Pocono II: Kevin Harvick preview

Harvick Looking to Carry Momentum back to Pocono While Balancing Historic Double Duty Weekend HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (July 18, 2006) -- GM Goodwrench driver Kevin Harvick, along with seven other NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series competitors, will again race...

Harvick Looking to Carry Momentum back to Pocono While Balancing Historic Double Duty Weekend

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (July 18, 2006) -- GM Goodwrench driver Kevin Harvick, along with seven other NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series competitors, will again race in two places in two days this weekend. But one thing makes this double-duty effort slightly different from the others they have participated in thus far. Not only will they be a part of their regularly-scheduled Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, but they'll be a part a bit of NASCAR Busch Series history at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday. This is the first Busch event to be held there since October 1994, and in preparation, Harvick will also fit in a testing session on Thursday at Martinsville before flying to Pocono.

"Martinsville is one of those places where the Busch Series hasn't gone in a number of years. It used to be one of the backbones of the series and now it is coming back on the schedule," said Harvick of Martinsville. "It will be a good race for the Busch cars. I think a lot of the guys have probably raced their late-models, trucks, or Cup cars there, or whatever the case may be around Martinsville. We have the open test day the day before we go in on Thursday, so everybody is going to get to make a lot of laps and should be used to it by the time the race rolls around."

Harvick heads to Pocono Raceway coming off two solid back-to-back top-five finishes at Chicagoland and New Hampshire. He's moved up one position to eighth in the Cup Series points standings where only 70 markers separate him from his RCR teammate Jeff Burton (third). Burton started seven spots ahead of Harvick at Pocono in June and went on to finish four positions ahead of his RCR teammate. Harvick and the No. 29 GM Goodwrench/Reese's team plan to lean on their teammate a little bit this weekend in hopes of continuing their climb in the points standings.

"The biggest thing is that we are going back just like the No. 31 was last time we were there," added Harvick. "That's the advantage of having teammates that run good. I think with Jeff running good last time we will take back a car that is very similar to his balance wise, aerodynamically and probably just run everything like they ran it in the last race. It should be good for us."

Points of Interest...

Track Stat... Kevin Harvick has 11 Cup Series starts at Pocono Raceway. Of those 11 starts, he has compiled a record of three top-10 finishes. He finished sixth in this race a year ago and 13th in June. Although, Harvick has yet to win a race at Pocono, he has been running at the finish in all but two races.

Avg. Start/Avg. Finish... Kevin Harvick's average starting position at Pocono Raceway is 18.7, with his best start of sixth coming in 2001 (went on to finish 20th). He qualified 12th at the 2.5-mile tri-oval in June. Harvick's average finishing position is 17.8, with his best finish of sixth coming in 2002 and 2005.

Chase for the NEXTEL Cup... Kevin Harvick finished fifth at New Hampshire International Speedway, giving him his seventh top-five finish and 10th top-10 finish for the year. He climbed up one position to eighth in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series points standings, now 381 markers out of the lead. Only 70 points separate Jeff Burton in third place from his RCR teammate, Harvick, in eighth place.

Runnin It... Harvick will be behind the wheel of chassis No. 134 this weekend. This chassis was used at Chicagoland Speedway two weeks ago and carried Harvick to a fourth place finish after leading for 37 laps. It made six starts in last year, with a best finish of fifth coming at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March.

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Did you know....

Start time... On Sunday July 23rd, the running of the Pennsylvania 500 is set to begin at 1:30 p.m. EDT on TNT. If you can't catch the race on TV, it can be heard on your local MRN Radio affiliate and XM Satellite Radio -- Channel 144 starting at the same time. Remember to check your local listings as dates and times of the race may change.

No. 29 GM Goodwrench driver Kevin Harvick on Pocono Raceway and double-duty...

What do you think about racing at the same place twice in less than a month?

"Why we would race at the same place a month apart is beyond me. It is what it is and hopefully going forward they can at least spread it out. Or put another race in there somewhere that we can go to, to spread the series out somewhere else."

What part of Pocono is the trickiest for you to get accustomed to?

"For me, the most important part is turn three. To be able to get into the corner and roll through the center well so you can get back to the gas as quickly as you can. Getting down that straight-a-way coming off of turn three is key."

How much of an advantage do you think the Cup regulars will have at Martinsville?

"I think a lot of the guys that are in the Busch Series have grown up racing short-tracks and have grown up on the East Coast racing late models at Martinsville, so I don't think it is going to be as big of an advantage as if it were a road course like Watkins Glen or something like that."

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Burton , Kevin Harvick