Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Can Harvick Pull Off Another Bristol Sweep?

Kevin Harvick will be one busy guy this weekend at Bristol. On Friday night, he's signing autographs at the Speedway's Food City Family Race Night. Then, he's hitting the Food City stage to play a little "Rock Band" with wife Delana, fellow driver Tony Stewart and a few lucky race fans.

But Harvick will be even busier on the track, as he tries to pull out two wins in a row. Harvick's got double duty this weekend, racing in both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup races. And he's got some good memories of Bristol to spur him on to Victory Lane. In 2005, Bristol was the place where Harvick scored his first NASCAR sweep -- winning both the Nationwide and Cup races.

Will this weekend be a case of motorsports deja vu?

At the very least, Harvick seems primed for a Cup points win this year. He kicked off the season in impressive style with his mad dash to the front at the Bud Shootout. Plus, he's already had two top five finishes this year -- 2nd at Daytona and 4th at Atlanta. Add to that a 2nd place spot at Bristol in 2008, and Harvick could have what it takes to tame the world's fastest half mile, yet again.

And things just might go his way on Saturday as well. Harvick earned a 2nd place finish in Fontana and has been sporting pretty fast cars in every race. And it's pretty clear that, as a Nationwide driver-owner, Harvick would like nothing better than to drive his own No. 33 Chevrolet Impala to a win.

All eyes might be focused on the Busch brothers this week, but watch out for busy guy Harvick. He might just go two-for-two at Bristol--again.

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