â€¢ Simple Math: If 33 Gains 32 Then 21 Is The Series Champion Making His Point(s): Harvick Can Clinch By Gaining 32 On Second DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 10) -- The task description is an easy one, but the task at hand certainly is not. Kevin...
• Simple Math: If 33 Gains 32 Then 21 Is The Series Champion
Making His Point(s): Harvick Can Clinch By Gaining 32 On Second
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 10) -- The task description is an easy one, but the task at hand certainly is not.
Kevin Harvick (No. 33 Dollar General Chevrolet) is poised to capture his second NASCAR Busch Series championship and complete the first step in his quest to become the only driver to claim titles in the NASCAR Busch Series and in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series in the same season.
He needs to gain 32 points on second place -- currently held by Carl Edwards (No. 60 Henkel/Ducktape Ford) -- Friday night at Lowe's Motor Speedway to accomplish that goal.
But the 2001 champion will have to show his mettle in order to become the fastest driver to win a series crown.
Harvick will drive his own Kevin Harvick Inc. Chevrolet in the event, only the fourth time this season he's been in that car and the fifth time this year he's been out of the No. 21 U.S. Coast Guard Chevrolet. His Richard Childress Racing teammate Jeff Burton will drive the car that can also claim a third series owner title for Richard Childress, also with a 32-point gain on second place in that category.
Harvick has led the point stadings since the second race of the season. On average, he has gained 45.5 points on second place in the championship rankings per race in the 18 events when he drove the No. 21 Chevy and also increased his lead on second place.
In the No. 33 car, however, Harvick gained only 4.5 points on average in the two races where he finished ahead of his closest pursuer in the point standings and also had a 30-point loss to the second-place driver in the championship standings following the March race at Atlanta.
Harvick has two Busch Poles at LMS, but has not won a race at the 1.5-mile track. In his 11 previous starts -- all for RCR -- he has two top fives and six top-10 finishes.
"It is exciting just to have the opportunity to race for both [titles]," Harvick said. "I think it is rewarding for the teams and myself. Just to be able to be in the position to run for both was what we set out to do in the beginning of the year."