono - Pennsylvania 400 on July 31
    " Richmond - Federated Auto Parts 400 on September 10
    Fans can follow Harvick, Patrick and Stewart on the "Endless Road Trip" using #Mobil1RoadTrip on Facebook and Twitter.(Mobil 1)(5-28-2016)

  • Harvick talks about contract extension: #4-Kevin Harvick met with media at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Friday and discussed his contract extension with Stewart-Haas Racing and more, the transcript in part:
    Harvick: "I was hoping that we were going to get all this out of the way today so that we don't have to talk about it for several more years again. As you sit back and you see all the things that happened at the beginning of the year and I'll kind of give you guys (media) a little more background on how all this went. For me, I had an automatic two-year extension that the team held; but which everybody was understood that we were going to extend that option. But I think as you stood back and looked at it there was a lot of things that changed in the sport and within our team.
    We had a lot of sponsorship things that wanted to do things further than really where we were. So, we sat back and said okay, let's mutually agree just to forget that contract and let's restructure everything and I think anytime somebody hears the word 'restructure' somehow within an organization or within a team, it was a mutually agreed restructure to extend the contract and make it go further so that we could extend our sponsorships and extend our relationships that we had to make them longer. You hear the scuttlebutt. It affects the guys in the shop a lot more than it affects me. I think it's kind of fun, to be honest with you, because I think a lot of you guys have gone through a lot of the things that we go through as drivers when you see somebody say something that you take offense to and seeing the internal squabbles between a lot of you guys kind of reminds me of putting us in situations. So, I think there's a lot that can be learned through this particular situation.
    But I think as you look back and it got so out of control that I actually went to Kasey Kahne and I said look man, here's what's going on. And I told him there's not been one person that's called me from your organization and I want you to have the trust in your team. I want you to believe in your team. I want you to keep working on the things that you're working on, but here's where it's at. Here's what I'm doing. Here's what I see. Here's how it's going to go. And here we are up until last week still running around.
    And I think for me, when you look at things and you say well, you can only say so much before you start crossing line or putting things into legal responsibilities and treading lightly on what you can and can't say. So, you put yourself in that position and I tried to be as up-front as I could with you guys to tell you exactly what was going on. So, it's all been great with the management at SHR. I never even worried about having to take phone calls or place phone calls or put our team in a position to go out, my personal team, in a position to go out and talk to other people. That was never the case. It was just extending an extension that needed to be put in place because in the end it's like I've said several times, I feel like I've got the best crew chief in the garage. Our team has been performing well and doing the things that they need to do and I like the challenges that face us in the future. That motivates me to have those things in place. And so, it's all been good. It's just been some crazy rumors that however they got started, they got started."
    Harvick: "Most everything we do is in four or five-year chunks. So, it's really until you get to this particular point in the last year of the deal it's really not something that you really evaluate until then. DeLana and I and everybody on our team tries to put as many things to bed as possible so that our goal is to always focus on being parents and trying to do the best we can on Sunday's or Saturday night in this particular case. DeLana and I talked about where we wanted to be and we set the goals of how we were going to do things for the next several years and we'll address those things then. But, you hear too many guys talk about retiring too soon and you watch Mark (Martin) do it into his mid-50's. So, I'm going to sit up here and say I need to retire at this particular age. I'm going to quit when I feel like I'm not having fun anymore or I'm not competitive. It's way too much fun right now being competitive and having fast cars and you feel like you're making up for a little bit of lost time at the beginning. So, it's been fun to kind of have that rejuvenated the last three years and really be excited about it and love being part of the team and organization and all the things that come with what we have right no. So, it's just a lot of fun and it's going to have to be pretty painful for me at the end of this one to just say I'm done because I'll still be in my mid-40's. I'm not going to commit to quit before it's too soon."
    Harvick: "I don't think so. Not from my part. I think it's probably been a distraction at the shop and to the guys on the team a lot more than it has me. I don't mind getting in the middle of some of these games. At this point, we weren't even really trying to play a game, but unfortunately it kind of turned into just a spiraling out of control rumor. But I felt like that was important. I feel like I have a good relationship with Kasey. I felt like it was important for him to know where his organization stood and the talks and situations that had been there were never even talked about. So, I thought that was important for him to know. That was probably two or two and a half months ago that I had that conversation with him. I felt like that was important because I knew that there was a lot of pressure on that particular side of things to get where they have been and where they're performing better and doing the things that they're doing on the race track. I just felt that was important."
    Harvick: "I'm just happy to race to the end of the year and be competitive right now and worry about the things that we have in front of us. So, we'll worry about all that stuff when we get to the end of the year."(Team Chevy)(5-20-2016)

  • Harvick [AGAIN] debunks rumor of move to Hendrick UPDATE: Stewart-Haas Racing {#'s 4,10,14,41] announced that it would switch to Ford vehicles next year, since then one of its top drivers has been rumored to be jumping ship. But the sources and reports are bogus according to #4-Kevin Harvick. Harvick took to Twitter Tuesday to refute another report that he would be moving to Hendrick Motorsports in 2017. "Bunch of people making [expletive] up," Harvick tweeted. Harvick also denied a similar report(s) in February (and April and March)(UPI) and see Harvick's Twitter for more.(5-18-2018)
    UPDATE - Harvick signs extension with SHR Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) has signed driver #4-Kevin Harvick to a long-term contract extension. Harvick joined SHR in 2014 after 13 Sprint Cup seasons and his impact with the organization was immediate. In his debut year with SHR, the Bakersfield, California-native scored eight poles, won five races and led 2,137 laps en route to his first Sprint Cup championship. Harvick's title defense in 2015 was incredibly strong, as he won three races and earned career-best numbers in top-fives (23), top-10s (28) and laps led (2,294) before finishing second in the championship. Harvick already has a win, five top-fives, nine top-10s and 688 laps led in the 12 Sprint Cup races run this season. "It was a big decision to join Stewart-Haas Racing and it has turned out to be my best decision," said Harvick, who has won nine of his 32 career Sprint Cup victories with SHR. "I came to Stewart-Haas Racing to win championships. We have one, but that only made us hungry for more. I'm very happy to have my future secure with a team so dedicated to winning." Harvick will continue to drive the team's #4 entry and remain paired with crew chief Rodney Childers, who signed a multiyear contract extension last June. "Kevin's results speak for themselves, and in addition to those numbers, he brings a presence to our team that makes everyone want to work harder," said Tony Stewart, co-owner of SHR with Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation, the largest CNC machine tool builder in North America. "Kevin Harvick has made Stewart-Haas Racing a better team and he will continue to be an integral part of our future." Stewart earned SHR its first Sprint Cup championship in 2011, with Harvick bookending that title in 2014. SHR is one of only five active Sprint Cup teams with multiple premiere series titles. "When you have talented people who consistently deliver results, you hold on to them," Haas said. "Kevin Harvick is an exceptional talent and we're very proud to have him a part of Stewart-Haas Racing for years to come."(SHR)(5-19-2016)

  • Romain Grosjean could run a NASCAR race this summer UPDATE: Formula 1 driver Romain Grosjean's debut in NASCAR could happen as early as this summer, after Stewart-Haas Racing revealed it is now working on a plan to get the Frenchman a race entry. "We may give it a go. I think it would be really cool," he said after sitting in a Sprint Cup car on the day he was announced as a Haas F1 driver. "It's definitely on our wish list," Joe Custer, chief operating officer of Haas F1 said. "We just have to make it work - whether it be this year, next year, whenever that is. We're not sure. He's made it clear that he wouldn't want his debut to be on an oval - where he's never done it before. There's so much going on. We have to figure out the testing opportunities and all the things that would make it a success." Either road course race on the Sprint Cup schedule would be ideal for the 30-year-old racer with Sonoma (June 26) and Watkins Glen (August 7) both during off weeks for F1. But while Sonoma falls at the end of the Canada/Baku back-to-back run, the Glen race falls in the middle of the F1's summer break between the German GP (July 31) and the Belgian GP on August 28. "I'm not sure when it would happen, but it's on our list," explained Custer. "We would like to have him test. He would be a rookie. I don't think there are any barriers to any of this. We just have to figure it out and get it on the schedule. Then, five cars or four cars? Or does he work with another team in the garage. All of that. We have to work out the details and have enough time to make it happen."(Motorsport)(5-9-2016)
    UPDATE: Romain Grosjean believes that his best chance of making his NASCAR debut will come at the Sonoma road course race at the end of June. Grosjean expressed an interest in trying out NASCAR after joining Stewart-Haas Racing co-owner Gene Haas' new Formula 1 operation for its debut season in 2016. "When it's going to happen, I don't know. It's 21 races, it's quite a tight schedule already in Formula 1. Of course you don't want to start on an oval, I wouldn't feel very comfortable." Grosjean's best opportunities for a road course appearance come with the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma on June 26 and the Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen on August 7. However, the race at The Glen would cut into F1's summer break. "That's a problem," Grosjean said. "Sonoma is better I think." Should Grosjean be able to make his debut though, it would not come with Stewart-Haas Racing. NASCAR rules only allow four cars per team and no exceptions for rookie drivers as used to be the case. A possible scenario for Grosjean would be racing with the SHR-supported HScott Motorsports team.(NBC Sports)(5-13-2016)

