|Owners||Kevin & Delana Harvick|
|Race Series||Nationwide Series, Camping World Truck Series|
|Championships||2 - Camping World Truck Series|
|Car No.(s)||#33 (Nationwide) |
#2, #33 (Camping World Trucks)
|Drivers||Kevin Harvick (#33-Nationwide, #2-Camping World Truck) |
Elliott Sadler (#2 Camping World Truck)
Ron Hornaday (#33-Camping World Truck)
|Sponsors||Jimmy Johns, Rheem Tankless Water Heaters, Armour Foods, Ollie's Bargain Outlet, Hunt Brothers Pizza, Longhorn|
|Shop Location||Kernersville, North Carolina|
Kevin Harvick Incorporated is a NASCAR team owned by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick and his wife, the former Delana Linville. It was founded as an after hours project in 2001 by the Harvick's. Officially, it is owned by Delana, who is the daughter of former NASCAR Busch Series and North Carolina short track driver John Linville, but both Kevin and Delana are equally active in the team operations, as Delana also worked in public relations before marrying Kevin Harvick.
They currently own cars in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, Camping World Truck Series, and K & N Pro Series West. They have also helped Richard Childress Racing with experimental equipment through using the Childress engines in their cars and trucks, and has assisted Sarah Fisher in her transition to NASCAR, with Fisher driving in some NASCAR short tracks with equipment supplied by Harvick and Linville.
Nationwide Series Edit
Car #4 history Edit
KHI first entered its second Busch Series team in the 2004 fall race at Atlanta Motor Speedway when Tony Stewart piloted the #92 McDonald's/Powerade Chevrolet. As a co-promotion in the event, team owner Kevin Harvick drove the #29 Powerade/McDonald's Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing.
The team returned in 2005 renumbered as the #83 to run five races. Burney Lamar attempted the car's first race at Nashville Superspeedway but failed to qualify for the event. Wally Dallenbach, Jr. made the car's first race at Watkins Glen International, where he finished nineteenth in the Mr. Clean Auto-Dry Wash car. Tony Stewart drove the car at Richmond with Old Spice sponsoring and Tony Raines drove the car with Cub Cadet funding at Kansas, finishing 40th and 17th, respectively.
For 2006, the team signed Dollar General as a sponsor and switched to the #77 with Lamar driving and competing for NASCAR Rookie of the Year. He opened the season with a runner-up finish at Daytona, and had two additional top-tens and led the Rookie of the Year standings until summer. During the race weekend at Kansas in 2006, Harvick announced he had removed Lamar from the #77 and hired 2000 Winston Cup champion Bobby Labonte to drive the car for the rest of the season. Labonte, Harvick, and Kertus Davis were scheduled share the 77 for the 2007 season. Labonte brought the number 77 to its first victory at Talladega on April 28, 2007. Davis was later released, with Ron Hornaday filling in for races that Davis was scheduled to drive for the team, after Davis did not crack the top 30 in his five starts in the #77. In select races in 2008 Cale Gale drove the car with sponsorship from VFW and Rheem.
For 2009, Harvick planned a one-car effort, but with additional sponsorship for the Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen from Shick Canada, J. R. Fitzpatrick drive the second car at Watkins Glen, carrying the #4 for KHI's second team. Tony Stewart drove the 4 in the 2010 season opener at Daytona, winning the race with Oreo/Ritz Crackers sponsorship.
Car #33 history Edit
KHI's #33 team was formed when Andy Petree Racing's #33 Busch team was shut down halfway through the 2004 season. Kevin Harvick purchased the team and it made its debut in the 19th race of the season at Chicagoland Speedway with Clint Bowyer behind the wheel. He started 12th and finished in the 10th position. He drove again at Darlington Raceway and finished 15th. Tony Raines ended the season at the Ford 300 with a 35th place finish after being involved in a crash.
