- Kevin Harvick aims to put brakes on slide - Los Angeles Times
- Kevin Harvick enjoys racing at Infineon Raceway here because it offers the chance to see family and friends in his hometown of Bakersfield. But there's another opportunity the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver hopes to exploit in today's Toyota/Save Mart...
- Kevin Harvick Inc: Nothern Tool.com 250 Race Preview - Bleacher Report
- by SM Napier (Senior Writer) Kevin Harvick Inc.'s Ron Hornaday Jr. will be driving the No. 33 Jimmy John's Chevrolet at The Milwaukee Mile in the NorthernTool.com 250, and he'll be double-dipping this weekend. Horn will be making his 10th career start...
- Birthday boy Hornaday wins at Milwaukee - SportingNews.com
- The Kevin Harvick Inc. driver dominated Saturday's rescheduled Copart 200 Camping World Truck Series race, winning on his 51st birthday. "It's a cool day," Hornaday said. "What'd they (say), 'How old are you?' I don't know. I'm in my 50s, now, I guess....
- NASCAR next at Infineon - Sonoma Index-Tribune
- 9 Budweiser Dodge) and Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Shell/Pennzoil Chevrolet) in the all-new Platinum Pass for the Father's Day weekend event. Harvick and Kahne will be featured in two separate Platinum Pass packages, which are designed to give race fans the...
- Is this the year Martin finally bags that elusive Cup crown? - The Virginian-Pilot
- NASCAR's controversial decision not to display the caution immediately as cars wrecked behind allowed Kevin Harvick to beat Martin by two-hundredths of a second. Martin still hasn't won a Daytona 500. Martin has never won a Cup series title,...
- Stat facts at Infineon for Kevin Harvick - Rotoworld.com
- In eight NSCS starts at Infineon Raceway, Kevin Harvick has earned two top-five finishes and has led one race (in 2006) for five laps. The 11-time NSCS winner has earned a 17th-place starting average coupled with a 16th-place finishing average and has...
- For Harvick, Long Slump Is Puzzling - New York Times
- (AP) — Kevin Harvick arrived at Infineon Raceway convinced the longest drought of his Sprint Cup career could come to an end this weekend on the winding California road course. His last Cup points victory was 86 races ago, the 2007 season-opening...
- Sonoma Q&A: NASCAR Sprint Cup - Jeff Burton - PaddockTalk
- When I went to Childress (Kevin) Harvick and I did the same thing. I put (Kevin) Harvick in my car to test and I would get in his car to test and compared each other and I learned some more. I guess what I'm trying to say there is I've had to work at...
- Michigan: Kevin Harvick NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Preview - PaddockTalk
- In 16 NSCS races at Michigan International Speedway, Harvick has earned two top-five and six top-10 finishes. Additionally, the 11-time NSCS winner has earned an 18.4 starting average and a 15.2 finishing average. In those same starts, Harvick has led...
- Kevin Harvick To Make Milestone 300th Start - FanZone Sports -- NASCAR
- The next week, just days after marrying wife DeLana, it was 25-year-old Kevin Harvick who would take over the renumbered No. 29 Goodwrench Chevrolet the following week at Rockingham, where he finished 14th. Three weeks into his Winston Cup Career,...
Kevin Michael Harvick (born December 8, 1975 in Bakersfield, California) is an American race car driver and car owner, competing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup for Richard Childress Racing, driving the #29 Shell Pennzoil car. Harvick also drives part-time in the Nationwide Series in the #33 Jimmy John's Chevrolet; and the Camping World Truck Series, where he drives trucks that his own team, Kevin Harvick Inc. fields. Kevin Harvick Inc. own the #4 and #33 Camping World Chevrolet Silverados in the Camping World Truck Series, as well as the #33 Jimmy John's and did own the #77 Dollar General Chevrolet in the Nationwide Series in partnership with Richard Childress Racing.
Harvick is also known for his tendency to come out the middle of a field to emerge as a contender. This happened in the 2007 Daytona 500- Matt Kenseth (Who Harvick later pushed, which resulted in Kenseth winning the 2009 Daytona 500) pushed Harvick with half a lap to go. Harvick caught up to Mark Martin, the leader from 7th, and beat him by .20 of a second to win the race as a huge wreck erupted behind them- and he took home the trophy.
Harvick is the Son of Michael (Whom he has acknowledged has no relationship with) and JoNell Harvick (Now Divorced), Kevin is also the brother to Amber (Harvick) Reece, Who is married to Billy Reece and they are parents of two daughters. Kevin has made public the fact it was not the Harvicks' who taught him the value of a family but his inlaws, John and Joyce Linville. Kevin and DeLana have put off having kids of their own do to their busy schedule.
Harvick began racing in karting after his parents Mike and JoNell bought him a go-kart as a kindergarten graduation gift in 1980. His father would make a minor change on the race car he was racing and would not tell the young Harvick what it was. It taught Harvick to be ready for anything. Soon after Harvick became a highly successful driver on the go-kart circuit. He started part-time racing in the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southwest Series in 1992 and competed while completing high school. Always the competitor, when not racing in the winter months Harvick competed on his high school wrestling team at North High School in Oildale. He won a section title in his weight class his senior year. He then graduated and became a full-time driver and earned the honor of Rookie of the Year in 1995. Kevin's father built him is first car to compete competivally in the Lower Nascar Series using the money he earned running is own Garage "Harvick Motorsports" Mike later on became the Busch series Director of Competition for the now Shut down #4 team driven by Auggie Vidovich. Mike filled on a couple races and crew chief.
He then moved up to the NASCAR Grand National Division, AutoZone West Series in 1997, and in 1998 became champion of that series while driving for Spears Motorsports. He received his first national exposure during the winter of 1997/1998 on ESPN2's coverage of the NASCAR Winter Heat series at Tucson Raceway Park.
Harvick made his Camping World Truck Series (was Craftsman Truck Series) debut in 1995 at Mesa Marin Raceway, in his hometown of Bakersfield, where he started and finished 27th in his family-owned #72. He drove four races in the 72 the next season, his best finish an 11th at Mesa Marin. In 1997, he signed to drive the 75 for Spears mid-season, posting two eighth-place finishes. He ran the full schedule the next season, posting three top-fives and finishing seventeenth in points. In 1999 he drove for Liberty Racing, finishing 12th in points.
