HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (May 26, 2005) -- Kevin Harvick and the No. 29 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet head back to Lowe's Motor Speedway trying to re-group after their disappointing night just one week ago in the NEXTEL All-Star Challenge. Emotions were high...
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (May 26, 2005) -- Kevin Harvick and the No. 29 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet head back to Lowe's Motor Speedway trying to re-group after their disappointing night just one week ago in the NEXTEL All-Star Challenge. Emotions were high last Saturday night when Harvick got hit in the left rear and turned head first into the front stretch wall, destroying his primary Lowe's Motor Speedway car in the process.
"The thing that made me most upset last week was that we lost our primary car for the Coca-Cola 600 for no reason," said Harvick. "The All-Star race has turned into a crash fest. Maybe we need to re-think which car we bring. But with the changes to the track, we felt like we needed to bring the car we wanted to race (in the 600), so we could learn as much as we could."
The GM Goodwrench team will now bring their Darlington (S.C.) Raceway car to the 1.5-mile quad-oval track in Concord, N.C. But despite the disappointment of losing their primary car, Harvick in confident they can still have a successful weekend.
"So far this year, every car I have driven has been fast," Harvick said. "We had a great setup last week and it will transfer to this car just as well. I could race anywhere on the track I wanted to. But we found a combination that made the bottom really fast. I am excited to get back out there."
* 20 Years of RCR and GM Goodwrench...Richard Childress Racing and GM Goodwrench celebrated 20 years of partnership on Wednesday night in Welcome, N.C. The private event included a presentation of a special silver cup honoring GM Goodwrench's wins and championships from Brent Snelson, General Director, Marketing -- GMSPO to Richard Childress. Legendary artist Sam Bass presented Childress with a special painting covering 20 years of GM Goodwrench. Childress handed out gifts as well including a GM Goodwrench hood autographed by every member of the former No. 3 and current No. 29 team that were in attendance. Mike Helton of NASCAR also made a surprise appearance at the event.
* What Ya' Haulin'...The GM Goodwrench transporter will unload chassis No. 137 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. It is the same car that Harvick drove to a 14th place finish at Darlington Raceway. The team had hoped to bring back chassis No. 134 which was crashed in last Saturday night's NEXTEL All-Star Challenge. However the car was too badly damaged for the quick turnaround. Ironically, car No. 137 was crashed last time out as well, when Harvick got turned into the wall at the checkered flag in Darlington.
* Coca-Cola Family...Harvick has extra incentive to win this weekend's race. Harvick is a member of the Coke family of drivers. "Coca-Cola has been a great family to be involved with. To win their race would be a cool accomplishment," said Harvick, sipping an ice cold Coke.
* Television and Radio...TV coverage of the Coca-Cola 600 on FOX starts at 5:00 p.m., with radio coverage of the 400-lap event on PRN beginning at 4:45 p.m. Remember times and dates of the race may change, so check your local listings.
No. 29 GM Goodwrench driver Kevin Harvick on Coca-Cola 600...
What is your impression of the "levigated" corners at Lowe's Motor Speedway?
"It's really smooth and a lot faster. They accomplished their goal of smoothing out the bumps. You can still run anywhere you want. It is just a little harder to run side-by-side because of how fast the track is now. I think it might get better, the more rubber we put down."
Is it hard to give 100% for 600 miles?
"The way it is now you can push yourself 99% of the time. There are situations that you get yourself in during certain times of the race that you just want to get in a rhythm and click off laps. You really pace yourself and put yourself in a position not to tear up your car, or use everything that you have up, or abuse the motor. Whatever the situation, each week it's a different scenario or something that you have to take care of. For the most part, though, you are going as hard as you can every lap."
How tough is it to make it that extra 100 miles?
"With all the Busch and Cup racing, you get used to being in the car for a while so you get into this mental length of a race and what it feels like to be halfway. You get used to running 400 and 500-mile races. Now, all of a sudden, you have to run that 100 extra miles. You just have to prepare for a little bit longer race mentally."
No. 29 GM Goodwrench crew chief Todd Berrier on Lowe's Motor Speedway...
What did you learn from practice and the 38 laps you completed in the All-Star event?
"Stay out of the wreck (laughing). We learned a little. Our car was really good. We put on a set of tires in the All-Star race that made the car real loose, so we will be taking a closer look at matching up those up better. We couldn't get car No. 134 ready in time, so we will bring our Darlington car. Everything in the shop is new, so we will be fine. Hopefully, it will just be a matter of fine tuning this car."