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NASCAR Drivers Harvick, Truex Have Role With Flyers

Jun 5, 2010 – 3:56 PM
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PHILADELPHIA -- They may not sing quite as well as Kate Smith used to, but the Philadelphia Flyers have a couple of lucky charms who are probably an improvement behind the wheel.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points leader Kevin Harvick attended Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final as guest of Flyers forward Jeff Carter. Carter said it was Harvick's third Flyers playoff game -- and seventh overall this season -- and Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final Friday was like all the rest.

The Flyers won, this time a 5-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks that has the best-of-seven series tied, 2-2 as it shifts back to Chicago on Monday.

"I've always been a fan of his," Carter said of Harvick. "We hooked up at a couple races and we became buddies. I wanted to make sure they got back today since they were in Pocono, so it was easy for them to get down here."

Harvick told FanHouse that he's been a casual hockey fan for several years, going back to his days in California watching the Bakersfield Condors of the ECHL. But his interest in hockey piqued of late as Carter, who missed 11 games due to a foot injury, got back into the lineup during the conference finals against the Montreal Canadiens.

"To watch the impressive run they've been on from the start of the year until now has been fun to watch," Harvick said by phone. "It's been even more exciting when you know somebody who has been in the middle of it. I'm glad to see Jeff back on the ice."

Martin Truex Jr., (pictured with Harvick, right) a native of Mayetta, N.J., has also been at the same three Flyers playoff games as Harvick, along with Harvick's wife, DeLana, and Truex's girlfriend, Sherry Pollex. Harvick said he didn't know which one of them could be a lucky charm, if any.

"I don't know if it's me, my wife or whatever," Harvick said. "I'm for whatever it takes to see it happen."

The Sprint Cup Series stops this weekend at the Pocono Raceway, a track about 100 miles from here, for the Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500. Both Harvick and Truex boarded a plane near the track after practice concluded Friday and arrived just before gametime.

While Harvick is a newcomer to the sport of hockey, Truex grew up about 45 minutes away and has been a lifelong Flyers fan.

"I remember going to the Spectrum when I was four or five," said Truex, who wore a black Flyers hat to go along with his NAPA Racing shirt. "We've had a lot of fun with it. I don't think anybody expected [the Flyers' playoff surge]. It's just been an awesome run."
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