On October 23, 1999, Harvick made his first NASCAR Nationwide Series start in the Kmart 200 at the Rockingham Speedway in the #65 Chevrolet. He would start 24th and finished 42nd due to an engine failure. The race would be his only start that year. The following season, Harvick would sign with Richard Childress Racing to drive the #2 AC Delco Chevrolet for his first full Nationwide Series season. Despite missing the second race of the season at Rockingham because of the team being new (not having 1999 owner points), Kevin would go on to win the NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year with three wins, eight top five finishes and 16 top ten finishes. On July 29, 2000, he would gain his first win in the Carquest Auto Parts 250 at Gateway International Raceway. He would also post wins at Bristol Motor Speedway in the Food City 250 on August 25, and at Memphis Motorsports Park in the Sam's Town 250 on October 29. He also scored two pole positions and finished third in the Driver's Standings.
In 2001, Kevin Harvick would begin to start a precedent that would be followed to this day, running both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series in the same season. Harvick posted five wins, twenty top five finishes and 24 top ten finishes. Ironically, he would claim the NASCAR Nationwide Series Championship at the same racetrack that he failed to qualify at the beginning of the 2000 season: North Carolina Speedway.
In 2002, Kevin Harvick would spend the season concentrating on running the Cup Series and would only start four races. He would only have one top ten in those four starts at Texas Motor Speedway. He finished 64th in the Driver's Standings.
In 2003, Richard Childress teamed up both Kevin Harvick and Johnny Sauter, whom Richard had moved over from the #2 car in favor of Ron Hornaday, Jr. driving the #21 Hershey's sponsored PayDay car. The two would combine for three wins, 16 top-fives and 24 top-tens, with Kevin posting all three wins. They would give Richard the NASCAR Busch Series Owner's Championship that season, with the Driver's Championship going to Brian Vickers. It would be the first time that the championship would be split between two teams. Kevin drove in 19 of the 34 races and Johnny drove in the other 15. Both drove a Payday sponsored car in the final race of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the Ford 300, with Kevin driving the #21 and Johnny driving the #29, a gift by Richard Childress thanking them both for the Owner's Championship. Kevin also scored eight pole positions and finished 16th in the Driver's Standings.
In 2004, Harvick was again paired with another driver, rookie Clint Bowyer, as Johnny Sauter would take over the #30 America Online Sprint Cup Series car for Richard Childress. They combined for one win, 13 top-fives and 20 top-tens in the #21 Hershey's sponsored Reese's Peanut Butter Cup car. Kevin drove the #29 EGSR/Coast Guard Busch Series car in the final race of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the Ford 300, which he would claim his second win of the season. He finished 20th in the Driver's Standings. The #21 car finished 4th in the Owner's Standings. He went winless in the Cup series that year.
In 2005, Harvick was paired with rookie Brandon Miller, as Clint Bowyer would take over the #2 AC Delco Busch series car from Ron Hornaday, Jr. Harvick and Miller combined for three wins, 15 top 5's and 19 top 10's to give the #21 its second 4th place finish in the Owner's Standings. Kevin would also drive the #29 Reese's Chocolate Lovers car to victory in the first "sweep" of his career on Monday, April 4, 2005 in the rain-delayed Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway to go along with the Food City 500 win the day before, to give him a record tying 4th Nationwide Series win at the track (with Morgan Shepard). Kevin finished 18th in the Driver's Standings.
In 2006, Kevin decided to run both of NASCAR's top two series full time. In the Nationwide Series, Harvick would be scheduled to run 35 races, with three different cars (#21, #33, #29) and two different teams, Richard Childress Racing and his own team, Kevin Harvick, Incorporated. Harvick had nine wins, 23 top-fives and 32 top-tens. He clinched the 2006 NASCAR Nationwide Series Championship on October 13, 2006 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in the Dollar General 300. It was the earliest clinch of the championship ever in the Nationwide Series, locking up the title with four races still to be run. He ended the season with a record 824 point margin in the final standings.
In 2007, Harvick started the season by winning the Orbitz 300 at Daytona, claiming his first win in a restrictor plate race, as well as the first win for new sponsor AutoZone in NASCAR Nationwide Series competition. He also took the checkers at New Hampshire International Speedway, winning the Camping World 200 presented by RVs.com. Nascar officials say he won the inaugural NAPA Auto Parts 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Harvick would end his partial Nationwide Series season fourth in points.
For 2001, Childress planned to develop Harvick into the Winston Cup Series (now Sprint Cup Series) with up to seven races in an America Online sponsored third car, number 30. He planned to race Harvick for a full schedule in 2002. Chidress's plans changed when Dale Earnhardt was killed during the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500. Childress tabbed Harvick as Earnhardt's replacement.
For the first two races afterwards, the cars ran a reverse white and black scheme (what was black became white, and what was white became black), the number changed from 3 to 29, and the pit crew wore generic uniforms. In the third race of the season, the car was painted white and red, while Harvick wore a white and red uniform. His pit crew continued to wear the traditional GM Goodwrench Service Plus uniforms.
On March 11, 2001 at the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 500, only three weeks after Earnhardt's death, Harvick won his first career Sprint Cup victory in just his third start by narrowly edging Jeff Gordon at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He won the race by only six one-thousandths of a second (.006), proving to be one of the closest finishes in NASCAR history since the introduction of electronic scoring in 1993. After the win, Harvick performed a tire-smoking burnout on the front stretch with three fingers held aloft outside the driver's window.
Harvick recorded his second Sprint Cup win of his career on July 15, 2001 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois. At the end of the season, he finished with two victories, six top five finishes, and 16 top ten finishes. Harvick was awarded with the NASCAR Rookie of the Year award, and secured a ninth place finish in the 2001 points standings. He also won the Nationwide Series championship, becoming the first driver to win the Nationwide Series Champion, while also driving full-time in the Winston Cup Series with a top ten finish. Harvick would end the season winning six pole positions, and driving in 70 races: 35 Cup Series, The Sprint Race) XVII, 33 Busch Series races, and one NASCAR Craftsman Series (at Richmond International Raceway).
Harvick began the 2002 season with a fine for a post race incident with Greg Biffle at Bristol Motor Speedway. Later, he was suspended for rough driving following a Craftsman Truck race at Martinsville, Virginia. Harvick scored his first career Sprint Cup pole position; this coming at the Daytona International Speedway. Later in the season, he scored his third Sprint Cup victory, finishing first at the Chicagoland Speedway. He finished 21st in the 2002 points standings with one victory, five top five finishes, and eight top ten finishes. Harvick became the 2002 IROC Champion in his first season in the series, winning at the California Speedway.
