Kevin Harvick will pilot Chassis No. 112 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Nationwide Series stable in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge. Harvick drove this No. 33 Chevrolet to third-place finishes at Kentucky Speedway in June and Atlanta Motor Speedway in August, and captured a runner-up result at Charlotte Motor Speedway in October.
That’s a Wrap … Harvick will return to the driver’s seat of the No. 33 Nationwide Series Chevrolet for the final time of the 2012 season this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. The 200-lap event marks the two-time Nationwide Series champion’s 290th career Nationwide Series start and his 14th appearance at the 1.5-mile oval. In his first 12 Nationwide Series races with RCR in 2012, Harvick has earned one win at Richmond International Raceway in September, one pole award at RIR in April, eight top-five and nine top-10 finishes.
Racing in the “Lone Star State” … Harvick will make his 14th Nationwide Series appearance at the Fort Worth, Texas-based facility Saturday night. In his 13 previous starts at the 1.5-mile track, the RCR driver captured four wins (Spring 2001, Fall of 2005, 2006 and 2007), one pole award (Spring 2008), five top-five and 10 top-10 finishes. Harvick maintains a 7.5 average starting position, 9.2 average finishing position, has completed 98.9 percent (2,500 of 2,527) of the laps contested and is credited with 527 laps led. In addition to his Nationwide Series success, Harvick has earned three top-five and nine top-10 finishes after 19 starts in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, along with one win, two top-five and two top-10 finishes following four starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
In the Loop … Since the inception of NASCAR’s Loop Data Statistics in 2006, Harvick has competed in 10 Nationwide Series events at Texas Motor Speedway. In those 10 starts, the Bakersfield, Calif., native has earned a Driver Rating of 113.8 ranking him second amongst all competitors. Harvick has completed the third-most Fastest Laps Run (144), Laps in the Top 15 (1,769) and Laps Led (346). The 36-year-old driver holds an average Green Flag Speed of 173.145 mph placing him fourth in the loop data category. Harvick is the fifth-Fastest Driver Early In a Run and his 7.909 Averaging Running Position places him fifth in the category.
To the Points … The No. 33 RCR Chevrolet team sits fifth in the Nationwide Series owner’s championship point standings, 82 points behind the leader. The No. 33 team has earned one win (Richmond International Raceway in September with Harvick), 14 top-five and 21 top-10 finishes between six different drivers (Ty Dillon, Brendan Gaughan, Harvick, Paul Menard, Max Papis and Tony Stewart) thus far this season.
Rolling Three-Wide in Texas … OneMain Financial will be a triple-threat this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. In addition to the No. 2 OneMain Financial Chevrolet driven by points leader Elliott Sadler in the Nationwide Series, OneMain Financial will be on-board with teammate Harvick in the No. 33 Nationwide Series entry and on Friday night in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event with the No. 22 Chevrolet driven by Joey Coulter.
Double Duty … In addition to competing in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge Saturday evening, Harvick will also drive RCR’s No. 29 Rheem Chevrolet in the Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 Sunday afternoon. The race is scheduled to air live on ESPN beginning at 2 p.m. Eastern Time and will be broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
In the Rearview Mirror: Kansas Speedway … Menard and the No. 33 Rheem/Menards team led six different times for 110 circuits of the 200-lap race at Kansas Speedway before running out of fuel to finish 16th.
What are your thoughts about racing the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Texas Motor Speedway? “I’m excited to get back behind the wheel of the No. 33 OneMain Financial Chevrolet at Texas (Motor Speedway). It’s been a few years since I’ve raced in the Nationwide Series at Texas, but it’s a track that I really enjoy racing at and one that I’ve had a lot of success at as well. This is my final Nationwide Series race for the 2012 season, so I’m hoping we can continue on the success I’ve had there in the past and end the season on a high note.”