Dover II: GM Racing preview

Team Chevy Ready for Monster Mile; Kevin Harvick Looks for Three in a Row Dover 400, Dover International Speedway * Chevrolet has won 26 (of 73) NASCAR Nextel Cup Series races at Dover International Speedway, more than any other ...

Team Chevy Ready for Monster Mile; Kevin Harvick Looks for Three in a Row Dover 400, Dover International Speedway

* Chevrolet has won 26 (of 73) NASCAR Nextel Cup Series races at Dover International Speedway, more than any other manufacturer

* Chevrolet has won nine of the past 12 NNCS races (since Round 16 in Sonoma, June 25)

* With nine races to spare, Chevrolet clinched its 30th all time NASCAR Manufacturers' Cup Championship at Round 27 on 9/17 at NHIS

* Kevin Harvick's win on 9/17 at Loudon was the 400th victory for the Monte Carlo nameplate

* Chevrolet has 16 wins thus far in the '06 season

* Team Chevy has led 4,338 (56,1%) laps of 7,727 possible through Sylvania 300 at NHIS on 9/17

* Chevrolet has seven drivers in the Chase: 1st - Kevin Harvick, 2nd - Denny Hamlin, 4th - Jeff Gordon, 5th - Jeff Burton, 7th - Dale Earnhardt Jr., 9th - Jimmie Johnson, 10th - Kyle Busch

Dover, DE - With two consecutive victories to his credit, Kevin Harvick leads Team Chevy to Dover International Speedway this weekend for Round 2 of the 2006 Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup championship.

Sitting atop the point standings for the first time in his Cup career, the pilot of the No. 29 GM Goodwrench Monte Carlo SS is ready to make it three in a row. Harvick feels good about the upcoming nine races on the tour including the track known as the Monster Mile. "If you look at the past record, there are probably several that on paper we haven't performed well on; but I feel like the race tracks we are going to, we have ran well at this year. The mile and a half's we have run well; and at the last Dover we had a chance to win the race (finished 3rd).

All 10 Nextel Cup title contenders switched positions in the standings following last week's opener at New Hampshire International Speedway.

Jimmie Johnson, driver of the No. 48 Lowe's Monte Carlo SS, lost the most spots of any driver and tumbled seven places from second to ninth. "We were just at the wrong place and the wrong time and got caught up in a wreck. Sure we are bummed, but it's way too early to give up and we certainly aren't going to do that. This team can get on a roll as well as any team and can come back from a point deficit. At Dover, we've won three of the nine times I've raced there and (crew chief) Chad Knaus feels pretty confident in the setup we are bringing to the concrete high banks." Johnson is the defending champion of the Dover 400 and also swept both races there in 2002.

Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 5 Kellogg's Chevrolet, dropped to 10th in the standings after wrecking twice at Loudon, but is optimistic about his chances at Dover. He leads the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series with an average finish of third at Dover (Del.) International Speedway (drivers with more than two starts). He finished second in both 2005 races at the one-mile oval and fifth earlier this season. "We're not giving up by any means. There are nine races to go; it's not over and we're not out of this yet. We've dug ourselves a hole. We just have to climb out."

With more wins at Dover than any active Chevy driver, Jeff Gordon in the No. 24 DuPont Monte Carlo gained five spots in the points after Loudon -- more than any other Chase contender. Gordon, now fourth in the standings, finished 12th at Dover in June. He plans to continue his charge. "The No. 29 team is on a roll and on a high and I'm sure they're going to try to stay on that and it's up to us and the other guys out there (running) for the championship to try to break some of that momentum. When you've got a guy like that (Harvick) who is as strong as he is and a team like that who is as strong as they are, they've already got a step up on you just in their comfort level of how they're setting their cars up and how he's driving it and their communications. So, I feel like I've got to elevate our game as well. We did that at New Hampshire, but obviously we've got to do a little bit more." Gordon has led 2,198 laps at Dover, the most of any active driver.

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jeff Burton , Jeff Gordon , Kevin Harvick , Jimmie Johnson , Denny Hamlin , Chad Knaus , Kyle Busch