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KEVIN HARVICK'S WIN GIVES CHEVROLET 30TH ALL-TIME MANUFACTURERS' CUP TITLE CHEVROLET CLINCHES NASCAR NEXTEL CUP MANUFACTURERS' CHAMPIONSHIP Title is 30th for Chevrolet since 1952 and 26th in Modern Era (since 1972) Kevin Harvick's victory of...

KEVIN HARVICK'S WIN GIVES CHEVROLET 30TH ALL-TIME MANUFACTURERS' CUP TITLE

CHEVROLET CLINCHES NASCAR NEXTEL CUP MANUFACTURERS' CHAMPIONSHIP
Title is 30th for Chevrolet since 1952 and 26th in Modern Era (since 1972)

Kevin Harvick's victory of the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway today clinched the 2006 Manufacturers' Championship for Chevrolet in NASCAR's premier division. With nine races left in the season, Chevrolet has collected its 30th Manufacturers' crown and the 26th of NASCAR's Modern Era, which began in 1972.

A total of seven different drivers have contributed to the 16 victories in 27 races thus far this season that brought Chevrolet its 26th Modern Era crown. Chevy drivers who posted wins during the season included Jimmie Johnson (4), Kevin Harvick (4), Jeff Gordon (2), Tony Stewart (2), Denny Hamlin (2), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (1) and Kyle Busch (1).

The 2006 Manufacturers' Championship continues Chevrolet's dominance of North America's most popular racing series. In fact, Chevrolet's nearest competitor thus far this season has won just six times. Since 1972, GM Racing has earned 28 of the 35 Manufacturers' titles contested, with Chevrolet collecting 26 of those for an impressive .80 winning percentage (Buick has won the title twice).

RACE WINNERS:

KEVIN HARVICK AND CREW CHIEF, TODD BERRIER, NO. 29 REESE'S MONTE CARLO SS FROM VICTORY LANE:

ON BEING THE FAVORITE IN THE CHASE:

BERRIER: "We have to wait until next week to talk about it. There is a lot more after today. There is a lot of racing left. Obviously we started out the Chase right, but we have to keep it up. We have momentum and just have to capitalize on it. The plan is to win to all we can win. Kevin will drive as safe a race and as good a race as he can and we are going to give him the best cars we can. Just need to keep it moving in the right direction."

ON THE RACE:

HARVICK: "Just an incredible day. I have to thank Reese's, just happy to get them in to victory lane. Everybody at RCR and Chevrolet. We had a really good race car, we were really good on long runs. Todd and the guys worked hard all day to keep us up front. We were a little bit tight in the beginning and made some really big adjustments.

"It is good to be up front like we were because it is good for your car, good for your brakes, save your tires, save a lot of things. I tried to tear it up a couple times today trying to be a little too aggressive. All in all, I was worried about the No. 24 when he got around the No. 25. Restarts didn't hurt us at all; we just kept going forward.

"We sure have momentum right now, we just have to keep doing what we are doing at this point. If we keep winning, we aren't going to get out of the points. We know we have to score all the points we can when we can."

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Jeff Gordon , Tony Stewart , Kevin Harvick , Jimmie Johnson , Denny Hamlin , Kyle Busch