"Pikes Peak is one of my three or four favorite tracks. It's a driver's track. You can run low, you can run the middle and you can run high. You can really race for positions on it. The racetrack wears out the tires quickly so you have to...
"Pikes Peak is one of my three or four favorite tracks. It's a driver's track. You can run low, you can run the middle and you can run high. You can really race for positions on it. The racetrack wears out the tires quickly so you have to manage the tire wear and try to stay competitive as the lap times fall off."
Kevin Harvick will be appearing at Pikes Peak only on Saturday, therefore, RCR has acquired the services of Ed Berrier to practice and qualify the car on Friday while Harvick practices and qualifies the No. 29 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Chevrolet at Pocono.
Harvick will have to start in the back of the field at Pikes Peak, but he's up to the challenge.
"We should be ok," Harvick says. "Ed and I are similar enough in our driving styles that we can get pretty close with the car on Friday. I have a ton of confidence in Todd Berrier (crew chief of the ACDelco No. 2) I'm just going to stay patient as I try to work my way towards the front. Our first objective is to finish the race. If we can get a top 10 or top five out of it, that would be OK. If we have a car that could have a shot at the win, then we're going to go for it."
"We had a decent run going last time at Pocono, but we missed the setup a little. We had a top 10 car but we finished 15th because we ran out of fuel. There's a big difference between a top 10 and a top five there so we're going to focus on fine tuning the chassis. We definitely have some things to try. It's such a unique racetrack and I really like the configuration. It requires the driver to be alert and ready for anything. There's hard braking and shifting, it's a lot of fun."
"It's going to take a lot of patience and you have to be smooth because it's hard on equipment especially the brakes and transmissions."
* Harvick is the only driver in modern NASCAR history to attempt to compete in every Winston Cup and Busch Series event in the same season. All told, at the end of the season, Harvick will have competed in 70 races, every race on both schedules except for the Daytona 500 and he will compete in one Truck race at Richmond.
* Last weekend's win at St. Louis on Saturday and Sunday's eighth place finish at Loudon, was the best weekend in terms of finishes in both races of any of the Double-Duty weekends. <pre>
Kevin Harvick's Pikes Peak/Pocono Schedule Thursday, July 26th 5:00 p.m. Fly to Pocono with No. 29 team
Friday, July 27th 11:30 am-2:30 p.m. Winston Cup Practice at Pocono 3:05 p.m. Winston Cup Qualifying at Pocono 5:00 p.m. Depart from Allentown, PA Jetport for Colorado Springs, CO, Jet Center 7:00 pm (MT) Arrive in Colorado Springs
Saturday, July 28th 11:30 am Busch Drivers Meeting 1:00 p.m. Drivers Introductions 1:30 p.m. Busch Race at Pikes Peak International Raceway Depart from Colorado Springs to Allentown immediately after race
Sunday, July 29th 11:00 am Cup Drivers Meeting 12:30 p.m. Drivers Introductions 1:00 p.m. Pennsylvania 500
Kevin Harvick will be logging more laps and miles, by far, than any other NASCAR driver this season. Here is the total to date. Busch Cup Daytona 300 miles --- Rockingham 200.94 miles 399.84 miles Las Vegas 298.5 miles 400.5 miles Atlanta 311.08 miles 500.5 miles Darlington 201.39 miles 401.41 miles Bristol 132.5 miles 265miles Texas 300 miles 501 miles Martinsville ---- 240.62 miles Nashville 299.25 miles ---- Talladega 170.24 miles 497.42 miles California 300 miles 500 miles Richmond 187.5 miles 299.25 miles Loudon 212miles ---- The Winston ---- 28.5 miles Nazareth 200 miles ---- Charlotte 297 miles 600 miles Dover 200 miles 400 miles Michigan ---- 400 miles Kentucky 300 miles ---- Pocono ----- 497.5 miles Sears Point ---- 224 miles Milwaukee 250 miles ---- Daytona ---- 400 miles Watkins Glen 201 miles ---- Chicago 289.5 miles 400 miles St. Louis 250 miles ---- Loudon ---- 317.4 miles
SUB TOTAL 4,900.9 miles 7,272.94 miles
GRAND TOTAL Harvick has run 12,173.84 miles this season in both the Winston Cup and Busch Series.
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