In the 2003 season, Harvick teamed with crew chief Todd Berrier and won the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis in August. Harvick and his team jumped from 21st in the final 2002 points standings, to 5th in the 2003 standings, coming within 252 points of first place Matt Kenseth. While winless in the 2004 season, Harvick placed third in the most popular driver voting, behind Jeff Gordon and winner Dale Earnhardt Jr.
In the 2005 season, Harvick won the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, despite starting towards the rear of the field. Harvick won without the assistance of crew chief Todd Berrier, who was serving a four-week suspension for a rules violation. The following year, he continued driving the #29 car for Childress in the Sprint Cup Series. With General Motors' financial situation, GM Goodwrench cut back sponsorship, and was joined as primary sponsor for one-third of the schedule by Hershey's, with various brands (primarily Reese's) on the car.
On April 15, 2006 Harvick won his first Busch Series race of the 2006 season. He followed the win with a weekend sweep of the Busch Series and NEXTEL Cup races at Phoenix International Raceway. Later in the season, Harvick won the NEXTEL Cup race at Watkins Glen International.
On September 9, 2006, Harvick, only needing to finish 40th or better to clinch a spot in the Chase, did better by slipping by Kyle Busch in turn four going into the final lap and holding onto the lead to win the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway. This was his third win of the season, and his second "sweep" of the season, having won the Emerson Radio 250 the night before. This allowed Harvick, along with teammate, Jeff Burton, their first berth, and first for Richard Childress Racing, in the Chase for the SprintCup. On September 17, 2006, starting from the pole, Kevin won the first race of the chase at New Hampshire International Speedway, in the Sylvania 300. He dominated the race and by winning, was able to take the lead in the point standings for the first time in his career.
Harvick would have a substandard chase run, falling to sixth in the points standings, until finishing third in Texas and following that up with another dominating performance in the Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 12, 2006, winning the race, and moving into third place in the point standings. At the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Kevin would finish 5th in the race and slip to fourth in the final standings to eventual 2006 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, Jimmie Johnson.
In 2007, the team again split primary sponsors, with Hershey's being joined by new primary sponsor Royal Dutch Shell and their Pennzoil brand. On Sunday, February 18, 2007 in the season opening Daytona 500, Harvick claimed his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory in a restrictor plate race with a dramatic final lap pass over Mark Martin by .020 seconds in a green-white-checkered finish, the closest margin at the 500 since electronic scoring started in 1993. The race was on the sixth anniversary of the death of his predecessor at Richard Childress Racing, Dale Earnhardt. He would become only the fourth NASCAR driver to sweep both the Busch and Cup races in the opening weekend at Daytona (along with Bobby Allison (1988), Darrell Waltrip (1989), and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2004) ). Harvick also tied Benny Parsons for the fewest number of laps led by a Daytona 500 winner, who did it in 1975 (the year Harvick was born) with four laps. He started 34th (lowest ever by a winner at the track), and became the first Nationwide Series Champion to win the Daytona 500 the following year. With the win, Harvick also became only the sixth driver to win both the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400 joining Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt, Dale Jarrett, Bill Elliott and Jimmie Johnson.
On February 22, 2007, four days after Kevin won the Daytona 500 in his inaugural race with Shell-Pennzoil as a primary sponsor, Harvick's team owner, Richard Childress Racing, was asked by NASCAR to downsize the Shell logo on his fire suit and to have Harvick wear a more prominent Pennzoil logo, in an effort to play down any perceived competition with Sun Oil. Sunoco asked NASCAR to talk with Richard Childress after Harvick won both the Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup Series races wearing a prominent Shell logo on his fire suit.
Kevin's 2007 season had its peaks and dips, and he came to Lowe's Motor Speedway hoping to win his first NEXTEL All-Star Challenge, using an RCR car built and raced in 2006 but with the new GM RO7 engine installed for this race. He finished second in 2006 to Jimmie Johnson. Jimmie Johnson made one last attempt at a pass on the outside in Turns 3 & 4 during the race, but Harvick slid up the track to block Johnson and that was all Kevin needed to do to win his first million dollar check at Lowe's in winning what is now referenced as Sprint All-Star Race XXIII. Kevin's total winnings added up to $1,021,539. He said that he would share the money with his crew. In August, at Watkins Glen after he and Juan Pablo Montoya got into a wreck, the started to shove each other because Juan Pablo ran into him, although Juan was attempting to block Martin Truex Jr. who ended up bumping him into Harvick. Harvick made the 2007 playoff.
Harvick went winless in 2008, but he was still able to post a fourth place finish in the 2008 Chase for the Sprint Cup. The fourth place finish in the 2008 standings tied 2006 for his highest points position at the end of the season. Kevin also went the entire season without a single DNF for the the second straight year.
Harvick started the 2009 season by winning the Budweiser Shootout on a last-lap pass on Jamie McMurray, reminiscent of his win in the 2007 Daytona 500. He also launched a new social networking site, Fan Central , for his fans. A few days later Kevin damaged his primary car for the 2009 Daytona 500. The team decided to switch to the car he drove in the Shootout. Harvick went on to finish second in the race.
At the Auto Club Speedway in California, Harvick's car blew an engine and forced him to not finish the race which resulted in his first DNF in 82 starts. Kevin Harvick also won Nationwide Series Race at Bristol Tennessee, He also won the Camping World Truck Series Race at Martinsville Virginia.
July 21, 2008;Oxford,Maine During the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series off week, 2007 Daytona 500 winner, Harvick won $37,300 dollars at the 35th annual TD Banknorth Oxford 250 presented by New England Dodge Dealers. Harvick defeated tour regulars; Glen Luce of Turner,Maine; the runner -up and Joey Polewarczyk Jr. of Hudson, NH; the third place finisher. The TD Banknorth Oxford 250 is the short track summer classic in Maine.
Kevin Harvick is a supporter of a drug testing policy in NASCAR. This started with former NASCAR driver Aaron Fike who was arrested for heroin use. Harvick stated, "This is a very clean environment, but these incidents happen, as we did with Fike. All of this needs to go away forever." Other drivers who share Harvick's views include Jack Sprague, Ron Hornaday, and Cale Gale who are on his team.
Kevin Harvick has feuded with many NASCAR drivers such as Greg Biffle, Juan Pablo Montoya, Ricky Rudd, Tony Stewart, Joe Nemechek, and Matt Kenseth.
