BUSCH: Harvick hopes to be the lone star in Texas

HARVICK'S THOUGHTS ON TEXAS "Texas is Todd's (Berrier, crew chief) track. The guys really like the track too. The team always ran well in the Trucks and we ran well there in the Busch car. The only thing that we have to do this year is keep it...

HARVICK'S THOUGHTS ON TEXAS
"Texas is Todd's (Berrier, crew chief) track. The guys really like the track too. The team always ran well in the Trucks and we ran well there in the Busch car. The only thing that we have to do this year is keep it full of gas."

"It's a fun racetrack. It should be a little different with the new motor package this year. Handling will be important. You can have all the horsepower, but if your car won't handle it's going to be a long day. We had a good car there last year, and we had a shot at winning the race. But, we ran out of gas and finished ninth instead. We're going to unload with a setup similar to what we had last year and go from there. That should give us a good starting point in practice."

LAST YEAR AT TEXAS
Kevin Harvick started fourth for the Albertson's 300 at Texas, April 1st of last year. It was his third top 10 starting spot and second top five in the first seven races of 2000. Harvick led the race on two different occasions including laps 3 through 39; and laps 56 through 85 for a total of 67 laps. The performance helped him capture the Gatorade Front Runner Award and the five bonus points for leading the most laps of any competitor. The car ran out of fuel under a green flag situation and that put the team behind as Harvick went down a lap to the leaders. He was able to regain his lap and complete all 200 laps. He finished ninth and captured the Rookie of the Race award for the first of 11 times that season which awards the highest finishing rookie.

LAST WEEK AT BRISTOL
Harvick qualified on the Bud Pole for the first time this season at Bristol, equaling his pole-winning performance of August of 2000 when he drove onto victory in one of the most dominating performances of the year.

This year was more of the same in qualifying and through most of the race. He seized the lead early and led for laps 1-69 and then again from laps 149-165. Misfortune struck shortly thereafter on the restart on lap 171. Harvick was blackflagged for apparently jumping the restart where he passed the leader Randy LaJoie. The team didn't like the call given they had the best car that day, but he was assessed a stop and go penalty which put him back in the field. He drove all the way up to 7th by the time of the drop of the green flag to register won of his most resilient, skillful and patient runs of the '01 season.

TEXAS CAR
Harvick will be competing in RCR chassis No. 002 at Texas, it was the same car that they ran there last year to a ninth place finish.

PUSH TO THE POINTS LEAD
Harvick grabbed the points lead from Jeff Green after Bristol as he moved up two spots after Green finished 38th. It is the second time this season that Harvick has led the points. The first time, he captured the points lead after finishing second at Rockingham. He held it for two races before surrendering it after Atlanta.

"That's ideally where we want to be at the end of the season, the top of the points," Harvick said. "It looks like it's going to be close all year long. We're going to concentrate on being consistent, taking as much as we can get at every racetrack and try to win a few races along the way." <pre> Busch Series Points 1. Kevin Harvick 912 2. Jason Keller 891 3. Jeff Green 856 4. Greg Biffle 825 5. Mike McLaughlin 818

Harvick's Texas NASCAR Busch Stats Date Start Finish Laps Laps Led Status Money Points 4/1/00 4th 9th 200/200 67 Running $24,975 148 </pre> HARVICK IN THE TRUCKS
Harvick has made three starts in the NASCAR Truck Series, two in the No. 98 truck and one in the No. 75 Chevrolet. <pre> Harvick's Texas NASCAR Truck Series Stats Date Start Finish Laps Laps Led Status Money Points 10/15/99 16th 20th 123/125 0 Running $9,190 103 6/11/99 20th 24th 135/179 0 Overheating $10,400 91 6/5/98 21st 4th 167/167 3 Running $19,600 160

-T. Kirk Lowry

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jason Keller , Kevin Harvick , Greg Biffle , Jeff Green , Mike McLaughlin