Kevin Harvick Back in the Saddle at New Hampshire

Horn FanSenior Writer IJune 22, 2010

Kevin Harvick Inc.'s team co-owner Kevin Harvick returns to drive the No. 33 Jimmy John's Chevrolet in Saturday afternoon's New England 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The Sprint Cup points leader skipped the last three standalone Nationwide races, but he's back to racing at one of his better tracks, and is considered a favorite for the win.

His worst finish was 18th during his rookie year. Since then, he hasn't finished worst than eighth place.

Harvick has made nine previous starts at the track—compiling one win, seven Top Five finishes, and eight Top 10s, winning four poles, leading 588 laps, and earning an average start of 3.0 and an average finish of 5.0.

Happy's lone win came in 2007 when he started from the pole and won. He also accomplished the same feat in the Cup in 2006.

New Hampshire is a flat oval that brings out four important elements in racing: the driver, the car, the set-up, and your team on pit road.

"It's one of those places where you have to get through the center of the corner and get off the corner wide open."

Track position is everything at NHMS, and Happy will try to put his No. 33 on the front row in qualifying.

He will be racing chassis No. 058 this weekend, which finished seventh in its last race in Richmond. He should have another stout Chevrolet, compliments of his team.

Happy should be among the lead pack and run the majority of the race in the Top Five, if he's not already leading.

He will be in the closing laps with the hope of holding off any challengers, and claim his second win on New Hampshire's Magic Mile.


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