by: Willie Whitewall


ROCKINGHAM, N.C. (April 6, 2009) – Kevin Harvick will be atop of the flagstand at the start of the ARCA RE/MAX Series Carolina 200 race at the Rockingham Speedway on April 19th and will wave the green flag to begin the highly anticipated race.

Harvick’s part time Nationwide Series driver, Tony Stewart had the honor during last season’s ARCA race at the historic track.

Harvick will be making the trip to Rockingham following the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway where he will be driving the No. 29 Shell/Pennzoil Chevrolet on Saturday night.

Kevin Harvick Incorporated will also field a car in the Carolina 200 with Ricky Carmichael getting his first laps at the one-mile speedway.

“Throwing the green flag at Rockingham will definitely be a new experience for me,” said the 2007 Daytona 500 winner.  “In all my years of racing, I’ve never been asked to be the honorary starter.  I’m also looking forward to the ARCA race.  It will be Ricky’s (Carmichael) first time at Rockingham so he should be exciting to watch.”

Rockingham Speedway President, Andy Hillenburg was all smiles after hearing about the Carolina 200’s honorary starter.

“Here at Rockingham, it’s all about our fans and racing, and to have a driver that has won races in the sports biggest three series this year, backs that up,” said Hillenburg. “We are very honored that Kevin accepted and with him making an all night trip to get back from Phoenix really shows how much he cares about the fans.”

Carolina 200 race weekend kicks off on Friday April 17th with Thunderfest in downtown Rockingham from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. There will be a hauler parade through downtown Rockingham at noon on Friday for the day-long celebration as well as most of the drivers signing autographs at 6:00 p.m.

On track activities begin Friday as well with UARA practice and qualifying. Saturday April 18th will feature the UARA race and practice and qualifying for the ARCA cars. The Carolina 200 is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Sunday April 19th.