  • Busch's "Catch One. Win Big." on the #4: Kevin Harvick's #4 Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing will feature a special Busch Beer fishing scheme this weekend for the GEICO 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway. The scheme will help Busch Beer kick off the return of its popular fishing program for a chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime fishing excursion with pro fisherman and seven time Angler of the Year Kevin VanDam. Beginning May 8, all Busch and Busch Light packaging will feature one of the four unique fish cans, or the grand prize: the brand new gold trophy can. The refreshed packaging will be featured on 18-, 24- and 30-packs of 12-ounce and 15-ounce cans. The graphics will represent each of the four potential grand prize trip destinations, with a particular species of game fish representing each trip's respective geography. The four fish species and corresponding trips up for consumer voting are: Red Drum in Venice, Louisiana; Largemouth Bass in Lake St. Clair, Michigan; Cutthroat Trout in Montana; or Sockeye Salmon in Kenai River, Alaska. Consumers who find one of the 100,000 gold trophy cans randomly seeded in packs of Busch and Busch Light can capture a photo of themselves with the can and submit it online via Busch.com. They'll then be entered for a chance to win weekly premium prizes including GoPros, sonar systems, tackle boxes, fishing bobbers and more. Five lucky consumers will be awarded the grand prize: the fishing trip of a lifetime to one of four possible destinations to go fishing with professional bass fisherman, Kevin VanDam. To celebrate the launch of the Busch fishing promotion, Harvick's #4 Busch Fishing Chevrolet SS will prominently feature each of the four fish cans and the trophy can. The driver side will display the image of a cutthroat trout while the passenger side will feature a largemouth bass.(Stewart-Haas Racing), see an image of the car on the #4 team paint schemes page.(4-28-2016)

  • First appearance for Busch Light on the #4: Kevin Harvick's #4 Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing will feature Busch Light for the first time during this weekend's 400-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Richmond International Raceway. It marks the first appearance for a Busch brand on the #4 since February's season-opening non-points Sprint Unlimited during Speedweeks at Daytona. While Busch Beer has a rich racing history dating back to 1978, Busch Light, which was introduced to the public in 1989, will make its debut as a primary sponsor in the Sprint Cup Series. Busch Beer's history as a primary sponsor in the Sprint Cup Series dates back to the first race of the 1979 season, when NASCAR champion Cale Yarborough drove Junior Johnson's iconic #11 car to a third-place finish at Riverside International Raceway. Yarborough drove the #11 Busch Beer car for the entire 1979 and 1980 seasons. He went on to score 10 wins, 38 top-five finishes, 44 top-10s, 15 poles and led 4,130 laps over the 62-race span. This weekend marks the first of four appearances by Busch Light on the #4 Chevrolet SS in 2016. It will next appear on the #4 Chevrolet SS in the non-points-paying Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, before appearing in July at Kentucky Speedway and Martinsville Speedway in October.(Stewart-Haas Racing), see an image of the car on the #4 team paint schemes page.(4-21-2016)

  • Harvick to run 1979 Daytona 500 Busch Beer scheme at Darlington: The car that inspired the paint scheme on Kevin Harvick's #4 Busch Beer Chevy competed in one of the most important races in NASCAR history. On Thursday afternoon, Stewart-Haas Racing, along with Busch Beer and Harvick, announced that the Busch Beer car that Cale Yarborough drove in the 1979 Daytona 500 was the inspiration for Harvick's Darlington ride. With most of the eastern part of the U.S. confined to their homes because of a huge snowstorm, millions tuned in to watch the race, which changed the perception of the sport. Not only was the racing great, but those watching were treated to a boxing match. Yarborough was one of the three participants in the last-lap brawl. The competitive nature of the race and the impromptu altercation thrust NASCAR into the spotlight (Lionel), see an image of the scheme on the #4 Team Schemes page (4-15-2016)

  • ditech makes its 2016 debut on the #4 Chevy: Kevin Harvick's #4 Chevy will feature the familiar blue color of ditech at Bristol in the Food City 500. Ditech is also giving race fans a reason to cheer for Harvick and the #4 Chevy each weekend with its "Drive Down Your Mortgage" sweepstakes. Each time Harvick wins a Sprint Cup race, ditech will conduct a sweepstakes drawing for a cash prize of $20,000. The prize winner can use the $20,000 for any purpose they choose, including paying down their mortgage. No mortgage is required in order to be eligible to enter or win. In addition to the ditech's "Drive Down Your Mortgage" sweepstakes grand prize, participants can also play an instant win game for a chance to win hundreds of other prizes. ditech is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in one more 2016 race, at New Hampshire in September (SHR), see images of the scheme on the #4 Team Schemes page (4-15-2016)

  • Ford exec says "no doubt" Harvick will drive a Ford next season UPDATE: Ford Performance boss Dave Pericak did not mince words when it comes to Kevin Harvick's status for 2017. "There is no doubt in my mind," Pericak said. "He will be in a Ford." Despite rumors Chevrolet would like to keep Harvick in their camp, Pericak insists the 2014 champion will drive a Ford next season. Enlisting the services of Stewart-Haas Racing is just the latest bold move made by Pericak, who took over Ford's racing arm 16 months ago. With Chevrolet having a stranglehold over half of the Sprint Cup field Pericak acknowledged it was time to even the odds. "We've always said we're here to win races," Pericak added. "We're not just here to have fun. We have to have more than just a couple bullets in the chamber every time you show up on the weekends. So we're going to strengthen all the way across the board and adding a championship caliber team like Stewart-Haas is putting more bullets in the chamber." As for the bigger picture, Pericak sees plenty of progress for the Blue Oval brigade -- from rookie Ryan Blaney's ability to get up to speed so quickly to the gains at Roush Fenway Racing and Richard Petty Motorsports.(Motorsport)(4-7-2016)
    UPDATE: Kevin Harvick strongly reiterated his intentions to remain at Stewart-Haas Racing, saying Thursday "There is nothing to it" as far as the rumors he could leave over the team's move to Ford next season. "As far as I know, I thought I had a team extension that had two more years left on my contract," he said.(ESPN.com)(4-7-2016)

  • Harvick and Kyle Busch dominating laps led: Two drivers have combined to lead over half the 1,815 laps so far in the Sprint Cup Series. #18-Kyle Busch is tops at 486 laps led - one more than #4-Kevin Harvick. After Busch and Harvick, only three drivers have led more than 100 laps this season: #48-Jimmie Johnson has led 171, #20-Matt Kenseth 143 and #11-Denny Hamlin at 107.(Associated Press)(4-7-2016)

  • Most mentioned drivers of 2016: According to Joyce Julius, a company that tracks media mentions for sport sponsors, #4-Kevin Harvick has been the most-mentioned NASCAR driver on TV this year while #18-Kyle Busch has received the most interview time

    Interview Time
    #4-Kevin Harvick
    #48-Jimmie Johnson
    #18-Kyle Busch
    #19-Carl Edwards
    #22-Joey Logano
    #11-Denny Hamlin
    #78-Martin Truex, Jr.
    #20-Matt Kenseth
    #88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
    #2-Brad Keselowski
    #41-Kyle Busch
    #24-Chase Elliott
    #2-Austin Dillon
    #21-Ryan Blaney
    #5-Kasey Kahne

    Statistics reflect all live race telecasts and replays of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season through Fontana.(Joyce Julius & Associates)(4-7-2016)

