DENVER, N.C. (Feb. 11, 2019) -- Longtime NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) veteran Mike Harmon will return for the 2019 season, marking his 19th year in NASCAR’s second-tier national series. Harmon’s first start in the series came in 1998 at South Boston Speedway.
Harmon, who recently turned 61 last month, plans to run the full NXS schedule by virtue of new sponsors and resources.
“As many know, it takes sponsorship to compete,” said Mike Harmon, team principal and driver of the No. 74. “Our team has worked very hard during the off-season to secure new and returning sponsors and I’m very confident of our abilities to compete this year.”
Harmon and the Denver, North Carolina-based team spent the off-season clearing out the shop of outdated cars and parts and securing newer equipment, including a composite body Chevrolet Camaro.
Harmon’s season will start this weekend at the Daytona International Speedway for the NASCAR Racing Experience 300. Represented on board the No. 74 machine will be a variety of sponsors.
Air One Heating and Cooling will serve as the primary sponsor with Team Room Design, Perseverance Survival, Freedom Customization, Veterans For Child Rescue and Smitty’s Beard Sauce also located on the car.
“We are excited to welcome back some returning sponsors from last year as well as welcome new ones to the MHR team,” remarked Harmon.
The NASCAR Racing Experience 300 will be broadcast live on FS1 beginning at 2:30 p.m., ET on Saturday, February 16.
About Mike Harmon Racing
With more than 250 starts across the NASCAR Xfinity Series, Gander Outdoors Truck Series and ARCA Menards Series, MHR continues to expand that number as the team goes into its 19th year in the NXS. The team is based in Denver, North Carolina. Connect with MHR on Twitter (@hrmn8ter) and Facebook (Mike Harmon Racing).
About Air One Heating and Cooling
Air One Heating and Cooling is owned by John Bruce and Brian Milligan of Ormond Beach. Their mission is to offer quality and technologically advanced HVAC, mechanical design, equipment, training, maintenance and service throughout the Southeastern United States. Most importantly, they strive to create an experience and product that makes their services user friendly, accessible and affordable to the community, home owners, businesses, first responders, as well as active and retired military. Their strengths expound throughout the corporation. Their combined knowledge of 40 plus years in all things HVAC, building automation, technology, construction, and customer service proves to be a driving force. Their extensive military and first responder knowledge creates a unique discipline that leaves no stone, opportunity or problem unturned. The two combined sets them apart and offers their partners and customers an unprecedented experience that leaves them with the power to fully understand and utilize their product, and establish a state-of-the-art home or business. For more information, please visit aironeheatandcool.com.
About Team Room Designs
Team Room Designs is a Special Forces-owned business. It focuses on providing short bach promotional items and heirloom gifts: custom built flags, custom drinkware, humidors, and games with quality service. They create American made, hand-crafted one-of-a-kind legacy gifts and promotional items that will allow customers to remember the brand and product. Heirloom items for families to remember the sacrifices of their loved ones to this great country. For more information, please visit teamroomdesignsllc.com.
About Perseverance Survival
Perseverance Survival supplies gear and training for survival, lock picking, illegal detention such as kidnappings or hostage situations and emergency preparedness on an individual, group or corporate level. They also offer individual items for your Every Day Carry (EDC) kit, Escape and Evasion (E&E) kit, and Survival Kit. Made in America by Top Knives, Perseverance Survival also has a custom made knife. For more information, please visit perseverancesurvival.com.
About Freedom Customization
Freedom Customization is a veteran owned and operated small business that specializes in custom designs including engraving, custom flags, and handmade gifts. For more information, please visit freedomcustomization.com.
About Veterans For Child Rescue
Veterans For Child Rescue is a non-profit organization founded in 2017 by Craig “Sawman” Sawyer to raise awareness to Child Trafficking and the exploitation of children. They work with education partners in schools, churches and communities and supports law enforcement with training and resources to help improve capabilities. For more information, please visit vets4childrescue.org.
About Smitty's Beard Sauce
Veteran owned and operated, Smitty’s Beard Sauce creates handcrafted BBQ sauces with a multitude of flavors. SBS is based in Tennessee and can be found in many Scheels locations as well as on the SBS website. For more information, please visit smittysbeardsauce.com.
DENVER, N.C. (Nov. 13, 2018) – As the 2018 NASCAR season comes to a close this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Mike Harmon Racing will have a different driver piloting the No. 74 for the Ford Ecoboost 300. Tim Viens will once again return to the team to drive the Chevy Camaro with support from Sunshine Plumbing Supply, American Water Heater and RaceDaySponsor.com.
Viens has one start in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) and four NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) starts. His sole NXS start was at the 1.5-mile Homestead, FL track in 2015 where he started 40th and finished 33rd – driving for Mike Harmon.
“I am very excited to be racing in the No. 74 with Mike Harmon Racing at Homestead for the last race of the season, Viens said. “Mike and myself have worked together for several years and it's a fun way to cap off the season. I would like to thank Sunshine Plumbing Supply, American Water Heater, and RaceDaySponsor.com for coming on board this week to help us out.”
