BUSCH: Harvick Gateway preview

HARVICK ON GATEWAY: "It's been good to us. We got our first win last year at Gateway, but it's strange that it's already been a year since the first win. We could never have imagined that so much would happen so quick since then." "Last year...

HARVICK ON GATEWAY: "It's been good to us. We got our first win last year at Gateway, but it's strange that it's already been a year since the first win. We could never have imagined that so much would happen so quick since then."

"Last year it rained so we started fourth or fifth according to points even though we had a good enough car to sit on the pole. During the race, we were battling the 10 and 57 for a while and then the running order got mixed up. I remember getting by Todd Bodine late in the race and having to hang on for the last 25 laps. It was never-wracking just trying to keep things together at the end and not make a mistake."

"It's pretty special coming back to where we won our first race. The fans at Gateway have just been fantastic. They've been behind us 100%. We just hope we can end it this year the same way."

"I really enjoy racing stage tracks with unique shapes and Gateway is unique. I enjoy it. It's a challenge to get the car to handle but the great thing about it is that you can race on it. You can go side-by-side and feel comfortable racing next to someone. You try to keep the car on the bottom in one and two, but it's not the end of the world if you're on the top. You setup the car for one and two, and you give up a little in three and four."

ACDELCO ALL THE WAY: The last three (3) NASCAR Busch Series races in 1998,'99 and 2000 have been won by the ACDelco entry. The ACDelco Chevrolet piloted by Dale Earnhardt Jr. won in '98 and '99. While Harvick won his first career race in the ACDelco Chevrolet. Could there be a fourth?

HAPPY'S BIG ADVENTURE: This weekend Harvick will be competing in the fourth of sixth Double Duty weekends where he will race at St. Louis Saturday night and Loudon, New Hampshire, on Sunday. This weekend and next weekend's Pikes Peak (Busch)/Pocono (Cup) are pivotal in Harvick's quest for the Busch championship, a tenth place finish in Winston Cup and Rookie of the Year honors. His hectic schedule, which will cover thousands of miles, looks <pre> something like this:

Thursday, July 19 5:00 p.m. Kevin departs with No.29 team for Loudon, N.H.

Friday, July 20

10:00 a.m. Winston Cup Rookie Meeting 10:55 a.m. - 12:55 p.m. Winston Cup Practice 2:15 p.m. Winston Cup Qualifying (Harvick goes out first) Following qualifying, Kevin and his wife DeLana will helicopter to Manchester Airport and board a private plane for the two hour and twenty minute flight to St. Louis for an approximately arrival time of 4:20 p.m. local time 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. (local time) Busch Series Practice 7:00 p.m. Busch Series Qualifying After qualifying, take helicopter to St. Louis F.B.O. and board plane back to Manchester

Saturday, July 21

9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Winston Cup Practice 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 p.m. Winston Cup Practice Following practice, helicopter to Manchester and fly to St. Louis 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Busch Series Practice 5:00 p.m. Busch Series Drivers Meeting 7:00 p.m. Start of Busch Series Race After the race, helicopter and fly back to New Hampshire

Sunday, July 22

Noon Winston Cup Drivers Meeting 1:30 p.m. Drivers Introductions 2:00 p.m. Start of Winston Cup Race

* Harvick's Big Adventure for the month of July includes nine races in eight states over a four-week time period, the busiest month of the entire season.

-KHR

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Todd Bodine