Kevin Harvick Incorporated
Kevin Harvick Incorporated is a NASCAR team owned by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick and his wife Delana, who herself is the daughter of a former Busch Series driver, John Linville. They currently own cars in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, Camping World Truck Series, and ARCA RE/MAX Series. They have also helped Richard Childress Racing with experimental equipment through using the Childress engines in their Nationwide Series cars (the team uses different engines in the Camping World Truck Series) and assisted Sarah Fisher in her brief transition to NASCAR, with Fisher driving in some NASCAR short tracks with equipment supplied by Harvick.
The team's Nationwide Series equipment was purchased from the former BACE Motorsports and Andy Petree Racing teams.
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 will split the 33 full-time in 2008. The 33 returns in 2009 with help from sponsors Rheem, Jimmy Johns, Old Spice, ARMY and Armour Foods. Sharing the ride duties this year will be Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman, Tony Stewart, Clint Bowyer and Ron Hornaday and other drivers to be annouced at a later date. 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.
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. Dollar General left at the end of the year for Braun Racing and this team's plans are currently up in the air.
For select races in 2008 Cale Gale will drive the car with sponsorship from VFW and Rheem. The #77 has run on strictly a part time schedule.
It was announced in 2009 that KHI would no longer field a second Nationwide Series car.
In 2009, a third part-time team was added using the #2 after the original #2 became the #4, and Harvick decided developing Ricky Carmichael was more important to the #4 than to have Harvick and a series of Sprint Cup drivers racing that truck during the season. In Atlanta, which was set to be his first race of the year in the #4 before Harvick changed team plans, he finished second at Atlanta in the #2 with sponsorship from Charter Communications after leading for much of the day. He won the next race at Martinsville with sponsorship from Bounty Paper Towels.
The original intent was for Harvick, Ryan Newman, and other drivers to drive the #4 for 11 of the 25 races, but Harvick, intent on helping Ricky Carmichael race the full season, decided to field the third truck in as many of the 11 races as possible in order to allow Carmichael to develop as a full-time driver.
The #4 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, but Harvick was impressed with Carmichael that he wants Carmichael to run the full schedule in 2009.
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 as the team's driver. Crafton posted six top-five finishes and finished fifth in points, but left at the end of the season. 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.
2006 NASCAR Busch Series
The 25th season of the NASCAR Busch Series opened February 18, 2006, at Daytona International Speedway and concluded November 18, 2006, at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Kevin Harvick, driving for not only his own team, Kevin Harvick Incorporated, and for Richard Childress Racing, was declared champion.
There has been some controversy of the use of NEXTEL Cup teams with their drivers in Busch Series races, most notably at NEXTEL Cup tracks where there are Busch Series support races. This has been dubbed by FOX Sports announcer Mike Joy as "Busch Whacking", and many underfunded (or one-car) teams have failed to qualify for these races because of this. The 2006 season has been notable for those "double duty" drivers even traveling to sites where there are stand-alone races at Nashville Superspeedway, Kentucky Speedway, Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez and The Milwaukee Mile just to name a few, even on the rare weeks where there are no NEXTEL Cup races. Kentucky was the big upset where one of the underfunded one-car teams took advantage and pulled off the big upset. In the end, Kevin Harvick, who drives for Richard Childress Racing in the Cup series, won the 2006 championship on October 13, the second of his career having previously won in 2001. There is talk about limiting the number of "Busch Whackers" in each race or capping the double-dippers appearances for the entire season and even having a "Chase for the NEXTEL Cup" playoff system in place for the 2007 season since Harvick was so domiment during 2006 as NEXTEL Cup drivers won every race but two in the season.
The following is a list of all full-time teams as of race 5 in the 2006 season.
The Hershey's Kissables 300 race was held February 18, 2006, at Daytona International Speedway. J. J. Yeley won the pole.
Failed to qualify: Kertus Davis (#0), Jay Sauter (#01), Kevin Lepage (#56), Chad Chaffin (#05), Larry Hollenbeck (#62), Chris Wimmer (#23).
On February 25, 2006, the Busch Series took to California Speedway for this 300-mile race. Carl Edwards was the polesitter.
Failed to qualify: Derrike Cope (#49), David Gilliland (#84), Chris Wimmer (#23).
This road-course race took place March 5, 2006 at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City, Mexico. Boris Said won the pole.
Failed to qualify: Eduardo Goeters (#49), Stan Silva Jr. (#65), and Chris Wimmer (#23).
On March 11, 2006, the Busch Series raced at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Matt Kenseth started from the pole position.
Failed to qualify: Jorge Goeters (#49), Kertus Davis (#0), Chris Wimmer (#23).
The Nicorette 300 was held March 18 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Kyle Busch was the polesitter.
This race was held March 25 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Qualifying was snowed out and the field was set by current owner points. As a result, Kevin Harvick started from pole. The race was also halted by snow and drivers, crews, and fans amused themselves by throwing snowballs and building a snowman. The race was restarted after a 90 minute delay and run full-distance.
This race was held April 8 at Texas Motor Speedway. Denny Hamlin won the pole. The race finished under a green-white-checker finish and was won by Kurt Busch in his first Busch Series start.
This race was held April 15 at Nashville Superspeedway. Denny Hamlin won the pole.
This race was held April 21 at Phoenix International Raceway. Jason Leffler won the pole. The race finished under a green-white-checker finish as Kevin Harvick won his second race in a row.
This race was held April 29 at Talladega Superspeedway. J. J. Yeley won the pole.
As there were the maximum of forty-three cars to race, there were no drivers or teams that failed to qualify.
This race was held May 5 and May 6 at Richmond International Raceway. Jason Leffler won the pole. The race start was delayed approximately 1 hour for rain, after 13 laps rain fell again and the race was stopped for approximately another 43 minutes. The race eventually finished after midnight local time, resulting in the race occurring over two days. Kevin Harvick won his third Busch race of the year.
This race was held May 12 at Darlington Raceway. Denny Hamlin won from the pole.
This race was held May 27 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Matt Kenseth won the pole.
This race was held June 3 at Dover International Speedway. Qualifying was rained out, and the field was set by the rulebook, with the top 30 teams taking the first fifteen rows. Because of that, Kevin Harvick was awarded the pole position.
As there were the maximum of forty-three cars needed to race, no drivers or teams failed to qualify.
