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Kevin Harvick announces drivers for KHI's No. 33 Nationwide Series Chevrolet

By Lee Montgomery

Kevin Harvick said Thursday that Mike Bliss and Ron Hornaday will drive his Kevin Harvick Inc. No. 33 Chevrolet in upcoming NASCAR Nationwide Series standalone events.

Reiterating what he said after the Nationwide Series banquet in Miami Beach, Fla., last November, Harvick will not compete for the 2010 Nationwide Series championship.

Harvick is third, 64 points behind leader Brad Keselowski, after 11 Nationwide races this year.

"I told you guys from the beginning that I never had any intentions of doing them all," Harvick said during his media availability at Charlotte Motor Speedway. "You might as well leave that little ray of hope that everybody wanted so you guys could all keep talking about it. The Nationwide races are fun and we like to be competitive, but we have won a couple championships and a lot of races, and we really want to win the [Sprint] Cup championship. The only way to win it is to be competitive and to race for it."

Going back and forth between Cup events and Nationwide standalones made it too difficult to do both, Harvick said. The Road America race in Elkhart Lake, Wis., is run on the same weekend as the Cup race in Sonoma, Calif.

"They’ve made it impossible to not take away from both programs with the Road America race, and if I can’t do them all there is no reason to even worry about the whole summer stretch," Harvick said.

Bliss will drive the No. 33 at Nashville next weekend at Kentucky the race after that, as well as the Gateway event in October. Hornaday, KHI's Camping World Truck Series driver, is in the No. 33 at Road America and O'Reilly Raceway Park. Harvick said the driver for the Montreal race is "up in the air."