Charlotte II: Kevin Harvick preview

* This Week's No. 29 Shell/Pennzoil Chevrolet Impala SS at Lowe's Motor Speedway... Kevin Harvick will pilot Chassis No. 288 from the Richard Childress Racing Stable, which started seventh and finished 10th last week at Auto Club Speedway in ...

* This Week's No. 29 Shell/Pennzoil Chevrolet Impala SS at Lowe's Motor Speedway... Kevin Harvick will pilot Chassis No. 288 from the Richard Childress Racing Stable, which started seventh and finished 10th last week at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. It was the car's inaugural run as it was built new this year.

* Stat Facts for the Track... In 17 NSCS starts at the 1.5-mile oval of LMS, Harvick has tallied one top-five and three top-10 finishes while leading five races for a total of 19 laps. He has completed 5,749 of 5,980 (98 percent) laps contested posting an average start of 18.1 and a 21.4 average finish. To his credit, Harvick posted his best start of fifth, in October 2006, and best finish of second, in his first LMS NSCS start in May 2001.

* 2009 in Rear View Mirror... In 30 NSCS starts this season, Harvick has an average starting position of 20.9 and an average finish of 21.2. He's completed 8,300 of the 8,553 laps contested in those events (97 percent), posting three top-five and six top-10 finishes.

* Making Points... As a result of their sixth top-10 finish last week at Auto Club Speedway, Harvick & Co. has moved within 10 points of 20th place with six races remaining in the 2009 season.

* Kevin's Krew Get Together in Concord... As part of a continued program with Shell-Pennzoil, Harvick will host a group of at-risk children, called "Kevin's Krew," for Saturday's race at Lowe's Motor Speedway. The children will take part in various activities before meeting their favorite driver at the Victory Lane area just before driver introductions.

* RCR at Charlotte... In 107 starts at LMS, RCR has earned five points-paying victories. Four of those were by Dale Earnhardt, while Jeff Burton added to the total with a win in the October 2008 race. Kevin Harvick also recorded an impressive win at the 2007 All-Star Race, to go along with Earnhardt's three victories at the annual all-star showcase, giving RCR a total of nine Sprint Cup Series checkered flags at LMS. Additionally, RCR boasts 19 top-five and 35 top-10 finishes at LMS with seven different drivers including Earnhardt, Ricky Rudd, Mike Skinner, Harvick, Burton and Bowyer. Richard Childress, a former driver on NASCAR's senior circuit, contributed two of those top 10s from 1978-1979.

* The Collective RCR... In 30 races this season, RCR's four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series entries have notched nine top-five and 28 top-10 finishes. The No. 29 team kicked off the 2009 season with a win in the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona. RCR-prepared cars have also completed 33,299 laps with four different drivers including Burton, Bowyer, Harvick and Casey Mears. RCR teams have led 188 laps and all four teams have earned just shy of $17 million combined purse money in 2009.

* Vote for No. 29 Shop Foreman... Andrew Mason, the shop foreman for the No. 29 Chevrolet team, has been named as one of eight finalists for the inaugural NASCAR Wrenchman Award, recognizing the behind-the-scenes NASCAR team members who "turn the wrenches" in the shop and along pit row. Fans have the opportunity to choose the winner by logging onto and voting for their favorite team member. By voting, fans will also be automatically entered for a chance to win an all expenses paid trip for two to the Wrenchman Award Ceremony in Miami on November 22.

* RCR Celebrates 40 Years with Fans... In honor of its 40th anniversary, RCR will host a Fan Day at the Welcome, N.C. complex on Thurs., Oct. 22 from 9 a.m. -- 5 p.m. EDT. Activities include driver and pit crew autograph sessions, self-guided tours of RCR's Sprint Cup and Nationwide shops as well as ECR's engine shop, radio remotes, musical entertainment, pit crew competition, viewing of the DALE movie, question-and-answer session with team owner Richard Childress and much more. General admission to RCR's Fan Day is just $5, which will benefit the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma.


ON NIGHT RACING AT LMS: "Obviously, for us drivers, it is a lot cooler. With the lights and the way the racing always goes, the track has more grip. Things just seem to be a little bit faster under the lights than they normally are. Night racing is where I grew up. Friday or Saturday night racing brings out the best in all of us. It is a lot of fun and exciting to watch."

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON LMS: "Besides the All-Star win in 2007, Lowe's Motor Speedway seems to be a track where I just haven't had the finishes I would like. We have always run pretty well there, but just haven't been able to put everything together. We have to find a way to keep everything together. If we can do that, I think we can leave Charlotte with a top-five finish."

-credit: rcr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Jeff Burton , Mike Skinner , Kevin Harvick , Casey Mears