Charlotte: Kevin Harvick preview

CATCH IT: The Coca-Cola 600 from Lowe's Motor Speedway will take the green flag Sunday, May 28th at 5:00 p.m. EST and will be telecast live on FOX. The event will also be broadcast live on PRN and XM Satellite Radio. Qualifying will...

CATCH IT: The Coca-Cola 600 from Lowe's Motor Speedway will take the green flag Sunday, May 28th at 5:00 p.m. EST and will be telecast live on FOX. The event will also be broadcast live on PRN and XM Satellite Radio. Qualifying will air live on SPEED, PRN and XM Satellite Radio Thursday, May 26th at 7:10 p.m. EST.

LAST WEEK: Kevin Harvick and the No. 29 Reese's/GM Goodwrench crew were very close to taking home a million dollars on Saturday night, but fell just short of victory in the NEXTEL All-Star Challenge. Harvick, who started the night in the ninth position, had a solid run during the All- Star event winning the second of three segments, before finishing the night second overall.

NEW LOOK IN '06: Reese's Racing has made the jump as a primary sponsor, from the Busch Series to the NEXTEL Cup Series. Reese's will be the primary sponsor on the No. 29 Chevy for 13 races throughout the 2006 season, while GM Goodwrench will partner up and sponsor the other 24 races. Reese's will hopefully carry its luck with Harvick to the Cup series. In just two full seasons in the Busch Series, Reese's Racing earned five victories, 29 top- five finishes, 40 top-10 finishes, three pole positions and led 917 laps spanning 69 races. With the success that Reese's and GM have in racing it should be a year to remember for the No. 29 Reese's/GM Goodwrench Chevrolet.

BEST OF THE BEST: Reese's crew members Jason Pulver and Josh Mick were awarded $10,000 each after winning the individual part of the pit stop challenge at the Bobcats Arena last Wednesday night. Pulver and Mick were crowned the fastest front tire changers in the NEXTEL Cup Series and swept the competition by more then two tenths of a second.

SPECIAL PAINT SCHEME: The No. 29 Reese's Chevrolet will be sporting Reese's Caramel Cups once again this weekend at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Reese's Caramel Cups is one of six special paint schemes Reese's will run throughout the 2006 season.

RUNNING IT: The No. 29 Reese's transporter will unload chassis No. 134 this weekend at Lowe's Motor Speedway. It is a new chassis that was tested a couple weeks ago at Lowe's. Harvick has high hopes with this chassis saying it is better than the car in the All-Star race, which finished 2nd last weekend.

REESE'S RACING WEBSITE: Reesesracing.com has a whole new look in 2006. Now with updated stories and photos from each track, race fans can see and read about what goes on with the No. 29 Reese's racing team week in and week out. Also included are bios of driver Kevin Harvick and team owner Richard Childress, so be sure to check out: www.reesesracing.com

REESE'S PIT CREW WILL MAKE AN APPEARANCE: The No. 29 Reese's Caramel Cup pit crew will make an appearance this Sunday from 1:00-1:45 pm at the No. 29 Reese's/GM Goodwrench souvenir hauler. The team will be on hand to meet fans and sign autographs. A limited number of free pictures of the Reese's team at this year's Budweiser Shootout will be handed out to fans.

QUICK QUOTES:

Kevin Harvick on racing at Lowe's and its new surface: "The groove really opened up last week. In the truck race you had some guys running three- quarters up the racetrack in three and four. I think one and two will be the bottom just like it's always been in the past. It's going to be interesting to say the least."

Kevin Harvick on what it takes to run 600 miles: "There are situations that you get yourself in during certain times of the race that you just want to get in a rhythm and click off laps. You really pace yourself and put yourself in a position not to tear up your car, or use everything that you have up, or abuse the motor. Whatever the situation, each week is a different scenario or something that you have to take care of. For the most part, though, you are going as hard as you can every lap."

Kevin Harvick on Lowe's Motor Speedway and its hard tire: "The characteristics of the racetrack are still the same as they used to be. Temperature affects the place a lot. Our strategy going into the All-Star race, we didn't practice at all in race trim in the daytime just because we knew it was a nighttime race. We didn't want to give ourselves a chance to make any adjustments on the car just because we wanted to go off for the night time test. For the 600 we'll probably go back to our notes in the daytime and probably have some practice during the day. You just have to go off what you did in the test and I think everything was relatively close in the All-Star race as far as being comparable."

NOTES:

. Harvick will drive the No. 29 Chevrolet sponsored by The Hershey Company in 13 NEXTEL Cup Series events in 2006.

. Harvick's next Hershey's sponsored race will take place at Michigan International Speedway on June 18th for the running of the 3M Performance 400 presented by Post-it Picture Paper.

. Harvick is currently 9th in the Nextel Cup point standings, 14 points out of eighth and 321 points behind first.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
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