Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series star Kevin Harvick and his company KHI Management announced on Wednesday the 2019 bonuses will return to the SK Modified division at Stafford Motor Speedway.
The program began in 2018 where the bonuses were $125 per week. For this season, they will double as they will go up to $250 a week.
“The program we pulled together with the team at Stafford last year was a lot of fun,” explained Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford in a news release. “I enjoyed keeping tabs on the results up at Stafford and we are excited to be back again in 2019. This year we decided to double the bonus, $250 for the leader on lap 13 and $250 for the 13th place finisher.”
The program started in 2018 in honor of Ted Christopher. Christopher is the all-time winningest driver at Stafford Motor Speedway with 131 wins Christopher passed away in September 2017.
“Kevin gets it, he cut his teeth on the short tracks of the West,” explained Paul Arute of Stafford Speedway in a news release. “The path to the top of the sport has changed in the last 20 years but short tracks are still here, the weekly racer still exists, and we are thankful that one of the top drivers in the sport recognizes that. The racing in the SK Modified® division is second to none and our drivers are sensational talents, throwing an additional $500 bonus into the mix just turns up the intensity on our weekly racing. A big thank you to Kevin and KHI Management.”
The first year of the program saw 21 different drivers take down the lap 13 bonus along with 18 different drivers taking down the 13th place finisher bonus.
“Everyone here at KHI Management knows the importance of short track racing in our sport and understand every dollar we can give back to the weekly racer helps,” continued Harvick. “We’re glad we can play a small part in the weekly program at Stafford. Good luck to all the drivers at Stafford in 2019, we’ll be keeping an eye on those results.”
The NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler will kick off the 2019 season at Stafford Motor Speedway on Friday through Sunday, April 26-28.