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Harvick Hopes To Come Up Big & Snag The Million Dollar Bonus At Talladega KEVIN HARVICK ON TALLADEGA: "It's a really exciting track for the fans. It's pretty exciting for the drivers too. You have to be aware of what's going on around you at...

Harvick Hopes To Come Up Big & Snag The Million Dollar Bonus At Talladega

KEVIN HARVICK ON TALLADEGA: "It's a really exciting track for the fans. It's pretty exciting for the drivers too. You have to be aware of what's going on around you at all times. Things happen really fast there and you have to be ready for anything. The problem is, a lot of times you don't have any control of what happens in front of you and before you know it, you're in the middle of it."

"A good strategy to take at Talladega is to run all the laps and put yourself in contention to make a push toward the front near the end. It's not as important to be up front early on because passing isn't difficult like it is at other tracks."

"It helps to have the breaks go your way. A lot of running well depends on picking the right line, having drafting partners and missing the big wreck. If you can do those things you should get a good finish."

NO-BULL FIVE: Harvick is eligible for the Winston No-Bull Five $1 million bonus this weekend at Talladega after finishing second to Ricky Rudd at Richmond in September. Harvick missed collecting his first ever $1 million bonus when he was passed by Rudd in the late going. So far in the No-Bull events Harvick has two second places finishes.

* Dale Earnhardt won the $1 million bonus last year at this event by winning by coming back from 18th place with four laps to go.

* It was the final victory of Earnhardt's career.

DONE WITH DOUBLE DUTY: Kevin Harvick successfully completed on unprecedented feat by running seven weekends of racing where he competed in both the Winston Cup and Busch races at different tracks on the same weekend.

Some weekends were close in proximity like Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IRP, but most were long hauls such as Pikes Peak (Colorado) and Pocono (PA), and St. Louis (MO) and Loudon (NH).

"We accomplished what we set out to do," Harvick said. "We were just trying to qualify for every race and start every race. We had so many things going against us, weather problems could have kept us from running all of those races. But we got lucky. We were especially lucky this weekend at how the weather worked out and we were able to run both Memphis and Martinsville.

"We got through the tough stretch in July where we ran nine races in eight states. We even built our lead in Busch and made a move in the points in Cup."

"It was a real success in my mind because we started every race that we set out to. And we even had some good finishes to show for it. I can't say enough about how RCR made this happen. They handled all the logistics like travel, and the teams took care of giving us competitive cars even though we didn't get to practice much."

The Double-Duty weekends (with highlights in bold) are:

1. The Winston, Winston Cup, May 19th (finished 21st) & Nazareth, Busch May 20th (2nd)
2. Kentucky Busch, June 16th (finished 1st) & Pocono, Winston Cup June 17th (finished 15th)
3. Daytona Winston Cup, July 7th (25th) & Watkins Glen, Busch, July 8th (3rd)
4. Gateway, Busch, July 21st (1st) & New Hampshire, Winston Cup, July 22nd (8th)
5. Pikes Peak, Busch, July 28th (3rd) & Pocono, Winston Cup, July 29th (20th)
6. IRP, Busch, August 4th (1st) & Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Winston Cup, August 5th (11th)
7. Memphis, Busch, October 14th (3rd) & Martinsville, Winston Cup, October 15th (22nd)

* At the completion of the season, Harvick will have competed in 70 races, every race on both schedules except for the Daytona 500 and he also competed in one Truck race at Richmond.

WINSTON CUP POINTS No. Starts
1. Jeff Gordon 4366 30
2. Ricky Rudd 4032 30
3. Sterling Marlin 3923 30
4. Dale Jarrett 3905 30
5. Tony Stewart 3873 30
6. Rusty Wallace 3789 30
7. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 3740 30
8. Kevin Harvick 3739 29
9. Bobby Labonte 3697 30
10. Jeff Burton 3519 30

* Harvick has one less start, 29, than everyone else in the top 10.
* Harvick is ahead of 18 other drivers in the Winston Cup points standings who have 30 starts

BUSCH SERIES POINTS
1. Kevin Harvick 4431
2. Jeff Green 4228
3. Jason Keller 4221
4. Greg Biffle 4032
5. Elton Sawyer 3737

* Harvick has led the Busch Series Points Standings for the last 16 consecutive weeks.
* He has led the Busch points after 24 of 30 races this season.
* His season high points lead was 345 points after Bristol.
* Harvick built his lead to 203 points over Jeff Green with his third place finish at Memphis.

CHAMPIONSHIP CHASE
With a commanding 203-point lead over second place Jeff Green with just three races remaining, we worked a hypothetical situation. If Green were to win the remaining three races in the Busch Series at Phoenix, Rockingham and Homestead, and he led the most laps in each race, he would finish the season with 4783 points.

Harvick would then need 353 points to win the championship by a single point. That is an average of 118 points per race, or the equivalent of three 15th place finishes. If he can average a 15th place finish in the final three starts, Harvick would have his first Busch Series Championship and RCR would become the first owner ever to win a championship in each of NASCAR's major three series.

MILEAGE METER Here is Harvick's total miles run 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 265 miles
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 212 miles ----
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
Pikes Peak 250 miles ----
Pocono ---- 500 miles
IRP 137.2 miles ----
Indy ---- 400 miles
Watkins Glen ---- 220.5 miles
Michigan 250 miles 250 miles
Bristol 133.25 miles 266.5 miles
Darlington 195 miles 490.3 miles
Richmond 185.25 miles 300 miles
Dover 199 miles 400 miles
Kansas 190 miles 400.5 miles
Charlotte 300 miles 501 miles
Memphis 250 miles ----
Martinsville ---- 262.5 miles

SUB TOTAL 6,990.6 miles 11,264.09 miles

GRAND TOTAL Harvick has run 18,254.69 miles this season in both the Winston Cup and Busch Series.
* All told, Harvick will be running over 21,000 miles in races this season.

-RCR-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Jeff Burton , Jeff Gordon , Dale Jarrett , Bobby Labonte , Tony Stewart , Rusty Wallace , Jason Keller , Kevin Harvick , Greg Biffle , Jeff Green , Elton Sawyer , Sterling Marlin