After a weekend off, Kevin Harvick and the No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet team travel to Richmond (Va.) International Raceway for Saturday’s Crown Royal presents the Matthew and Daniel Hansen 400.
This weekend the No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet team will utilize chassis No. 332 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Harvick has raced this car twice so far this year. Earlier this month he drove chassis No. 332 to Victory Lane at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway and in February he finished fourth in the same car at Phoenix International Raceway.
Last year at Richmond, Harvick and the No. 29 team started seventh in the spring race, led one lap and took home a third-place finish. In the fall event at the track, he started 20th and finished ninth.
· Eight races into the 2011 season, Harvick is ranked fourth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver point standings after earning two wins, four top fives and five top-10 finishes.
· This week in Budweiser Racing history: The Budweiser Racing team has gone to Victory Lane at Richmond International Raceway six times with three different drivers over the span of three decades. In 1984 and 1985 Darrell Waltrip won the fall races at the track in the No. 11 Budweiser Chevrolet. Bill Elliott led 348 of 400 laps in the spring 1992 race at Richmond en route to taking the checkered flag in the No. 11 Budweiser car. During his time as the Budweiser race car driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr. visited Victory Lane at Richmond three times in the No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet - the spring races in 2000, 2004 and 2006.
Kevin Harvick discusses racing at Richmond International Raceway and the start of the 2011 Sprint Cup season:
There have been seven different winners in the first eight races. Talk about what that says about the level of competition at the Sprint Cup level? “I think it’s a great sign for the health of the sport to see all the different organizations competitive. Really, since the Chase has started, it’s been so competitive trying to get into those top-10 or 12 spots for the Chase. It seems like from race one to 26, you do everything you can in order to get into one of those spots. Everyone is digging from lap 1 to get everything they can for their teams and sponsors to make it happen.”
Richmond has been a very good race track for us.
Richmond has been a good track for you and your team. “Richmond has probably been our best track on paper in both divisions. We’ve been fortunate to win some races there. We look at that place as if we’re having a bad start, that at least when we go to Richmond, we expect a top 10 out of the car. If everything is running well, you expect to be competitive and running up front.”
Talk about why you think you’ve performed so well at Richmond. “When I was growing up, we spent a lot of time at Phoenix racing and really from day one we’ve always been successful on the flatter type race tracks through the years. Richmond has been a very good race track for us. I think it’s just kind of how I was brought up. We just adapted well right off the bat to those types of race tracks.”