It’s safe to say Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch will never be best friends, and fans can bet the rivalry between the two hardcore racers will be in full force this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Harvick and Busch will duel once again at “The Magic Mile” during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series F.W. Webb 175 on Saturday and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series SYLVANIA 300 on Sunday.
Busch will have the upper hand when the series returns to the Granite State. The driver of the No. 18 Toyota Tundra Toyota has dominated the last two 175-lap events, while Harvick has come up short of a win behind the wheel of a truck. They each have one Sprint Cup Series victory at the speedway.
“New Hampshire is a fun track for me,” said Busch. “It seems like I’ve always been loose into the corner and tight in the center, which is hard to fix, sometimes. I think the team that can fix that the best will have the best car. I’ve been really fortunate to have a lot of success there in Nationwide and the Truck Series. It’s been a great place for me and especially with the more experience I gain there.”
Both battled under NASCAR’s watchful eye during the Nationwide Series race at the 1.058-mile oval with Busch finishing first and Harvick second.
Harvick had this to say back in July when asked about racing his nemesis. "I was told a few weeks ago, if we touched the 18, we'd be parked. I got track position and slid up, but I have to be really careful, because that's how NASCAR put it to me. It'd be easier to win if I didn't have handcuffs put on me, but that's the way we had to do it."
The duo will be back in action Sunday for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series SYLVANIA 300 in hopes of chasing down the 2011 championship. The two went into Chicagoland tied for first in the points standings and Harvick held onto the top-spot after finishing second yesterday. Busch now sits ninth after running out of fuel on the second to last lap during the 400-mile event.
The action begins this Thursday, Sept. 22 through Sunday, Sept 25. To purchase tickets for all of the NASCAR action, call the NHMS ticket hotline at (603) 783-4931 or by visiting www.nhms.com.