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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Date Track Team/Member Level Infraction Remarks
3/24/2019 (post-race inspection) Martinsville No. 3 Safety Sections Tires and Wheels
Note: Lug nut(s) not properly installed.
Crew chief (Danny Stockman Jr.) has been fined $10,000.
3/24/2019 (post-race inspection) Martinsville No. 36 Safety Sections Tires and Wheels
Note: Lug nut(s) not properly installed.
Crew chief (Michael Kelley) has been fined $10,000.
3/24/2019 (post-race inspection) Martinsville No. 47 Safety Sections Tires and Wheels
Note: Lug nut(s) not properly installed.
Crew chief (Tristan Smith) has been fined $10,000.
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series
Date Track Team/Member Level Infraction Remarks
3/23/2019 (post-race inspection) Martinsville No. 51 Safety Sections Tires and Wheels
Note: Lug nut(s) not properly installed.
Crew chief (Ryan Fugle) has been fined $2,500.

Paul Menard and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane team head to Texas Motor Speedway ready to put the new handling package to its first Texas test and continue their climb up the Monster Energy Cup Series points standings.

Menard’s 15th-place finish last weekend at Martinsville Speedway moved him up one spot to 20th place, and he’s just one point behind 19th-place Ryan Newman and 14 shy of Daniel Suarez, who holds the 16th position.

Now it’s on to Texas Motor Speedway where Menard said the new higher downforce/lower horsepower package in use on intermediate-length tracks this season creates some unknowns, as it has each time the circuit headed to a new venue this season.
“It’s going to be different,” Menard said of racing on the 1.5-mile oval in Ft. Worth, which was just repaved and reconfigured two years ago while the other intermediate tracks he’s raced on this year have older pavement. “It’ll be more single-groove than most places, and the fastest lane will be at the bottom.
“We’ll be turning all day trying to pass people.”
Menard said he and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team are putting a lot of effort into maximizing their performance with the new package.
“We’re working hard to understand what the car wants,” he said. “And I’m working hard to get used to how to use the throttle with the new package. 
“It takes a different driving style, and I’m trying to teach myself how to get the most out of it.”

 Although Menard and the team aren’t quite where they’d like to be from a performance standpoint, he feels like they’re getting there.

 “We’re in the ballpark,” he said, adding that there’s an air of optimism around the team. “We’re not where we want to be, but we understand where we need to go and how to get there.”  
Qualifying at Texas is set for Friday at 6:40 p.m. (7:40 Eastern Time), and the race is scheduled to start just after 2 p.m. (3 p.m. Eastern Time) on Sunday with TV coverage on FOX. 


Michael McDowell on Texas
18 Starts
Best Finish: 14th
“I think Texas is going to be the real test for the new aero package. The track still needs some more time for the second and third lane to really come in, but we're looking forward to getting our No. 34 Love's Ford Mustang up to speed and I'm excited to have WinStar World Casino and Resort on the car this week, as well.”
Matt Tifft on Texas
(Xfinity Series) 7 Starts | 5 Top-10
Best Finish: 6th
"We've seen some good speed at Texas in the past in Xfinity, so I'm looking forward to going back this weekend in a Cup car. I think we'll continue to see some interesting racing with the repave plus the aero ducts. Glad to have our partners at Surface Sunscreen and Tunity TV back on the No. 36 Ford Mustang."
David Ragan on Texas
24 Starts | 2 Top-10
Best Finish: 7th
"I'm looking forward to seeing what we can do in our No. 38 Ford at Texas with the new rules package. We've learned a lot running the aero ducts and the tapered spacer earlier this season, which I think will help us see some good speed this weekend.”


NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will serve as a guest analyst for NBC Sports’ Monster Energy Supercross from NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, this Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Comprehensive live coverage of this Saturday’s Monster Energy Supercross event begins at 1 p.m. ET, with practice exclusively streaming on NBC Sports Gold’s Supercross Pass.

Stenhouse Jr. will begin his day in the No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, where he will run in a pair of practices before making his way down to Houston where he’ll join NBC Sports’ Supercross coverage on Saturday night.