  • NASCAR's Richest Teams and Drivers: Forbes has released its annual ranking of Sprint Cup teams and drivers based on earnings. Once again, Hendrick tops the charts. The top 10 teams and drivers and their estimated value:
    Highest earning NASCAR teams:
    Hendrick Motorsports $375 million
    Joe Gibbs Racing $256 million
    Stewart-Haas Racing $195 million
    Richard Childress Racing $175 million
    Roush Feneway Racing $155 million
    Team Penske $140 million
    Chip Ganassi Racing $75 million
    Richard Petty Motorsports $55 million
    Front Row Motorsports $26 million
    BK Racing $24 million
    Highest earning NASCAR drivers:
    #88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr. $23.5 million
    #48-Jimmie Johnson $22.2 million
    Jeff Gordon $21.6 million
    #4-Kevin Harvick $15.5 million
    #11-Denny Hamlin $15.1 million
    #18-Kyle Busch $15.0 million
    #10-Dania Patrick $13.4 million
    #14-Tony Stewart $12.8 million
    #19-Carl Edwards $12.1 million
    #20-Matt Kenseth $11.9 million
    Total earnings equals salary/winnings plus endorsements and licensing
    In addition, Forbes estimates the actual cash value of a NASCAR charter to be $15-$17 million.(Forbes)(4-1-2016)

  • GM exec says Chevy's success forced Ford to get Stewart-Haas: Mark Kent, GM's director of racing, has described Ford's joining forces with Stewart-Haas Racing in 2017 as a "bold move" but has pledged support to the team to season's end. Kent told Motorsport.com: "Ford hasn't won a drivers' or manufacturers' championship in over a decade. So obviously they've been looking at Chevrolet and realizing it takes great teams and great depth to be able to win championships. We've been able to win the last 13 manufacturers' titles and nine of the last 11 drivers' championships. So Ford realized they had to do something. They made a bold move." While Kent acknowledged the achievements of SHR, he stated that the team's use of Hendrick Motorsports equipment had also made the team susceptible to outside offers. "Satellite teams are obviously the easiest takeover candidates," he observed, "because they don't build their own chassis, don't build their own engines and so it's easier for them to switch alliances.(Motorsport)(3-25-2015)

  • Haas F1 Team Earns Points in Debut Race: the Haas F1 Team, owned by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team owner Gene Haas [Stewart-Haas Racing #4, #10, #14, #41], made history before and after the 32nd Australian Grand Prix Sunday in Melbourne. The organization's debut in Round 1 of the 2016 FIA Formula One World Championship marked the first time an American team had competed in Formula One since 1986. And after ending a 30-year drought for an American squad in Formula One, Haas F1 Team ended another drought for an organization's maiden F1 race. After starting 19th, Haas F1 Team driver Romain Grosjean finished an impressive sixth, earning the team eight points in the constructor standings.(full post at haasf1team.com)(3-20-2016)

  • Harvick comments on the downforce package: #4-Kevin Harvick, race winner last week at Phoenix, met with media at Auto Club Speedway and discussed the new downforce package, the transcript in part:
    Harvick: "As a driver, especially last week; when you look at myself and Dale (Earnhardt) Jr., and you look at the way you could go through traffic, it seems like the cars were affected a lot less by the aero push and being around each other. They seemed a lot less dependent on where you are in the field. Obviously they are still not going to be as good as they were if you were the lead car, but I think we've definitely made some headway. I think there's obviously a lot of notes that have been gathered and from a driver's standpoint, I think this is the race we've all been looking forward to the most just because of the fact that you have some high speeds and lots of racing lanes and the cars are going to slide all over the place. So, it's definitely a weekend that we're all looking forward to. This has probably been one of our better races over the past several years, so it's going to be a fun weekend."(Team Chevy)(3-19-2016)

  • Most Mentioned Drivers 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series:
    Driver, Interviews, Interview Time, Mentions
    #48-Johnson, 4, 0:02:40, 532
    #4-Harvick, 3, 0:01:18, 434
    #20-Kenseth, 3, 0:01:52, 312
    #18-Busch, 5, 0:04:58, 306
    #78-Truex, Jr., 3, 0:02:56, 301
    #22-Logano, J., 2, 0:01:00, 291
    #2-Keselowski, 2, 0:02:48, 283
    #41-Busch, 0, 0:00:00, 264
    #11-Hamlin, 1, 0:01:00, 244
    #88-Earnhardt, Jr., 3, 0:02:35, 210
    #19-Edwards, 3, 0:02:15, 166
    #24-Elliott, 4, 0:01:58, 160
    #3-Dillon, 4, 0:03:02, 109
    #21-Blaney, 2, 0:01:10, 98
    #42-Larson, 0, 0:00:00, 52
    Statistics reflect all live race telecasts and replays of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season (through #3 Las Vegas).(Joyce Julius & Associates)(3-18-2016)

  • Kevin Harvick & Cal Ripken Jr. unveil Kevin Harvick Foundation Park: Kevin Harvick continued his commitment to supporting his hometown of Bakersfield, Calif., when the Kevin Harvick Foundation and Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation opened a multi-purpose Youth Development Park in the city. Sport superstars Cal Ripken Jr. and Kevin Harvick cut the ribbon to unveil the Kevin Harvick Foundation Park, which will provide a clean and safe environment in which local youth can play, learn and grow. The Bakersfield facility marks the second collaboration between the two organizations, which commenced their alliance by opening the Kevin Harvick Foundation Park in Greensboro, N.C., in November 2015.
    "The Kevin Harvick Foundation once again is honored to partner with the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation to provide an amazing facility for so many underserved children to develop physically and mentally," Harvick said. "Sports played a pivotal role in my youth and development later in life, and I am looking forward to seeing these children derive the same benefits from this facility, particularly the ones who wouldn't otherwise have an opportunity to play and let loose in such a clean, safe atmosphere."
    Much like the Greensboro park, the Bakersfield state-of-the-art facility is designed for multi-sport use, featuring four outdoor fitness stations, a rubber track surface circling the field's perimeter and a digital scoreboard. The park, a gift to The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Kern County, will be maintained by the organization, with whom the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation and Kevin Harvick Foundation will collaborate to create and implement character education programming and clinics for the children who utilize the facility.
    Guest speakers at Wednesday's ribbon-cutting ceremony included: Ripken, Baseball Hall ofFamer and Ripken Foundation vice chairman; Harvick, 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and Kevin Harvick Foundation co-founder; Harvey Hall, Bakersfield Mayor; Jason Cohen, former President of Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Kern County; Vanessa Emo, President, Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Kern County; and Steve Salem, President, Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation. Following the ceremony, the group christened the new Kevin Harvick Foundation Park when Ripken, Harvick and the children hit the field for a Quickball clinic - a fast-paced, easy-to-learn version of America's pastime.
    "We are thrilled to have another opportunity to collaborate with the Kevin Harvick Foundation and continue to provide a safe place for our youth to play and learn," Ripken said. "It's very rewarding to unite with such a like-minded organization toward a greater cause. Together, we can continue to expand our reach and make a difference for kids everywhere." The Bakersfield park marks the 52nd Youth Development Park completed by the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation for use by Boys & Girls Clubs across the country. The Kevin Harvick Foundation assists in funding the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, as the two charitable organizations share the common goal of supporting underprivileged youth across the United States in various ways. During the last five years, the Ripken Foundation has developed more than 50 multi-purpose turf facilities in 16 states, impacting more than 220,000 youth. Since 2009, the Ripken Foundation has had presence in numerous communities throughout North Carolina through its Badges for Baseball law enforcement youth mentoring programand Youth Development Park initiative. In addition to Kevin Harvick Foundation Park, the Ripken Foundation has three Youth Development Parks in use by youth-serving organizations in Charlotte, Greenville and Raleigh - two of which are adaptive fields to provide children with special needs a safe place to play and grow. Kevin Harvick Foundation Park marks the second Ripken Foundation Youth Development Park in California, joining LA Dodgers Dreamfield adaptive field.(Kevin Harvick Foundation)(3-16-2016)

  • Harvick wins at Phoenix: #4-Kevin Harvick won the Good Sam 500(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway for his 1st win of the season, 8th win in at Phoenix and 32nd career win. Harvick led 139 of the 312 laps. He has now led more than 100 laps in the last 5 races at Phoenix.
    After a late caution, the race restarted with "NASCAR Overtime" and Harvick held off #19-Edwards, beating him to the finish line by .01 second, the closest finish ever at Phoenix.
    #11-Hamlin finished 3rd, followed by #18-Busch, #88-Earnhardt, Jr., #41-Busch, #20-Kenseth, #24-Elliott, #3-Dillon, and #21-Blaney.
    There were 7 lead changes among 4 drivers and 5 cautions for 30 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 113.212mph.
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Good Sam 500(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway
    See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
    Unofficial Race Results page (pdf)
    Lap Summary Report (pdf)
    Penalty Report (pdf)

