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Kevin Harvick, the 2014 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion, driver of the No. 4 Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing and one of the sport's most popular drivers, will host the premiere episode of the 2nd season of his SiriusXM NASCAR Radio show, Happy Hours, on Tuesday, February 6th (7:00 p.m. ET).

After the season premiere, Harvick and co-host Matt Yocum will host the second episode of Happy Hours live from Daytona International Speedway on Wednesday, February 14 (7:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET), ahead of the next day's Can-Am Duels and that weekend's Daytona 500.

Thereafter the show will air on Tuesday nights (7:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET). Listeners nationwide can hear the show on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, which is available to listeners on satellite radios (channel 90) and on the SiriusXM app. For a full schedule of Happy Hours air dates visit: www.SiriusXM.com/NASCAR.

Happy Hours features Harvick's distinctive perspective on his sport and life outside the track. Harvick and Yocum regularly take calls from listeners and give NASCAR fans a unique view on the driver's life and interests when he is away from the race car.

"Having my own show on SiriusXM has brought my relationship with the fans to a whole new level," said Harvick. "I love that I have two hours to completely share my thoughts on the races and our sport, to really give those fans much more than the quick interview or the emotional sound bite they otherwise see or hear at the track on weekends. Happy Hours has created a connection that I had never really experienced before in my career, and I am really excited to get back on the air again this season."

"Kevin had a tremendous 2017 both on the track and with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, qualifying for the Championship 4 and hosting a fantastic radio program," said Steve Cohen, SiriusXM's SVP of Sports Programming. "His personality, perspective and charisma are perfect for SiriusXM and we are excited for the second season of Happy Hours."

Harvick has 37 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victories, including wins in such crown-jewel events as the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway (Fla.), the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Ind.) and the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway (S.C.). In addition to his impressive performance in the Monster Energy Series, Harvick is a two-time NASCAR Xfinity Series champion with 46 series wins and 14 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victories.

SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (channel 90) airs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and delivers in-depth racing coverage and inside access to NASCAR news, including live broadcasts of every Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™, NASCAR Xfinity Series™ and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™ event. Fans can call in to the channel to share their opinions and be a part of the daily discussion, and can also access SiriusXM NASCAR Radio programming when they want it on SiriusXM On Demand. The channel's roster of expert hosts features current and former drivers, crew chiefs, crew members and a host of NASCAR insiders. For more info on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio's programming and personalities go to www.SiriusXM.com/NASCAR.

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As Kroger enters its ninth year as a primary sponsor at JTG Daugherty Racing, the supermarket giant is expanding its involvement in the two-car operation by rebranding their marketing efforts to create “Team Kroger ClickList Racing” for the 2018 season and beyond.
 
Kroger and its digital shopping experience, ClickList, have always been a primary partner of AJ Allmendinger and the No. 47 team, and Allmendinger will continue to pilot the No. 47 Kroger ClickList Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in 2018. As part of the “one team, two drivers” synergy, Kroger ClickList will now also be prominent on the fire suits, crew apparel, and team equipment of Chris Buescher and the No. 37 team. Buescher will also accompany Allmendinger at various Kroger race market store appearances throughout the season. The rebranding strategy is aimed to convey a united front among the two JTG Daugherty Racing drivers, building collaboration and a steady footwork for the future.
 
“When we sat down with the executives at Kroger during the offseason, we collectively felt like this was an important step in the direction of JTG Daugherty Racing with Kroger,” team owner Tad Geschickter said. “This is not only increases the value our program for Kroger, but is also pivotal in our vendor program. We work with several high-profile brands on both the 37 and the 47, and we feel that having a one team, two driver platform will only strengthen the relationships that we have with current sponsor partners as well as brand partners for the future.”
 
“We’ve got a lot of great partners but to have Kroger on the hood every race, we’re one of the only teams in the garage to have that,” Allmendinger said. "We’re very fortunate to have great people over at Kroger who support the racing program and believe in Chris and me as drivers. It means a lot to have them unite us as one team right now and make an investment to make both of our race cars a lot faster.  A lot of great work has gone in this off season and I think those enhancements will make us a lot stronger.  We can only thank Kroger ClickList for giving us the opportunity to do so.”
 
