Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS Maintains Lead In NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Manufacturer's Point Standings Kevin Harvick Brings Home Second-Place Finish in No. 29 GM Goodwrench Monte Carlo SS Chevrolet, the winningest nameplate in NASCAR, continues to lead...
Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS Maintains Lead In NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Manufacturer's Point Standings
Kevin Harvick Brings Home Second-Place Finish in No. 29 GM Goodwrench Monte Carlo SS
Chevrolet, the winningest nameplate in NASCAR, continues to lead the 2006 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series manufacturer's standings with Kevin Harvick's second-place finish in the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Harvick, the defending race winner, started 14th in the 43-car field set by the rule book provisions due to inclement weather washing out Friday's qualifying for the first short-track event of the season.
By lap 25, Harvick had moved his No. 29 GM Goodwrench Monte Carlo SS to the top-10 and stayed a contender throughout the 500-lap race on the high banked ½ mile concrete track. By lap 200, he took the lead and picked up five bonus points for leading laps in the event.
Kyle Busch, winner of the Sharpie Mini 300 for the NASCAR Busch Series on Saturday, finished eighth after starting in the 20th position. The finish moves him to fifth place in the driver standings.
Harvick was just inches behind race-winner Kurt Busch (Dodge) while Matt Kenseth (Ford), Carl Edwards (Ford) and Bobby Labonte (Dodge) rounded out the top-five.
Series points leader and two-time 2006 winner Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe's Monte Carlo, remains in the top five in driver points despite suffering a cut tire on the first lap of the race. Johnson was forced down pit road and as a result, went two laps down to the leaders. A mid-race incident put him deeper in the field as Johnson's Chevrolet sustained severe suspension damage. Johnson finished 30th and now ranks third in the driver standings with 763 points, just 19 points behind new leader Kenseth and a mere nine points out of second.
Other Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS drivers currently in the top-10 2006 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup driver standings are Dale Earnhardt Jr. (sixth), Jeff Gordon (seventh) and Tony Stewart (ninth) with 21 races remaining until the final 10 races of the Chase for the Championship.
The next event for Team Chevy Monte Carlo SS is the DIRECT TV 500 on April 2, 2006 at Martinsville Speedway.