  • Penske expects to work closely with Stewart-Hass next year: Legendary team principal Roger Penske has welcomed Stewart-Haas Racing to Ford's NASCAR lineup for 2017, and suggested that there will "be some collaboration" between the two. Speaking to the media at the IndyCar Series opener at St Petersburg, Penske said the numerical advantage of more Fords was only one aspect of the potential benefit of SHR joining Ford's roster. "If you have four of one thing you're going to be better than if you had two, and I think what Ford looked at is the number of cars Chevy and Toyota had," said Penske. "They looked to expand their footprint. As far as we're concerned we feel good about it. If Ford is successful, it's gonna help us. With two cars, it's hard to carry the banner as we did last year."
    On the potential for collaboration with Stewart-Haas, Penske added: "I think that we'll do what we've done with Roush, we've put cars in the windtunnel - our car and their car to see where we are. We'll do benchmarking, we have to race these guys every weekend. I don't think [Hendrick's star crew chief] Chad Knaus gives Stewart-Haas guys the playbook or vice versa. The things that will help overall, I think there'll be some collaboration in some way, and we're glad to see that.(Motorsport)(3-12-2016)

  • Harvick reaffirms commitment to Stewart-Haas: Friday at Phoenix International Raceway, #4-Kevin Harvick again addressed speculation that he would leave Stewart-Haas Racing next season because of their move to Ford:
    Will we see you in a Ford with Stewart-Haas Racing next season?
    Harvick: "I don't see any reason why that wouldn't happen. For me I'm in the best position that I've been in with my team. I feel like I have the best crew chief in the garage. It would be pretty tough to turn around and walk out on everybody who has been a part of building everything that we have built so far."(Chevy Racing)(3-11-2016)

  • Harvick crew member injured in snowmobile accident: Michael McCarville, shock specialist for Kevin Harvick's team, was hospitalized after suffering seven broken ribs and a collapsed lung while on a snowmobiling excursion in Utah with Stewart-Haas Racing team members. McCarville, who was on Harvick's championship winning team in 2014, tweeted a picture Wednesday of his day snowmobiling and a shot of him in the hospital. A team spokesperson stated that Adam Gravitt will replace McCarville.(NBC Sports)(3-9-2016)

  • Many drivers attending UFC fight Saturday night UPDATE: Less than 24 hours before the Kobalt 400 in Las Vegas, many of NASCAR's best and brightest will be attending UFC 196 on Saturday night to watch Conor McGregor battle Nate Diaz in the main event. Drivers expected to attend include: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., #4-Kevin Harvick, #15-Clint Bowyer, #41-Kurt Busch, #10-Danica Patrick, #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., #42-Kyle Larson, #5-Kasey Kahne, #3-Austin Dillon, and #21-Ryan Blaney. Harvick will actually be working Saturday night in support of one of his fighters. KHI Management, a full service agency that was founded by Harvick, represents Miesha Tate, who is fighting in the co-main event against Holly Holm for the UFC women's bantamweight title.(Fox Sports)(3-5-2016)
    UPDATE: When Miesha Tate defeated Holly Holm with a fifth-round choke hold in UFC 196 at Las Vegas Saturday night, it was a huge victory for her, as it earned Tate the UFC women's bantamweight championship. And it was a big victory for KHI Management, the full-service celebrity marketing agency that represents Tate. KHI is owned by Kevin and DeLana Harvick, and represents a number of top clients in the sports and entertainment industry, including Jake Owen, Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone and Jeff Burton, among others. While Kevin has been under the weather all weekend and didn't attend UFC 196, DeLana was there in person to see Tate's stunning upset.(Fox Sports)(3-6-2016)

  • Hendrick will not look to replace Stewart-Haas business: Hendrick Motorsports won't look to replace the engine lease program and the chassis business it will lose when Stewart-Haas Racing moves to Ford starting next season, but it also does not plan to lay off any employees. Team owner Rick Hendrick said Sunday that the decision "kind of caught me by surprise" but it was no surprise that another manufacturer would go after SHR. It will make for an interesting year as SHR remains a customer but one that will start building its own chassis and leasing engines from Roush Yates Engines next year. Hendrick, speaking prior to the Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, said his team is committed to working with SHR this year and will move on after the season. That doesn't mean looking for new people to sell chassis and lease engines. HMS leases engines to two-car organizations HScott Motorsports and Chip Ganassi Racing. It also supplies engines and support to JR Motorsports in the Xfinity Series. HScott Motorsports plans to remain a Hendrick affiliate next year, said team owner Harry Scott, whose team also has an affiliation with Stewart-Haas Racing this season. "We've been pretty much taxed to keep up with all the customers we have," Hendrick said. "I think what we're going to do now is turn our efforts inward and do more R&D and give us a chance to do more, really, research and development than we've been doing in the last couple of years because our guys have been flat-out. While the team will fulfill the terms of its contracts with SHR, Hendrick said he expects SHR to begin the process of working on its own chassis this year. Losing the SHR business likely would cost Hendrick tens of millions of dollars, but Hendrick said his company has the ability to compensate for the lost business.(ESPN.com)(2-29-2016)

  • Roush Yates already prepping for Stewart-Haas addition: The addition of Stewart-Haas Racing to Ford in 2017 will mean an increased workload for Roush Yates Engines, the company that supplies Ford power to teams in all three of NASCAR's national series. But it means much more than the 60 or so additional engines the supplier will have to produce, according to CEO Doug Yates. "For us, that's four more top-notch cars, opportunities to win races and championships," Yates said Saturday at Atlanta Motor Speedway. "But the work starts now because we've got to get ready for next year." Yates, son of famed engine builder and former team owner Robert Yates, said his company currently has approximately 250 engines in its fleet for Sprint Cup teams. "We'll start building them up but next year, with four cars will mean about 60 more engines... Today we build about 750 Cup, XFINITY and Truck engines a year. At our road race shop we build about 250 a year. Obviously we will have to add some people. We feel like we have a good process, we just have to add volume." The benefit, he said, is it will be "a good opportunity to allow us to bring on more resources for the R&D side, more testing, more engineers. Just add depth to every department. It's exciting.(NASCAR.com)(2-28-2016)

  • Harvick comments on SHR switch to Ford: #4-Kevin Harvick spent part of Friday morning working with JR Motorsports. He's driving an Xfinity Series car for the team this weekend, and for him it appeared business as usual in a Chevrolet working with an affiliate of Hendrick Motorsports. He then went to the Sprint Cup garage to his full-time ride for Stewart-Haas Racing, also an affiliate of Hendrick Motorsports. If anyone knows how to handle lame-duck situations, it's Harvick. It leaked in November 2012 that he would leave Richard Childress Racing for Stewart-Haas Racing after the 2013 season. The fact that SHR has announced it would leave Chevrolet for Ford after 2016 didn't seem to affect Harvick in his routine at Atlanta Motor Speedway, except for reporters following him through the garage -- even waiting outside a bathroom -- to see whether he was upset over the move as a driver who has driven a Chevrolet his entire Sprint Cup career. Harvick said last month that he and wife, DeLana, work in five-year plans. The next five-year plan starts next year and has him driving all the way through 2021. Will that plan include SHR, or does it change after the announcement Wednesday? "My focus is the same as it has been since I started racing -- it is to go out and win races and championships," Harvick said in a brief interview as he walked between the Xfinity and Sprint Cup garages. "You've just got to follow along with what your organization thinks is best. I think they have the same interest in mind that I do -- and that is to compete for wins and championships." Harvick said he would be foolish not to be committed to his team and crew chief Rodney Childers. He won the Sprint Cup title in 2014. He finished second in 2015. He has led 4,431 laps with eight wins, 19 second-place finishes and 38 top-5s in 73 races with Childers. Most SHR contracts have appeared to be three-year deals with an option. If SHR picks up the option, it would take Harvick through 2017. When Harvick talked, he didn't mention the word "Ford." He probably can't since he has a personal services deal with Chevrolet. Although he has pitched Chevrolets for 16 years as a Sprint Cup driver, assuming he stays, he'll have to pitch something else.(ESPN.com)(2-27-2016)

