When Kevin Harvick entered the 2002 Daytona 500, he had competed in 35 previous points paying races and won two, but was a “rookie” for that year’s edition of the “Great American Race.” He started second and finished 36th after an accident on lap 148.
He competed against veterans like Terry Labonte, Dale Jarrett, Bill Elliott, Geoff Bodine, Ricky Rudd and Ken Schrader. And the guys with very little experience were Harvick, Ryan Newman and Jimmie Johnson, each making hist first Daytona 500 start. Kurt Busch was making his second career Daytona 500 start.
Fast-forward to 2020 and now Harvick, Newman, Johnson and Busch are the veterans and each is getting ready to make his 19th career Daytona 500 start. Time moves fast. And so do pit stops.
At the Daytona 500, NASCAR’s biggest race, fans watch their favorite driver’s every turn, pass, and pit stop more closely than usual, but in 2020 fans of Harvick’s No. 4 car will have yet another reason to keep their eyes glued to the track.
Introducing #Pit4Busch: the fastest sweepstakes in NASCAR history, with Busch Beer giving away multiple Ford Mustangs during this year’s race, offering fans across the U.S. the chance to take home a sportscar of their own.
Each time Harvick pits during the Daytona 500, fans will have however long the pit stop takes to tweet #Pit4Busch and #Sweepstakes to enter for a chance to win a new sportscar of their own. Bonus: this car comes fully wrapped with the classic Busch Light No. 4 paint scheme. With each pit stop acting as its own individual sweepstakes, Busch will be giving away a new car to multiple winners throughout the race.
Spectators watching this year’s race won’t have to look far in order to know what to do, because Harvick’s No. 4 car will be fitted with a one-of-a-kind #Pit4Busch paint scheme. The FOX broadcast of the Daytona 500 will also spotlight Harvick each time he heads into pit lane, reminding all NASCAR fans to get their Tweets ready for a chance to win.
While Harvick is hoping his fans will win in Daytona, he’s also hoping to score his second Daytona 500 victory. He scored a win in 2007 and would be just the 13th driver to win it twice. It would also be 13 years since his last Daytona 500 win, which would be a record between victories at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.
Harvick is used to making history as his 16 years between Brickyard 400 wins is a record in any series that races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Rodney Childers returns for his seventh year as crew chief and the core of the No. 4 team returns for 2020. The team has combined to produce 26 points-paying victories, a victory in the non-points-paying 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, 25 poles, 106 top-five finishes and 153 top-10s while leading 9,611 laps. It won the 2014 championship, finished runner-up in the 2015 title chase to champion Kyle Busch, finished eighth in 2016 and third in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
Despite winning 26 times in their seven years, including the Southern 500 and Brickyard 400, the No. 4 team has yet to win the Daytona 500.
And that is the ultimate goal – to find victory lane in the biggest race of the season.