Harvick will have plenty of competition in 2008 opener at Daytona

Kevin Harvick won the Nationwide Series opener at Daytona in 2007, but he'll be hard-pressed to repeat in '08, especially with a red-hot Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the field, writes Mark Ashenfelter.

Updated: February 15, 2008, 5:39 PM ET
By Mark Ashenfelter | ESPN.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- On the surface, it would be easy to hand Kevin Harvick the trophy for Saturday's Camping World 300 without even bothering to drop the green flag on the Nationwide Series opener.

After all, he won this race in 2007, when he did the honors in a Richard Childress Racing entry. The previous two years, Tony Stewart was the winner -- driving for Kevin Harvick Inc.

Now Harvick will be driving his own No. 33 Chevrolet, but that hardly makes ...

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