GIVE ME THREE: Kevin Harvick Inc. (KHI) co-owner Kevin Harvick will get behind the wheel of the No. 2 Chevrolet Silverado for the final time in 2010 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway this weekend. Harvick has driven the No. 2 to victory lane three times this season, taking the checkered flag at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Martinsville Speedway and Gateway (Ill.) International Raceway. Harvick has also finished inside the top three in all of his five previous Truck Series starts in 2010, earning an average starting position of 3.4, and an average finish of 1.6.
DRIVING CLEAN: For the second time this season, the No. 2 will sport a bright orange and blue paint scheme at Martinsville Speedway. Harvick will hit the track with retail partner Kroger and sponsorship partner Procter & Gamble, highlighting their family of brands on the No. 2 Chevrolet. Tide will take the spotlight on the orange machine, featured on the Chevrolet Silverado’s hood and rear quarter panels. Harvick last ran Tide on the hood of the No. 2 in Martinsville earlier this season where he drove the truck to victory lane after leading 187 of 250 laps.
DOUBLE TIME: For the first time since the tradition began in 1964, a Truck Series winner will be awarded the grandfather clock for a victory at Martinsville Speedway. Harvick hopes to be the first Truck Series winner to take home the coveted clock, although it wouldn’t be the only one he has collected. In the fall of 2006, Harvick took the checkered flag and the grandfather clock after leading 149 of 250 laps in his only Nationwide Series start at Martinsville.
ON THE BOX: There will be a new face on the pit box this weekend, as David Hyder will call the shots for the race in Martinsville following crew chief Butch Hylton’s move to the No. 33 truck of Ron Hornaday. Hyder joins KHI from his most recent position as crew chief for the Wood Brothers No. 21 Sprint Cup Series team.
THOUGHTS FROM THE BOSS: Kevin Harvick
What are your thoughts going into this weekend’s race at Martinsville Speedway?
“I really am looking forward to this weekend and racing in the Truck Series again. Jumping behind the wheel in the Truck Series gives me the opportunity to take my mind off the Sprint Cup Series and have fun. Hopefully we can go back to Martinsville this weekend and get another win for these guys on the team as well as Tide.”
Although you won at the track earlier this season, what would it mean to you to win at Martinsville now that they are awarding a grandfather clock to winners in the Truck Series?
“Anytime you win in our sport is special, but winning at tracks like Martinsville that have a tradition with trophies, like the grandfather clock, is that much more special. I won a grandfather clock in 2006 for the Nationwide race and would love be able to add another one to the collection.”
PREVIOUS RACE RECAP: Four weeks ago, in a caution-filled race under the lights, Ken Schrader overcame a persistent vibration to earn a 10th-place finish in the Smith’s Food & Drug Stores 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
CHASSIS HISTORY: The No. 2 team will utilize chassis No. 049 this weekend at Martinsville Speedway. Chassis No. 049 made its on-track debut at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last month, where Kevin Harvick started second and finished third.
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About Kevin Harvick Inc.
Kevin Harvick Inc. (KHI), established in 2001 by Kevin and DeLana Harvick, is an 80,000 sq. ft. facility located in Kernersville, N.C. Home of the 2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship team, KHI enters 2010 in its seventh full year of competition with two full-time Truck Series teams and one full-time Nationwide Series team. Four-time Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday returns to the helm of the No. 33 Truck team looking for his fifth title and third championship for KHI (2009 and 2007), while Sprint Cup series stars Kevin Harvick and Elliott Sadler guide the No. 2 Truck team. Two-time NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Harvick will again shine as the lead driver of the No. 33 Nationwide Series team as he continues to make his mark in motorsports and establish KHI as one of the top teams in NASCAR competition. For more information about KHI and its teams, please visit www.KevinHarvickInc.com.