Fontana: Kevin Harvick preview

NEW LOOK IN '06: Reese's Racing will make the jump as a sponsor from the Busch Series to the NEXTEL Cup Series. Reese's will sponsor 13 races throughout the 2006 season, while GM Goodwrench will partner up and sponsor the other 24 ...

NEW LOOK IN '06: Reese's Racing will make the jump as a sponsor from the Busch Series to the NEXTEL Cup Series. Reese's will sponsor 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 GM Goodwrench/Reese's Chevrolet.

SPECIAL PAINT SCHEME: The No. 29 Reese's/GM Goodwrench Chevrolet will have a special look for the Auto Club 500. It will feature the Hershey's Ice Breakers Ice Cubes Gum paint scheme.

NEW GOAL: Harvick has seven career starts at California Speedway in the NEXTEL Cup Series. He has never started inside the top-10. This will be one of many goals the team will set when they arrive in Fontana. In the seven starts that Harvick has on the two-mile D-shaped oval, only twice has he finished in the top-10.

DOUBLE DUTY: Harvick will run in the Busch Series and NEXTEL Cup Series this weekend. Saturday he will drive the No. 21 Coast Guard Chevrolet in the Busch Series and on Sunday he will try to take the No. 29 Ice Breakers Ice Cubes Chevy to victory lane.

HOMECOMING: Kevin Harvick will be returning to his home state this weekend for the running of the Auto Club 500 at California Speedway. Being from Bakersfield, CA, Harvick would love to win a NEXTEL Cup race in front of his hometown fans.

SPECIAL FANS: Harvick will have two very special fans cheering him on from pit road on Sunday-sisters Hilary and Haylie Duff. Screen star and multi- platinum recording artist Hilary Duff has starred in a number of motion pictures, including "Cheaper by the Dozen," "A Cinderella Story" and "The Perfect Man." She has recorded two multi-platinum albums "Metamorphosis" and the self-titled "Hilary Duff", as well as recently completing her "Still Most Wanted" concert tour promoting her third album "Most Wanted." A talented singer and songwriter, Haylie Duff is also a gifted actress who garnered worldwide attention with her 2004 role as Summer in "Napoleon Dynamite." This past season she also starred in a recurring role in the critically-acclaimed series "Seventh Heaven" for The WB.

QUICK QUOTES:

Kevin Harvick on running a full NEXTEL Cup and Busch Series in 2006: "I think, you know, we decided to do that obviously before they changed the schedule on impounds, But the practice has backed off a little bit. I think with the limited testing and the limited amount of tire availability, I think it will be important to understand the tires and understand, you know, cambers and tire wear and air pressures and things like that. Those are the main reasons that we're doing it."

Won't it be tough to run both Cup and Busch in 2006? "I already run some 20 Busch races a year anyway. You know, to do 10 or 12 more, there are really only one month, I think it's June, where all the races are back to back, and the first part of July. So it's a lot easier than it was in 2001, I think. I think we'll be fine as long as the weather cooperates."

-rcr-

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Kevin Harvick