Daytona 500: Harvick, Crafton preview

GM Goodwrench returns to NASCAR Truck Series: Teams with Kevin Harvick, Inc and Driver Matt Crafton. DAYTONA, FL. February 9, 2004 -- When the green flag falls on Friday, February 13, to start the 25-race NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series...

GM Goodwrench returns to NASCAR Truck Series: Teams with Kevin Harvick, Inc and Driver Matt Crafton.

DAYTONA, FL. February 9, 2004 -- When the green flag falls on Friday, February 13, to start the 25-race NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS), the most competitive field in the 10-year history of the series will hurtle towards Turn 1 at speeds approaching 184 miles per hour. The No. 6 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet Silverado is expected to be in the lead pack.

New 'seat' for Cup star Harvick

NASCAR Cup star Kevin Harvick will trade his seat inside his GM Goodwrench sponsored Chevy Monte Carlo for the team owner's seat atop the pit box to watch his driver, Matt Crafton, wheel the red, silver and black Silverado to the front of the field.

First truck race under Daytona's lights

"It's been a long winter and I'm ready to go," said Crafton. "The first NASCAR Truck race under the lights at Daytona will be a lot of fun for the drivers and an exciting race for the fans. The lights will add an extra touch to an already exciting race."

GM Goodwrench is 'sponsor of sponsors'

"Now we've got GM Goodwrench behind us and that's going to make a big difference." Said Crafton. "They are the sponsor of sponsors in NASCAR. They have had great teams and drivers and won races and championships in the past. We're going to continue that pattern."

Kevin Harvick Inc.

From 2001 to 2003, Harvick ran several NCTS races while regularly competing in NASCAR's other two series, Winston Cup and Busch Series, winning two truck races.

Harvick drives the No. 29 GM Goodwrench Monte Carlo.

Enter GM Goodwrench and Richard Childress Racing

When GM Goodwrench elected to expand its NASCAR program to include a return to the truck series, Harvick was a logical partner. Richard Childress Racing (RCR), who had claimed the first truck championship in 1995 and operated the Cup program for GM Goodwrench and Harvick, provided invaluable start-up expertise to the ambitious owner. RCR has been contracted to provide the team's engine program.

Crafton picked to drive

"We considered a number of drivers," said Harvick, "but Matt just wanted it more than the others. He's aggressive; and that's how a race driver should be. I see a lot in Matt that I see in myself and show in myself. Hopefully, we can give him the stuff to show what he's made of and he'll find his own niche."

Testing important to good start for new team

"We've tested a lot and learned a lot. We've had good tests at Atlanta, Talladega and the three days at Daytona," said Crafton. "The truck punches such a big hole in the air that aerodynamics and drafting play a key role in being competitive. We really worked hard on those elements and not so much on pure speed.

"I think we're ready and Daytona will be fun for us and the fans and viewers too."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Matt Crafton
Teams Richard Childress Racing