BUSCH: Las Vegas: Kevin Harvick preview

WELCOME, N.C. (March 9) -- Three consecutive second-place finishes and a 61-point lead in the NASCAR Busch Series Drivers' Standings would satisfy a lot of drivers. Kevin Harvick is not one of those drivers. He has a sweet tooth and only...

WELCOME, N.C. (March 9) -- Three consecutive second-place finishes and a 61-point lead in the NASCAR Busch Series Drivers' Standings would satisfy a lot of drivers. Kevin Harvick is not one of those drivers. He has a sweet tooth and only executing a few doughnuts for the fans at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will satisfy him.

"I really think we have a great chance of winning this weekend in Vegas," Harvick said. "We are coming off three consecutive top-five finishes, and the guys are really itching for a win. I think we have the car and the momentum to win this race."

Last year Harvick piloted the REESE'S Chevrolet to his first Busch Series win of the 2004 season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Harvick won the Sam's Town 300 by a car length over the hard-charging Kasey Kahne. David Stremme, Michael Waltrip and Bobby Hamilton Jr., respectively, rounded out the top-five. With 21 laps remaining, Harvick took advantage of an accident involving three drivers, including Matt Kenseth, who was leading the race. Once the race restarted on lap 186, it was clear that Kenseth's car was not the same. Harvick passed Kenseth one lap after the restart.

"We didn't have a dominant car and won the race," Harvick said. "I'll take that any day. It's all about putting yourself in the right spot, and we were in the right spot."

Points of Interest...

INJURY UPDATE... Harvick will be back to 100% this weekend in Las Vegas. Harvick suffered from food poisoning in Mexico last weekend and torn cartilage in his sternum and ribs after a crash during the Gatorade Duel at Daytona International Speedway.

THE CAR... This week crew chief Rick Viers will load chassis No. 046 on the REESE'S transporter. The car is one of the team's favorites. Harvick drove the car to a third-place finish last year at California Speedway Sept. 4.

START TIME... Saturday's Sam's Town 300 is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET. TV coverage of the Sam's Town 300 on FX begins at 3:30 p.m. ET with live radio coverage beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET on your local PRN affiliate and on XM Satellite Radio channel 144. Remember, times and dates of the race may change. Check your local listings.

Kevin Harvick on Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Do you consider Las Vegas to be one of your favorite tracks?

"I really enjoy running in Vegas. I always seem to run really well there, and I did win there last year. I also really enjoy running in front of the hometown crowd."

What do you and the REESE'S team have to do this weekend to win?

"The two biggest things we have to concentrate on in Vegas are tire wear and track position. With the new tire rule, this problem can be solved easily. We will plan to use only one set of tires during practice. This will leave us with four sets for the race. On the other hand, if I can keep the No. 21 REESE'S Chevrolet near the front of the pack and my pit team continues with the fast pit stops, you will see us in victory lane on Saturday."

Kevin Harvick's final thoughts on Mexico

Now that you are back from Mexico, what are your thoughts on the event?

"I had a great time. The hospitality was great. The track was a lot of fun to race on. The crowd was a lot of fun. It's a different atmosphere than we have here in the United States. The crowd really got into the race. They started whistling and whooping and hollering and that's what it should be like. You will see me back here next year."

Crew chief Rick Viers on Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Is your team starting to feel run down from all the travel?

"No. Our team isn't getting run down at all. Our shop guys are working really hard this year to keep everything on schedule and so far, so good. This hard work is helping the road guys relax a little when they are home."

Three races into the season with the new tires rules, what are your thoughts?

"I really like the new rule. It adds another piece of strategy to the puzzle, and that is something I enjoy. I also think it is helping to cut down on the cost a little because teams aren't practicing as long during each session."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Michael Waltrip , Kevin Harvick , Bobby Hamilton Jr. , Kasey Kahne , David Stremme