Kevin Harvick Inc. Lipton Tea 250 Race Preview

Horn FanSenior Writer IApril 30, 2009

Kevin Harvick will be back in the driver seat of the No. 33 Rheem Tankless Hot Water Heaven Chevrolet for Friday nights Lipton Tea 250 at Richmond International Raceway.

He'll be looking for his fifth win at RIR and also KHI's fifth win in the Nationwide Series.

In his 16 previous starts at the track, Happy's compiled four wins, 10 top-five, 12 top-10 finishes, and led 595 laps.

He has an average starting position of 8.6 and a average finishing position of 7.6. At RIR, he's completed 99.9 percent of the laps he's attempted, that's 4005 out of 4011 laps.

KHI has been on a tear of late, with it's No. 33 team, and now sit in first in the Nationwide Owner's Point Standings.

They've done it with Happy, Tony Stewart, Kelly Bires, and Ryan Newman driving the No. 33 Chevy and riding a string of five straight top five finishes.

No doubt KHI will unload a stout car for the boss, should qualify well even record his first pole win at the track and be vying for the win in the late stages of the race.

Last year, he led 98 laps looked like he was on his way for the win, but settled for second after getting passed late in the race by Denny Hamlin.

He likes night races, you gotta have good brakes and that during the race the groove moves around. Another factor is getting your car to work through the center of the turns and how well you come off the corner with your car.

Happy will be driving chassis No. 041, it's been to victory lane at Bristol earlier this season and it's a special car to the Harvick's. As it's the car, he drove to his first Nationwide win in his own equipment.

"We got our first win this season, came close to a few more wins and now we're looking to score another win this weekend at Richmond in the Rheem Tankless Hot Water Heaven Chevrolet. We're bring the car that we won Bristol with and hopefully at the end of the day, we can get it back in victory lane for KHI and Rheem."

Also at RIR, KHI has teamed up with both Rheem Manufacturing and the Veterans of Foreign Wars to co-host a hospitality event Friday night with help from both Longhorn smokeless tobacco and Nationwide Insurance.

To entertain not only clientele from Rheem, but also 100 wounded soldiers recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and they'll also be attending the race.

Numerous drivers will be making appearances at the event, a dozen Nationwide drivers, including Eric McClure, Brad Keselowski, Scott Wimmer, Cale Gale, Jason Keller, Stephen Leicht, Scott Lagasse Jr., three-time Truck Series Champion Ron Hornaday (said pre-race to the restart of the Kansas truck race on Monday, that he'd be at RIR on Friday night), Cup's Ryan Newman, and maybe Tony Stewart also, co-owner Delana Harvick, and RCR Owner Richard Childress.

This is great to see, Kevin and Delana Harvick teaming up with Rheem,the VFW, along with Longhorn brand and Nationwide Insurance lending help and honoring our wound soldiers.