No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet
Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Budweiser Racing Team Notes of Interest
Kevin Harvick and the No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet team travel to New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) this weekend for Sunday’s Sylvania 300 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race.
Chassis Info… The No. 29 team will utilize chassis No. 400 this weekend at NHMS – a brand new chassis from the Richard Childress Racing (RCR) stable.
Be(er) Responsible… As part of “Global Be(er) Responsible Day” on Friday, September 21, Anheuser-Busch and its sister companies around the world will promote the company’s responsible drinking programs. In the United States, Anheuser-Busch employees will canvass street corners, place signs in their yards and visit restaurants, bars and grocery stores to spread the message and celebrate the company’s 30 years of leadership in alcohol responsibility. Harvick’s No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet featured a special “Designate a Driver” paint scheme last weekend at Chicagoland Speedway and adults are encouraged to join Harvick and the No. 29 team in the Nation of Responsible drinkers by taking the pledge to “Designate a Driver and Enjoy the Great Times” at www.NationOfResponsibleDrinkers.com. In the past three decades, Anheuser-Busch and its wholesalers have committed more than $930 million in national advertising campaigns and community-based programs to promote responsible drinking and prevent underage drinking and drunk driving. Recent research from GfK Custom Research North America shows promising news in the area of designated driver use and awareness, including that 65 percent of American adults – or 141 million people 21 or older – have been a designated driver or have been driven home by one.
Meet Harvick… Harvick will sign autographs for NHMS fans on Friday, September 21, at the Fan Midway across from the SPEED stage from 5:15 – 6 p.m. ET. Track personnel will distribute a limited number of wristbands on a first-come, first-served basis at 4 p.m. ET. Fans must have a wristband to access the autograph session.
Harvick at New Hampshire… Harvick has 23 starts at NHMS highlighted by a victory in the 2006 Sylvania 300. After leading 196 laps of the 300-lap event, Harvick edged runner-up Tony Stewart by 0.777 seconds to earn his ninth NSCS career win. Harvick has earned a total of five top-five and 12 top-10 finishes at the 1.058-mile track.
Last Time Around… Harvick started 12th and finished eighth in the July NHMS race earlier this season.
In the Rearview Mirror… Last weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, Harvick started 35th and brought home a 12th-place finish after battling an ill-handling car throughout the race.
Happy’s Birthday Bash… Harvick will celebrate his birthday a week early this year with the Budweiser Presents Happy’s Birthday Bash at The Fox Theater on Saturday, December 1, in his hometown – Bakersfield, Calif. Country music star Craig Morgan headlines the charity event that will benefit the Kevin Harvick Foundation and Bridgette Tatum will make a special guest appearance. Tickets to the event start at $29 and will be available for sale Friday, September 21, at 10 a.m. ET via www.vallitix.com, The Fox Theater box office and any Vallitix outlet, and by phone at 1-888-825-5484.
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Harvick talks about racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway:
What is the key to running well at New Hampshire Motor Speedway? “The hardest thing is just making your car turn in the middle of the corner and being able to have enough forward drive up off. It always seems like the New Hampshire race comes down to a track position strategy call on two tires or four tires toward the end of the race. Track position will play a big part, but getting your car to handle right will probably play an equal part.”
What do you like about racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway? “I always look forward to going to New Hampshire. I like that type of track because it’s flat, similar to the tracks out west where I started my racing career. There’s a lot of braking. You have to really work on getting your car through the center of the corner and still have the forward drive you need up off the corner.”
How has the track’s aging affected racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway? “I think when they changed the race track it made the racing better. It gave you some more options and I think as the track has aged since they’ve done that, the biggest bumps on the track are going into Turn 3, so those have gotten a little bit worse. But all in all it hasn’t changed a whole lot.”
Harvick’s Career Record at New Hampshire Motor Speedway:
New Hampshire Motor Speedway Track Facts:
Track Length: 1.058 miles
Race Length: 300 laps / 317.4 miles
Grandstand Seating Capacity: 93,521
First Race: July 11, 1993
Degree of Banking in Corners: Variable banking at 2 & 7 degrees
Degree of Banking in Straights: 1 degree
Degree of Banking in Tri-Oval: 18 degrees
Frontstretch: 1,500 feet
Backstretch: 1,500 feet
TV: ESPN, 1 p.m. ET
Radio: PRN affiliates, Sirius XM NASCAR Radio