  • Stewart-Haas Racing switching to Ford in 2017: Ford Performance announced Stewart-Haas Racing will switch to Ford as its auto manufacturer partner starting with the 2017 NASCAR season. The multiyear agreement means that, beginning with Daytona Speedweeks in February 2017, the four-car Stewart-Haas Racing team will race the Ford Fusion with Ford engines prepared by Roush Yates Engines.
    "We are thrilled to be able to add a championship-level team like Stewart-Haas Racing to our Ford NASCAR program," said Raj Nair, executive vice president and Chief Technical Officer, Ford Motor Company. "Tony Stewart and Gene Haas have the same passion for winning that we do, and bring a strong stable of drivers and personnel that fit into what we're trying to do in the sport."
    "We have said very clearly that we are not in NASCAR just to race, but to win races and championships," said Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance. "We believe the addition of Stewart-Haas Racing in 2017 will give our program a major boost in terms of being in contention for both drivers' and manufacturers' championships every year.
    "We believe that our NASCAR engineering experience and tools match up very well with the expertise and personnel that Stewart-Haas Racing has in house right now, and that we will both benefit from this partnership going forward."
    Stewart-Haas Racing will join a Ford NASCAR lineup for 2017 that includes Team Penske, Roush Fenway Racing, Wood Brothers Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports and Front Row Motorsports. Roush Yates Engines is Ford's technical partner for NASCAR race engines.
    Stewart-Haas Racing will continue its current manufacturer relationship throughout the 2016 season.(Ford Racing)
    AND: Stewart-Haas Racing, winners of two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championships and 30 point-paying races, will campaign Ford Fusions beginning in 2017. The four-car team will compete with Ford engines prepared by Roush Yates Engines.
    "I am proud of our association with Chevrolet as they helped build our organization into the team it is today," said Tony Stewart, co-owner, Stewart-Haas Racing. "This new partnership with Ford allows us to strengthen our position in the sport and ensure the long-term stability and success for everyone who is a part of Stewart-Haas Racing."
    "Motorsports is an extremely challenging environment where in order to maintain success you have to constantly innovate. It's true in NASCAR and it's true in business," said Gene Haas, co-owner, Stewart-Haas Racing. "We've enjoyed great success with Chevrolet, but this opportunity with Ford allows us to evolve while continuing to compete at the highest levels of the sport."
    "From the very beginning of Stewart-Haas Racing we have fostered an environment of competitiveness, performance, teamwork and family," said Brett Frood, team president. "This future partnership enables us to continue delivering across these silos and exceed our commitments to our fans, partners and employees."(Stewart-Haas Racing)
    Transcript: Read what was said in Wednesday morning's press conference on the Stewart-Haas Racing Ford press conference transcript page.(2-24-2016)

  • Free Food on Monday: Regan Smith delivered an 8th place finish in the Golden Corral #7 Chevy in the Daytona 500. That means Kids Eat Free on Monday, February 22nd, at Golden Corral restaurants across the country. Each time the #7 Golden Corral Chevy finishes in the top 10 this season, Golden Corral will offer a one-day "Kids Eat Free" promotion immediately following the top-10 race finish. Free kids buffet with an adult buffet purchase at regular price with a limit of two (2) free kids meals per adult buffet purchased.
    AND with #4-Kevin Harvick's 4th place finish in the Daytona 500, fans can get a free Bloomin' Onion at Outback Steakhouse on Monday.(2-22-2016)

  • Mobil 1 Going "Three Wide" with Stewart-Haas Racing in 2016: Throughout the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, Mobil 1, the Official Motor Oil of NASCAR, will spotlight Stewart-Haas Racing's #4, #10 and #14 cars with primary hood sponsorships. At the same time, ExxonMobil wishes Tony Stewart a speedy recovery from his back injury and looks forward to welcoming the three-time series champion to the track for his final season as a Sprint Cup driver. In addition to Mobil 1 hoods on select SHR cars throughout 2016, Mobil 1 will continue to serve as a co-primary sponsor of Stewart's #14 Chevy and season-long associate sponsor of Harvick's #4 Jimmy John's Chevy, Danica Patrick's #10 Nature's Bakery Chevy and Kurt Busch's #41 Haas Automation/Monster Energy Chevy. Mobil 1 lubricant technology will be used in all four SHR cars during the 2016 season. While SHR drivers will represent the Mobil 1 brand to NASCAR fans in 2016, the technology partnership between Mobil 1 and SHR has never been as basic as a logo on a car. The 2016 Sprint Cup season continues a symbiotic engineering relationship used to create lubricant packages and push technology limits. This relationship helps the team win races and Mobil 1 improve the quality of lubricant products for consumers. Mobil 1 and SHR's partnership is approached as any other new research and development project: data driven, extensively evaluated and tested. In addition to its association with SHR, Mobil 1 is entering its 14th season as the "Official Motor Oil of NASCAR."(Mobil1)
    See images of the cars on the #4 Team Schemes page, #10 Team Schemes page and #14 Team Schemes page.(2-19-2016)

  • #4 Stewart-Hass Racing Jackman undergoes off season surgery, will miss the start season: #4-Kevin Harvick's Jackman Mike Casto of Stewart Haas Racing has been jacking for nearly 15 years but will miss the Daytona 500 this year due to off season surgery. Castro had rotator/ AC joint surgery his left shoulder on Nov. 25, then three weeks later had meniscus surgery on right knee. Castro hopes to return to action at Las Vegas. Stan Doolittle will fill in for Castro.(see Q&A at PitTalks.com)(2-18-2016)

  • Members of SHR help out family of stricken crewman: The family of a Stewart-Haas Racing team member who suffered a stroke on New Year's Day is getting a helping hand from fellow team members with the Kannapolis, North-Carolina based organization. Les Huntley, a front suspension mechanic for SHR and second gas man for #10-Danica Patrick last season, was left with paralysis on his left side in the wake of his medical emergency. As of a week ago, Huntley was still not walking, nor able to use his left arm and hand. Members of SHR spent their Saturday providing assistance to Huntley's family as they move into a new home.(FoxSports)(1-31-2016)

  • Busch (Beer) Returns to Racing Celebrating Those who are "Working for Race Day": Busch beer will make its official return to racing when its iconic logo appears on Kevin Harvick's #4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet during the Sprint Unlimited race Feb. 13 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. To celebrate, Busch will debut a television spot that celebrates the brand's hard-working tradition and racing heritage, along with a full line of fan merchandise. The commercial, titled "Working for Race Day," parallels the track experiences of both the #4 Busch Racing team and race fans, showcasing the common ground between the two: hard work. It revolves around the idea that hard work is meant to be rewarded, and Busch is the perfect beer to celebrate the moment when the job is done, and done right. Starting today, the ad - which will have 15- and 30-second versions - will air leading up to the season and during races.
    "The success of the #4 Busch Beer Chevrolet depends on me and the crew working together seamlessly. We win and lose as a team," said Harvick, winner of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship. "Whether it's on the track, in the garage, during pit stops, or in victory lane, every aspect of race weekend is a team effort and the Busch racing platform is a reminder that every win is earned, and should be celebrated and rewarded."
    Busch's 2016 marketing platform will engage with racing enthusiasts and Busch drinkers through on-track, experiential, in-market and retail activations as well as limited-edition racing packaging. A full line of Busch racing merchandise, including shirts, hats, jackets and coolers, is available online at NASCAR.com, racelinedirect.com, and at track during race weekends, beginning with the Sprint Unlimited.
    "The ad and marketing materials that we've produced are unmistakably Busch - the overarching theme is rewarding yourself for hard work, which is a tradition ingrained in Busch's DNA," said Chelsea Phillips, Senior Director of Value Brands, Anheuser-Busch. "We can't wait for the Sprint Cup season to begin so we can get back to our roots and reaffirm Busch's commitment to racing."(Stewart-Haas Racing)
    Busch, Busch Light and other special-edition Busch paint schemes will be featured on Harvick's #4 Chevy for 12 races during the 2016 Sprint Cup schedule, see the 12-race schedule on Jayski.com's #4 Team News and Links page and see images of the schemes on the #4 Team Schemes page (1-27-2016)