This race was held June 10 at Nashville Superspeedway. Todd Kluever won the pole.
This race was held June 17 at Kentucky Speedway. Denny Hamlin won the pole. In a stunning upset, David Gilliland became the first winner in the 2006 season that was not on a team with a Nextel Cup driver. Jeff Fuller was involved in a severe crash where, trying to avoid the spinning car of Jason Leffler, Fuller hit the inside wall at full speed, and the car practically imploded on impact. Fuller suffered a broken wrist and thumb.
This race was held June 24 at The Milwaukee Mile. Aric Almirola won the pole in the car normally driven by Denny Hamlin who actually drove the race in the car and started from the back. As a result, Paul Menard started the race from the pole position. He then went on to capture his first Busch series victory. This race was strange for the fact that only 41 cars started the race, instead of the usual 43.
The Winn-Dixie 250 was held June 30 at Daytona International Speedway. J. J. Yeley won the pole.
This race was held July 8 at Chicagoland Speedway. Carl Edwards won the pole. Casey Mears captured his first NASCAR victory using an alternate fuel strategy.
This race was held July 15 at New Hampshire International Speedway. Kyle Busch won the pole. Clint Bowyer dominated early in the race but Carl Edwards captured the victory.
The Goody's 250 was held July 22 at Martinsville Speedway. Clint Bowyer won the pole.
The Busch Silver Celebration 250 was held July 29 at Gateway International Raceway. Denny Hamlin won the pole.
The Kroger 200 was held August 5 at O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis. Denny Hamlin won the pole.
This race was held August 12 at Watkins Glen International. Kurt Busch won the race from the pole. Kurt Busch and Robby Gordon cut off track several times to duel on the final lap.
Top ten results: 202.45 miles/83 laps due to green-white-checkered rule.
This race was held August 19 at Michigan International Speedway. Mark Martin won the pole.
Top ten results: 127 laps/254 miles due to green-white-checkered rule.
This race was held August 25 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Ryan Newman won the pole.
This race was held September 2 at California Speedway. Clint Bowyer won the pole.
This race will be held September 8 at Richmond International Raceway. Jeff Burton won the pole.
This race was held September 23 at Dover International Speedway. Scott Riggs won the pole. Clint Bowyer held off Matt Kenseth in a green-white-checker finish.
The Yellow Transportation 300 was held September 30 at Kansas Speedway. Matt Kenseth won the pole.
This race was held October 13 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Carl Edwards started from the pole. Dave Blaney would earn his first career Busch Series win, and Kevin Harvick, despite failing to finish on the lead lap for the only time in the 2006 season, clinched the Busch Series Championship following a wreck involving second-place driver Carl Edwards and Casey Mears on lap 199 (at the start-finish line from lap 198 to lap 199) of a scheduled 200-lap race.
This race was held October 28 at Memphis Motorsports Park. Johnny Sauter won the pole. Juan Pablo Montoya made his NASCAR debut in this race.
This race was held on November 4 at Texas Motor Speedway. Mark Martin won the pole.
The Arizona.travel 200 was held November 11 at Phoenix International Raceway. Sam Hornish, Jr., the 2006 IRL champion, made his NASCAR debut here. Matt Kenseth won race from the pole.
Top ten results: 203 miles/203 laps due to green-white-checkered rule.
The Ford 300 was held November 18 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Kevin Harvick won the pole.
Also, John Andretti was officially considered a Busch Series rookie of the year contender for 2006, even though he is a Winston/Nextel Cup veteran.
ROTY favorite Lamar was released early from his ride at KHI while leading the standngs. Eventually, the ROTY came down to a fight between NEXTEL Cup veteral John Andretti and former USAR Pro Cup driver Danny O'Quinn Jr. Eventually, O'Quinn, despite being released for one race to prepare David Ragan for 2007, he still managed to hold off Andretti to win the title by only a point. Another preseason favorite and 2005 NCTS Rookie of the Year, Tood Kluever, struggled in his transition to the Busch Series. Another USAR driver, Mark McFarland, had an up and down year and was replaced by Shane Huffman. Joel Kauffman and Chris Wimmer made bids for ROTY, but were released from their rides. A.J. Foyt IV, in his transition to stock cars, was released due to a Dodge development deal.
This was the last year that FOX Sports/FX, TNT, and NBC covered the Busch Series. Starting in 2007, as part of a new TV contract with the television networks of The Walt Disney Company, ESPN 2 will cover the entire Busch season with select races on ABC.
Anthony Wayne Stewart (born May 20, 1971 in Columbus, Indiana) is an American race car driver/car owner/entrepreneur, in NASCAR's Sprint Cup. During his career he has won championships in the Winston Cup, Nextel Cup and IndyCar Series. He has also won championships in USAC and the IROC series.
He currently drives the #14 Office Depot/Old Spice Chevrolet Impala SS for his own team, Stewart Haas Racing under crew chief Darian Grubb. Stewart also drives part-time in the #80 Hendrickcars.com Chevrolet Impala SS for Hendrick Motorsports in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. From 1999 until 2008, he drove the #20 Joe Gibbs Racing car, under crew chief Greg Zipadelli, with Home Depot as the primary sponsor. His ten year tenure with the same team, sponsor, and crew chief is a NASCAR record.
Stewart grew up racing go karts and was successful very early, winning a World Karting Assoc. championship in 1987. He raced three-quarter midgets until 1991, when he moved up to the United States Auto Club (USAC) series with help from one of his karting sponsors and friend Mark Dismore. Stewart was the USAC Rookie of the Year in 1991, fifth in 1993 after winning the Hut Hundred, and was the National Midget series champion in 1994.
In 1995, Stewart became the hottest driver to win USAC's version of the Triple Crown, earning championships in all three of USAC's major divisions, National Midget, Sprint, and Silver Crown. The highlights of the year were winning the Hut Hundred and 4-Crown Nationals.
When he wasn't racing IndyCars, he raced stock cars. In 1996, Tony made his NASCAR Busch Series debut, driving for car owner Harry Rainer. In nine races, however, he had only a best finish of 16th place. He had more success in a one-time ride in the Craftsman Truck Series, where he finished 10th. He owns a track in wisconsin called Cedar Lake Speedway.
