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Harvick hopes for another strong in his home state HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (August 30, 2005) -- The GM Goodwrench team led by driver Kevin Harvick return to California Speedway still mathematically in the Chase for the Championship. However, by...

Harvick hopes for another strong in his home state

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (August 30, 2005) -- The GM Goodwrench team led by driver Kevin Harvick return to California Speedway still mathematically in the Chase for the Championship. However, by most accounts, Harvick's bid for a playoff spot came to an end after a crash on lap 317 at Bristol Motor Speedway last Saturday night. But as in every sport, it's never over until the checkered flag waves at Richmond International Raceway next weekend.

While last weekend's disappointment might leave most teams unmotivated for the rest of the year, the GM Goodwrench team feels they still have a lot to prove in 2005. The team tested at The Milwaukee Mile at the beginning of the week in an effort to get the performance back where they all expect it to be. And speaking of testing, California Speedway was the track that provided the best test for Harvick in the off season. And that test, just about put them in victory lane.

In the February event at California Speedway, Harvick raced his way to the front after starting 31st. And while the Bakersfield, Calif., native had four fresh Goodyear tires for the race's final restart, it was track position that proved to be the difference in the Auto Club 500. Harvick raced his way up to sixth, but could not make up the gap that Greg Biffle had on the field by restarting at the front.

Points of Interest...

* Chase for the Championship...Harvick's 37th place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway, all but mathematically ended any chance for the RCR owned team to make the Chase for the Championship. Harvick trails Jeff Gordon in 10th by 122 points with just two races left before the "playoffs."

* Last Race at California... Despite qualifying 31st for the Auto Club 500, Harvick raced his way to the front of the pack. Pit strategy played a key factor in the finish as Harvick took four tires on the final stop at lap 217, while Roush Racing teammates Greg Biffle and Kurt Busch stayed out. The lead pack pulled out to a large lead and while Harvick was reeling them in, a tight condition in the closing laps slowed the pursuit. The GM Goodwrench Chevy finished sixth and moved up 13 positions in the point standings to 13th overall.

* Goodwrench.com Vote...GM Goodwrench, a division of General Motors Service and Parts Operations (GMSPO), are giving fans the chance to vote for the standard paint scheme for the No. 29 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet for the 2006 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series season. NASCAR fans began logging onto Goodwrench.com on July 15 to vote between the current "flame" design and the "20th Anniversary" scheme that Harvick raced in the 2005 Daytona 500.

* Testing Update...Harvick and the No. 29 team tested at The Milwaukee Mile on Monday. While missing the Chase might have been a good reason to cancel the test, GM Goodwrench crew chief Todd Berrier continues to work to improve the team's program for the final races and get a head start on next years season.

* What Ya' Haulin'...The GM Goodwrench transporter will unload chassis No. 137 at California Speedway. This has become the team's favorite car. It captured a top-20 finish at Indianapolis (Ind.) Motor Speedway (19th). Harvick finished eighth and sixth respectfully with the car at Pocono (Pa.). The GM Goodwrench team also raced the chassis at Lowe's Motor Speedway in the Coca-Cola 600 (14th) and at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway (14th).

* TV and Radio... Start time for Sunday's SONY HD 500 is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. EDT. TV coverage of the 250-lap event on NBC starts at 7:00 p.m., with radio coverage provided by Barney Hall and Joe Moore on MRN Radio. Remember times and dates of the race may change, so check your local listings.

-rcr-

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Kevin Harvick , Greg Biffle , Kurt Busch