  • Stewart-Haas Racing crew member suffers stroke: Les Huntley, a front suspension mechanic at Stewart-Haas Racing who also served as the second gas man for Danica Patrick's #10 team, suffered a stroke New Year's Day, the team confirmed Monday. Huntley has paralysis on the left side and is expected to have long road to recovery. Huntley, who is from Renwick, Iowa, worked on front suspensions for all the Stewart-Haas Racing cars.(NBC Sports)(1-4-2016)

  • Kevin Harvick Foundation hosts shopping spree: Four Charlotte area children recently displaced when their homes were destroyed by fire still had a Merry Christmas a few days early as guests of the Kevin Harvick Foundation for a shopping spree at Ollie's Bargain Outlet on Monday. The four children, ranging in age from six to 11 and members of two families, were treated to a four-minute shopping spree at Ollie's Bargain Outlet in Matthews, N.C. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick and his wife, DeLana, co-founders of the Kevin Harvick Foundation, partnered with Ollie's for the holiday shopping blitz. Harvick drives the No. 4 Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. As a last-minute surprise, the Harvicks also treated the two mothers of the children to a shopping spree. n addition to the Harvicks, Ollie's Bargain Outlet District Team Leader Mike Ciolfi and Capt. Sylvia Smith-Phifer, Charlotte Fire Department Chief, were on hand for the holiday fun and festivities. Ollie's Bargain Outlet first partnered with Harvick in 2009 as a personal sponsor on his race car before joining the Kevin Harvick Foundation.(Kevin Harvick Foundation)(12-22-2015)

  • Harvick makes Sports Illustrated Social 100: Sports Illustrated annually compiles a list of people and organizations to follow on on social media. In previous years, the list was Twitter-only. This year it was expanded to include Facebook, Instagram, and Vine. #4-Kevin Harvick was the only NASCAR driver to make the Sports Illustrated Social 100. They said, "Few athletes do a better job of connecting with fans on Twitter." Of media members listed, USA Today's NASCAR reporter Jeff Gluck is "A must-follow for all things NASCAR".(12-13-2015)

  • ditech will sponsor Harvick in 2 races: ditech announced its primary sponsorship races of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion, Kevin Harvick, and the Stewart-Haas Racing #4 team for the 2016 season. ditech's new logo and paint scheme, featuring the return of the popular "ditech blue," will be displayed on the #4 ditech Chevrolet SS at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, TN on April 17th and at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH on September 25th. "We are excited to continue our sponsorship with SHR and Kevin Harvick through 2016," said Rich Smith, Chief Marketing Officer. "The support from NASCAR fans has been exceptional, and the increased awareness of the ditech brand is proof. After a successful 2015 season, we look forward to continued success for the #4 team as we move into the next year." Since the Ditech partnership began with Kevin Harvick on September 14, 2014 at the Chicagoland Speedway, he has recorded one championship, six wins, 20 top-two finishes, 29 top-five finishes, 35 top-10 finishes, four poles, and 3,245 laps led.(ditech)(12-11-2015)

  • Harvick tops all drivers in season winnings: Kyle Busch capped his 2015 championship season by earning a combined $8,393,925 from race winnings, special awards and from the Sprint Cup points fund. But it was Kevin Harvick who earned the most money among Sprint Cup drivers in 2015 at $11,730,460, according to NASCAR officials. A significant part of why Harvick amassed more earnings than the younger Busch brother was because the latter missed the first 11 races of the season recovering from racing-related injuries. A total of 44 drivers earned more than $1 million this past season.
    Joey Logano earned the second-highest amount ($9,663,863) followed by Kyle Busch ($8,393,925), Jimmie Johnson ($8,152,877), Jeff Gordon ($7,614,469), Brad Keselowski ($7,477,096), Denny Hamlin ($7,473,268), Matt Kenseth ($6,806,416), Dale Earnhardt Jr. ($6,761,500) and Martin Truex Jr. ($6,751,609).
    Eleventh through 20th were Ryan Newman ($5,923,403), Carl Edwards ($5,787,488), David Ragan ($5,757,006), Kurt Busch ($5,752,866), Clint Bowyer ($5,702,243), Jamie McMurray ($5,680,016), Aric Almirola ($5,598,831), Greg Biffle ($5,555,082), Austin Dillon ($5,186,719) and Kyle Larson ($5,092,490).
    A total of 78 drivers earned money for competing in at least one of this year's 36 races.(NBC Sports)(12-9-2015)

  • MWR's pit crew coach hired by Stewart-Haas: Pit coach Walt Smith has been hired by SHR to help out in the pit department for the upcoming 2016 season. We know that sounds vague but we haven't heard his exact role yet. We do know he's been hired just not sure on weather he will take over as the Cup coach, adviser, recruiter, or all of the above. Walt is a coach that has seen plenty of years on pit road. He is a very accomplished coach and has spent years with HMS, DEI, EGR, and MWR. As far as the current situation at SHR, they are in good shape.! From what we know, coaches Joe Piette and Kevin Sharpe are both staying there and why wouldn't they? They've won championships with Tony Stewart and Kevin Harvick while also winning Mechanix Wear back to back pit crew MVP awards with their #4 and #41 teams.(Pit Talks)(12-9-2015)

  • Most-Mentioned drivers of 2015: According to Joyce Julius, a company that tracks media mentions for sport sponsors, #4-Kevin Harvick was the most-mentioned NASCAR driver on TV this year (the same position he held last season) while#11-Hamlin had the most interview time. Sprint Cup champion #18-Busch was the 12th most-mentioned:

    Interview Time
    #88-Earnhardt, Jr.
    #78-Truex, Jr.

    Statistics reflect all live race telecasts and replays of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.(Joyce Julius)(12-7-2015)

  • Oddsmakers have Harvick the 2016 Championship favorite: #18-Kyle Busch may have just won NASCAR's Sprint Cup, but when setting odds for the 2016 season, the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook went with last year's champion, #4-Kevin Harvick, as the 5-to-1 favorite, while installing Busch and two others as co-second favorites at 7-to-1 odds. It's easy to understand why Harvick is the favorite. His consistency over the past two seasons has been amazing, and there is little reason to believe his Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet won't be every bit as good in 2016. Along with Busch at 7-to-1 odds are #22-Joey Logano and six-time Sprint Cup champion #48-Jimmie Johnson. Johnson won five races last season and finished 10th in points, but had a rough summer after jumping out of the gate with four wins through May. Former Cup champions #20-Matt Kenseth and #2-Brad Keselowski are each listed at 8-to-1, while #19-Carl Edwards, #11-Denny Hamlin and #41-Kurt Busch are 12-to-1.(Sporting News)(12-6-2015)

  • Gordon leads in 2015 television time: As the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Season offered excitement on the track, it also provided nearly $1-billion in media value during race broadcasts according to Repucom, a trusted advisor in sports and entertainment intelligence. Repucom takes into account audience size and the quality of a brand exposure during in-race broadcasts. The location, size and duration of signage are among some of the factors that are also considered. The top five overall brands ranked by media value in 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series broadcasts were entitlement sponsor Sprint; followed by Chevrolet, Toyota, Ford and Coca-Cola.
    The top five primary sponsors for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams in 2015 ranked by media value as analyzed by Repucom were Lowe's, Nationwide, Jimmy John's, Shell-Pennzoil and Haas Automation.
    • #24-Jeff Gordon topped all competitors for media value and time on screen during race broadcasts, accumulating just over 24 hours of television time in the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Season.
    • In addition to finishing second in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and collecting a record 13 second-place finishes, #4-Kevin Harvick ranked second for time on screen and media value in 2015.
    • 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion #18-Kyle Busch improved the primary sponsor ranking for M&Ms, moving it up six positions to seventh this year. The team also increased its time on screen. The car, driven by substitute drivers and Busch, accumulated just shy of 16 hours of television broadcast time, four more hours than last year.
    • The biggest mover in 2015 was #78-Martin Truex, Jr. It took just seven weeks into the 2015 season for Furniture Row Racing to surpass its total 2014 exposure level. The media value increased three and a half times over last year and Furniture Row moved up 18 positions in the primary car sponsor rankings.

