Bristol II: Kevin Harvick preview

KEVIN HARVICK Looking to sweep Bristol races HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (August 23, 2005) -- GM Goodwrench driver Kevin Harvick returns to Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway this weekend, the site of his NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series win in the Food...

KEVIN HARVICK
Looking to sweep Bristol races

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (August 23, 2005) -- GM Goodwrench driver Kevin Harvick returns to Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway this weekend, the site of his NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series win in the Food City 500 on April 3, 2005. In fact, Harvick dominated the action at Bristol in the spring, winning the NASCAR Busch Series event as well.

The win back in April came at an opportune time for the GM Goodwrench team. With crew chief Todd Berrier serving his four race NASCAR suspension, Harvick and company rolled up their sleeves and went to work. Not even a trip to the back of the field for replacing a leaky power steering pump, after qualifying 13th, shook the Richard Childress Racing team's confidence.

Once again, the No. 29 GM Goodwrench/Reese's Big Cup Monte Carlo comes into Bristol with their backs against the wall. Harvick sits just 82 points out of the Chase for the Championship with three races to go. A win a Bristol would go a long way towards helping the team make the NASCAR playoff.

Harvick can also add his name to an exclusive list of drivers that have swept the season's events at Bristol. Nine drivers have won both spring and fall races at the track, including Cale Yarborough (1974, '76 and '77), Darrell Waltrip (1981,'82,'83) and GM Goodwrench driver Dale Earnhardt (1987). The sweep was last accomplished by defending NASCAR champion Kurt Busch in 2003.

The GM Goodwrench driver will also be attempting to sweep the NASACR Busch Series races at the .533-mile high banked track. Harvick took the win in the rain delayed Monday event on April 4. Steve Grissom (1995) is the only driver to have swept the NBS events at Bristol. No driver has ever swept both the Busch and Cup events at Bristol in the same year.

Points of Interest...

* Chase for the Championship...Harvick's 22nd place finish at Michigan International Speedway kept the GM Goodwrench Chevrolet driver within reach of the top-10. The No. 29 sits 82 points out of the final transfer spot with three races until the 10 race Chase for the Championship.

* Last Race at Bristol... The checkered flag waved on lap 500 and the GM Goodwrench Chevrolet crossed the line as the winner of the Food City 500. It was Harvick's first win of 2005 and fifth of his career. It also marked the end of a 55-race drought for the Bakersfield, Calif., native. His last win was at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Brickyard 400) in August of 2003.

* Goodwrench.com Vote...GM Goodwrench, a division of General Motors Service and Parts Operations (GMSPO), are giving fans the chance to vote for the standard paint scheme for the No. 29 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet for the 2006 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series season. NASCAR fans began logging onto Goodwrench.com on July 15 to vote between the current "flame" design and the "20th Anniversary" scheme that Harvick raced in the 2005 Daytona 500.

* What Ya' Haulin'...The GM Goodwrench transporter will unload chassis No. 139. The car was raced at Atlanta Motor Speedway (21st). It will carry a special GM Goodwrench/Reese's Big Cup paint scheme as part of a national promotion for Reese's.

* TV and Radio... Start time for Saturday's Sharpie 500 is scheduled for 7:40 p.m. EDT. TV coverage of the 500-lap event on TNT starts at 7:00 p.m., with radio coverage provided by Mark Garrow and Doug Rice on PRN beginning at 7:00 p.m. Remember times and dates of the race may change, so check your local listings.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Darrell Waltrip , Kevin Harvick , Kurt Busch , Steve Grissom , Cale Yarborough