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Harvick's Goals For Homestead - Win The Busch Race & Accumulate Points In Winston Cup With Kevin Harvick capturing the NASCAR Busch Series Championship last week at Rockingham by finishing fifth, he lifted a tremendous load off of his shoulders.

Harvick's Goals For Homestead - Win The Busch Race & Accumulate Points In Winston Cup

With Kevin Harvick capturing the NASCAR Busch Series Championship last week at Rockingham by finishing fifth, he lifted a tremendous load off of his shoulders. Needing to average a 25th place finish over the final two races, Harvick finished fifth at Rockingham while second place Jeff Green finished ninth. Harvick, therefore, clinched his first career championship in NASCAR's three major series.

"It's really gratifying," Harvick said. "Because so many people worked so hard this year to accomplish this and we had so many people saying that it couldn't be done.

THE HARDEST PART: "We thought the hardest part of this whole season would be July when we had nine races in eight different states in something like 29 days. But we were winning races. We won a couple of Busch races and the Cup race at Chicago. I think winning made that grind a lot easier. We really got lucky with the weather because we weren't sure we'd even be able to make all the races because of the weather (potential weather delays). Memphis-Martinsville was an example of that."

"But the hardest part of the season for us had to have been the last month. We struggled in September in the Busch car and we haven't run that well in the Cup car lately. That, with the pressure of the Busch Championship tightening up, got to be pretty tough. I think July would've been a lot harder if we weren't winning, but somehow winning makes things easier."

ACDELCO: CHAMPIONS AGAIN - Starting with Steve Park's NASCAR Busch Series Rookie of the Year award in 1997, ACDelco has known nothing but winners on the Busch Series. The following year in 1998, ACDelco captured the top spot in the series when Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the first of two consecutive championships. Early in 2000, Kevin Harvick was introduced to the ACDelco racing family and he did not disappoint.

Harvick improved steadily during his rookie campaign and wound up recording three wins at (St. Louis, Bristol and Memphis) and won two Bud Pole Awards at Dover and Bristol. He climbed his way through the point standings and set several rookie records on his way to a third place finish in the standings. He totaled eight top-fives and 16 top 10s and won $995,275 in prize won on his way to winning the Rookie of the Year honors.

In the year 2001, Harvick shifted his focus to chasing the championship. Even though Harvick assumed driving duties for the No. 29 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Chevrolet at Rockingham, he didn't miss a beat in the ACDelco Chevrolet.

HOMESTEAD: "I'm looking forward to Homestead for a couple of reasons. I'm looking forward to getting back on track with the Winston Cup car and really concentrate on running well. We don't have any pressure on us at all in the Busch car so we can afford to be aggressive and go for the win. Homestead is a tough place to get a hold of. It's really flat and we're running with a harder tire this year. So we're going to be sliding around quite a bit so your chassis is going to be key to being able to run up front. We probably are going to see a lot of single file racing." <pre> Harvick's Homestead Busch Stats Date Start Finish Laps Laps Led Status Money Points 11/2/00 27th 21st 198/200 0 Running $17,830 100

Harvick's Homestead Truck Stats Date Start Finish Laps Laps Led Status Money Points 3/20/99 9th 27th 87/172 0 Engine $8,850 82 4/4/98 31st 13th 167/167 0 Running $9,700 124

MILEAGE METER Here is Harvick's total miles run to date. Busch Cup Daytona 300 miles --- Rockingham 200.94 miles 399.84 miles Las Vegas 298.5 miles 400.5 miles Atlanta 311.08 miles 500.5 miles Darlington 201.39 miles 401.41 miles Bristol 132.5 miles 265miles Texas 300 miles 501 miles Martinsville ---- 240.62 miles Nashville 299.25 miles ---- Talladega 170.24 miles 497.42 miles California 300 miles 500 miles Richmond 187.5+150 miles (Truck) 300 miles Loudon 212miles ---- The Winston ---- 28.5 miles Nazareth 200 miles ---- Charlotte 297 miles 600 miles Dover 200 miles 400 miles Michigan ---- 400 miles Kentucky 300 miles ---- Pocono ----- 497.5 miles Sears Point ---- 224 miles Milwaukee 250 miles ---- Daytona ---- 400 miles Watkins Glen 201 miles ---- Chicago 289.5 miles 400 miles St. Louis 250 miles ---- Loudon ---- 317.4 miles Pikes Peak 250 miles ---- Pocono ---- 500 miles IRP 137.2 miles ---- Indy ---- 400 miles Watkins Glen ---- 220.5 miles Michigan 250 miles 250 miles Bristol 133.25 miles 266.5 miles Darlington 195 miles 490.3 miles Richmond 185.25 miles 300 miles Dover 199 miles 400 miles Kansas 190 miles 400.5 miles Charlotte 300 miles 501 miles Memphis 250 miles ---- Martinsville ---- 262.5 miles Talladega ---- 497.4 miles Phoenix 200 miles 312 miles Homestead 200.35 miles 396.63 miles

SUB TOTAL 7,540.95 miles 12,470.12 miles

GRAND TOTAL Harvick has run 20,011.07 miles this season in both the Winston Cup and Busch Series (includes one Truck race at Richmond).

* All told, Harvick will be running over 21,000 miles in races this season.

-RCR-

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