New paint schemes for Kevin Harvick's new number
November 25, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com
Kevin Harvick shed light on what his new car number would be for the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season four months ago. Now, details of what the No. 4 Chevrolet will look like are coming into view.
Three new looks for three primary sponsors have debuted for one of Stewart-Haas Racing's newest drivers. Budweiser and Jimmy John's will follow Harvick from Richard Childress Racing to SHR next season, and Outback Steakhouse will stay with the Stewart-Haas team. All three are available in the diecast section of the NASCAR.com Superstore.
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Harvick has driven car No. 29 in all 466 Sprint Cup starts in his 13-year career. Team owner Richard Childress changed the 3 to 29 after Dale Earnhardt's death in the 2001 Daytona 500, and Harvick drove to victory with the new number three races later at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
"The number was something that ... I don't want to say didn't really matter to me, but it's something that you want to see consistent with the team and the things that they have going on," Harvick said. "That was a number that was available and seemed like it was a pretty common tie to the 14."
The No. 4 was last used by Kasey Kahne during 2011, the final season of operation for Red Bull Racing. Before Kahne, Ward Burton (in 2007) was the last driver to use the number regularly on the Sprint Cup level.
Three drivers are most commonly linked to success in the No. 4. Sterling Marlin drove the No. 4 Morgan-McClure Motorsports Chevrolet to back-to-back Daytona 500 wins in 1994 and '95, and Ernie Irvan gave the team its first win in The Great American Race in 1991. Rex White, added this year to the ballot as a NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee, drove the No. 4 to 26 of his 28 career victories at NASCAR's highest level and primarily used it during his run to the 1960 series title.