Harvick Needs Indy Repeat

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INDIANAPOLIS - If there's anyone in the Nextel Cup garage who believes in deja vu, it's Kevin Harvick. Last year's Brickyard 400 winner is hoping to catch the same magic he did in 2003 when his first and only win of the season.

The Indy win helped propel Harvick to a solid end-of-season run that wound-up with the California native finishing fifth in the final standings. And it was a victory that Harvick won't soon forget.

It's the biggest thing I've done in my career," he said. "Obviously you can't win your first race twice. That's a big moment. To do what we did last year and know the aspirations I had as a kid and to grow up and actually go to Indianapolis and win at the Brickyard - not in an Indy car but in a stock car - is probably almost unrealistic when you think about it. When you grow up and you want to do something, nine times out of 10 you don't get to go it that way. I'm pretty lucky to be able to do what I do and to bring back a lot of thoughts and dreams and things. To actually get to do it at Indy is really cool for me."

Harvick's track record at the historic 2.5-mile speedway has been solid since his rookie Brickyard 400 start in 2001 when he finished 11th.

"The confidence is definitely there," adds Harvick. "Just knowing we've done well every time we've been there and knowing the sensation of winning at the Brickyard. It's definitely exciting to go back and I'm looking forward to getting our weekend started."

While Harvick looks to extend his Indianapolis winning streak to two-in-a-row Sunday, he'll also have to start a new streak. Last week's Pennsylvania 500 resulted in Harvick's first DNF in 58 consecutive races, a turn of events that Harvick says the team has to put behind.

"As far as we're concerned, what happened last weekend is well behind us," says Harvick. "All we can do now is try and win at Indy for the second time in a row and start a new streak. We've always run really well at the Brickyard. I think the worst we've finished has been 11th in the three years that we've been there. It's a good race for us, especially at this stage in the point's race, and it's exciting for us to go back knowing that we've won there before."

Qualifying for Sunday's 11th running of the Brickyard 400 starts Saturday morning at 11 a.m. (ET)





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