Tony was poised to improve his Indy Racing League (IRL) standing in 1997, but struggled with finishing at times. He failed to finish the first three races of a ten race schedule, but recovered to finish second at Phoenix. At that year's Indy 500, Stewart had a good enough car to win his first IRL race, leading 64 laps. However, he trailed off near the end of the race and settled for 5th. Tony finally got his first career win at Pikes Peak, where he led all but seven laps of a 200 lap race. He became the leading contender for the series' championship after a bad slump knocked points leader Davey Hamilton out of first place. Despite an average end to his season, finishing 7th, 14th, ffand 11th, and five DNFs, Stewart did just enough to beat Hamilton for the IRL title. He also raced in a few midget events, finishing thirteenth and eleventh in the 1997 and 1998 USAC national points, and winning the Copper Classic both years. Between his time in USAC and the IRL, Stewart earned the nickname of Smoke, first for slipping the right rear tire during dirt races, and for blowing his engine often during his '97 championship run. Most NASCAR fans and analysts today refer to Stewart by his nickname.
As he had done the previous year, he raced a handful of Busch Series races. This time, he was racing for Joe Gibbs, NFL Hall of Fame head coach of the Washington Redskins who was having a lot of success with driver Bobby Labonte in Winston Cup. When Stewart was able to finish races, he finished in the top 10, and had a 3rd place finish at Charlotte. Stewart so impressed Gibbs that he was signed to drive the majority of the Busch schedule in 1998 to go along with a full-time IRL schedule.
The double duty did not affect his performance in either series. In the IRL, he won twice and finished 3rd in the championship. His season was something of a disappointment, especially as he finished last in the Indy 500 because of an engine failure.
On the Busch side, he finished in the top-five five times in 22 starts. He came extremely close to winning his first Busch Series race at Rockingham, but was beaten on a last lap pass by Matt Kenseth. Stewart finished a solid 2nd place in 2 (of 31) starts, ahead of six drivers with more starts, and had an average finish that was comparable to some of the series' top 10 finishers. Gibbs had enough confidence in Tony that he was moved into Cup for the 1999 season. With that move, Stewart ended his three year career as a full time IRL driver.
Stewart started his Winston Cup career in 1999 with a bang, as he qualified his #20 Home Depot Pontiac in second place in his first Cup race, the Daytona 500. He showed courage in one of the Gatorade Twin 125 races, when involved in a great battle with Dale Earnhardt for the win. The Intimidator came out on top, but Stewart had nonetheless impressed quite a few people with his performance. In the 500 itself, Stewart ran near the front until problems with the car relegated him to a 28th place finish.
Stewart spent most of his rookie season wowing people, as his car was often in the top 10. He only failed to finish a race once, and even then, he was credited with 9th place. He won a pair of pole positions at short tracks, and set a series record for victories by a rookie with three (two of which within the last three races of the year). He finished his first year an unprecedented 4th in points, the highest points finish by a rookie in the modern era (until 2006 when rookie, and former teammate, Denny Hamlin finished 3rd), and only bested by James Hylton, who finished 2nd as a first-timer in 1966. Not surprisingly, he ran away with the Winston Cup Rookie of the Year award.
Stewart also attempted to race 1,100 miles (1,800 km) on Memorial Day Weekend, as he competed in both the Indy 500 during the day and the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte, N.C., at night. His attempt at "The Double" was fairly successful. He finished in the top 10 at both races; ninth in the 1999 Indy 500 and fourth at Lowe's Motor Speedway. However, he only completed 1,090 miles (1,750 km) of the scheduled 1,100.
Stewart's 2001 season got off to a frightening start, as he was involved in a spectacular crash in the Daytona 500 where his car violently flipped over several times toward the middle of the race that also had the final-lap crash that killed Dale Earnhardt Sr. He walked away unscathed, recovered to win three more races and, as he'd done before, ran near the front most of the season. Statistically, he had a worse season than 2000, but he was the runner-up to Gordon for the Cup championship.
For the second time he ran "The Double" on Memorial Day Weekend, in spite of a 17 minute rain delay at Indianapolis. He finished 6th in the Indianapolis 500 and 3rd in the Coca Cola 600, running all 1,100 miles (1,800 km) of the two races.
The 2001 season was not without controversy, however. Jeff Gordon pulled a "bump and run" on Stewart to gain a better finishing position in a race in Bristol, and it resulted in Stewart retaliating in a post-race incident by spinning Gordon out on pit road. Stewart was fined and placed on probation by NASCAR. He got into further trouble at Daytona, when he confronted a Winston Cup official after ignoring a black flag. At the same race, he also got into an incident with a reporter, kicking away a tape recorder. He confronted the same NASCAR official at the race in Talladega after refusing to wear a mandated head-and-neck restraint. Stewart was not allowed to practice until wearing one and only managed to practice after his crew chief, Greg Zipadelli intervened. His fines and probation periods resulting from these incidents have earned Stewart a reputation of having a hot-temper, and he became NASCAR's "bad boy".
Tony started 2002 even more inauspiciously than in the previous season, as his Daytona 500 lasted just two laps due to a blown engine. He went on to win twice early in the season but was only seventh in the points standings at the halfway point of the season. The second half of his season was plagued by an altercation with a photographer after the Brickyard 400. NASCAR put Stewart on probation for the rest of the season. He went on to win the very next week at Watkins Glen, and went on a hot streak in the final races, finishing consistently in the top five. At the end of the year, Stewart held off a charging Mark Martin to win his first Winston Cup championship. Many see this as a symbolic passing of the torch, as Stewart collected his first championship the year after Jeff Gordon won his fourth championship, who won his first championship the year after Earnhardt won his last championship. Earnhardt won his first championship in 1980, the year after Richard Petty won his seventh and final championship.
As defending champion, Stewart managed to have a relatively incident-free 2003. Driving a Chevrolet instead of his previous Pontiac (Gibbs switched between manufacturers), Stewart actually had his worst Cup season (until the 2006 season), but it was still good enough for seventh in the points. He only won twice that season but led more laps than he had the previous year and was highly competitive in the final races of the year.
The 2004 season was highlighted by first victory coming at Chicagoland as well as his second victory at Watkins Glen International. Stewart qualified fourth for the first ever Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup. However an incident at the first race of The Chase at New Hampshire International Speedway dashed hopes of a second series title.
In November, Stewart became the owner of one of the most legendary short tracks in America, Eldora Speedway. Located in New Weston, Ohio, Eldora is a half-mile dirt track known to many as "Auto Racing's Showcase Since 1954." Stewart began racing there in 1991 and continues racing in special events alongside other Nextel Cup drivers and dirt track legends.