Also on board the No. 74 car is Paws of War. Paws of War is a non-profit organization that provides service dogs & training to veterans that suffer from the emotional effects of war at no cost. Since its inception in 2014, the organization has rescued more than 450 dogs and supported over 100 veterans. Paws of War is funded entirely by private contributions.
“Looking forward to happiness and success for all involved and most importantly the veterans and pets that we can save," stated veteran Jack Hartnett.
To learn more about the Paws of War organization and how you can get involved, visit PawsofWar.org.
Catch the final race of the season on Saturday, November 17, at 3:30PM ET on NBCSN and MRN Radio.
DENVER, N.C. (Nov. 6, 2018) – Continuing the fight to extinguish domestic minor child trafficking, Mike Harmon Racing is proud to continue their partnership with Veterans For Child Rescue at ISM Raceway on Saturday, November 10, 2018 in Avondale, Arizona. The V4CR logo will be displayed on the hood and sides of the No. 74 Camaro.
The partnership began last month at Dover International Speedway where the non-profit organization made their NASCAR debut, as a sponsor of the No. 74 team. Harmon has 16 NXS starts at the 1-mile track, with a best finish of 27th.
“All of us at V4CR are excited to be back with Mike Harmon Racing for this Veterans Day weekend celebration, said Craig Sawyer, founder of V4CR. “It is an absolute honor to have our V4CR Eagle flying on the hood of the MHR/V4CR Chevrolet and be a part of NASCAR’s Veterans Day tribute.”
The organization has grown from 260 volunteers in May, to over 1,500 in just the last six months, spanning across 49 states. To learn how you can get involved, visit vets4childrescue.org.
Also in attendance with the MHR team this weekend at ISM Raceway will be Hank Robinson, owner of Hanro Engraving Studios. To view his astonishing work and learn more about his services, visit hanrostudios.com.
The Whelen Trusted to Perform 200 will take place at 3:30pm ET on Nov. 10. The race will be televised on NBC and broadcast on MRN.
Mike Harmon, driver No. 74 Veterans For Child Rescue team
“All of us at Mike Harmon Racing are looking forward to taking to the track in Phoenix this week with the No. 74 Veterans 4 Child Rescue Chevy Camaro. We are very fortunate to have Craig Sawyer and members of his V4CR team in attendance with us. Our partnership is more than just a logo on a car, we stand behind V4CR in their mission to end child trafficking in the United States, to bring awareness, not only to the race community but the entire nation in as whole. The protection of our children can not go unnoticed or scrapped under the rug, we must protect our children, our youth, our communities to the fullest! God bless the men and women within V4CR for doing such.”
DENVER, N.C. (Oct. 23, 2018) – Mike Harmon and the Journey Home Project/Shadow Warriors Project team finished 28th in Saturday’s Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway, adding an 8th top-30 finish to the 23 NASCAR Xfinity Series races the team has competed in this season. The finish also makes a pair of 28th-place finishes for Harmon at the Kansas City track in the NXS.
It wasn’t an easy task though – the team was able to overcome numerous obstacles. Heading into the weekend, the team felt added pressure to perform well, considering there would be extra cars attempting to make the 40-car field. During his qualifying run, Harmon made minimal contact with the wall and battled over-heating issues, but fortunately made the field and would go on to take the green flag from the 38th position.
He was able to wheel the No. 74 Camaro through multiple incidents, including a multi-car crash that took place on the first lap of the 200-lap event on the 1.5-mile track, until a brake rotor from the remaining debris damaged Harmon’s radiator, forcing him behind the wall in just the first Stage of the event. The team didn’t have a backup radiator at the track this weekend, leaving them to borrow one from another team.
Once the No. 74 team resolved the issue, Harmon rejoined the field, 54 laps down. At the end of Stage Two, he was scored in the 31st position. During the Stage break, Harmon brought the No. 74 down pit road to the attention of the pit crew for four Goodyear tires, Sunoco fuel, and a track-bar adjustment.
With 40 laps to go, Harmon was up to the 29th position, taking advantage of the other cars that were more laps down. He then gained another position, moving him up to 28th. Adversity struck again, this time with 4 laps remaining in the event when Harmon radioed to his team that he felt a vibration and thought he had a tire going down. Crew chief Tim Goulet called Harmon to pit road to change the tire. Once he was back out on the track, the white flag was in the air and he would retain the 28th spot.
Throughout all of the unpropitious circumstances the team faced, they remained focused and determined, allowing them work through the issues.
“The members who make up MHR all are very determined individuals. Through all the adversities that were placed before us at Kansas, we came together to overcome and finished the race. This team never gives up, even in the hardest of times. Thanks to all of the people that helped make this weekend possible,” stated Matthew Kempf, mechanic/pit crew member on the No. 74 team.
The NXS will be back in action on Saturday, Nov. 3 at Texas Motor Speedway. The race will be broadcasted on NBCSN at 4:30pm ET.