Stenhouse Jr. will join Ralph Sheheen (play-by-play), five-time Supercross champion and seven-time Motocross champion Ricky Carmichael (analyst), host and former racer Daniel Blair, and reporter Will Christien to call the action.

Stenhouse Jr. and the NBC Sports team will provide a behind-the-scenes look at his day across their Twitter, Facebook and Instagram channels. Following his stint as a guest analyst on Saturday night, Stenhouse Jr. will compete in Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.


NBC Sports continues its coverage of the 2019 Monster Energy Supercross season this weekend from NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. With just five races remaining in the Supercross season, Cooper Webb remains atop the 450SX Class standings, holding a 14-point lead over Marvin Musquin. Musquin won his second straight race last weekend in Seattle, but the victory came with some controversy. Musquin jumped through a section lined with medical flags following an accident and was penalized seven points following his race victory. Meanwhile in the 250SX West Class, Dylan Ferrandis earned his first career win in the U.S., and now trails Adam Cianciarulo by 12 points in the 250SX West Class standings.

NBC Sports Gold is offering subscribers the “Supercross Pass” – a comprehensive one-stop-shop package of events that will include Race Day LiveSupercross qualifiers and main event races live and without commercial interruption, as well as full on-demand replays. Click here to purchase.

Date Event Coverage Time (ET)
Sat., March 30 Houston – Qualifying Session 1 NBC Sports Gold 1 p.m.
  Houston – Studio Coverage NBC Sports Gold 2:30 p.m.
  Houston – Qualifying Session 2 NBC Sports Gold 3:15 p.m.
  Houston – Event NBC Sports Gold/NBCSN 8 p.m.

*all coverage that airs on NBCSN streams on and the NBC Sports app


NASCAR on NBC analysts Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kyle Petty will join host Marty Snider to discuss the newly-announced 2020 NASCAR schedule on NASCAR America Motormouths today at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Motormouths episodes air every Wednesday and feature a light-hearted approach to traditional NASCAR America shows, also providing fans an opportunity to call in to NASCAR America and speak with hosts, analysts, drivers and other guests live on NBCSN.

Additionally, Stenhouse Jr. will join Thursday’s 5 p.m. ET episode of the NASCAR America Motorsports Hour on NBCSN, hosted by Krista Voda alongside analysts A.J. Allmendinger and Parker Kligerman, to discuss his upcoming NASCAR/Supercross double this Saturday.

NASCAR America, NBCSN’s daily motorsports show, is back for its sixth season, featuring an all-new look, daily studio location, and weekly schedule. Click here for more info.


NBC Sports continues its coverage of the 2019 American Flat Track, the most historic form of American motorcycle racing, this weekend at 4:30 p.m. ET with the Yahama Atlanta Short Track race, which was held on March 23 at Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, Ga.

NBC Sports will showcase 18 American Flat Track weekend premieres on NBCSN, which will be followed by weekday re-airs on the network. Briar Bauman won the season-opening race at Daytona. Jason Weigandt (play-by-play) and Allmendinger (analyst) will call the action.

Featuring the world’s fastest motorcycle racers on dirt battling it out at speeds approaching 140 mph, American Flat Track is the most prestigious and most competitive form of dirt track motorcycle racing in the world. Click here for more info.


NBC Sports Group returns for its fifth season of NASCAR on NBC coverage beginning Sunday, June 30 from Chicagoland Speedway.

The official home of the NASCAR Playoffs, NBC Sports Group will present the final 20 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races, final 19 NASCAR Xfinity Series races, and select NASCAR Regional & Touring Series events in 2019. NBC Sports Group’s NASCAR programming also includes NBCSN’s daily motorsports show NASCAR America, coverage of NASCAR’s Awards Ceremonies, the annual NASCAR Hall of Fame induction ceremony, as well as original programming specials.