In 2004, Stewart teamed with Englishman Andy Wallace and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in a Boss Motorsports Chevrolet to take fourth in the 24 Hours of Daytona sports car race. The result does not show the trio's performance, however: They had dominated the race until the last two hours, when the suspension cracked. With 15 minutes left in the race, and with Stewart at the wheel, one of the rear wheels came off, finally ending their run. In addition to placing fourth overall, the trio placed third in the Daytona Prototype class.
2005 was one of Stewart's most successful years in the Nextel Cup. He won five races, including the Allstate 400 at The Brickyard, a race that Stewart said he would give up his championship to win, and took with it the No. 1 seed heading into NASCAR's Chase for the Nextel Cup 10-race playoff.
On August 16 Stewart was fined $5,000 for hitting the car of Brian Vickers, after the completion of the Busch Series Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International. Stewart was driving a Busch series car owned by Kevin Harvick Incorporated at the time. Stewart also was placed on probation until December 31.
On November 20, Stewart won his second NASCAR Nextel Cup Championship, joining Jeff Gordon as the only active, full-time drivers to have won multiple championships. He also is one of the youngest drivers to win multiple championships. During the 2005 season, Stewart won a total of $13,578,168, including $6,173,633 for winning the championship, the largest season total in NASCAR history. Stewart also went through training to become a deputy sheriff in Alabama.
Stewart's 2006 season was very much up and down. He had competitive cars and scored early wins at Daytona and Martinsville. However he also had strings of bad luck. He also suffered a shoulder injury due to two heavy crashes in both the Busch and Cup races at Charlotte during the Memorial Day Weekend races (Stewart's Busch car hit the Turn 4 wall so hard it even knocked the rear end off the car). During the Dover race, he was substituted by Ricky Rudd, and in later weeks had to drive in pain.
Additionally he has once again been involved in several on track controversies.
Following a rough Bud Shootout on February 12, Stewart expressed concern to the media about the possibility of aggressive driving resulting in the serious injury or death of a driver. It came during a week in which the racing world remembered the fifth anniversary of the death of legend Dale Earnhardt, who died on the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500. Just a few days after Stewart's comments to the media, during the 48th running of the Daytona 500, he was involved in a number of incidents with Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth, who he chased halfway across the track to run into the grass. "He has no room to complain," Stewart said of his brush with Kenseth. "He started it, and I finished it".
On May 20 during Nascar's All Star Race Stewart and Kenseth wrecked again. Each driver claimed it was the other one's fault with Stewart saying, "if (Kenseth) thinks it's my fault and I (caused the wreck) he's screwed up in his head." Following the wreck, several media outlets proclaimed the new Stewart-Kenseth rivalry as must-see TV. The so-called rivalry was short-lived as Kenseth and Stewart participated as friends in a joint promotional tour for DeWalt and Home Depot; Kenseth also appeared in September at Stewart's Eldora Speedway in the NEXTEL PRELUDE with NASCAR drivers, as well as the ARCA Truck Series event there.
On July 23, Stewart once again was at the center of a media storm. On lap 31 of the Pennsylvania 500, Stewart was accidentally squeezed against the wall by fellow driver Clint Bowyer. Stewart responded by waving his hand in anger, then purposely hitting Bowyer's car. This contact sent Bowyer spinning down the front stretch where he collided with Carl Edwards. Stewart was promptly held one lap by NASCAR for rough driving. He did however pass leader Ryan Newman to get back on the lead lap and eventually rallied to finish 7th and get back in the top 10 in the point standings. After initially refusing to take responsibility for the incident he apologized the next day.
Tony Stewart missed the cut to qualify for the 2006 Chase for the Nextel Cup by 16 points. He finished poorly at Richmond after wrecking his primary car in practice, and was displaced in the top ten by Kasey Kahne. As a result, he finished the 2006 season 11th in points, his worst thus far in his career, as he had completed each of his seven previous seasons in the top ten in points. Commenting on not being in the 2006 Chase, he says: “It lets us have the ability to take chances and try things ... that we've been wanting to try but just haven't had the luxury to do it. If we were in the Chase we wouldn't have that ability”. Stewart won three races in the 2006 Chase (Kansas, Atlanta, and Texas).
The season wasn't totally unkind to Stewart, however. He was a participant in the 30th season of IROC and won 2 of the 4 races (Texas, and the Daytona road course) on his way to capturing the series championship. He won a million dollars for the effort, but made an offer to return his prize money if IROC would hold one of its events at his Eldora Speedway. This offer was not entertained as IROC folded in 2007.
His 2007 racing season started out with Stewart winning his second Chili Bowl Nationals midget car feature. Tony started off the Daytona Speedweeks with a win in the 2007 Budweiser Shootout. It was his third win in the race. He also won his qualifying race for the Daytona 500.
On lap 152 of the Daytona 500, the rear of Stewart's car slid up the track, and when he tried to cut down the track, he smacked the front of Kurt Busch's car knocking both of them out of the race. Tony and the Busch brothers (Kurt and Kyle) were the three leaders for the majority of the race.
On March 22, 2007, it was released that Stewart would be on the cover of NASCAR 2008 for the third time (2001, 2004, 2008).
In his first Car of Tomorrow race with the Impala SS, Stewart was dominant at Bristol Motor Speedway, leading 257 of 504 laps (green-white-checkered finish), before he experienced a fuel pump problem. At the third Car of Tomorrow race at Phoenix International Raceway, Stewart lead a race high 154 laps, but a late race caution moved Stewart to second, where he finished behind Jeff Gordon. In the following week, Stewart implied the cautions were "bogus" and that NASCAR is rigged like professional wrestling.
On June 4, 2007, Stewart and Kurt Busch had an incident on pit road in the Autism Speaks 400 at Dover International Speedway. Busch passed Stewart on the inside, and Stewart smacked Busch into the wall, knocking out Busch, but with Stewart staying in the race. Under the caution, Stewart was on pit road in his pit box when Kurt Busch pulled along side to express his feelings over the incident. One of Stewart's crewmen had to jump out of the way of Kurt's car to avoid being hit.
At the All-Star Challenge at Lowe's Motor Speedway, he finished 5th behind Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Mark Martin, and Jeff Burton. At the Coca-Cola 600, Stewart finished sixth, after having to come in to pit for fuel.
On July 15, 2007, Stewart led a race high 108 laps and recorded his 30th career NEXTEL Cup win at the USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway.
