Harvick Eyes Big Pay Day

Kevin Harvick

"We want to win every single week, but the Busch Bucks million-dollar giveaway definitely ups the ante and adds some serious pressure to the No. 4 team in the All-Star Race." (Photo: Getty Images)

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Kevin Harvick can bring home a lot of money if he wins Saturday’s Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Should Harvick take the checkered flag in the annual non-points event he’ll not only pocket the $1 million first place prize but bring another cool million to a fan.

In conjunction with the launch of Harvick sponsor Busch Beer’s loyalty program “Busch Bucks,” 42-year old Steve Sinanan, an accountant and consultant from Orlando, Florida, will have the opportunity to take home a million bucks.

However the opportunity to win a million for both himself and super fan Sinaan isn’t putting any extra pressure on Harvick.

"We want to win every single week, but the Busch Bucks million-dollar giveaway definitely ups the ante and adds some serious pressure to the No. 4 team in the All-Star Race,” Harvick said. “Even though it’s a non-points race, the stakes are going to be about as high as they can possibly be on Saturday night.”

Harvick is a former All-Star Race winner but that victory came back in 2007. He has finished second three times including in two of the last three All-Star Races. Plus Harvick is a two-time Coca-Cola 600 winner as well as taking the checkered flag once in Charlotte’s fall Bank of America 500.

His past success and the way the Stewart-Haas Racing driver has run this year on intermediate tracks like Charlotte give Harvick some understandable optimism coming into the weekend.

But the All-Star Race is a different animal. The four segment event is capped by a final 10-lap dash to the checkered flag and a quest for the $1 million prize.

That means all bets are off when Saturday night’s race is on the line and Harvick plans to be in the mix.

“Heck, you don’t have to put $1 million up to know what most of us would do to try and win a race,” Harvick explained. “But, when there are no points on the line and $1 million at stake, plus $1 million for a race fan through the Busch Bucks program this week, you definitely throw caution to the wind and go for it. A lot of times you see that at the All-Star Race and it ends up with a lot of bent-up sheet metal due to moves that aren’t necessarily thought out very well – and we’ve all made them.

“It’s a fun race and its fun just for that reason. If you make a mistake, the repercussions aren’t really that great in terms of points or anything like that. It’s really about trying to win and that carrot that they dangle out in front of you is a trophy and a million bucks – so go for it.”

 

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