Tony Stewart won the team's first NASCAR Busch Series race in 2005 by winning the Hershey's Take 5 300 at Daytona International Speedway in February. Stewart and Raines shared the 33 that season, with Stewart running races with Old Spice sponsorship, and Raines with Yard Man/Outdoor Channel backing. Raines collected nine top-ten finishes and finished 20th in the points despite only running 23 races. Stewart's lone win in 10 races came at Daytona and had only three top-five finishes. KHI development driver Burney Lamar joined the 33 for a pair of races as well, his best finish a 34th at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
2006 again started strong as Stewart again drove the #33 to a win at Daytona with teammate Lamar finishing second in the #77, marking the first time that the Linville family had fielded a winner in the series, dating to its inaugural year. A variety of drivers competed in the #33 during the 2006 season, including Stewart, Harvick, Hornaday, and development drivers Sean Caisse and Aaron Fike. The team finished tenth in the standings at the season. Harvick, Stewart, Raines, and development driver Cale Gale shared the #33 Chevrolet in 2007, with sponsorship coming from Old Spice, Camping World, and RoadLoans.com. Harvick, Gale, and Hornaday split the 33 full-time in 2008, scoring fifteen finishes of eighth or better between them. The 33 returns in 2009 with sponsors Rheem, Jimmy Johns, Armour Foodsm and Copart. Sharing the ride duties this year will be Harvick, Ryan Newman, Stewart, Ron Hornaday along with Gale and Kelly Bires in one race deals. Kevin Harvick finally drove his own equipment to victory in the Scotts Turf Builder 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 21, 2009. This would be the first time he has scored a victory in his own equipment after trying for 5 years since the inception of his race team during 2004.
Craftsman Truck Series Edit
Truck #2 history Edit
The #2 truck originally ran as a second truck to the #6 in 2004 for a pair of races as the #92. Harvick drove with sponsorship from Snap-On Tools and GM Goodwrench sponsoring, with Harvick finished in the top-five in both races. It ran again in 2005 for two races with Harvick and another two with Lamar. Harvick had the best finish of fifth. Tony Stewart attempted the race at Richmond, but, surprisingly, failed to qualify for the race, despite winning the past two Richmond truck races, mainly from NASCAR's new all-exempt tour policy.
The truck in 2007 was used for most of the season, running a part-time schedule with a variety of drivers, from KHI developmental driver, Cale Gale to Richard Childress Racing Nextel Cup drivers, Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer in the #2. For the 2008 season, Jack Sprague was signed on to pilot the #2 truck full time with sponsorship from American Commercial Lines. However, Sprague was unable to find victory lane and was released on October 8. Harvick, Gale, and Ryan Newman will share this truck for the remainder of the season. Newman drove this truck to victory lane in the final fall race at Atlanta with a late pass on Hornaday.
Former motocross champion Ricky Carmichael has been signed to KHI and is expected to be the driver of this truck in 2009, which changes its number to #4 out of deference to Carmichael, who has raced #4 for most of his career. Monster Energy will sponsor the truck. Carmichael did not have a great finish, because he was involved in the "big one" in the season - opener 250 miler. The team scored a better finish at the Auto Club Speedway. Carmichael was set to make 14 of the 25 Camping World Truck Series races, with J.R. Fitzpatrick filling out the rest of the schedule.
In 2010, it will go back to being the #2 with Harvick and Elliott Sadler driving.
Truck #33 history Edit
The #33 truck was KHI's first venture into NASCAR. It debuted as the #6 Twizzler/PayDay/Sonic Drive-In Chevrolet Silverado in a partnership between the Harvicks and Rick Carelli in 2001. Harvick started fourth and finished second at Richmond International Raceway. Carelli drove the team's next race at the 2002 Florida Dodge Dealers 250 and finished fifth. Harvick competed in five races and picked up his first career Truck win at Phoenix International Raceway.
In 2003, Harvick ran an additional six races and won once again at Phoenix. Other drivers drove for the team that year were Ed Berrier, Brandon Miller, and Randy LaJoie. Miller had the best finish of eighth at Mesa Marin Raceway. GM Goodwrench climbed aboard as the team's first primary sponsor, and Matt Crafton was hired away from ThorSport Racing as the team's driver. Crafton posted six top-five finishes and finished fifth in points, but left at the end of the season to return to his previous ride.. He was replaced by two-time champion Ron Hornaday, who captured a win at Atlanta Motor Speedway and was named the series' Most Popular Driver. At the end of 2005, KHI switched numbers with Roush Fenway Racing to become the #33, with the #6 going to Roush Fenway. Hornaday began the year unsponsored but won at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway and finished seventh in points after obtaining sponsorship from Allstate Employer Services. He began 2007 with new sponsorship from Camping World, picked up four victories, and won the 2007 Craftsman Truck Series championship. In 2008, Hornaday won six times but finished second in the championship standings.In 2009 he'd win his fourth championship, a week before the last race of the season.