“We’re getting a clean start to the new year with Kroger and all of our other primary partners including BUSH’S Beans and Scott Products, hitting the ground running in Daytona,” Buescher said. “We’re really excited about becoming part of the ‘one team, two drivers’ mentality this season with Kroger ClickList. That’s going to build up a lot of momentum for both AJ and I, and I can’t wait to see what we can bring back to the Kroger team at the end of this season.”

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NASCAR today announced key leadership appointments across its growing international business landscape and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Jim Cassidy has been named to the new leadership position of Chief International Officer, reporting into Steve O’Donnell, Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer.  Charged with growing the NASCAR brand of racing internationally, Cassidy will oversee all international competition and commercial operations, building on the success of NASCAR’s three international series with the NASCAR Pinty’s Series in Canada, NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series and NASCAR Whelen Euro Series.

“Jim brings nearly two decades of racing operations and industry leadership experience.  He has worked tirelessly to grow our existing motorsports properties outside of the U.S and will lead our efforts to identify important growth opportunities internationally for our sport and its growing fanbase,” said O’Donnell.

“NASCAR racing is broadcast in over 185 countries and territories, with race fans engaging stock car racing in person at events in Canada, Mexico and across Europe. The demand for NASCAR racing internationally has never been stronger and we look forward to bringing our sport closer to race fans everywhere,” said Cassidy.

Joining Cassidy in these efforts will be Chad Seigler in the new position of Vice President, International Business Development. Seigler will draw upon a decade of successful industry sales experience to oversee all international sales and partnership marketing.  Celeste Griffin-Churchill in the new position of Senior Director, International, Joe Balash in his current role as Director, International Competition, and Bob Duvall in his position as Senior Director, International & Weekly/Touring Business Development will play key roles in this area.

NASCAR additionally announced that Ben Kennedy has been named to the leadership position of General Manager, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.  Kennedy will oversee all aspects of NASCAR’s popular truck series, working closely with Brad Moran, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Managing Director, and Jeff Wohlschlaeger, Managing Director, Series Marketing to continue to deliver great racing, fan experience and marketing across this series. Kennedy will report into Elton Sawyer, Vice President, Competition and will work closely with O’Donnell and Steve Phelps, Executive Vice President and Chief Global Sales and Marketing Officer.

“Ben will draw upon his years of experience across NASCAR’s grassroots and national series to bring valuable commercial and competition insights to our NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. With promising young drivers and experienced veterans battling it out in close, side-by-side racing, Ben truly understands from experience that every lap matters and we are excited about his future leadership in this important national series,” said Brent Dewar, President, NASCAR.

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StarCom Racing, who recently acquired a Charter for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, signs Jeffrey Earnhardt to compete in this year’s historic 60th running of the DAYTONA 500, and the rest of the season. This will ensure keeping the Earnhardt name alive at the event for the 40th straight year. SCR’s recent Charter acquisition guarantees the team a position in the Great American Race, where it will showcase its partnership with VRX Simulators in the 00 Chevy Camaro, which will be piloted by 4th generation cup series driver Jeffrey Earnhardt.

“I am so appreciative of everyone at StarCom Racing and VRX for having confidence in me and making this a reality," said Earnhardt. “There’s been an Earnhardt driving in the 500 for 39 years so to be able to keep that streak going for a 40th year means a lot to me and I’m sure a lot of Earnhardt fans are going to be happy to hear this news.”

SCR Team Manager and former DAYTONA 500 winner, Derrike Cope, has worked relentlessly with Crew Chief, Tony Furr, and team to put SCR in the best equipment possible heading into the 2018 season. Cope’s experience and Earnhardt’s tenacity will be a dynamic duo both on and off the track as they combine forces this year.

