Kevin Harvick Inc. Carquest Auto Parts 300 Race Preview

Horn FanSenior Writer IMay 22, 2009

Kevin Harvick returns to driving the No. 33 KHI Chevrolet at Lowe's Motor Speedway, for the Carquest Auto Parts 300 on Saturday night.

Happy will be looking for his first Nationwide win at Lowe's this weekend. He has had some great runs, even started on the pole, but has yet to win at the Beast of the Southeast.

It's only fitting with it being Memorial Day weekend, that he has the Veterans of Foreign War's paint scheme and let's hope he honor's our troops both past and present with a win.

In 16 races at the track, he's compiled two top fives, nine top 10 finishes, won three poles, led 125 laps, and completed 99.3 percent of attempted laps—that's 3,183 of 3,205 laps.

Coming into the weekend, the No. 33 KHI team sits a top the NASCAR Nationwide Series Owner's Points Standings, and with Happy driving they should leave Lowe's leading the standings.

"I think for KHI, the mile-and-a-half tracks like Texas, Las Vegas, and Atlanta have been good to us," said Harvick. The No. 33 Nationwide Series team has really stepped up this year, consistently running upfront and contending for the wins each week. That's all I can ask for."

"Hopefully this week will be no different and we can get the VFW in Victory Lane to celebrate Memorial Day weekend and recognize the sacrifices the men and women of this great country have made in the past and continue to make for us everyday so we can live the way we do."

Happy will be racing chassis No. 042 this weekend, twice this season it's been raced. First at Fontana where it finished second, then at Vegas leading 42 laps before being wrecked out in a multi-car crash.

Lowe's marks the first of two races that we'll see the VFW sponsorship in the Nationwide Series, they'll also be on the No. 33 at Daytona July 3.

The No. 33 paint scheme will be a little different at Lowe's, while it will still have the red, white, and blue—the colors of the VFW—it also will have the Buddy Poppy logo on the hood.

The VFW is one of my favorite sponsors in NASCAR, my dad spent a lot of time working with them, helping veterans find employment and they are a great organization to support.

Taken from The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United State is a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring the sacrifices and ensuring the rights of American's veterans through advocacy, support, and community service, while promoting patriotism.

The VFW offers a wide array of services to support veterans and their families throughout their military career, from active duty to the honorably discharged.

The VFW has been doing the Buddy Poppy program for over 75 years, they've raised millions of dollars that goes to supporting veteran's and their families.

When your out shopping this weekend, don't forget to support the Buddy Poppy program this Memorial Day weekend. As the VFW members will be out at most chain stores collecting donations.



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