NXS: Harvick Returns to XFINITY Series & JR Motorsports as Defending Auto Club Winner

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FONTANA, Calif. — Story by Race Chaser Online Correspondent Kyle Souza — Doug Pensinger/Getty Images for NASCAR photo —

It’s a home game for Kevin Harvick this weekend.

Harvick will return to his home state, California, to compete in Sunday’s Auto Club 400 for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. However, he will also take his second stab at the NASCAR XFINITY Series this season, once again with JR Motorsports.

He is the defending winner of Saturday afternoon’s TreatMyClot.com 300 at Auto Club Speedway.

“I always enjoy racing in my home state and Fontana has been a pretty successful track for me over the years,” Harvick said. “Last year, we were able to get the No. 88 Chevrolet into victory lane and I am looking forward to being there at the end of the race on Saturday.”

Though Harvick has only been behind the wheel of the No. 88 for JR Motorsports once thus far in 2016, one other driver has driven it with success inside the top-five. Chase Elliott started the season by winning the PowerShares QQQ 300 at Daytona, then Harvick followed with a 12th place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway in week two.

Since then, it’s been Elliott behind the wheel. He traveled to Las Vegas Motor Speedway and finished fourth in the Chevrolet, then followed that up with a fifth place finish at the tough one-mile Phoenix oval last weekend. Harvick will look to give the car its fourth top-10 in five races on Saturday — but more importantly score its second victory of the season.

Harvick has finished inside the top-three in his last four appearances in the XFINITY Series at Auto Club and was able to capture his win last year in only his second race with crew chief Dave Elenz.

“Dave and the guys back at the shop have worked really hard since Atlanta with our cars,” Harvick said. “I am looking forward to getting back on track this weekend with JR Motorsports.”

The NASCAR XFINITY Series will take the green flag on Saturday afternoon just after 3:30 p.m. PT. Fans can take in all the action live on FOX Sports 1, or listen on both the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.


About the Writer

Kyle Souza is an aspiring Journalism major at the Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I.  Souza is Race Chaser Online’s New England motorsports insider, covering everything from the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour to the NASCAR Whelen All American Series and the PASS North Super Late Models.

When not writing, Souza works at the Seekonk Speedway as the track’s Friday night public address announcer and press writer, and is also the Media Director for both the Granite State Pro Stock Series and the Tri Track Open Modified Series.

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