“It was imperative for our young team to have a sponsored driver for our start-up year, and we did have several options. We felt that Jeffrey was the best fit for our team and VRX has already shown the type of enthusiasm and commitment that SCR has both for Jeffrey and for the sport.  It will be a very exciting year for us,” comments Cope.

“I knew Derrike casually before but I didn’t realize how much he knows about race cars. He’s got a tremendous amount of technical expertise and speaking with him gave me confidence that StarCom has big plans and I want to be part of that progression,” said Earnhardt.

VRX Simulators, based in British Columbia, Canada is new to the NASCAR circuit. VRX integrates software and hardware to create the world’s most advanced racing and flight simulators for home and business. Daytona will mark its first race as a primary sponsor for VRX in the MENCS as part of its brand new VRX Motorsports program.

“I'm very proud to partner with Jeffrey Earnhardt and StarCom Racing. We're here to change NASCAR forever. We're bringing the most powerful technology companies on the planet to do this,” said Robert Stanners, Founder of VRX Simulators. “We have been working on this for seven years, and it’s finally go time! We are proud to continue Earnhardt Nation and its legacy for the 40th year in the 60th running of the DAYTONA 500, with VRX Simulators on board the No. 00 Chevrolet!"

“We are thrilled to welcome Jeffrey and VRX to the StarCom Racing team” says Matt Kohler, President of StarCom Racing. “The duo of Cope and Earnhardt bring experience and excitement for the 00 in 2018!”

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Valvoline Inc. (NYSE: VVV) -- a leading worldwide supplier of premium branded lubricants and automotive services -- has extended its partnership with 12-time NASCAR Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports through 2022.

In 2018, Valvoline™ will become a primary sponsor of the No. 88 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 of 24-year-old driver Alex Bowman for two Cup Series races annually over the next five seasons. Valvoline also will continue as the Official Lubricants Partner of Hendrick Motorsports and as a major associate sponsor of the team’s full stable of Chevrolet race cars and drivers, which include Chase Elliott, William Byron and seven-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson.

As part of the new agreement, Valvoline also will be the presenting sponsor of the Randy Dorton Hendrick Engine Builder Showdown, a yearly competition that brings together Hendrick Motorsports engine builders and Hendrick Automotive Group master technicians. The 16th annual event took place in November on the Hendrick Motorsports campus in Concord.

“Hendrick Motorsports has been an exceptional partner and shares our passion of continuously improving all we touch through our hands-on expertise,” said Heidi Matheys, Valvoline’s chief marketing officer. “Alex’s enthusiasm for being hands-on with his own cars makes him a wonderful fit for Valvoline, and we’re excited to support him and the entire No. 88 team as a new primary sponsor. We look forward to more success on the track in the years to come.”

Since 2014, Hendrick Motorsports has used Valvoline products in its racing engines, which have earned two Cup Series championships (2014 and 2016), two NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) titles (2014 and 2017) and more than 100 points-paying event wins across various series. Off the track, Valvoline is the preferred lubricant of Hendrick Automotive Group, which operates 97 car dealerships across the United States and poured nearly 1 million gallons of Valvoline product in 2016.

“I’ve always liked the quote, ‘You are what your record says you are,’” said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. “Valvoline has such a tremendous track record in both racing and on the road in passenger vehicles because they never stop innovating. Across our organization, they’re partners in developing racing technology and in providing unparalleled products to our dealership customers. It’s a relationship we take great pride in and look forward to continuing for many more years.”

A lifelong auto enthusiast who works on his own cars, Bowman will drive the No. 88 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in the Cup Series beginning in 2018. In 2017, he was an integral part of the simulation and on-track testing programs for Hendrick Motorsports and manufacturer partner Chevrolet. The Tucson, Arizona, native won Oct. 7 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in his first NXS start of the year.

“I’ve always been hands-on with my race cars and personal cars,” Bowman said. “I grew up working in my dad’s body shop, so doing things myself is something that started early. For me, it’s very cool to be a part of Team Valvoline because they offer quality products and share my passion for cars and racing. They also do a great job focusing on their DIY customers, which is something I’m really drawn to. I love what the Valvoline brand stands for and can’t wait to work with them.”

