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SPARTA, KY - Kevin Harvick, NASCAR Winston Cup star and pilot of the Richard Childress owned ...

SPARTA, KY - Kevin Harvick, NASCAR Winston Cup star and pilot of the Richard Childress owned #2 AC Delco Busch Series machine and #29 GM Goodwrench Service Winston Cup car, informed Kentucky Speedway" today that he will drive in the June 16 NASCAR Busch Series "Outback Steakhouse 300."

Harvick enters Saturday's Auto Club 300 at California Speedway second in NASCAR Busch Series points after giving up the top position to Greg Biffle, winner of the 2000 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Kroger 225 at Kentucky, following a 40th place Busch Series finish at Talladega, Ala. on April 21. Harvick assumed his full-time NASCAR Winston Cup role driving the late Dale Earnhardt's car under its new number and paint scheme following the Daytona 500.

The 26-year-old must drive in the NASCAR Busch Series mandatory practice session at Kentucky on the evening of Thursday, June 14, and then depart for Pocono, Pa., where the NASCAR Winston Cup Series will begin preparing for the Pocono 500 on Sunday, June 17. While Harvick is at Pocono, a different Childress driver will practice and qualify the #2 Busch Series car on Kentucky Speedway's 1.5-mile venue. By NASCAR rule, Harvick will be relegated to the back of the 42-car "Outback Steakhouse 300" field because he will not have qualified his own car. He has two career wins from the 42nd position.

"This adds even more exciting news to an already huge weekend. We had been wondering if Kevin could continue his plan to drive in all of the Busch Series events and continue his quest for the championship. We're delighted to have him here, and the fans will really enjoy seeing Kevin race," said Mark F. Cassis, executive vice president and general manager at Kentucky Speedway.

Tickets continue to sell at a very fast rate for the June 16 NASCAR Busch Series "Outback Steakhouse 300." The second Kentucky Speedway racing weekend also includes:

A NASCAR Goody's DASH Series Race

A Pre-race Concert by Country Star Brad Paisley

Darrell Waltrip Monument Dedication Ceremony

Kerry Earnhardt Pre-Race Autograph Session

Great seats still remain at the 66,000-seat venue for "The Outback Steakhouse 300" and "Lexington Herald-Leader Pole Night" June 15. Tickets can be ordered four easy ways for all Kentucky Speedway events: By phone at 1-888-652-RACE or by mail at P.O. Box 176248, Covington, KY 41017-6248 or Online at www.kentuckyspeedway.com or in person at 2216 Dixie Highway, Suite 200 in Ft. Mitchell, Ky., at the track's Fan Center, at AAA Cincinnati locations, major retail outlets (Meijer, Play It Again Sports and Hader Hardware stores) or at www.Tickets.com.


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Drivers Darrell Waltrip , Kevin Harvick , Greg Biffle , Kerry Earnhardt