All-Star: Kevin Harvick preview

KEVIN HARVICK Harvick Looks to Shine on All-Star Night HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (May 16, 2006) -- GM Goodwrench driver Kevin Harvick will participate in his sixth consecutive NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series All-Star event, Saturday night under the lights...

KEVIN HARVICK
Harvick Looks to Shine on All-Star Night

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (May 16, 2006) -- GM Goodwrench driver Kevin Harvick will participate in his sixth consecutive NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series All-Star event, Saturday night under the lights at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. Harvick hopes to avoid the trouble that found him last year and bring home the $1 million prize for his entire No. 29 GM Goodwrench/Reese's race team. The All-Star Challenge is designed to showcase the superstars of NASCAR and spotlight the greatest racing in the world. But lately, it has turned into an overly aggressive crash-fest. The 2005 edition was no different; nearly half the field was destroyed in a crash at the end of the first of three segments which included Harvick.

"I was very disappointed," said Harvick reflecting back on last year's wreck in the All-Star race. "The biggest thing was that it was the car we were going to bring back the next week for the Coca-Cola 600. Everybody just goes for it and that makes it pretty wild. Anytime you get crashed out early it's frustrating, but that's what this race has turned into. You just have to make sure you stay out of the big crash. I almost think the All-Star race has a little Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway in it now. It's not a matter of if there is a crash, it's when. A lot of fans like that, so they get a great show. I'm not sure the racing is that great, but the spectacle is."

Since his 2001 debut in the All-Star Challenge, Harvick saw steady improvements until the last two events left him with finishes of 22nd and 18th respectively. In his three starts prior to 2004, he collected three top-three starts and two top-10 finishes. Harvick would like to grab the win this time around and with the way his race team is performing now he knows he can do it. "One of the coolest things about these All-Star events is that it doesn't mean anything points-wise," states the 2001 NEXTEL Cup rookie-of-the-year. "You can bring your trickiest motor and your newest car. It's not just, 'I'm here to get as many points as I can get and go on.' It's 'I'm here to win the race and everything else doesn't matter'. That's pretty cool."

Harvick enters the event ninth in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup points standing, 332 markers out of first. The GM Goodwrench driver qualified for the NEXTEL All-Star Challenge with his win at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway on April 3, 2005. The entry marks Harvick's fifth consecutive start in the event without having to qualify through the NEXTEL Open.

Points of Interest...

* GM Goodwrench /Kevin Harvick Press Conference...An exciting announcement will be made at a press conference being held Saturday May 20th at 4:30 p.m. in the deadline room of Lowe's Motor Speedway's media center. Attending the event are: Kevin Harvick, Richard Childress, Jim Moloney, General Director of Marketing for GM Serivice and Parts Operations, and Laurie Walker, Division Director of Transport Systems for Central Piedmont Community College and Secretary /Treasurer for International Association of GM Educational Program board.

* Victory Lane Savings Promotion...GM Goodwrench driver Kevin Harvick gave all GM customers and NASCAR fans a chance to cash in on a $10 rebate when he won the Subway Fresh 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday, April 22nd. Throughout the remainder of the 2006 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series season, anytime the No. 29 GM Goodwrench/Reese's Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS is first past the checkers, the first 5,000 people who visit www.Goodwrench.com starting at 3 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) the Monday after the win can celebrate with a $10 mail-in rebate on a customer-paid Goodwrench service(s) and/or part(s) on a GM vehicle from a participating GM Goodwrench dealership in the United States.

* Runnin It...Team GM Goodwrench will race chassis No. 151 this weekend during the All-Star Challenge at Lowe's Motor Speedway. This chassis was tested at Lowe's Motor Speedway where the GM Goodwrench team felt they had a good test.

* Chase for the NEXTEL Cup...Kevin Harvick dropped four positions in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings after his 37th place finish at Darlington Raceway. Harvick now sits in the ninth position 332 markers out of the lead.

* All-Star Challenge Stat...Kevin Harvick has five Cup Series All-Star Challenge starts at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Of those five starts, he has compiled a record of three top-five starts and two top-10 finishes.

* Avg. Start/ Avg. Finish...Kevin Harvick's average starting position for the All-Star Challenge is 6.6 with his best starting position of third coming in 2001, '02, and '03. Harvick's average finishing position is 15.2 with his best finish coming in 2003 when he finished seventh.

* Back in Silver and Black...Kevin Harvick will be back behind the wheel of the No. 29 GM Goodwrench silver and black race car this weekend for the All-Star Challenge. The orange Reese's colors will don the hood again at Lowe's Motor Speedway on Sunday, May 28th for the Coca-Cola 600.

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* The Service Brand...GM Goodwrench is the service brand for GM vehicles -- Chevrolet, Buick, Pontiac, GMC, HUMMER and Cadillac. With dealerships located nationwide, the GM Goodwrench network is one of the largest automotive service chains in the industry. GM Goodwrench technicians receive specialized training from General Motors to provide expert care for GM cars and trucks. Genuine GM replacement parts are manufactured to the same specifications of the GM vehicle. For more information, visit the GM Goodwrench web site at www.goodwrench.com

* Start time...On Saturday May 20th, the running of the All-Star Challenge is set to begin at 7:00 p.m. EDT on FX. If you can't catch the race on TV, it can be heard on your local MRN Radio affiliate and XM Satellite Radio -- Channel 144 starting at the same time. Remember to check your local listings as dates and times of the race may change.

No. 29 GM Goodwrench driver Kevin Harvick on the All-Star Challenge...

How big of a fan are you of these All-Star events?

"I think these races are very important. It's our All-Star event. It's something that you have to win to get in to, and it's the best of the best. That makes it a lot of fun for us and the fans. We tested there a couple weeks ago and I really feel we're ready to finally win one of these."

Do you like the uniqueness of team involvement for qualifying?

"Yeah, if we win the race, we'll take all the money and split it up between the guys because they are really part of the reason why you win. They've worked as hard this race, if not harder, than they have to go to any other race. It means a lot to them, too."

-rcr-

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