Daytona 500: Kevin Harvick preview

KEVIN HARVICK Backup car ready for Daytona 500 Daytona Beach, Fla. (February 19, 2005) -- After a wild ride in Thursday's Duel at Daytona, Kevin Harvick and the GM Goodwrench team have regrouped and feel confident that Speedweeks can ...

KEVIN HARVICK
Backup car ready for Daytona 500

Daytona Beach, Fla. (February 19, 2005) -- After a wild ride in Thursday's Duel at Daytona, Kevin Harvick and the GM Goodwrench team have regrouped and feel confident that Speedweeks can finish the way they had planned when they first arrived.

The Richard Childress Racing owned team put in overtime preparing their backup car, chassis No. 087, to be ready for the Daytona 500. And while they were unable to have it ready for Friday's practice, GM Goodwrench crew chief Todd Berrier says that was never part of the plan. "We were never going to practice on Friday even if we hadn't crashed in the Duel," said Berrier. "We came down here with a plan and we aren't going to abandon it. This car is almost as good as the other car. The only reason we stopped running it was because Kevin seemed to like chassis No. 081 better at Talladega Superspeedway and we like to stay consistent on our plate packages."

Harvick says he feels confident that he can still win the Daytona 500. "We have a great team and the backup car is really good," said Harvick. "I finished fourth with it here in 2003, so I'm not concerned about that at all." The driver of the GM Goodwrench spoke with members of the media on Friday afternoon and said things between him and Jimmie Johnson are fine and that both drivers are moving on.

"I don't think there is really any history to anything. I just think it's one of those deals where a lot of things get blown way out of proportion. I went and sat in Jimmie's motor home for 20 minutes last night and we just talked about things and sometimes things just get blown way out of proportion," said Harvick.

Points of Interest...

* 20 Years of GM Goodwrench and Richard Childress Racing...In 1985, GM Goodwrench signed as the associate sponsor of the RCR No. 3 Wrangler Chevrolet driven by Dale Earnhardt. Two years later, the black and silver Goodwrench colors took over and the rest was history. This year, GM Goodwrench and RCR will celebrate their 20 year partnership with four special paint schemes honoring the longest active car sponsorship in NASCAR. Kicking off the program is the Daytona 500 Anniversary car which blends the many looks that the Goodwrench Chevy has had over the years.

* What ya' Haulin'...Team GM Goodwrench pulled out chassis No. 087 as a backup car for the Daytona 500. The car was the backup car for all of 2004. In 2003, chassis No. 087 raced in all four restrictor plate races, including at Daytona International Speedway in February, where Harvick finished fourth in The Great American Race.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Kevin Harvick , Jimmie Johnson
Teams Richard Childress Racing