KEVIN HARVICK Harvick sticking to the plan at The Magic Mile HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (September 13, 2005) -- While the NASCAR racing world turns to race number one in the Chase for the Championship, GM Goodwrench Chevrolet driver Kevin...
Harvick sticking to the plan at The Magic Mile
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (September 13, 2005) -- While the NASCAR racing world turns to race number one in the Chase for the Championship, GM Goodwrench Chevrolet driver Kevin Harvick is sticking with the teams game plan of winning races and not worrying about points. Although the team is focused on trying to capture the 11th position in the final point's standings, the real goal remains to run up front and go for the win.
A sign that the team isn't throwing the season away after failing to make the top-10 was their recent test at The Milwaukee (Wisc.) Mile, despite being barely mathematically eligible for the Chase. GM Goodwrench crew chief Todd Berrier said the goal of the test had little to do with race one of the Chase.
"We felt like we missed something at New Hampshire in the first race," said Berrier. "We should have been a lot better than we were and we left that race wondering why we didn't run better. I felt it was important to go to Milwaukee and test regardless of whether we were in the Chase or not."
Points of Interest...
* Chase for the Championship...Despite winning the Bud pole and finishing 10th at Richmond International Raceway last weekend, Harvick was eliminated from the Chase for the Championship. The goal for those not in the Chase is an 11th place points finish, which includes a seat at the banquet and a $1,000,000 bonus. Harvick trails 11th place Elliott Sadler by 52 points.
* What Ya' Haulin'...The GM Goodwrench transporter will unload chassis No. 120 at New Hampshire International Speedway. It is the same chassis that Harvick drove to victory at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 3rd. Most recently, Harvick drove the car to the pole position at Richmond in last weekend's Chevy Rock & Roll 400. In that event, he finished 10th.
* Last Year's Sylvania 300... Kevin Harvick and the No. 29 GM Goodwrench racing team thought they might have had the car to beat early in Sunday's Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway. As the race wore on, though, the No. 29 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet got loose and Harvick finished in the 10th position.
* TV and Radio... Start time for Sunday's Sylvania 300 is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. EDT. TV coverage of the 400-lap event on TNT starts at 12:30 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.
No. 29 GM Goodwrench driver Kevin Harvick on Loudon...
What are your thoughts on not making the Chase?
"It's disappointing to not be in the hunt for the championship, but we did all we could and fell a little short. To be honest, we've had some things not go our way this year and some miscues here and there. You can't make those kinds of mistakes, be inconsistent at times, and expect to be in it. We've got a chance to win races still and go for that final spot at the banquet. This team hasn't given up before and we're not going to start now."
How do you look at the rest of the season?
"That's really simple. Our priorities have just changed a little bit. We've always wanted to go out and win races and that will continue to be what we try to do at the track. It serves no purpose for us to give up and look to next season already because we've still got 10 races to go. We want to win races. Obviously, our overall goal has changed, but there's still a lot we can accomplish before the season ends."
No. 29 GM Goodwrench crew chief Todd Berrier on Loudon...
What's the mindset for Loudon this weekend?
"It's really not that different than it's been in the past. We're still going to go out and try and win as many races as we can. We had a good one-day test at Milwaukee a few weeks ago to help us get ready for this race. The most important thing is getting the car to turn through the corners. It's hard to pass, and there's a lot of single-file racing."