Mike Harmon, driver No. 74 Journey Home Project/Shadow Warriors team:
“Kansas was a hectic weekend to say the least. From the issues in qualifying, to the race when debris damaged our radiator and sent us behind the wall. Once we got back out on track, we were many laps down but fortunately, we were able to finish 28th. We’ll take that and move on to Texas. I can’t thank my guys enough for all their hard work. They were faced with issues and did a great job working through them.”
DENVER, N.C. (August 29, 2018) - Veterans For Child Rescue (V4CR) is set to make their NASCAR debut in a dual sponsorship with the No. 74 Mike Harmon Racing NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams. Founded by Craig “Sawman” Sawyer, the V4CR organization will debut in the NASCAR Xfinity Series on Oct. 6 at Dover International Speedway followed by their NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at Martinsville Speedway on Oct. 27.
The V4CR organization was founded in April 2017 by Veteran Navy Seal DEVGRU sniper Craig Sawyer to raise awareness for child trafficking and the exploitation of children. V4CR works with education partners in schools, churches and communities and supports law enforcement with training and resources to help improve capabilities.
Raised in Houston, Texas, Sawyer joined the the U.S. Marine Corps not long after high school. He then moved into the U.S. Navy for what would become a 13-year tenure as a U.S. Navy Seal. After combat action in Desert Storm, he served as a SEAL Sniper Instructor until being promoted to DEVGRU where he spent most of his tactical career. After serving in the Navy, he joined the Federal Air Marshal Service where he would remain for 5 years, reaching the management rank. Sawyer then went on to gain ample experience contracting in diverse combat zones, running tactical teams as well as protecting high-level U.S. Dignitaries. Since, he has transitioned into the film and television world starring in all 5 seasons of History channel's Top Shot as well as roles in multiple other shows such as Battleground: Rhino Wars. He was also a contributor in the documentary Sniper: Deadliest Missions.
“NASCAR has a rich history that Americans really appreciate. Even the word NASCAR evokes excitement and thoughts of the kind high-octane racing Americans have grown to love and enthusiastically follow. Beyond that, NASCAR fans are, at their very core, what America stands for. Our organization relies on you, the hardest working, best hearted, salt of the Earth people. Having our Veterans For Child Rescue logo placed on a MHR Xfinity and Truck Series with this level of exposure means Americans across the country will see our brand and know we're serious about gaining their support for our mission. It is our hope that, by raising awareness of child trafficking, that you, the fans and supporters of NASCAR will RISE UP and become part of the solution, which our country so desperately needs right now. Safeguarding children from predators is something everyone can agree upon and this type of promotion will help us carry out that mission. Everyone at Veterans For Child Rescue is energized at this opportunity and we can't wait to see the proud V4CR logo on the Mike Harmon Racing #74 NASCAR Xfinity and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series,” stated Craig "Sawman" Sawyer, President of Vets For Child Rescue.
Stand with America's Veterans and fight to end the exploitation of children by supporting this mission at www.Vets4ChildRescue.org and tune in to NBCSN on Oct. 6 to see V4CR debut in NASCAR.
“Everyone at Mike Harmon Racing is honored to partner with Veterans 4 Child Rescue. We stand with Craig and his incredible team of Veterans, Law Enforcement and many other agencies against child trafficking. The importance to get his organization out there by the resources we have is vital. We as parents and a society must not take this epidemic lightly! We must protect our children at every cost! We are grateful for V4CR for standing up and taking these predators down. This is way more than a partnership, this is coming together, building forces, and making that change,” said Mike Harmon, owner of Mike Harmon Racing.
For more information please visit Vets4ChildRescue.org and follow their social pages. Twitter: @Vets4ChildResQ @CraigRSawyer
Sources: Vets4ChildRescue.org, Craig Sawyer - Youtube, Veterans For Child Rescue - Youtube
Race 16: Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway
Track Info: 2.5-mile tri-oval
Race Format: 3 Stages: Stages ended on Laps 30/60/100
Race Winner: Kyle Larson
Mike Harmon and the No. 74 Mike Harmon Racing team earned their best finish since 2013 on Friday night, placing 21st in the Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway.
Harmon began the 250-mile event from 37th, after qualifying had to be canceled due to weather which resulted in the field being set per the NASCAR Rule Book.
Harmon was able to maneuver through two major incidents, overcome a loss of power and make several adjustments to ultimately bring home the fourth best result of his career in the No. 74 Journey Home Project / Horizon Transport Chevy.
In a crazy finish, Kyle Larson claimed the victory while Elliott Sadler finished second. Christopher Bell, Ryan Blaney and Kaz Grala rounded out the top five.
The No. 74 team carried the HELMINERON FIFTEEN Naval Squadron on the windshield banner.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series is back on track on July 13 at Kentucky Speedway for the Alsco 300 (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN).
Wow, what a season it has been! Hard to believe we are already at Homestead for the season finale. I can’t even begin to imagine the amount of emotions that are going to be whirling around this weekend at the track. Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s last race, probably Matt Kenseth’s last, Danica Patrick’s last race as a full-time competitor in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) and 3 champions are going to be crowned. If that doesn’t take you on a emotional roller coaster, I don't know what will. To think how NASCAR has lost Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth and now Danica Patrick in a span of 3 years is kind of heart-rending to me.