Harvick to Reach Milestone at Martinsville

Kevin Harvick

"I grew up racing short tracks and Martinsville has always been a place I’ve enjoyed racing at." (Photo: Getty Images)

Kevin Harvick heads to Martinsville Speedway this weekend to make his 400th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start in Sunday’s Goody’s Fast Relief 500.

Harvick will become the 50th driver to reach the milestone and he hopes to continue having success at the 0.526-mile Virginia track. He is the defending race winner with three consecutive top fives and he has finished 12th or better in eight of the past nine races at the shortest track on the schedule.

Harvick’s victory in last year’s event came after passing Dale Earnhardt Jr. with four laps remaining and holding on to take the checkered flag.

“Obviously we’ve been fast at Martinsville,” Harvick said. “To be able to put together a complete day like we did last time at the end of the race, we were able to capitalize on a fast car and win the race.

“We had a lot of things to overcome on that particular day and were able to pull out a win.”

He was awarded the coveted 7-foot-tall grandfather clock trophy in Victory Lane and hopes to add a second one to his collection this weekend. He has a great chance to repeat, as four of his 18 career wins have come on short tracks.

“I just like the short tracks,” Harvick said. “I grew up racing short tracks and Martinsville has always been a place I’ve enjoyed racing at.

“It’s a race track we feel confident at. All of our cars have run well there in the past. It’s really keeping yourself out of trouble and getting to the end and hopefully by the end of the day you’re in position to do something in the top five.”

Harvick’s best finish this season was second at Phoenix International Raceway and he is currently second in the point standings, seven points behind leader Greg Biffle. 

The No. 29 Chevrolet will have a “Budweiser is Back” black and white paint scheme at Martinsville to celebrate the 79th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition which took effect on April 7, 1933. Harvick will don a special white firesuit and instead of wearing baseball hats, members of the No. 29 team will wear 20th century newsboy caps.

Harvick is pulling double-duty this weekend, as he will first compete in Saturday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kroger 250. The two-time winner of the event will take the wheel of the No. 2 Tide Chevrolet entry for Richard Childress Racing.

Qualifying for the 500-lap Sprint Cup race begins on Saturday at 11:40 a.m. (ET). Motor Racing Network – “The Voice of NASCAR” – will have live coverage of Sunday's Goody's Fast Relief 500 beginning at 12 p.m., with live streaming at MotorRacingNetwork.com.

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Kevin Harvick

Kevin Harvick began racing go-karts at age five. He captured seven national titles and two Grand National championships at that level before moving on to late models. He captured ...

Year
Race
Wins
Top
5's
Top
10's
Poles
Avg.
Finish
Avg.
Start
2014
18
2
5
8
3
16.7
10.1
2013
36
4
9
21
1
11.2
15.3
2012
36
1
5
14
0
12.1
14.6
2011
36
4
9
19
0
11.5
18.8
2010
36
3
16
26
0
8.7
21.0
2009
36
0
5
9
0
19.9
20.9
2008
36
0
7
19
0
12.4
17.6
2007
36
1
4
15
0
15.5
18.4
2006
36
5
15
20
1
12.3
13.5
2005
36
1
3
10
2
17.4
19.2
2004
36
0
5
14
0
16.3
17.7
2003
36
1
11
18
1
12.3
17.7
2002
35
1
5
8
1
22.0
24.7
2001
35
2
6
16
0
14.1
16.3
Totals
484
25
105
217
9
14.5
17.6
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