The Final Countdown HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (November 15, 2005) -- The 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series season races off turn four and heads for the checkered flag this Sunday in Homestead, Fla. The season-ending Ford 400 will determine this years...
The Final Countdown
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (November 15, 2005) -- The 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series season races off turn four and heads for the checkered flag this Sunday in Homestead, Fla. The season-ending Ford 400 will determine this years NEXTEL Cup champion, with four drivers all within reach of the coveted prize. For GM Goodwrench driver Kevin Harvick, the race is the final opportunity for the team to get that elusive second win of the season.
The Bakersfield, Calif., native scored a victory in just the fifth race of the season prompting many to predict a multiple win season for the No. 29 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet. The Richard Childress Racing owned team showed signs of winning again on several occasions, including a strong top-five run at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway and very fast restrictor plate cars at both Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. But despite not getting back to victory lane, the team has continued to make strides for a push at the title in 2006.
"This GM Goodwrench team has fought all year long," said Harvick. "This season has been one of the most up and down years of my entire racing career, but we never gave up. We really want to get that second win and I feel very confident that we will be one of the contenders at Homestead this weekend."
Kevin Harvick on the NEXTEL Championship Weekend
You predicted Tony Stewart to win the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup at the start of this 10-race stretch. Do you still like your pick?
"Yes. You could just tell the way the No. 20 team had come together heading into the Chase. They had all the momentum and Tony was really focused, but at the same time relaxed and confident. Anything can happen in a one race shootout, but I think Tony will be crowned champion when the checkered flag waves."