TMS Media Relations | Mar 05, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas (March 5, 2014) – Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kevin Harvick, the winners of the first two races of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, will get a double dose of racing action at Texas Motor Speedway during the upcoming Duck Commander 500 doubleheader weekend. The duo will team up to compete for JR Motorsports in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race on the evening of Friday, April 4, and then for their respective Sprint Cup teams in the Duck Commander 500 on Sunday, April 6.
Earnhardt Jr., who won the season-opening Daytona 500 with Hendrick Motorsports, and Harvick, who earned his first win with his new organization Stewart-Haas Racing this past Sunday at Phoenix, will look to duplicate last year’s historic feat by Kyle Busch. Last April, Busch became the first driver in speedway history to sweep both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series races in the same weekend.
The addition of Earnhardt Jr. and Harvick to Nationwide Series regulars Regan Smith and rookie Chase Elliott will mark the first time in the history of JR Motorsports that the organization will field four entries.
For Earnhardt Jr. and Harvick, pulling double duty is nothing new to the veteran drivers. They have combined to compete in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300/Duck Commander 500 double dip 11 times, with Harvick doing so on seven occasions and Earnhardt Jr. adding the other four.
Both own Nationwide Series wins at Texas Motor Speedway, but few have dominated like Harvick. He owns five career victories along with 12 top-10 finishes, including seven among the top five, in 15 career starts. Harvick, however, still is seeking his first win at Texas Motor Speedway in the Sprint Cup Series.
Earnhardt Jr. secured his first career Nationwide Series victory at Texas Motor Speedway in 1998 and owns four top-10 finishes in six career starts. He also has visited Victory Lane in Sprint Cup competition at Texas Motor Speedway, winning in 2000.
Earnhardt Jr. and Harvick will be attempting the double for the second consecutive year and both will be looking to improve their Sprint Cup performances in particular. Last April, Earnhardt Jr. finished fourth in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 followed by 29th in the NRA 500. Harvick finished fifth and 13th, respectively.
Fans can watch as the two superstars go for the weekend sweep by purchasing tickets for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 and Duck Commander 500 by calling the Texas Motor Speedway ticket office at (817) 215-8500 or by visiting www.texasmotorspeedway.com.
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