NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - All-Star Race and Sprint Showdown
May 18, 2013 - Charlotte Motor Speedway
Kevin Harvick, No. 29
Kevin Harvick will pilot chassis No. 378 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race under the lights of Charlotte Motor Speedway. Harvick last drove this RCR machine to a 13th-place result at Auto Club Speedway in March. Saturday night's event marks Harvick's 13th appearance in the NASCAR exhibition race, dating back to 2001. In 2007, the RCR veteran visited Victory Lane following the marquee event. Harvick has collected a total of two top-five and seven top-10 finishes throughout the years, and is credited with 62 lap led. Harvick and the No. 29 team captured a sixth-place finish during the 2012 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, after battling a tight-handling condition throughout the non-points event at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Share your thoughts on participating in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.
I was fortunate enough to win this race back in 2007. You definitely would rather win the All-Star race, than not. It's one of the marquee races in our sport that you want to win. Charlotte (Motor Speedway) hasn't been a great track for us, but we have had some success there throughout the years. The All-Star race was one of our successes; it was definitely a cool race to win. - Kevin Harvick
What are your thoughts on the new format for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race this season?
Anytime they put that much money in front of anybody it's going to cause things to rise to another level. Take the points away from that and you really have some unique scenarios that come up. I think adding the bonus for winning all five segments is really going to add a twist to the event as well, especially for the driver who wins the first segment. They're going to be giving it all they have to try and win the remaining segments to collect the additional $1 million bonus. It's always fun when you know there is really nothing on the line but to win. If you do, then usually there is a big check waiting for you at the end so that gives you some bragging rights and a lot of money. - Kevin Harvick
How much does the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race help to prepare you and the team for the Coca-Cola 600?
Usually, we can get a glimpse into the future, primarily in the engine department. They'll test out a few different things to try to see what we might be able to utilize the following weekend. We also get to be on the race track under conditions similar to those we'll see during the Coca-Cola 600. The extra track time will really help us determine how these new cars are going to handle under the lights at Charlotte (Motor Speedway). - Kevin Harvick
SPEED's live coverage of the Sprint Showdown and Sprint All-Star Race begins Saturday, May 18 at 7 p.m. Eastern Time. The race will also be broadcast on the Motor Racing Network and SIRIUS XM NASCAR Radio.