Atlanta: Kevin Harvick preview

* This Week's Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet at Atlanta Motor Speedway ... Kevin Harvick will pilot Chassis No. 288 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet scored a runner-up finish two...

* This Week's Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet at Atlanta Motor Speedway ... Kevin Harvick will pilot Chassis No. 288 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet scored a runner-up finish two weeks ago at Auto Club Speedway. Harvick also raced this chassis three times in the latter part of the 2009 season, finishing 18th at Charlotte Motor Speedway, fifth at Texas Motor Speedway and third at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

* Career Stats ... The Kobalt Tools 500 marks Harvick's 326th career start in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. In 18 Sprint Cup Series starts at the 1.54-mile oval, Harvick has claimed one victory, four top-five and five top-10 finishes. In addition, the Shell-Pennzoil driver has completed 97.3 percent (5,625 of 5,782) total laps and has led at least one lap in six Atlanta starts for a total of 136 laps.

* It Didn't Take Long ... Harvick's lone Cup win at Atlanta came in just his third ever start in NASCAR's top series. Harvick won the 2001 Cracker Barrel 500 in a photo finish over Jeff Gordon, securing the emotional victory by .006 seconds, the fifth-closest finish in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history.

* Happy Harvick in Atlanta ... Viewed as one of his favorite tracks, Harvick enjoyed quite a bit of success last year at Atlanta Motor Speedway. In the spring race, Harvick finished fourth, and he improved that result by two in the fall AMS event, leading 66 laps and finishing second.

* Passing Grade ... Last weekend in Las Vegas, the No. 29 Shell-Pennzoil team's performance was awarded the O'Reilly Auto Parts Position Improvement Award. Harvick started the race 34th and improved his finish by 32 positions, finishing second behind Jimmie Johnson.

* Kevin's Krew ... As part of a continued outreach program with Shell Oil Company, Harvick will visit with a group of at-risk children, called "Kevin's Krew," just before Sunday's race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The children will take part in various activities, including meeting their favorite driver near the Victory Lane area just prior to driver introductions and before watching the Kobalt Tools 500 from the stands. This is the third year that Shell, Harvick and RCR have been involved with the effort, and there will be a total of 10 "Kevin's Krew" events during the 2010 season.

* Winner, Winner ... In addition to his Cup victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Harvick also owns one Nationwide Series victory at AMS when he claimed the Degree V12 300 Nationwide race last year. In addition, Harvick has made one career Camping World Truck Series start at AMS, dominating last year's event by leading 68 laps and finishing in second place.

* Double Dip in Atlanta ... In addition to his driving duties with the No. 29 Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet, Harvick will drive Kevin Harvick Incorporated's No. 2 Chevrolet Silverado in the Mar. 6 E-Z-Go 200 Camping World Truck Series event. The race will air live on SPEED beginning at 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The race will also be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and Sirius Satellite Radio.

KEVIN HARVICK:

In the spring race last year at Atlanta, you started 10th and finished fourth. You had a solid afternoon. Tell us about why you like Atlanta so much?

"Atlanta, over the last few years, has just been one of those places that seem to fit everything that we do. We have had chances to win there, whether it's been in a truck, a Nationwide car or our Shell-Pennzoil car, we have had a chance to win there in anything the last few years. So, hopefully, nothing has changed. Atlanta has just always been really good to us."

In last year's fall race, you were the runner up and led a lot of laps. Does that give you that much more confidence at that track?

"Yes. We go there expecting to be in contention for the win, and anything short of that will be a disappointment."

There was another tire test at Atlanta over the winter. Why do you think they continue to test tire compounds at Atlanta?

"In my opinion, they have the tire tests at the wrong time of the year. At those types of race tracks, you need to have the tire tests when the weather is going to be closer to what it will actually be for the race. And, you need to have it when there is a bunch of rubber on the race track because they get some false indications of where the tires need to be because the track is green. The tires react very differently under those circumstances."

-source: rcr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Kevin Harvick
Teams Richard Childress Racing