J.R. Fitzpatrick AAA Insurance 200 Race Preview

Horn FanSenior Writer IMay 29, 2009

At Dover, J.R. Fitzpatrick will be making his debut driving for Kevin Harvick Inc. in the Camping World Truck Series.

He'll be driving the No. 4 Equipment Express Chevrolet in the AAA Insurance 200 on Friday. It will mark the first of eight total races he'll drive for the team.

Fitzpatrick hasn't run a lap at the Monster Mile, but he's found a unique way to prepare for the track.

He plans to spend sometime this week playing a computer racing stimulated game of the one-mile track and hopes to familiarize himself with the track before he practices Thursday at Dover.

Kevin Harvick back in 2000, did the same thing preparing for a Nationwide race at Dover. He won the pole for the race, led 97 laps, and finished sixth.

"For one thing, I'm hoping that I do not find out why, it is called the Monster Mile," said Fitzpatrick. "I have never raced on a concrete track before, but I have a lot of confidence and I expect to do well."

Fitzpatrick also during Thursday's practice plans to hookup with teammate Ron Hornaday and follow him around the track to learn how to drive the track.

He couldn't ask for a better teacher as Horn is one of the best drivers in NASCAR on concrete.

Fitzpatrick will be driving chassis No. 14 at Dover, it's back-to-back races for this truck. As Ryan Newman raced it two weeks ago at Lowe's finishing fourth with it.

The chassis is in it's third season, it's been to Victory Lane at Lowe's in 2007 with Horn, and then Atlanta in 2008 with Newman.

It will be exciting to see Fitzpatrick racing the No. 4 Equipment Express Chevrolet, he's loaded with talent, has all the tools to be in NASCAR, and it's sweet to finally see him in quality equipment.

I'm picking him as my Raybestos Rookie of the race and he should get a top 10 finish.