Burney Lamar signed with NASCAR Nextel Cup star Kevin Harvick as a developmental driver and the two laid out a two-year plan. But a sudden rise to prominence has accelerated Lamar's career path.

The 25-year old driver was expected to spend most of this season competing in NASCAR's Southwest and West divisions with the possibility of running some Truck races on short tracks such as Martinsville and Memphis. That all changed when he won in his second career West start driving for Harvick.

"Once we won that race in Phoenix, the whole program changed," said Lamar, who spent Tuesday testing his No. 92 Chevrolet Silverado in preparation for the Sept. 24 Las Vegas 350. "Las Vegas will be my first Truck race, and we are going to plan on running the Busch race in Kansas and some others. This has come together much quicker than I expected."

Lamar is set to make his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series debut at Las Vegas Motor Speedway next month. His only other appearance at LVMS was a Southwest Series race in 2001 in which he was caught up in a multi-car accident early in the race.

"I can't tell you how excited I am for this race," said the Bakersfield, Calif., native. "For Kevin and DeLana Harvick to give me this opportunity is incredible. This Truck was good as soon as we unloaded it, and I feel very comfortable."

Lamar, who will have to qualify on time because his truck is not in the top 30 in owner points, spent most of Tuesday's test session under the watchful eye of NASCAR veteran and former Truck champion Ron Hornaday.

“I don’t think you could have a better coach for the Truck Series than Ron Hornaday,” Lamar said. “He’s done it all. He’s raced at every level. He has told me where to lift and where to get on the gas. I am very grateful that he took his day off and came all the way from North Carolina to help me out.”

Hornaday will compete as a teammate to Lamer in the Las Vegas 350. Hornaday, who clinched the 1998 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series title at LVMS, is currently fourth in the season standings. Lamar also thinks he has picked the perfect track for his debut.

“This is a racer’s race track, not a follow-the-leader track,” Lamar said. “It’s smooth and wide, but you have to race hard. I don’t think there is anywhere better. The fact that it is close to home is a bonus.”