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Team Penske and Tungaloy have announced an extension of their partnership for 2018 and beyond. As part of the multi-year agreement, Tungaloy, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of carbide cutting tools, friction materials, wear resistant items and civil engineering products, will continue as a team sponsor while also providing production technology assistance.

Tungaloy has a long history of excellence in the development of materials for metal cutting tools and innovative industrial products.  The diverse range of products, including indexable inserts and steel products, are all based upon Tungaloy's expertise in powder metallurgy.  Tungaloy provides customers with products that serve as industry benchmarks which improve customer's productivity and cycle time to help reduce overall costs and increase profitability.

“As one of the world’s leading production technology companies, Tungaloy provides an insightful approach that helps enhance Team Penske’s performance level,” said Roger Penske. “It takes premier partners to help Team Penske win at the highest levels of racing. We are excited to have Tungaloy back with our team this season and into the future.”

Under the new extension agreement, Tungaloy will look to maximize its marketing opportunities through increased branding rights and enhanced event access provided by Team Penske. Tungaloy will also increase its precision tooling equipment and technical expertise to further enhance the partnership between the two organizations.

“Tungaloy is looking forward to building on our partnership with Team Penske,” said Russell Flood, Tungaloy President. “The organization ranks among the best and the most successful race teams in the world, in any form of motorsports. Team Penske also shares our core values and they know what it takes to be the best.”

Tungaloy America and Team Penske have recognized the mutual value their relationship has provided and will move into the 2018 season with even greater commitments to improving each other’s business and continue to raise the level of performance of Team Penske’s racing programs.

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Racing legend and entrepreneurial pioneer Jack Roush will receive the prestigious Achievement in Motorsports Tribute Award by the North Carolina Motorsports Association (NCMA) during the 12th Annual Awards Ceremony presented by Fifth Third Bank on Tuesday, Jan. 30.

“Jack Roush’s contributions to motorsports are immeasurable and for 30 years, Roush Fenway Racing has been the standard in innovation and performance,” said NCMA Chairman Greg Fornelli. “When you look at his innovations, his record of success and his impact on the sport of auto racing, Jack Roush is the epitome of achievement in motorsports and we look forward to celebrating his amazing career on our biggest night.”

Roush, who founded Roush Fenway Racing in the late eighties, is the winningest car owner in NASCAR history. The Covington, Ky. native started his NASCAR career in 1988 and has amassed eight championships across NASCAR’s three main major series, including two in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS), five in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) and one in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) with drivers Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards, Chris Buescher and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Overall, Roush has earned a NASCAR-record 325 wins – including two Daytona 500 victories - 1,456 top-five finishes, 2,566 top-10 finishes, 232 poles, 67,783 laps led and has an average finish of 14.1 in 5,878 career NASCAR starts.

Roush’s multi-car efficiency of scale model become one of the most successful in NASCAR history, with his organization placing an unprecedented five teams in the 2005 10-team ‘Chase’, after coming off back-to-back Sprint Cup Championships in 2003 and 2004. Roush has also been recognized as one of the premier leaders in the garage in driver development, with Roush Fenway having led drivers to 13 NASCAR rookie of the year awards. All-in-all, 19 different drivers have celebrated in NASCAR victory lane with Roush and his teams.

The Roush Fenway organization currently fields multiple teams in MENCS and the NXS with drivers Stenhouse, Trevor Bayne, Ryan Reed, Chase Briscoe, Ty Majeski and Austin Cindric.

An engineer at heart, Roush has always employed a solutions-based approach, be it in competition, business or safety initiatives. He has been involved in numerous safety innovations, including the roof flaps designed to disrupt airflow and prevent cars from going airborne that now are standard equipment for all NASCAR racers.

Roush collaborated with Robert Yates and Ford Motor Company in 2003 to join forces as the exclusive Ford Engine builder for NASCAR. These two legendary engine builders, led by President & CEO Doug Yates helped turned Roush Yates Engines into an immediate success and to date has achieved over 280 combined wins in the NASCAR, IMSA (International Motor Sports Association) and FIA (Federation Internationale De L'Automobile) Series.

