Kevin Harvick is one of several Sprint Cup drivers who will make the trip from Pocono Raceway to compete in the U.S. Cellular 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race, though he’ll get no practice time in his Kevin Harvick Inc. Chevrolet at Iowa Speedway.
Instead, David Mayhew will drive the No. 33 in Saturday morning’s practice. Cup practice ends at 12:20 p.m. Eastern Saturday, with qualifying at Iowa at 4:05 p.m. Eastern.
"It's pretty simple, really," Harvick said from Pocono. "We were going to go practice, but you can't make the practice (Friday). It's kind of a long ways to fly a couple of hours for an hour of practice. So we'll just head up tomorrow."
Mayhew, 28, is from Atascadero, Calif., and competes in the NASCAR K&N West Series. He’s won twice in West Series competition at Iowa.
"He's had a lot of laps there in the West Series cars and won a race there last year," Harvick said. "That's why."
Mayhew isn’t the only backup driver in Iowa. Others practicing for Cup drivers are Brad Coleman for Kyle Busch, Erik Darnell for Carl Edwards, Brian Ickler for Paul Menard, Parker Kligerman for Brad Keselowski, Jason Leffler for Reed Sorenson, Johnny Chapman or Dennis Setzer for Joe Nemechek and Matt Carter for Michael McDowell.