NBC Sports PR

Garrett Smithley returns to the seat of Spire Motorsports’ No. 77 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 with primary sponsorship from Trophy Tractor for Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.
Headquartered in Grand Prairie, Texas, Trophy Tractor offers a cost-effective alternative to the purchase and rental of new equipment with quality low-hour used equipment. Trophy Tractor specializes in the sale and rental of haul trucks, loaders, dozers, scrapers, excavators, compactors, graders, and water equipment.
This weekend will mark Smithley’s third MENCS start of the season. His previous 2019 starts came at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.
“Jeff Miller and his team at Trophy Tractor have been great partners and friends,” said Smithley. “They are a group of hard-working people, who are committed to offering great equipment, at a great cost and, best of all, they do it with a smile on their faces. It’s an honor to represent the Trophy Tractor brand. It’s an honor to represent the Trophy Tractor brand and I know this is only the beginning."

Spire Motorsports has fielded an entry for six points-paying races in 2019 with four different drivers including Smithley, Jamie McMurray, Reed Sorenson and Quin Houff.
“Texas Motor Speedway is an iconic venue and we’re thrilled to have a home-grown Texas company like Trophy Tractor in a primary sponsorship capacity this weekend,” explained Spire Motorsports co-owner T.J. Puchyr. “Garrett Smithley did a nice job for us at Atlanta and Auto Club Speedway. He has a great sense for what it takes to get the job done on a big, fast race track. We’re looking forward to a great weekend in Texas.”
The O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 from Texas Motor Speedway will be televised live on FOX Sunday, March 31 beginning at 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Flag-to-flag coverage of the seventh of 36 races on the 2019 MENCS schedule will be broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
Spire Motorsports PR

NASCAR on Tuesday announced significant changes to the 2020 MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES race schedule. Afterward on FS1’s NASCAR RACE HUB, FOX NASCAR analyst Jeff Gordon and FOX NASCAR driver analyst Brad Keselowski offered reaction to the shakeup. Below are their thoughts:


“Wow. This is more significant than I imagined. Moving Bristol into the playoffs, Daytona being the final race to make it into the playoffs, the doubleheader at Pocono. I’m pretty excited. I also like going to the West Coast a little earlier and moving Atlanta, which has been a tough weather date in the past. And Homestead – I like that track – we didn’t have that in the FOX schedule before, and now we do.”


“I like the fact that, overall, the mile-and-a-halves don’t dominate the playoffs. If you look at probably the last decade, the mile-and-a-half tracks really dominated the playoffs.  Now, for the championship race and the cut-off races -- the majority aren’t mile-and-a-halves. That’s a big change.”


“This is very much like moving a mountain and maybe even moving Mt. Rushmore. It’s very difficult and a lot of people have high stakes.”


“You know how significant this is and how difficult the challenges. For instance, you have an SMI track that had to give up a few things, but they now have Bristol in the playoffs. There is some significance there. You have the change with Daytona and Indianapolis. I’ve never seen this kind of collaboration.”


“There’s one change that really stands out to me and my family – two weeks off at the end of July. That’s going to mean a lot to teams to get reenergized for the playoffs. Those two off weeks, while your kids are out of school, can be a big deal for people in the garage and will help recharge drivers a bit.”


“It’s fantastic. Ever since they put lights in and we saw late models go around there, everyone was ready for NASCAR’s premier series to be at Martinsville. It’s going to bring a whole different dynamic to racing. At night, you’re going to see the rotors glow and the sparks flying, and we may even see tempers flaring from inside the cars at night.”


“Short tracks under the lights are always better. You can see the cars better, see the sparks, the action a little bit better. With it being the final cut-off race, maybe you’re going to see some more bump-and-runs. Being the leader with a car one car length or less behind you on the last lap – won’t be a good spot to be in for the cut-off at Martinsville.”


“That’s exactly as it should be. In reality, the people who deserve to make it to the playoffs probably are already going to be locked in before Daytona, so the guys who are on the edge and fighting for it are really going to have their hands full.”

FOX Sports PR

The release of NASCAR’s radically different 2020 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule offers a feast of competition that should please race fans itching for something new.

Most notably, the season finale, which has been contested at Homestead-Miami Speedway since 2002, moves from ocean sands to desert sands at ISM Raceway outside of Phoenix, Arizona.

“We look forward to an exciting finish to our season here at ISM Raceway in 2020,” said NASCAR vice chairman Mike Helton, who was in Phoenix on Tuesday to make the announcement.

