FONTANA – Kevin Harvick has been through a whirlweek week following his victory Sunday in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season opener at Daytona. He spent Tuesday in New York and is scheduled to be in Hollywood on Thursday. He’ll get no rest at California Speedway. “I am looking forward to this weekend,” said Harvick. “It will be the first time I have run all three races since September 2005 at Richmond.” On Friday night, Harvick will drive one of his own Chevrolet Silverado trucks in the Craftsman Truck Series San Bernardino County 200. He’ll also complete Saturday in a Kevin Harvick Inc. Chevy in the Busch Series Stater Bros. 300. On Sunday, Harvick will climb back into the Shell/Pennzoil Chevy that carried him to victory at Daytona for the Auto Club 500. However, success at Fontana has been elusive for Harvick. “California has been a little bit of a struggle for us as a race team the last couple years,” said Harvick, whose best finish was sixth in the 2005 Auto Club 500. “It’s probably been one of our worst race tracks, to be honest with you, going in there. We want to go in there and have a solid weekend and see where we fall with everything. “It doesn’t get any bigger than the Daytona week. Finding the focus to race the car is usually not a problem for us.” Harvick’s the first to admit there’s less pressure competing in the truck series than in Cup. “You can just go out and race as hard as you can and go for the win,” said Harvick, who hails from Bakersfield. “I am doing four races in a KHI truck this year. Clint (Bowyer) will drive in four truck races for me this year and Cale Gale will drive in three more. “I like the truck series, I like being at the track. When I am at the track, I just like being a part of what is going on. I will continue to run truck races this year and just really enjoy what I do.” Ron Hornaday Jr., a former Palmdale resident, is Harvick’s full-time CTS driver. Hornaday returns to the area where he established his reputation. “Going to California is always good for me because of the fans; the race track is close to my hometown,” Hornaday said. “In the last California race, we lost the master cylinder and had no brakes. Heading into the second race with a seventh place finish at Daytona, is a good way to start the season off.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
SACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is asking lawmakers to scrap a $9.95 billion high-speed rail bond measure already on the November ballot to clear the way for his massive, $222.6 billion public works program. “We could not afford the entire package of infrastructure (in the governor’s plan) if we did the $10 billion for high-speed rail,” state Finance Director Mike Genest said Friday. “We did not see it being affordable in a 10-year cycle.” He called high-speed rail “a visionary idea (that’s) kind of far in the future.” Democratic supporters of high-speed rail said they would try to put some funding for the project in whatever public works bond measure emerges from the Legislature. Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland, has a $12.8 billion bond bill that would remove the high-speed rail bond measure from the November ballot but also provide $1 billion that could be used to begin buying right-of-way for the trains. The Assembly approved a bill last year by Assemblyman Alberto Torrico, D-Fremont, that would move the bond measure to the November 2008 ballot, but that bill stalled in the Senate. Torrico said he supports high-speed rail despite his efforts to delay the bond vote. He said he will work “very diligently” to get high-speed rail money included in any public works bond package that lawmakers approve this year. “We’re talking about investing $222 billion in infrastructure. This is the best time to talk about including high-speed rail as part of that investment,” he said. Genest said the governor wasn’t proposing that lawmakers eliminate the California High-Speed Rail Authority, the nine-member board that’s overseeing planning for the system. Instead, he said the administration hopes the board can devise another way of paying for it. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson The governor’s plan includes $68.8 billion in new bond measures to help pay for highway projects, flood control, transit, jails, prisons, new schools and courthouse improvements – but no money for the so-called bullet trains. The high-speed rail bond would provide $9 billion to help pay for a line between Los Angeles and San Francisco, the first leg of a 700-mile system linking the state’s major cities with trains running at speeds of more than 200 mph. It also would provide $950 million for improvements to light rail and conventional inner-city passenger systems. Supporters tout high-speed rail as a much-needed alternative to crowded freeways and jammed airports as the state’s population increases over the next 20 years. But it’s had difficulty getting rolling. Lawmakers approved the $9.95 billion bond measure in 2002 and put it on the November 2004 ballot, then decided the state faced more pressing needs and bumped the bonds back to November 2006.