Good At The Glen
August 10, 2004 | 2:56 P.M. EST
GM Goodwrench driver Kevin Harvick would definitely name Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International as one of his favorite stops on the 36-race schedule. Not only does it evoke memories of his go-kart days growing up in Bakersfield, Calif., but it's because he's always been competitive there no matter what he's driving.
In eight starts dating back to his first full NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season in 1997, Harvick has posted three top-five, five top-10, and six top-15 finishes. He has started inside the top-11 in every race at the 2.45-mile oval since 1998, but never inside the top-five.
"I really like visiting Watkins Glen," says the 2001 Winston Cup Rookie of the Year. "Out of the two road-courses, this is probably my favorite. The key to getting around it is don't burn up the brakes going into the corners so that was one of the big things we worked on at our test at VIR (Virginia International Raceway) last week. It's typical road-course mentality - keep it on the track, keep the fenders on it, the transmission under it, and you should have a good day."
Fresh off the test at VIR, Harvick is set to make the most of the last road-course race of the 2004 season. Sitting ninth in the driver points standings with only five races to go until the Chase for the Championship begins, the 2000 NASCAR Busch Series champion looks to make his ninth appearance at The Glen his best yet.
"We were really happy with how things went at VIR," Harvick said. "Really the only thing we worked on was playing around with the brakes to try and get me to stop better getting into the corners. We'd put a set on, I'd go out and run some laps and tell them what I thought. Then, we'd slap another set on and do it again. I think we picked up some good information that will help me this weekend. I've always been really good at Watkins Glen with pretty much everything we've driven there. I guess it just fits my driving style."