In addition, Roush owns Roush Industries, Inc., which employs more than 1,800 people and operates facilities in five states, as well as in Mexico and Great Britain. It is primarily known for providing engineering, management and prototype services to the transportation industry. Roush has also developed a significant role in engineering and manufacturing in the electronics, sports equipment, aviation and motorsports industries.

The ceremony takes place at the Embassy Suites Concord Convention Center from 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. ET.

The North Carolina Motorsports Association was founded to promote and serve the motorsports community in North Carolina. The association includes members from various race teams and tracks ranging from race teams and tracks to attorneys and accountants. Its mission includes legislative representation at the state level to ensure that the industry’s best interests are served in Raleigh. It also includes opportunities for members to interact as well as attend seminars that benefit the self-employed and large corporations.

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Strayer University, a national leader in innovative educational programs for working adults, has partnered with four-time NASCAR and three-time pro football champion, and renowned leader, Joe Gibbs, on the launch of the Joe Gibbs Performance Management Program. The new program will provide courses that focus on improving employee performance.

“I’ve been blessed with the opportunities I’ve had in life and I’ve learned a lot of lessons that I believe are key to being successful,” said Joe Gibbs. “I’ve never had an opportunity to organize and share those lessons all in one place until Strayer developed this program. Strayer is a proven innovator when it comes to adult education and the courses they have developed will help students identify their purpose, maximize their professional value and elevate their ability to lead successful teams.”

“Organizations continuously seek to cultivate empowered, collaborative teams that can work across functional areas,” said Brian W. Jones, President, Strayer University. “Joe Gibbs has mastered performance improvement over his career; this new program leverages his expertise to help our students do the same.”

The program will be offered to all Strayer University students, as well as Strayer’s Degrees@Work participants. Degrees@Work allows employers to provide their employees with no-cost, no-debt degrees and certificates.  The result for these companies is a significant return on investment through improved employee retention, productivity and overall satisfaction.

For students enrolling or already enrolled in Strayer’s Bachelor of Business Administration, this five-course concentration can be added to their overall degree. Students and Degrees@Work participating employees with a Bachelor’s degree can opt to earn a Graduate Certificate in Performance Management, a three-course credential designed for professionals looking to build and refine the skills needed to lead high-performing teams.

The program will utilize innovative, documentary-style content produced by Strayer Studios, which has been proven to increase student satisfaction, engagement, and continuation. Course videos will contain personal lessons and insights from Joe Gibbs himself.

“This is an incredible opportunity for Strayer students to learn from one of the most versatile and successful leaders of our generation,” said Jones. “Strayer has a proud history of innovating — reimagining the ways we deliver content and building value-creating programs that align directly to market needs. Our experience educating working adults is a perfect complement to Coach Gibbs’ playbook of positivity, determination, and success.”

“Building a winning team starts with people. One of the key elements I will have the opportunity to share through this program is how to select the right people, motivate them and work within a team environment,” said Gibbs. “Most of the victories I’ve had in life have been when I’ve stuck to the game plan. Now, Strayer has created the Joe Gibbs Performance Management program for me to share those principles.”

Pending regulatory approvals, the Joe Gibbs Performance Management Bachelor of Business Administration undergraduate concentration and graduate certificate is scheduled to begin enrolling students on February 12, 2018 and classes will begin on April 2, 2018.

For more information on the Joe Gibbs Performance Management program, please go online to www.strayer.edu/JoeGibbs, call Jim Cecere at 703-561-2094 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

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StarCom Racing acquired a NASCAR Charter for the upcoming 2018 MENCS season and will run a full 36-week schedule. SCR, a new team in 2017, led by Team Manager Derrike Cope will hit the track at the Daytona 500 in the 00 Chevy Camaro.

