BUSCH: Harvick Bristol preview

The NASCAR Busch Series heads to Bristol Motor Speedway for the sixth points race of the season on Saturday, March 24th and is accompanied by NASCAR Winston Cup on Sunday. Kevin Harvick's last Busch Series victory came at Bristol last August with...

The NASCAR Busch Series heads to Bristol Motor Speedway for the sixth points race of the season on Saturday, March 24th and is accompanied by NASCAR Winston Cup on Sunday. Kevin Harvick's last Busch Series victory came at Bristol last August with a dominating performance.

Harvick qualified on the Bud Pole for the second of two time races last season and held the lead from the drop of the green flag until lap 77 when he pitted for tires and fuel. He surrendered the lead to Kyle Petty for nine laps, but regained it on lap 87 and did not give it back.

"All night I could ride as hard as I wanted to," Harvick said. "We had an awesome race car. It was flawless. I had no problems at all and that made for a pretty fun race."

"Most races I've seen at Bristol, when there's five laps to go, all heck breaks loose. When they said red flag I was a little worried because Jason's (Keller) car was pretty good there at the end. I thought if he got a good jump he could get me, but once I got going I was ok. He raced me hard and what a finish. It's Bristol. It was under the lights, it was intense and with five laps to go it was really exciting."

Harvick at Bristol in March 2000 - Harvick was unlucky at Bristol earlier in the year last season. He was caught up in a wreck on lap 215 of the 250-lap Cheez-It 250 that claimed 13th other cars. The damage to car put him 22 laps behind the leaders which translated to a 26th place finish.

Harvick on Bristol - "It's probably my favorite racetrack on the circuit. You're up on the wheel the entire 250 laps. You can't let your guard down for one second because something can happen in a fraction of a second that can ruin your day. The track is extremely fast with such high banks that your head almost hits the window net during cautions."

"The atmosphere is as intense as the racing. They pack well over a 100,000 people in there to watch the action on a half-mile bullring. It's about as much fun as a driver can have in a race car."

"A lot of people think that I'm crazy when I relate it to Bakersfield (Mesa Marin Raceway, his hometown track), but if they understand what it takes to get around that little track, they would understand what I am talking about. I'm not going to give away the secret, I'm just going to keep it to myself."

Third in Points: Harvick enters the race at Bristol third in the championship points behind Jeff Green and Jason Keller. Harvick is just 51 points behind the leader, Green.

Harvick will be competing in RCR chassis No. 8. It's the same car that he won the race in August of last year at Bristol. It was the second race win for the car in 2000. Harvick won at St. Louis earlier in the year with the same ACDelco car.

Kevin Harvick will be attempting to compete in every Winston Cup race remaining and every Busch Series event in the 2001. He will log more laps and miles than any other driver in NASCAR. Here is his lap and mile count to date: <pre> Busch Cup Daytona 120 laps/300 miles --- Rockingham 197 laps/200 miles 392 laps/400 miles Las Vegas 199 laps/298.5 miles 267 laps/400.5 miles Atlanta 202 laps/303 miles 325 laps/500.5 miles Darlington 147 laps/200 miles 367 laps/500 miles SUB TOTAL 865 laps/1,301.5 miles 1,351 laps/1801 miles GRAND TOTAL Harvick has completed 2216 laps and 3,102.5 miles this season in both the Winston Cup and Busch Series.

-HM

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jason Keller , Kyle Petty , Kevin Harvick , Jeff Green