After the Feb. 16 season-opening Daytona 500, the West Coast Swing moves up a week, with Las Vegas Motor Speedway hosting the series on Feb. 23, Auto Club Speedway becoming the Cup venue on Mar. 1 and ISM Raceway concluding the swing a week later.

That moves Atlanta Motor Speedway to the fifth position on the schedule and into a more favorable weather window than was characteristic of its recent late February dates.

“Atlanta has played a great role for us, but, obviously, the weather has been a challenge,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer.

“So being able to go to Las Vegas for that second event I think will be terrific for our West Coast Swing, terrific for our fans out West to go to a marquee destination, and that allows for Atlanta to move back down the schedule a little bit in better weather.”

Those changes are just the beginning. The schedule that follows the first five races features some dramatic departures from the past few years. The Martinsville Speedway date moves to May 9, the week before the All-Star Race at Charlotte.

Yes, that’s a Saturday race on Mother’s Day weekend—and it will be run under the lights.

“Ultimately, in the long run, I’d love to see a night race there,” five-time Martinsville winner Denny Hamlin said 10 days before the schedule was announced, “but I’d love to see it in the summer.”

May 9 isn’t quite summer, but the new date should produce the warmer conditions Hamlin said were necessary for the track to take rubber and produce exciting racing.

“I think it’s going to be awesome,” said O’Donnell, who also acknowledged Ben Kennedy, NASCAR managing director of operations and international development, as instrumental in effecting the schedule changes. “You look at Martinsville—we just had a terrific race there. It’s a short track, which fans love… There’s been more and more clamoring from the fans, ‘Hey, can we race Cup there under the lights?’

“We were able to deliver, so Saturday night is going to be terrific.”

The summer race at Daytona International Speedway and the regular-season cutoff race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway are switching places on the schedule, with Indianapolis moving to July 5 and Daytona to Aug. 29. Hence, for the first time, a superspeedway will host the last-chance race for Playoff hopefuls.

“When we looked at Daytona moving to that last regular-season race, we also knew that July 4th is a really important weekend for us as an industry. We looked at what other tracks could fill that void, and Indianapolis popped up immediately.

“It’s a great venue for us to host July 4th. It’s an iconic venue and an iconic weekend.”

Pocono Raceway will still host two Cup events, but they’ll take place on the same weekend. In a jam-packed month of June, the Pocono doubleheader is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, June 27-28.

“When you go to Pocono, it’s always packed,” O’Donnell said. “There’s always a great camping atmosphere. You’re going to have potentially five races going on during the weekend with back-to-back Cup events. It’s going to be fun. We love Pocono, the industry’s really going to embrace it, and I think it will be terrific for the fans.”

The 2020 calendar also features a substantial shakeup in Playoff races, and not just the Championship 4 event.

Moving into the Playoffs for the first time, Darlington Raceway will kick off the final 10 races on Sept. 6. After a trip to Richmond Raceway on Sept. 12, the series moves to Bristol Motor Speedway, another Playoff newcomer, for the second of back-to-back night races.

Las Vegas (which moves to a cooler late-September date), Talladega and the Charlotte Roval make up the second elimination round of the Playoffs. Kansas and Texas start the Round of 8, which concludes at Martinsville.

With three short tracks now in the Playoffs, and with Bristol and Martinsville serving as the cut-off races for the first and third rounds, respectively, short-tracks clearly are taking on a more significant role in the new schedule.

In another departure from the norm that fans have seen, the Cup series will take a two-week break after the July 19 race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and resume competition Aug. 9 at Michigan International Speedway – coinciding with the 2020 Summer Olympics.

And to cap it off, the season will conclude a week earlier than in recent years with the Championship 4 race in Phoenix, Arizona, taking place on Sunday, Nov. 8, over Veteran’s Day weekend.

“Bein’ Green” (also known as “It’s Not Easy Bein’ Green”) was a song originally performed by Jim Henson as Kermit the Frog on both Sesame Street and The Muppet Show. It was later covered by Frank Sinatra and other performers. In the Muppet version, Kermit begins by saying he feels like green “blends in with so many ordinary things” and wishing to be some other color. But by the end of the song, Kermit says that the color green isn’t so bad and decides to embrace it.