On July 29, 2007, after leading a race high 66 of 160 laps, Stewart won the "Allstate 400 at the Brickyard" race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, just 45 minutes from where he grew up. During the victory lane interview, Stewart was penalized 25 points and fined $25,000 for violating NASCAR's policy on the use of obscene language during interviews during the race.
On August 12, 2007, he won the Centurion Boats at the Glen at Watkins Glen International after Jeff Gordon spun his car around after wheel hopping in turn 1 with two laps to go.
Stewart began the 2008 season starting 6th for the 50th running of the Daytona 500, and was only able to come up with a 3rd place finish after being passed on the last lap by Ryan Newman and Kurt Busch.
With 3 laps to go in the 2008 Coca-Cola 600, Stewart cut a tire and saved it from contact with the wall. However, Stewart had to give up the lead to future race winner Kasey Kahne in order to take pits.
On July 5, during the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway, Tony began feeling ill and turned the car over to former Joe Gibbs Racing teammate JJ Yeley, who finished 20th after getting involved in two wrecks in the last 5 laps. Stewart earned his first win of the season in the AMP Energy 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 5th. On the final lap Stewart was passed by Regan Smith. NASCAR declared that Smith had made an illegal pass and awarded the victory to Stewart.
On July 8, 2008, it was reported that Stewart had been granted a release of the last year of his contract with Joe Gibbs Racing, and would make the move over to Haas CNC Racing to drive one of Haas' Chevrolets, which will be co-sponsored by Office Depot and Old Spice. Stewart will also own half of the team, renaming it Stewart-Haas Racing. The reports also indicate that the deal will make Stewart the highest paid driver in NASCAR. The expected announcement of his departure from JGR was planned on Wednesday, July 9, and announcement of deal with Haas on July 10. It was announced on July 21 that Stewart will drive the #14 Office Depot/Old Spice Chevrolet car next season for Stewart-Haas Racing. He is the greatest driver, up to date, to drive for Joe Gibbs with 33 wins and two championships(One Winston Cup championship and one NEXTEL Cup championship).
On August 15th, 2008 it was announced at Michigan International Speedway that Ryan Newman signed a multi-year contract to drive the number 4 car for Stewart Haas Racing and will be a teammate to Stewart who will wheel the above mentioned 14 car for SHR. On his radio show on August 18, 2008, Tony Stewart surprised guest Ryan Newman with the announcement that he would not be driving the number 4 car, but rather the number 39 car. It was then revealed that Newman's sponsor will be the U.S. Army that comes over from Dale Earnhardt, Inc..
As the most recent series champion not among the Top 35 in owner's points, Stewart was first in line for past champion's provisionals for the first five races of 2009. He made the first five races of 2009 without needing to use the provisional, ending up well inside the Top 10 in points.
He frequently makes appearances on dirt tracks, appearing regularly at an ARCA race on dirt and at many prominent midget car events, USAC's Turkey Night Grand Prix, and the indoor Chili Bowl Midget Nationals.
During his NASCAR career, Tony Stewart once was told by #20 team owner Joe Gibbs that he could no longer compete in races outside of his Sprint Cup obligations. Stewart worked around this by entering a USAC National Midget race under the pseudonym "Smokey Jones" with the crowd at the track none the wiser. After winning the feature, "Smokey Jones" got out of his car and revealed himself to the crowd as Tony Stewart. He also once entered himself in a race, driving the infamous "Munchkin" midget chassis, as "Mikey Fedorchek Jr." after buying the Munchkin from Mike Fedorchek during a card game.
Stewart is the owner of various open-wheel short track racing cars, most of them being sponsored by Chevrolet since 2007, which has drawn the ire of some Toyota racing executives in NASCAR, especially since Toyota began extensive USAC midget and sprint sponsorship in 2007.
In 2009 Tony will own half of Haas CNC Racing which will become Stewart-Haas Racing. Haas CNC Racing, which fielded the #66 and #70 cars will now feild the numbers 14 and 39 as Stewart-Haas Racing. This decision involved parting ways with long-time crew chief Greg Zipadelli, sponsor The Home Depot, car number 20, and owner Joe Gibbs, all of which he spent 10 years with. He will drive the #14 Chevrolet Impala.Ryan Newman is also joining him at Stewart Haas Racing racing the #39 Impala.
Tony Stewart formed the racing team Stewart-Haas Racing, which also owns the #39 U.S. Army car, driven by Ryan Newman. Stewart drives the #14 Old Spice car, while the #20 The Home Depot car is driven by Joey Logano. In the Budwieser Shootout Tony Stewart finished 3rd. Teammate Ryan Newman wrecked three times, the last one taking out the #14 with him. Ryan Newman's car for the Daytona 500 was one of Stewart's backup cars, but they painted it to match the #39 Army scheme. Both Stewart and Newman were forced into backup cars, therefore moving them from their original starting positions in the 500, to the rear. Stewart and Newman finished 8th and 36th respectively.
Stewart has won USAC car owner titles in the Silver Crown division in 2002 and 2003 with J. J. Yeley, and in 2004 with Dave Steele. He also collected owner titles in USAC's National Sprint Car Series with Yeley in 2003 and Jay Drake in 2004.
Stewart's USAC midget and sprint cars carry #20 and #21, while his Silver Crown car carries #22.
Stewart also owns a dirt late model Chevrolet Impala that carries #20 he races frequently, including the Sprint Prelude to the Dream contest at Eldora Speedway. During its debut in 2007, Carl Edwards won, however, a year later in 2008 Stewart won the race himself. The money won is given to Victory Junction Gang Camp.
He is also the owner of Custom Works, a company that manufactures radio controlled oval track cars, and has had a degree of success as a r/c racer himself.
NASCAR driver Tony Stewart purchased Eldora Speedway speedway located near Rossburg, Ohio in late 2004 from Earl Baltes. Tony Stewart is currently a co-owner of Paducah International Raceway in Paducah, KY. He also co-owns Macon Speedway in Macon, IL along with Kenny Schrader, Kenny Wallace and Bob Sargent.
Founded in 2003 by Tony Stewart, the principal purposes of the Tony Stewart Foundation are to raise and donate funds to help care for chronically ill children, drivers injured in motorsports activities and to support other charitable organizations in the protection of various animal species. The Tony Stewart Foundation will raise and donate funds to charitable interests, specifically those that support the aforementioned groups.