Texas: Kevin Harvick preview

LAST WEEKEND'S RESULTS: Kevin Harvick and the No. 29 GM Goodwrench/Reese's racing team carried over their short-track momentum from Bristol, Tenn., a week ago to put together a solid top-10 finish in Sunday's running of the DirecTV 500 at...

LAST WEEKEND'S RESULTS: Kevin Harvick and the No. 29 GM Goodwrench/Reese's racing team carried over their short-track momentum from Bristol, Tenn., a week ago to put together a solid top-10 finish in Sunday's running of the DirecTV 500 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. After starting 26th, Harvick patiently worked his way into the top-10 by lap 169, where he made himself comfortable for the remainder of the 500-lap race. Harvick jumped in and out of the top-five and went on to take the checkered flag in the seventh position.

EVENT INFORMATION: The Samsung/RadioShack 500 from Texas Motor Speedway will take the green flag Sunday, April 9th at 3:30 p.m. EST and will be telecast live on FOX. The event will also be broadcast live on PRN and XM Satellite Radio. Qualifying will air live on SPEED, PRN and XM Satellite Radio Friday, April 7th at 2:30 p.m. EST.

NEW LOOK IN '06: Reese's Racing has made the jump as a primary sponsor, from the Busch Series to the NEXTEL Cup Series. Reese's will be the primary sponsor on the No. 29 Chevy for 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 Chevrolet will be sporting a new look for the Samsung/RadioShack 500. It will feature a Reese's Caramel Cup paint scheme, which is only one of seven special paint schemes Reese's will run throughout the 2006 season.

RUNNING IT: Team Reese's will race chassis No. 137 this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. The No. 29 team ran this chassis just a few weeks back in Atlanta, where Harvick qualified sixth.

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: Kevin Harvick teamed up with 2004 IRL Champion and Hershey driver Tony Kanaan to film a commercial promoting the new Reese's Caramel Cups.

HARVICK & REESE'S AT TMS: Harvick has only driven once at Texas Motor Speedway with Reese's as a primary sponsor. It happened on Nov. 5, 2005, in the O'Reilly 300 Busch Series race, when he held off NEXTEL Cup drivers Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards to win his 17th Busch Series race.

REESE'S RACING WEBSITE: Reesesracing.com has a whole new look in 2006. This site has updated stories from each weekend's race along with bios of driver Kevin Harvick and owner Richard Childress. Updated pictures from the No. 29 Reese's/GM Goodwrench team can be found on the site as well as team photos. The website lets race fans see what is going on with the No. 29 Reese's racing team week in and week out. Please check out www.reesesracing.com

REESE'S PIT CREW WILL MAKE AN APPEARANCE: The No. 29 Reese's Caramel Cup pit crew will make an appearance this Sunday from 9:15- 9:45am at the No. 29 Reese's souvenir hauler. They will be on hand to meet and greet with fans and sign autographs. Free pictures of the Reese's team at this year's Budweiser Shootout will be handed out for autographs.

DOUBLE DUTY: Harvick will run in the Busch Series and NEXTEL Cup Series this weekend. Saturday he will drive his own No. 33 Dollar General Chevrolet in the Busch Series and on Sunday he will try to take the No. 29 Caramel Cup Chevy into victory lane.

REESE'S CARAMEL CUPS: Reese's will be sampling 100,000 of their new Reese's Caramel Cups this weekend in Texas. On Saturday and Sunday outside the track, in the fan walk area, fans will have the opportunity to try the new Reese's product before the Busch and Cup races.

QUICK QUOTES:

Kevin Harvick on running a full NEXTEL Cup and Busch Series Schedule 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."

Kevin Harvick on the last time he was in victory lane at the Texas Motor Speedway with Reese's: "It was a great win for Reese's and the whole RCR Busch program last year. This season however, has not gone the way we wanted so far with Reese's. It seems like every time we run a special paint scheme we have bad luck and hopefully that will change soon. We need to get the monkey off our back and it needs to start this weekend in Texas."

Todd Berrier, crew chief of the No. 29 Reese's Caramel Cup Chevrolet, on what it takes to be a successful crew chief in this day and age: "It's all about people, you have to surround yourself with the right people and allow those people to do their jobs. A crew chief today just has to take everything in and drive people to all work toward a common goal. It's not about one person's talent, it's about assembling a group that can work together and get the job done. The crew chief is about driver and team relationships."

Kevin Harvick on the comfort level on the mile-and-a-half tracks: "I think for us as a team, Atlanta was really good and Vegas was pretty good. The high-banked, mile-and-a-half stuff is where we felt like we were off a little bit, but Atlanta went really good so I think Texas should go just as good for us."

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Greg Biffle , Tony Kanaan , Carl Edwards