For Kyle Busch and his green-and-white-striped No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), it’s been very easy to be green of late. In fact, two weekends ago, Busch’s Interstate Batteries green looked awfully good throughout the 200-lap race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, on his way to a dominating win that also happened to be his 52nd career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory and his 200th overall NASCAR national series win.


As Busch and the Cup Series head to Texas Motor Speedway for Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 500, just 35 miles from Interstate’s Dallas-based headquarters, his green Interstate Batteries scheme happens to be that of the defending winner of the event as he drove to his third career Texas Cup Series victory last April.


Back in 1991, then-Washington Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs found himself in those very same Dallas headquarters, visiting with Interstate Batteries chairman Norm Miller.

Gibbs was there to make his pitch to have Miller’s company sponsor the three-time Super Bowl-winning head coach’s first foray into the Cup Series. The only problem was that Gibbs had no race shop, no employees, not even a driver to drive his cars. What he was selling to Miller that day was nothing more than a dream.


During his entire business career, Miller was never shy about taking chances. And while Interstate Batteries had sponsored a few races with a little-known team with Stanley Smith as the driver, Miller and Interstate Batteries agreed to sponsor Gibbs’ team following that meeting, and JGR was formed. Fast forward to 2019 and the JGR organization that started from humble beginnings before the commitment of Interstate Batteries is widely recognized as one of the premiere teams in all of NASCAR.


Busch, the 2015 Cup Series champion, first drove the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota for JGR to victory lane at Texas in April 2013, giving the brand its first win at its home track. The win ended a streak of 19 Cup Series races in which Interstate had competed at Texas without a coveted victory. Busch followed it up with a win in the April 2016 Cup Series race at Texas, and with his third win coming in the aforementioned race last April, he’ll now aim for his fourth Texas win during Sunday’s 500-mile race.


On top of his two Cup Series wins there, Busch is no stranger to victory lane at Texas in other NASCAR series. He reeled off an incredible string of five consecutive NASCSAR Xfinity Series wins there from April 2008 to April 2010, then scored three more wins in April 2013, November 2014, and April 2016. Add his three NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series wins in November 2009, 2010, and 2014 and Busch hits town this weekend with 14 NASCAR national series wins at the 1.5-mile oval and is poised for more as he is entered in all three national series races during the weekend.


Busch will look to continue his and the No. 18 team’s impressive start to the season as he is the only driver to notch top-10 finishes in all six races contested thus far. In addition to the top-10 streak, Busch currently has two wins, five top finishes and sits atop the point standings as the series heads to Interstate Batteries’ backyard.


So as the hot start to the season has continued, Busch and the Interstate Batteries team are charging toward yet another win in the Lone Star State as Busch has proven that the colors of the official battery and founding sponsor of JGR have made it very easy to be green.


Last weekend, Aric Almirola, driver of the No. 10 Smithfield Prime Fresh Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), extended his streak of top-10 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series finishes to five, eclipsing his previous best of four top-10s in a row. And, his five consecutive top-10s have come during the opening six races of 2019, giving the 35-year-old Tampa native his best start to a season to date. 


With a pole award, a top-five finish and 69 laps led in the first six races of 2019, and his only finish outside the top-10 coming at the season-opening Daytona 500, where he was caught in a multicar accident on lap 191, it’s safe to say Almirola and the No. 10 Ford team is primed for the second event of the season on a 1.5-mile oval Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. 

Almirola and his team are also hoping their recent success at tracks like the Texas oval – the bread and butter of the Cup Series schedule – have primed them for this weekend. In his last 10 starts at 1.5 mile tracks, Almirola has eight top-10 finishes and has led 106 laps with an average starting position of 9.0 and an average finish of 10.3. 


In addition to his Cup Series experience at Texas, Almirola has four NASCAR Xfinity Series starts, all top-20 finishes, and five laps led. He’s also made nine Gander Outdoors Truck Series starts at Texas with two top-10s and 14 laps led. 