  • SHR announces new crew chiefs for Stewart, Patrick: Stewart-Haas Racing has made new appointments within its competition department as the championship-winning race team wastes no time preparing for the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.
    Michael Bugarewicz has been promoted from race engineer on the #4 team to crew chief for the #14 team of Tony Stewart. The 33-year-old from Lehighton, Pennsylvania, replaces Chad Johnston, who has left SHR to pursue a new opportunity. Bugarewicz joined SHR in 2014 where in his role as race engineer, he helped Kevin Harvick secure his first Sprint Cup championship. Bugarewicz began his NASCAR career in 2005 at Roush-Fenway Racing in the engineering department, assisting a variety of teams as a race engineer in the Camping World Truck Series, Xfinity Series and Sprint Cup Series. Before coming to SHR, Bugarewicz was the race engineer on Roush-Fenway's No. 17 team, where he worked with Matt Kenseth (2011-2012) and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (2013). Bugarewicz graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering (2004) and a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering (2005).
    Billy Scott has been named crew chief for the #10 team of Danica Patrick. The 38-year-old from Land O' Lakes, Florida, comes to SHR from Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR) where since 2014 he was the crew chief for the No. 55 team, which featured drivers David Ragan, Brian Vickers and Michael Waltrip, among others. He also served as crew chief for MWR's No. 15 team and driver Clint Bowyer from June 2015 through the end of the season. Prior to that role, Scott was a race engineer working under crew chief Rodney Childers, who joined SHR in 2014 and promptly led Harvick to the Sprint Cup championship. Scott came to MWR in 2008 after working in a variety of racing disciplines, including NASCAR, sports cars and sprint cars. It was during his work in the Truck Series in 2003 when Scott decided to focus on engineering. He attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering in 2005.
    Daniel Knost has been promoted to a senior leadership position within SHR. As manager of vehicle dynamics, Knost will oversee a number of the organization's technical efforts, with a specific focus on track simulation and racecar performance. The 36-year-old from Charlotte, North Carolina, has been a crew chief at SHR for two years, spending 2014 with the #41 team of Kurt Busch and 2015 with the #10 team of Patrick. Knost joined SHR in 2008 when it was Haas-CNC Racing after earning Master of Science and doctorate degrees in mechanical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). Knost graduated from North Carolina State University in Raleigh in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering.
    Childers remains as crew chief for the #4 team of Harvick and Tony Gibson remains as crew chief for the #41 team of Busch.(Stewart-Haas Racing)(11-30-2015)

  • Best average finishes of 2015: Even if you win the most races in a year, you're not guaranteed a championship or the best average finish over the season's 36 races. Just ask #22-Joey Logano, who finished 2015 with the second best avg finish after winning six times. NASCAR Talk takes a look at the top 10 avg finishes among Sprint Cup drivers who competed in all 36 points races. 2015 Sprint Cup Champion #18-Kyle Busch missed the first 11 races of the season due to injury and finished with an avg finish of 10.8, which would be the third best. His brother, #41-Kurt Busch, missed the first three races due to suspension and finished the season with an avg of 11.1. That would tie him with the fifth best. Even with the Busch brothers removed, #20-Matt Kenseth, who was suspended for two Chase for the Sprint Cup races, would just miss out on the top 10 with his avg of 14.3.
    #4-Kevin Harvick; 8.7 - Were you expecting someone else? Harvick won three times in 2015 but the real mark of his consistency was finishing second 13 times, the most since NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison did it 15 times in 1970. He topped his average from his championship year, which was 12.9. He also tied his best avg., also finishing with 8.7 in 2010. That year Harvick also won three races.
    #22-Joey Logano; 9.2 - Logano, the wins leader in 2015 with six, earned a top-10 average for the first time in his seven full-time seasons. His average has risen every season since ending 2011 at 19.1.
    #2-Brad Keselowski; 11.1 - Keselowski finished the year with just one win (Auto Club Speedway), but he also only fell victim to one DNF (engine failure, Daytona I). Thirty-five races later, the Team Penske driver had his best avg finish since the 10.1 he earned in his championship year in 2012.
    See the rest at NBC Sports.(11-29-2015)

  • Championship Favorite Harvick Hopes To Become Second Driver To Win Consecutive Crowns: Defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title-winner #4-Kevin Harvick enters Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400 Championship Round race as the favorite to take home his second straight series crown. If he finishes ahead of fellow Championship 4 drivers Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr., Harvick will become the 11th person in NASCAR history to win consecutive NSCS titles. Harvick heads to Homestead as its reigning race winner. He had to finish first to win the championship last year, otherwise runner-up Ryan Newman would have taken home the title. In 14 career starts at Homestead, Harvick has one win (7.1%), six top fives (42.9%) and 12 top 10s (85.7%). His 7.6 average finish at the 1.5-mile track ranks first among active drivers. He also owns the fourth-best driver rating (102.5) and average running position (10.0) among active drivers at Homestead. At Phoenix on Sunday, Harvick placed second - his 15th top-two finish of the season and the most in the NSCS since Jeff Gordon posted 19 in 1998. A loop statistician's dream, Harvick leads the NSCS in average running position (7.3; Next-best driver: Kyle Busch, 9.2), fastest laps (1,370; Next-best driver, Brad Keselowski, 650), laps led (2,248; Next-best driver: Joey Logano, 1,359) and driver rating (118.9; Next-best driver: Kyle Busch, 107.1). A Harvick championship would be the third for Stewart-Haas Racing, which has won titles with Harvick (2014) and Tony Stewart (2011).(NASCAR)(11-22-2015)

  • SHR changes transmission brand on three teams UPDATE: #4-Kevin Harvick confirmed his team changd transmission brand Friday morning at Phoenix. The move comes after Harvick ran roughly the final 100 laps Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway holding his car in gear with his right hand while driving the car with his left hand. Crew chief Rodney Childers was frustrated after last weekend's race, saying that he was ready to change transmission brands after another failure. "We've had way, way, way too many problems with them,'' Childers said at Texas. "Something is going to have to change there. It's never to late to change anything. We're the only people in the entire garage that run that brand of transmission and I'm tired of dealing with them.'' Harvick noted he had a similar issue with the transmission at Sonoma and knew from that experience that the more he let it pop out of gear, the faster it would occur.(NBC Sports)(11-14-2015)
    UPDATE: Three of Stewart-Haas Racing's four cars have new transmission brands this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway after Kevin Harvick's woes with the clutch at Texas Motor Speedway. Crew chief Rodney Childers said the #4 Chevy has switched to Jasper, which was the brand he used at Michael Waltrip Racing before joining SHR last season. The team of Kurt Busch, whose #41 remains in championship contention, also made a change, as did Tony Stewart's #14.(NBC Sports)(11-14-2015)

  • Harvick and Ripken Jr. Unveil Multi-Sport Kevin Harvick Foundation Park: Christmas came early for The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Greensboro Wednesday, November 4th, in the form of a multi-purpose, turf playing surface Youth Development Park, gifted to the organization by the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation and the Kevin Harvick Foundation. Sport superstars Cal Ripken Jr. and Kevin Harvick cut the ribbon to unveil the Kevin Harvick Foundation Park at the future site of The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Greensboro on W. Whittington Street in Greensboro, NC. The park will provide a clean and safe environment in which local youth can play, learn and grow. "The Kevin Harvick Foundation is honored to partner with the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation to build a 'field of dreams' for so many underserved children in Greensboro," Harvick said. "Sports can be instrumental in a child's physical and mental development - an outlet for youth who could be facing a variety of challenges in everyday life. The Kevin Harvick Foundation and Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation are honored to be able to give so many children a safe, clean environment to just be kids."
    The state-of-the-art facility is designed for multi-sport use, featuring a turf playing surface, backstop, fencing, dugouts and a digital scoreboard. The park, a gift to The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Greensboro, will be maintained by the organization, with whom the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation and Kevin Harvick Foundation will collaborate to create and implement character education programming and clinics for the children.
    Wednesday's ribbon-cutting ceremony featured guest speakers including: Ripken, Baseball Hall ofFamer and Ripken Foundation vice chairman; Harvick, reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and Kevin Harvick Foundation co-founder; Major Don Vick, Corps Officer, The Salvation Army of Greensboro;and Steve Salem, president of Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation. Following the ceremony, Ripken and Harvick hit the field with the children for a Quickball clinic - a fast-paced, easy-to-learn version of America's pastime. "We are thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with the Kevin Harvick Foundation and The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Greensboro," Ripken said. "It's a special moment when multiple organizations sharing a common mission come together to provide our youth with opportunities to succeed. Dad would be proud to see us all joining hands to make a difference."
    The park marks the 51st Youth Development Park completed by the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation for use by Boys & Girls Clubs across the country. The Greensboro project represents the first collaboration between the two foundations. The Kevin Harvick Foundation assists in funding the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, as the two charitable organizations share the common goal of supporting underprivileged youth across the United States in various ways.
    During the last five years, the Ripken Foundation has developed more than 50 multi-purpose turf facilities in 16 states, impacting more than 220,000 youth. Since 2009, the Ripken Foundation has had presence in numerous communities throughout North Carolina through its Badges for Baseball law enforcement youth mentoring programand Youth Development Park initiative. In addition to Kevin Harvick Foundation Park, the Ripken Foundation has three Youth Development Parks in use by youth-serving organizations in Charlotte, Greenville and Raleigh - two of which are adaptive fields to provide children with special needs a safe place to play and grow.(Kevin Harvick Foundation)(11-5-2015)

