Harvick's Hectic Schedule Includes Inaugural "Outback Steakhouse 300" Victory
Kevin Harvick's weekend travels between the NASCAR Busch and Winston Cup racing series included a visit to Kentucky Speedway's Victory Lane after he captured the inaugural "Outback Steakhouse 300" title in front of 70,338 fans.
The event was the largest attended single sporting event in Greater Cincinnati history.
Harvick led laps 70 through 200 in the No. 2 AC Delco/Sylvania Chevrolet before crossing the finish line 1.311 seconds in front of Greg Biffle and his No. 60 Grainger Ford. Tony Raines placed third in the No. 33 Alka-Seltzer Chevrolet.
Harvick's Busch Series season resume now includes two victories, nine top-five and 13 top-10 finishes. Tonight's triumph helped Harvick maintain control of the lead in the series standings. He will hold a 122-point advantage over the second-place Biffle and a 188-point lead over third-place championship contender and defending series champion Jeff Green heading to the Juy 1 event on The Milwaukee Mile.
"We were pretty much running the pole speed every lap," Harvick said. "It took us three cars to get it right and we probably could have gotten the pole, but the driver was trying to qualify at Pocono, so we had to deal with the position we were in, which wasn't so bad after all."
After practicing his Winston Cup machine this morning, Harvick arrived at Kentucky a little after noon today and was informed he would be driving his back-up machine after practice driver Mike Bliss was involved in an incident during a morning practice session in the primary ride.
"We didn't intend to race it ," Harvick said of the back-up ride. "We put Mike in a bad position having to qualify this morning. Luckily, it's the back-up car we used to win at Bristol and at St. Louis, which just shows that it is a proven back-up car."
Harvick said he plans to enjoy his victory during his trip back to Pocono for tomorrow's NASCAR Winston Cup affair.
"I think I have stayed pretty busy this weekend, going from plane to plane and place to place, so I hadn't had any time to think about it," Harvick said of the win. "We have done everything that we could do and I think that all of the testing we did last year here really came into play tonight."
Racing continues at Kentucky Speedway July 13-14 with the ARCA RE/MAX Series "Blue Grass Quality Meats 200" and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series "Kroger 225."
Fans can phone 1-888-652-RACE or visit www.kentuckyspeedway.com for tickets.