Richmond: Kevin Harvick preview

KEVIN HARVICK Harvick Looking Forward to Richmond HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (May 2, 2006) -- GM Goodwrench driver Kevin Harvick's string of four top-10 finishes in a row, including a win at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR), came to an end with an...

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Harvick Looking Forward to Richmond

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (May 2, 2006) -- GM Goodwrench driver Kevin Harvick's string of four top-10 finishes in a row, including a win at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR), came to an end with an unlucky 23rd place finish in Monday's rain postponed Aarons 499 at Talladega Superspeedway, but his climb to the top of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series (NNCS) driver point standings sure didn't. After being involved in a multi-car wreck and suffering a blown tire, Harvick and his GM Goodwrench crew rebounded strong to make another climb in the NNCS driver point standings with their top-25 finish.

Harvick heads to Richmond International Raceway this weekend for Saturday nights running of the Crown Royal 400 in the seventh position, 256 markers out of the lead. The Bakersfield, Calif., native has climbed from 23rd to seventh in the points chase over the last five races and will be back behind the wheel of the same race car he just won with at PIR. Harvick has one Bud Pole award, two top-five and four top-10 finishes in 10 Cup starts at Richmond International Raceway.

"We have a good car," said Harvick. "It was brand new before Phoenix. We built it for Phoenix, Loudon -- kind of the one-mile tracks. We tested it at Richmond and we were really good there. So I am really looking forward to this weekend. Richmond has the speed of a faster track. The new pavement has spread the groove out and you can run three or four lanes up the racetrack. With the tire pressure being mandated at what it is, it makes it hard to make the car handle after about 25 or 30 laps because the right front tire gets so much air in it. Otherwise, it is a pretty cool track to race on."

Points of Interest...

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* Runnin It...Team GM Goodwrench will race chassis No. 167 this weekend at Richmond International Raceway. It is a brand new short-track chassis that was built for the one-mile type tracks. It made its debut under the lights and drove Harvick to victory lane at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday, April 22nd.

* Chase for the NEXTEL Cup...Harvick climbed one more spot in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings after his 23rd place finish at Talladega Superpeedway. Harvick now sits in the seventh position 256 markers out of the lead.

* Track Stat...Harvick has 10 Cup starts at Richmond International Raceway. Of those 10 starts, he has compiled a record of one Bud Pole award, two top-five and four top-10 finishes and winnings totaling $1,057,134.

* Laps Led/Laps Complete...Harvick has completed 3883 of 3993 laps (97.2 %) in 10 Cup starts at Richmond International Raceway. Of those 3883 laps complete, he has led 215 laps.

* Avg. Start/ Avg. Finish...Harvick's average starting position at Richmond International Raceway is 22.5 with his best qualifying effort coming in the fall race last year when he started from the pole position. Harvick's average finishing position is 15.1 with his best finish coming in the fall race in 2001 when he finished second.

* Former RIR Winner...Harvick has won two NASCAR Busch Series races at Richmond International Raceway. In 2003, he won in the No. 21 PayDay Chevrolet after starting 15th and last year he won in the No. 21 Reese's Chevrolet after starting eighth.

* Back in Silver and Black...Kevin Harvick will be back behind the wheel of the No. 29 GM Goodwrench silver and black race car this weekend in Richmond, Va. The orange Reese's colors will don the hood again at Lowe's Motor Speedway on Sunday, May 28th.

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* The Service Brand...GM Goodwrench is the service brand for GM vehicles -- Chevrolet, Buick, Pontiac, GMC, HUMMER and Cadillac. With dealerships located nationwide, the GM Goodwrench network is one of the largest automotive service chains in the industry. GM Goodwrench technicians receive specialized training from General Motors to provide expert care for GM cars and trucks. Genuine GM replacement parts are manufactured to the same specifications of the GM vehicle. For more information, visit the GM Goodwrench web site at www.goodwrench.com

* Start time... On Saturday May 6th, the running of the Crown Royal 400 is set to begin at 7:00 p.m. Eastern on FX. If you can't catch the race on TV, it can be heard on your local MRN Radio affiliate and XM Satellite Radio -- Channel 144 starting at the same time. Remember to check your local listings as dates and times of the race may change.

No. 29 GM Goodwrench driver Kevin Harvick on Richmond International Raceway...

Do you approach RIR as more of a short-track or a speedway?

"It really is a little of both. But I think you have to go in with the short-track mindset. There is more contact at Richmond than you have at a bigger track. I think sometimes drivers use the short-track as an excuse to beat and bang, but as tight as the racing is there, it's hard not to have incidental contact."

Do you enjoy racing at night? Do you look forward to the next few Saturday night races?

"I enjoy being home on Sunday, I can tell you that much. You get Sunday afternoon to get back in the swing of things earlier in the week instead of having to waste Monday. It is not bad. I enjoy racing at night. I think everybody enjoys the cooler temperatures and the night atmosphere."

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
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