Atlanta II: Kevin Harvick preview

KEVIN HARVICK Breaking Out of a Four-Year Slump HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (October 25, 2005) -- It all started out so magically. In just his fourth race in the NASCAR Cup Series, GM Goodwrench driver Kevin Harvick beat Jeff Gordon by mere inches to...

KEVIN HARVICK
Breaking Out of a Four-Year Slump

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (October 25, 2005) -- It all started out so magically. In just his fourth race in the NASCAR Cup Series, GM Goodwrench driver Kevin Harvick beat Jeff Gordon by mere inches to win at Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS) in March of 2001, bringing a small amount of joy to a grieving Richard Childress Racing (RCR) organization, following the passing of legendary driver Dale Earnhardt. Harvick continued his success at AMS in the fall event finishing third and solidifying the No. 29 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet as a force to be reckoned with at the 1.5-mile quad-oval track.

Since that emotional year, things have not gone as well for Harvick and company. The GM Goodwrench Monte Carlo has not finished on the lead lap in the four years that have passed. The GM Goodwrench team's best finish; a 19th place run, two laps down to the leader, in the spring of 2003. The goal for the team is to break out of the AMS slump and recapture the success of years gone by. Turning things around will have to be a team effort this weekend. Harvick will be without veteran crew chief Todd Berrier, who is sitting out the final race of a two-race suspension for rules violations at Talladega Superspeedway. The suspension eerily resembles the spring event at AMS when Berrier sat out as well for working the grey area at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway. ACDelco Chevrolet crew chief Gil Martin will spend his Busch Series bye week calling the shots on the GM Goodwrench Monte Carlo. Martin was the team's crew chief last Sunday at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway where Harvick finished 15th.

Points of Interest...

* Chase for the Banquet - Harvick remained 12th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point's standings following last Sunday's 15th place finish at Martinsville Speedway. He trails Jamie McMurray by 18 points with four races to go. The driver who finishes 11th in the final standings, receives a seat at the banquet in New York City, as well as a $1,000,000 bonus.

* Interim Crew Chief...ACDelco Chevrolet crew chief Gil Martin will spend his Busch Series bye week calling the shots on the GM Goodwrench Monte Carlo. Martin was the team's crew chief last Sunday at Martinsville Speedway.

* Down the Road -- Now that consumers are reacquainted with Mr. Goodwrench, GM Service and Parts Operations launched a new ad campaign aimed at emphasizing the importance of having vehicle maintenance performed by GM-trained technicians at local GM dealerships using genuine GM Parts because...who knows what's down the road? The "Down the Road" campaign, created by Leo Burnett Detroit, focuses on peace-of-mind GM vehicle owners will have by visiting their GM dealership for preventative maintenance services. The ads can be viewed at Goodwrench.com.

* What Ya' Haulin' - The GM Goodwrench transporter will unload chassis No. 134 to AMS. The car was last raced at Lowe's Motor Speedway in the NEXTEL All-Star Challenge where Harvick finished 18th after a multi-car crash. The chassis did score top-10 finishes at both Las Vegas Motor Speedway (fifth) and California Speedway (sixth).

* Last Spring's Golden Corral 500 --After starting 36th and avoiding a lap one crash that took out 10 cars, Harvick battled a loose condition from the time the car was unloaded to the checkered flag. He finished the 500-mile event in the 21st position, one lap down. Scott Miller served as the team's crew chief as Todd Berrier sat out a two-race suspension by NASCAR for rules violations at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

* TV and Radio - Start time for Sunday's Bass Pro Shops 500 is 12:40 p.m. ET. Television coverage begins at noon on NBC. MRN Radio and XM Radio 144 will also begin their coverage at the top of the hour. Remember time and date may change, so check your local listings.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Jeff Gordon , Kevin Harvick , Jamie McMurray
Teams Richard Childress Racing