BUSCH: Harvick Dover II preview

HARVICK ON DOVER: "I have a lot of found memories of Dover because that's where I won my first career Pole (in Busch) in June last year. We've always seem to run well there and we did really well this past June (third in Busch, eighth in...

HARVICK ON DOVER: "I have a lot of found memories of Dover because that's where I won my first career Pole (in Busch) in June last year. We've always seem to run well there and we did really well this past June (third in Busch, eighth in Winston Cup). The groove spreads out during the Winston Cup race as the rubber builds up on the track. You can run two or three wide and really race."

ANY THEORIES ON WHY YOU HAVE SO MUCH SUCCESS ON HIGH-BANKED, CONCRETE TRACKS SUCH AS DOVER AND BRISTOL? "I'm not really sure other than it takes a special feel that I think I have over some of the other race tracks we go to. Some of it might be confidence as well. I feel more comfortable going to these types of tracks than most and that's a great feeling going into the weekend. It usually translates, with a little luck, into a good performance."

FIRST WEEKEND OFF: With the postponement of Loudon last week, Kevin Harvick, the hardest working driver in NASCAR this season, had the weekend off for the first time since before Daytona in February. While the other Winston Cup competitors have enjoyed three weekends off, Harvick competed in Busch races at Nashville, Loudon and Milwaukee. Harvick spent the weekend in Florida with his wife DeLana.

GOODWRENCH CAR: Harvick will be competing in RCR chassis #60 at Dover. This was the car he drove at Rockingham, his first Winston Cup race. It was also the car that Dale Earnhardt won Atlanta with last year. In addition to Rockingham, Harvick raced it this year at both Bristol races and the first Dover.

POINTS RACES

2Winston Cup-Harvick climbed to eighth place in Winston Cup points standings after his second place finish at Richmond two weeks ago.

* The second place finish was Harvick's third second place finish of the season, and second in three weeks of competition.

* This is the first time all season that Harvick has occupied in the eighth spot in the standings. He has been seventh on three occasions and ninth seven times.

* Harvick is 14 points behind seventh place Dale Earnhardt Jr. and just 126-points in arrears of fourth place Tony Stewart with one less start.

WINSTO CUP{TB} ROOKIE POINTS Harvick owns a commanding lead over Kurt Busch in the Rookie of the Year race. 1. Kevin Harvick 280 2. Kurt Busch 216 3. Casey Atwood 191 4. Ron Hornaday 176 5. Jason Leffler 176 6. Andy Houston 134

* Harvick took the lead in the Rookie of the Year race after only his third start this season when he captured his first career victory in Atlanta in March. * Harvick relinquished the lead to Kurt Busch after California, but grabbed it right back after Richmond in the Spring. He has not given it up since.

BUSCH POINTS Harvick leads the Busch Series points standings by 274 points over second place Jason Keller. He has led the Busch points after 20 of the 26 races so far this year including the last 12 races since he reclaimed the top position after Dover in June. He has never dropped lower than third. 1. Kevin Harvick 3931 2. Jason Keller 3657 3. Jeff Green 3554 4. Greg Biffle 3529 5. Elton Sawyer 3269

* Harvick's season high points lead was 345 over Keller after Bristol in late August.

ACDELCO CAR FOR DOVER: Harvick will be competing in RCR Chassis #10 at Dover. It is the same car Harvick finished third with at Dover in the Busch race last June.

* Chassis No. 10 was wrecked at Kentucky shortly after the Dover race when Mike Bliss was practicing the car while Harvick was in Pocono practicing the No. 29 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Chevrolet. The ACDelco team has rebuilt it and it's ready for action.

-RCR

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