As he and the team comes off this year’s West Coast swing consisting of Las Vegas Motor Speedway, ISM Raceway near Phoenix and Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, and last weekend’s short-track race at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, where Almirola qualified second and finished ninth, they are finally able to take what they learned at the 1.5-mile Atlanta Motor Speedway oval during week two of the season in hopes of competing for the win at Texas.


“Texas is finally the first opportunity that we’ll have to actually implement change into our cars,” Almirola said. “Our West Coast cars were essentially built as we were getting ready for Atlanta. All of our cars for the beginning of the season were built with one mindset from the engineering and the aero department. Now we’ve had an opportunity to run those handful of races and go back and digest all of the information and look at everything. We are able to find out where we were beat and work on that area and to implement that into our Texas cars.”


While Almirola recognizes his career-best success over the opening six races this season, his passion for racing and competition tells him there is much more potential to unlock from the multiple championship-winning SHR organization.


“I’ve led more laps in the beginning of this year than I’ve led in any other year in my career,” Almirola said. “I’m off to the best start of my career, yet we feel like our cars are not where they were last year, and that’s one of the things that has me the most pumped up about this season. The aero department, the engineering department, the people down on the shop floor have all been turning some long hours to correct some things that we feel like we’ve been missing and I think some of that will already be implemented into our Texas cars this weekend.”


Texas is the second event during which the Smithfield Prime Fresh livery will adorn Almirola’s No. 10 Ford Mustang. Smithfield, a brand of Smithfield Foods, which is based approximately five hours northeast of SHR headquarters in Smithfield, Virginia, is in its seventh season with Almirola and its first with SHR. Founded in 1936, Smithfield is a leading provider of high-quality pork products, with a vast product portfolio including smoked meats, hams, bacon, sausage, ribs, and a wide variety of fresh pork cuts. Smithfield Prime Fresh Delicatessen offers customers the freshest, highest-quality deli meats without the wait.


Almirola’s most recent run at Texas last November resulted in an eighth-place finish after starting in fourth. His teammate Kevin Harvick took the win that day after finishing second in the spring Texas race, a good indication SHR’s Ford Mustangs should all be prime contenders for Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 victory.


Tiny Kevin Is Back

26 Mar 2019 Written by

On the Sept. 26, 1992 episode of Saturday Night Live, one “memorable” skit starred Nicolas Cage, Kevin Nealon, Rob Schneider and Chris Farley.  


Nicolas Cage was playing “Tiny Elvis,” who was about 5 inches tall and couldn’t believe how big the lamp was in the living room or how big the salt shaker was. The skit hasn’t been played much in highlight shows in the past 27 years and has sort of been forgotten.


“Tiny Kevin Harvick” is a little more memorable. Two years ago, Mobil 1 produced a commercial featuring “Tiny Kevin,” which encouraged drivers to use Mobil 1 technology in their cars.

Well, after two years of Tiny Kevin, a tag team has now been formed.


Tiny Kevin Harvick is back and he wants to make sure drivers choose the right motor oil to protect their engines. See why Mobil 1™ synthetic motor oil outperforms conventional motor oil at


This year, Kevin will be joined by teammate Clint Bowyer in the “Paid Spokesperson” role. The new commercial began airing March 25.


And there is no better place for Tiny Kevin to become Big Kevin than this week at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.


Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Mobil 1/O’Reilly Auto Parts Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing, has been bigger and better than any other driver in his last nine races at the 1.5-mile oval.


He has two wins, three seconds, one third- and one fourth-place finish, and he’s finished in the top-10 in all nine races. He’s won one pole and led laps in all but one of those last nine races for a total of 489 laps.


Harvick has also won five NASCAR Xfinty Series races at Texas and has led 779 laps while also winning two poles.And in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series,he has raced at Texas four times with a win in 2011. Harvick won’t race in either series this weekend but will be the lead driver analyst for FS1 during its broadcast of the Xfinity race.


The No. 4 Mobil 1/O’Reilly Auto Parts Ford Mustang would look good in victory lane this week at Texas. And maybe they can find a small cowboy hat for “Tiny Kevin.”


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