“What a wonderful opportunity it is for our organization to have secured a charter for 2018! We are so excited for Mike, Matt, Bill and Ashley at StarCom Racing for all their patience and generosity in facilitating this to happen,” comments Cope. “We have a strong and enthusiastic team that are now working with renewed vigor and we can’t wait to start the season!”

SCR Crew Chief, Tony Furr, and Cope worked relentlessly during the off-season to strengthen the staff and hired experienced personnel to the team. At this time, SCR will continue to explore all driver options with funding opportunities and will choose the best possible fit for the team. SCR Marketing Director, Elyshia Cope, and the team are actively seeking sponsorship opportunities for the coming season.

SCR ended last season on a positive note with a best 32nd place finish for only its second attempt out on the track. “We are pleased with the progress we have made this off-season to prepare ourselves for the Daytona 500 and 2018 season,” says Matthew Kohler, SCR President. “Acquiring a Charter for the season has allowed us to escalate our program to the next level, which is a major step for our young team. We are looking forward to bringing top-notch equipment and excitement to the garage!”

For more information on StarCom Racing visit us at  www.starcomracing.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram @StarComRacing. For any sponsorship opportunities, please reach directly out to our Marketing Director Elyshia Cope at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Reser's Fine Foods enters its sixth season with Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) and third with Erik Jones who will compete in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) in the No. 20 Toyota. The 38-race partnership is a big step for the prepared food manufacturer based in Beaverton, OR and affirms the company's commitment to NASCAR fans, Joe Gibbs Racing and one of NASCAR's brightest young stars. Reser's will be the primary sponsor of three races (Texas – April; Kansas – May and Charlotte – September) and will be a major associate sponsor for the balance of the MENCS season.

"Our sponsorship provides the opportunity to connect with the loyal NASCAR fan base," states President Mark Reser. "This will be our third year sponsoring Erik and we continue to be impressed with him both on and off the track." Reser adds, "With a 38-week season that races in over 20 of our biggest markets, this sponsorship provides a great year-round opportunity for our retail partners to drive excitement in the deli and meat department with in-store promotions, social media and show car sampling events."

Erik won the Sunoco Rookie of the Year award for the Cup Series in 2017 scoring five top-five finishes, 14 top-10 finishes and his first-career Cup Series pole at Bristol in August. He will re-join JGR in 2018 as will crew chief Chris Gayle to continue building on their success from the 2017 season.

"I'm always grateful for our dedicated sponsors," said Erik. "I've had a great relationship with Reser's Fine Foods over the last couple of years and I'm thrilled they are joining our Cup Series program in 2018 and will continue to be a part of my career."  

2018 Reser's Primary Race Schedule

DATE

RACE

VENUE

 

April 8th

O'Reilly Auto Parts 500

Texas Motor Speedway

May 12th

MENCS at Kansas

Kansas Speedway

September 30th

Bank of America 500

Charlotte Motor Speedway


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Today at the NASCAR Media Tour's second day, Kevin Harvick was asked about the schedule of NASCAR's premier series, and he did not hold back. First off, the schedule is too long according to Harvick, but that wasn't the main problem in his opinion. The main problem was the repetition of the same type schedule in Harvick's opinion. He believes that the main problem facing NASCAR was the lack of change the schedule has seen in recent years. He applauded NASCAR for making changes to the slate for this season, moving Las Vegas two dates, the second of which will be the first race of the playoffs. Among the other changes are Chicago moving back to its original date in July, the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis moving to the regular season finale, and Richmond's second date moving into the playoffs for the first time. The "Roval" at Charlotte Motor Speedway getting its spot as a playoff race was another thing Harvick applauded. "You won't have people burning their butts off in Indy in July anymore" Harvick said. Another interesting idea he raised was in regard to the contractual obligations these tracks have to host races to NASCAR. Harvick raised the point that perhaps tracks can start leasing their dates out to other facilities so the original owner of the date can make renovations to their facility, whatever it takes to get more people to the track. I personally would love to see Harvick's ideas take actual shape in NASCAR, but perhaps that could be better said than done. Regardless, you can always leave it to Kevin Harvick to give honest answers about how he feels about topics in the sport.