KEVIN HARVICK – 2017 Charlotte I XFINITY Race Advance

May 24th, 2017

Event:             Hisense 4K TV 300
Date:               Saturday, May 27, 2017
Location:        Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway
Layout:           1.5-mile oval

Kevin Harvick Notes of Interest

  • Hunt Brothers Pizza makes second start with Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) as a primary sponsor with driver Kevin Harvick.
  • Harvick is making his third of six scheduled XFINITY Series starts in the No. 41 Ford Mustang for SHR in 2017.
  • He scored a fourth-place finish at Atlanta in March and a third-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway in April in his two XFINITY Series starts of 2017.
  • Harvick is looking for his first XFINITY Series win at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.
  • He has started from the pole position at Charlotte on three occasions (May 2001, May and October 2003).
  • His XFINITY Series career includes 46 wins, 180 top-five finishes, 252 top-10s, 25 poles and 9,386 laps led in 337 starts.
  • Harvick will be joined Saturday by SHR teammate Cole Custer in the No. 00 Haas Automation Ford Mustang at Texas.

 

Kevin Harvick, Driver No. 41 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford Mustang 

“I’m ready to get back behind the wheel of the No. 41 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford. We had a good test at Charlotte a couple weeks ago and the No. 41 guys are working hard to make our cars better each and every time we go out. (Richard) Boswell (crew chief) has really been working hard, just for the fact that he’s building a team from scratch and we should have a great shot at running up front and competing for SHR’s first XFINITY win.”

Richard Boswell, Crew Chief, No. 41 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford Mustang

What has the No. 41 Hunt Brothers Pizza team been doing since its last start at Texas Motor Speedway?

“We went and tested Charlotte with Kevin a couple weeks ago. That kept us busy. You prepare for a test the same way you prepare for a race. Last week we went and tested with the No. 00 guys at Darlington, so we’ve been staying plenty busy. Between our tests and now, we’ve again done everything we can to prepare to go to the racetrack. Although we haven’t been at the racetrack, we’ve been doing plenty to keep us busy.”

Is it extra motivation to try and get Kevin his first XFINITY Series win at Charlotte?

“He made sure to let us know that he’s never won in the XFINITY Series at Charlotte during the test we had there. Every week we go to the track, we go with what we think is the best. Obviously, with a test under our belts, it gives us that much more stuff to look at with Kevin and our car, so that always helps. Anytime you take Kevin to the track, if you don’t feel confident, then we haven’t done a good enough job. We are confident. We feel like we go there just like we did with Atlanta and Texas with a good car, a great driver, and it boils down to the last few laps of these things. Anything can happen. We are very confident that he can get it done. We just found out that they’re putting some track prep down, so that’ll change things from the test, obviously, as far as the top lanes go. Fortunately, we ran the top of turns one and two at the test, anyway, so hopefully that plays into our favor some.”

How did the test go for the team?

“It went well. It started off a little shaky but, once we got the balance closer, the speed was very close. We concentrated mainly on long runs. I think our last three runs were 20-plus laps. A lot of the other teams concentrated on five- or six-lap runs to get the speed there, so we feel like what we may lack in the first five or six laps we’ll make up for at the end of the run. We feel good about that.”