* Harvick, Childress Officially Claim Series Driver, Owner Titles Saturday * Andretti, O'Quinn Jr. Take Raybestos Rookie Battle To Final Race * Kenny Wallace's Top-10 Streak Hangs In The Balance At Homestead-Miami Finally Official: Harvick,...
* Harvick, Childress Officially Claim Series Driver, Owner Titles Saturday
* Andretti, O'Quinn Jr. Take Raybestos Rookie Battle To Final Race
* Kenny Wallace's Top-10 Streak Hangs In The Balance At Homestead-Miami
Finally Official: Harvick, Childress On Center Stage Saturday
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 14) -- Kevin Harvick's (No. 21 U.S. Coast Guard Chevrolet) march to the NASCAR Busch Series championship effectively began following the second race of the season at California Speedway when he took over the standings lead.
Thirty-five races later -- having never surrendered that lead and after clinching the title with four races remaining, faster than any other driver -- Harvick can claim the 2006 title on Saturday at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Richard Childress, Harvick's team owner, also will be crowned the series owner champion for the third time. Titles aside, Harvick still has history-making goals to accomplish at the season finale.
One of two drivers competing full-time in both the NASCAR Busch Series and in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series who qualified for the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup -- Kyle Busch (No. 5 Lowe's Chevrolet) is the other -- Harvick can become the first driver in NASCAR history to win both series titles in the same season. He enters Sunday's Ford 400 in third place in the Chase, 90 points behind leader Jimmie Johnson.
The two-time champion also can tie the all-time mark for wins in a season with a Saturday victory. Sam Ard holds the record with 10 wins in 1983; Harvick enters this race with nine, now second all-time.
Wallace's Top-10 Streak, Rookie Race On The Line At Homestead
Kenny Wallace (No. 22 AutoZone Ford) doesn't know what it's like to finish outside the final top 10.
In his previous nine full-time seasons in the NASCAR Busch Series, Wallace has an average finish of fifth in the series standings. But entering Homestead, he needs help in order to keep that streak intact.
Wallace, who is scheduled to move to the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series next season, is 11th in the standings, 92 points behind 10th-place Reed Sorenson (No. 41 Discount Tire Co. Dodge). Sorenson is only 27 points behind Johnny Sauter (No. 00 Yellow Transportation Chevrolet) in the final battle for ninth.
The Raybestos Rookie of the Year competition also comes down to the final race for the second consecutive year. Carl Edwards (No. 60 Ameriquest Ford) narrowly won over Sorenson in 2005.
This is also the first time in the history of NASCAR's three national series that the rookie points have been deadlocked heading into the last event of the year.
John Andretti (No. 10 ppc Racing Ford) and Danny O'Quinn Jr. (No. 50 Stonebridge Life Ford) each have 199 points and literally need to save their best effort for last to claim the award, first won by Wallace in 1989.