  • Busch returns to NASCAR in 2016 as sponsor of Harvick's #4: Busch announced that the brand will return to NASCAR, reigniting its storied history in the sport by sponsoring Kevin Harvick and the #4 team of Stewart-Haas Racing for select races beginning with the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Busch, Busch Light and other special-edition Busch paint schemes will be featured on Harvick's #4 Chevy for 12 races in 2016. The iconic Busch logo will first appear on the hood for the Feb. 13 Sprint Unlimited at Daytona. Formerly known as the Busch Clash, this non-points exhibition race helped kick-start the brand's involvement with NASCAR 36 years ago. Additional races will be determined shortly after NASCAR releases the 2016 Sprint Cup schedule. "Busch's NASCAR roots go back to 1978 and we're thrilled to reconnect with these passionate fans that identify with our 'Here's to Earning It' message on a daily basis," said Chelsea Phillips, Director of Value Brands, Anheuser-Busch. "Kevin and the entire #4 team have been tremendous partners for Anheuser-Busch since 2011 and we have exciting plans to engage with the NASCAR community both on and off the track nationwide in 2016." Harvick has represented Budweiser since 2011, and in 2014 he and Budweiser moved to Stewart-Haas Racing. In their inaugural season with the team co-owned by Tony Stewart and Gene Haas, Harvick made five trips to victory lane and won the 2014 Sprint Cup championship. The Busch brand, along with its current tagline "Here's to Earning It," has a time-honored tradition of rewarding hard-working men and women who "earn it" every day, which aligns perfectly with the NASCAR fan base. "Busch beer belongs in NASCAR," said Harvick, a winner of 31 Sprint Cup races, eight of which have come with Stewart-Haas Racing. "The entire Stewart-Haas Racing team and I can't wait to have the Busch logo on the #4 car next season as we work toward another Sprint Cup championship."
    To celebrate their return to the sport, Busch will employ a comprehensive marketing approach to engage with racing enthusiasts and loyal Busch consumers through on-track, experiential, in-market and retail activations during the 2016 NASCAR season. TV spots will also air leading up to the season and during races, recognizing Harvick, his pit crew and fans alike who "earn it" every day so they can enjoy race weekends. "NASCAR provides the opportunity to further the brand marketing initiative of recognizing outdoor pursuits of our Busch drinkers and celebrate those hard-working individuals behind the scenes that help the #4 car perform week-in-and-week-out," added Phillips. In conjunction with the NASCAR announcement, and to remain in touch with Busch drinkers, Busch is expanding its social media presence by launching the brand's first-ever Twitter handle. Starting today, consumers can follow @BuschBeer and use the hashtag #BuschIsBack.
    Busch has a rich racing history and some of the highlights of the brand's involvement in the sport from its beginning include:
    Sponsored the Busch Pole Award in 1978, which was presented to the pole winner of each NASCAR Winston Cup Series race
    Sponsored Cale Yarborough's #11 car throughout the 1979 and 1980 NASCAR Winston Cup seasons
    Introduced the Busch Clash in 1979, held each year at Daytona International Speedway the week prior to the Daytona 500
    Served as the title sponsor of NASCAR's stepping-stone division to Sprint Cup - currently known as the NASCAR XFINITY Series - from 1984 through 2007
    Expanded involvement with racing via the Busch All-Star Tour in 1985, a series of dirt track events in the Midwest
    "Official Beer of NASCAR" from 1988 through 1997
    "Some of my fondest racing career memories to-date involve the Busch brand, including winning the 2001 and 2006 Busch Series championships," Harvick said. "The brand is historic and I'm looking forward to building the Busch racing legacy with all that we're able to accomplish in 2016."(Stewart-Haas Racing), see an image of one of the schemes on the 2016 #4 Team Schemes page.(10-8-2015)
    UPDATE Anheuser-Busch will cut the number of races it sponsors Kevin Harvick next season, but company officials said Thursday they are committed to the sport and will reallocate the funds as it makes the transition from Budweiser to Busch as the driver's primary sponsor. Anheuser-Busch director of experiential marketing Nick Kelly said the company will use Harvick in more commercials and promotional material as it shifts from outfitting Harvick's car in the familiar red and white of Budweiser in 20 races down to 12 races in Busch's name and colors. Harvick will have sponsorship from Jimmy John's for the majority of the races, and the sandwich company is expected to absorb many of the races left open by Budweiser. The Anheuser-Busch deal with Stewart-Haas Racing runs out after the 2016 season, and Kelly said negotiations about an extension are taking place. Kelly said Budweiser will remain a part of the sport in deals with tracks, though he doesn't anticipate sponsoring races. He said the company has not had any talks with NASCAR about replacing Sprint, which will leave as sponsor of NASCAR's Cup Series after next season (ESPN)(10-8-2015)

  • Harvick wins at Dover: #4-Kevin Harvick won the AAA 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway for his 3rd win of the season, 1st win at Dover and 31st career win. He dominated most of the race, leading 355 of the 400 laps.
    Harvick had to win the race to advance to the Contender round of the Chase.
    #18-Busch finished 2nd followed by #88-Earnhardt, Jr., #1-McMurray, #43-Almirola, #5-Kahne, #20-Kenseth, #17-Stenhouse, Jr., #42-Larson, and #22-Logano.
    Drivers advancing to the Contender Round of the Chase: #20-Kenseth, #11-Hamlin, #4-Harvick, #22-Logano, #19-Edwards, #78-Truex, #24-Gordon, #41-Busch, #2-Keselowski, #31-Newman, #18-Busch, and #88-Earnhardt, Jr.
    #48-Johnson, who entered the race 5th in points, broke a rear axle seal early in the race. He had to go to the garage for repairs and lost 37 laps. He finished 42nd.
    #1-McMurray finished 4th, but lost out on a Chase spot to #88-Earnhardt, Jr. They tied in points, but Earnhardt, Jr had the better finish during the Challenger round races (third place today).
    McMurray, Johnson, Menard, and Bowyer have been eliminated from the Chase.
    There were 14 lead changes among 3 drivers. There were 8 cautions for 43 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 119.870mph.
    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).
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
    See reset points for the Contender Round (Chase races 4-6) on the Contender Round Reset Points Standings page (pdf).(10-4-2015)

  • Stewart-Haas extends partnership with Atlas Copco North America: Stewart-Haas Racing has extended its partnership with Parsippany, New Jersey-based Atlas Copco North America. Atlas Copco has served as SHR's official compressed air supplier since the team's inception in 2009 and has grown to become a technical partner of the organization. Last season, Atlas Copco Compressors LLC, located in Rock Hill, South Carolina, provided new compressed air equipment and installed its SMARTLINK monitoring technology into SHR's new, state-of-the-art race shop expansion located adjacent to the team's existing headquarters in Kannapolis, North Carolina. SMARTLINK provides 24/7 remote monitoring of the team's compressed air system to ensure continuous uptime and peak performance.(Stewart-Haas Racing)(8-28-2015)

  • Busch Beer to replace Budweiser on the #4: Anheuser-Busch's Busch brand will be the primary sponsor of a NASCAR car next year instead of Budweiser. A-B InBev, which has its U.S. headquarters in St. Louis, said Monday that Busch will be the new primary sponsor of Stewart-Haas Racing's #4 NASCAR car driven by Kevin Harvick for the 2016 NASCAR season. Budweiser has sponsored Harvick for several years. "The Busch brand is well positioned for this partnership given the brand's storied history with the sport," Lucas Herscovici, A-B's Vice President of Consumer Connections said in an email.(St Louis Post Dispatch)(8-24-2015)

  • 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 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:
    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."
    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)

  • 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)

  • 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 #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)

  • 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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