HARVICK LOOKS TO KEEP EVERYTHING IN TUNE IN "MUSIC CITY" Tire Test Advantage Busch Series points leader Kevin Harvick is one of the very few NASCAR Busch Series drivers to have seen the new 1.33-mile oval east of Nashville, Tenn. The week after...
HARVICK LOOKS TO KEEP EVERYTHING IN TUNE IN "MUSIC CITY"
Tire Test Advantage
Busch Series points leader Kevin Harvick is one of the very few NASCAR Busch Series drivers to have seen the new 1.33-mile oval east of Nashville, Tenn. The week after Harvick's NASCAR Winston Cup win at Atlanta Motor Speedway in March, he participated in a tire test for Goodyear at Nashville Superspeedway with Richard Childress Racing teammate, Mike Dillon.
The laps he logged at Nashville give him valuable experience at a track that is new to the series.
"Whenever you get to run laps at an unfamiliar track," Harvick said, "it helps a great deal in terms of figuring out the line and finding a baseline setup. Mike (Dillon) ran the car the first day, Monday. And then I got in the car the second day. So we're going to Nashville with a lot of confidence. Todd (Berrier, crew chief) and I are really looking forward to following up our win at Texas a couple of weeks ago with another good run. The track is fast and smooth, just a beautiful facility."
Harvick's Record at 1-mile to 1.5-mile tracks
Some of Harvick's strongest runs have been at tracks in the 1-mile to 1.5-mile length. In addition to his win at Gateway International Raceway, the 1.25-mile track outside of St. Louis in July of last year, Harvick has performed well at the intermediate tracks. <pre> 2000 Intermediate Tracks Start Finish Texas 4th 9th Charlotte 39th 8th Dover 1st 6th Darlington 19th 10th Rockingham 22nd 10th </pre> This season has proved more of the same on the intermediate tracks. In addition to his win last race weekend at Texas, Harvick has finishes of eighth, eighth and second at Darlington, Atlanta, and Rockingham, respectively.
Lone Star in Texas
Harvick captured his first win of the season on the Busch Series, his fourth of his career, at Texas two weeks ago. He started seventh and was able to hold off a hard-charging Jeff Burton for his first win of the season in Busch. His first win last season as a rookie came in his 20th start at St. Louis. Texas was his seventh start of 2001. Harvick has built his lead in the Busch Series points to 115 over second place Jason Keller.
Stand Alone Event
This is the first Busch Series stand-alone event of the season. While the rest of the NASCAR Winston Cup competitors are enjoying their first weekend off of the season, Harvick is racing on Easter weekend at Nashville as he attempts to become the first driver ever to contend for both championships in the Busch and Winston Cup Series in the same season. Harvick drives the No. 29 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Chevrolet and leads the rookie points in Winston Cup.
Harvick will become even busier when he competes in both Cup and Busch on the same weekend at different venues. His first of those such events is the Nazareth-Winston weekend on May 18-20 where he will run the Winston all-star event at Charlotte on Saturday night and then hop on a plane to Nazareth, Pa., for the Busch race on Sunday.
Kevin Harvick will be logging more laps and miles, by far, than any other NASCAR driver this season. Here is the total to date. <pre> Busch Cup Daytona 300 miles --- Rockingham 200 miles 400 miles Las Vegas 298.5 miles 400.5 miles Atlanta 303 miles 500.5 miles Darlington 200 miles 500 miles Bristol 133.25 miles 266.5 miles Texas 300 miles 501 miles Martinsville ---- 238.8 miles
SUB TOTAL 1,734.75 miles 2,807.3 miles
GRAND TOTAL Harvick has run 4,542.05 miles this season in both the Winston Cup and Busch Series.