Happy's Big Adventure No. 3 Makes Stop In Watkins Glen On The Busch Series This weekend is the third of six double duty weekends where Kevin Harvick will be competing at different tracks in different states on the NASCAR Busch and Winston Cup ...
Happy's Big Adventure No. 3 Makes Stop In Watkins Glen On The Busch Series
This weekend is the third of six double duty weekends where Kevin Harvick will be competing at different tracks in different states on the NASCAR Busch and Winston Cup Series. This weekend's installment of Happy's Big Adventure stops in Daytona on Saturday night July 7th for the Pepsi 400 and on Sunday in Watkins Glen, New York, for the GNC Live Well 200.
The first double duty weekend of this season, Nazareth/the Winston, took place on May 19-20 in Charlotte at the Winston all-star Winston Cup event on Saturday and in Nazareth, Penn., for the Busch race on Sunday. The transfers between Nazareth and Charlotte went off without a hitch because of the tireless efforts of members of Richard Childress Racing, local police personnel and staff from both racetracks. Harvick was able to concentrate on racing. He qualified third at the Winston and finished 21st after a wreck because of rain and a mechanical failure. At Nazareth, he qualified second for the Busch race and finished second after dominating a good deal of the race.
The second double duty weekend took place at Kentucky and Pocono on June 16th and 17th for the Busch and Winston Cup races, respectively. Harvick won the race at Kentucky after the ACDelco team delivered the most remarkable comeback of the season. While Harvick was practicing in Pocono on Saturday, Mike Bliss, who was shaking down the car for Harvick during morning practice at Kentucky Speedway, crashed in turn four. The damage to the No. 2 car forced the team to go to the backup. The team worked feverishly to get the car ready for qualifying and remarkably Harvick posted the 11th fastest time. Harvick took to racing with a vengeance and dominated the race on his way to victory for the second time this season.
Harvick finished 15th at Pocono on Sunday of that weekend to hold the ninth place position in the Winston Cup points standings for the second straight week. Harvick hopes for a similar level of success this weekend.
HAPPY'S BIG ADVENTURE <pre> The Double-duty weekends 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 June17th (finished 15th) 3. Daytona Winston Cup, July 7th & Watkins Glen, Busch, July 8th 4. Gateway, Busch, July 21st & New Hampshire, Winston Cup, July 22nd 5. Pikes Peak, Busch, July 28th & Pocono, Winston Cup, July 29th 6. Memphis, Busch, October 13th & Martinsville, Winston Cup, October 14th </pre> * 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. <pre> HARVICK DAYTONA-WATKINS GLEN WEEKEND AT A GLANCE Thursday, July 5th Practice and Qualifying at Daytona International Speedway
Friday, July 6th Practice at Happy Hour at Daytona International Speedway 10:00 p.m. Depart from Daytona Airport to Elmira/Corning Airport in New York State
Saturday, July 7th 7:30 a.m. Drivers meeting at Watkins Glen 8:30-10:30 a.m. Practice at the Glen 12:00 p.m. Qualifying at the Glen 1:30 p.m. Depart from Elmira/Corning Airport for Daytona 3:30 p.m. Arrive at Daytona Airport 3:40 p.m. Live NBC interview from airport 6:00 p.m. Drivers meeting at Daytona International Speedway 8:00 p.m. Start of the Pepsi 400
Sunday, July 8th 7:30 a.m. Depart from Daytona Airport 9:20 a.m. Arrive Elmira-Corning Airport 12:00 p.m. Drivers meeting 2:00 p.m. Start of Busch race at the Glen </pre> POINTS CHASE: Kevin Harvick maintains the lead in the Busch points lead after his fourth place finish at last weekend at Milwaukee. He had the most dominant car in the field, and led 165 laps. However, the race went green for a long period of time near the end and Harvick was forced to pit for a splash of fuel. Greg Biffle, however, did not pit and cruised onto victory because of superior fuel mileage. Harvick, however, maintains the top spot by 112 points over Biffle. <pre> Busch Series Points 1. Kevin Harvick 2,586 2. Greg Biffle 2,474 3. Jason Keller 2,377 4. Jeff Green 2,374 </pre> ROAD COURSE RACING: Kevin Harvick will be competing in his second of three road course races this season. His first road course start of the season was also his first road course race of his Winston Cup career just over two weeks ago at Sears Point Raceway. Harvick qualified 12th and finished 14th after a successful late race duel with the leader at the time, Robbie Gordon, helped him gain 19 positions by getting back on the lead lap.
This weekend's visit to the Glen is his first of two stops at Watkins Glen International in just over a month. He will return for the Winston Cup race at the Glen on August 12th.
HARVICK AT THE GLEN: Harvick will be making his fifth start at the Glen this weekend. Last year, he posted his career best finish at the Glen, third, after starting ninth. He finished first among the Busch Series regulars, as he finished behind road racing aces Butch Leitzinger and Ron Fellows. Harvick has shown steady improvement after every trip to the Glen. His last Truck race at the Glen in 1999, he finished seventh, which was a 16-position improvement over his previous best finish. <pre> HARVICK'S WATKINS GLEN RECORD Date Start Finish Laps Laps Led Status Money Points Busch Series 6/25/00 9th 3rd 82/82 0 Running $25,000 165
Truck Series 6/26/99 7th 7th 62/62 0 Running $9,245 146 5/30/98 9th 29th 35/65 0 Running $6,770 76 8/24/97 26th 23rd 59/62 0 Running $6,075 94 </pre> LAP COUNT Kevin Harvick will be logging more laps and miles, by far, than any other NASCAR driver this season. Here is the total to date. <pre> 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 ----
SUB TOTAL 4,160.4 miles 6155.54 miles </pre> GRAND TOTAL Harvick has run 10,314.94 miles this season in both the Winston Cup and Busch Series.
* In NASCAR Busch, Harvick has completed 3,252 out of a possible 3,305 laps for a 98.39% completed lap percentage.
* In Winston Cup, Harvick has completed 4,731 out of 4,831 possible laps for a 97.93% completed lap percentage.