The lucky five. MOORESVILLE, N.C. (September 9, 2002) - Three down, two-to-go. The No. 29 GM Goodwrench Service team has seen both sides of short-track racing's face while they have battled The Lucky Five - the consecutive five-race stretch of...
The lucky five.
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (September 9, 2002) - Three down, two-to-go. The No. 29 GM Goodwrench Service team has seen both sides of short-track racing's face while they have battled The Lucky Five - the consecutive five-race stretch of short tracks in August and September (Bristol, Darlington, Richmond, New Hampshire, and Dover).
After a successful run in Bristol, followed by misfortune at Darlington and Richmond, the team looks to (Loudon) New Hampshire International Speedway for retribution. The Lucky Five have not wounded the No. 29 team like other teams on the NASCAR Winston Cup circuit, but they have not led them on a points tear, either.
With two more shots to send the snowball of momentum down the hill with the force of a bulldozer, the No. 29 GM Goodwrench Service team is pulling out all the stops. Returning to New Hampshire International Speedway with the same car they ran at Bristol, driver Kevin Harvick expects to be a benefactor of this short track's fortune.
Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 29 GM Goodwrench Service Chevrolet Monte Carlo, comments on two-to-go and the last time back:
Three down, two-to-go.
"This stretch with the short tracks has done what I thought it would do - put a big question mark on everything. The points have tightened up. This year, instead of a driver running away with the Championship, there's a real race on. Even for the top 20, 15, and 10 - the fight to get into those brackets is relatively close too. For the first time in a long time no one can tell where everything is going to end up or how it's going to pan out. And what makes it more interesting is time is running out. We've only got 10 races left.
"The question mark can only help teams in our position - teams that have turned things around in the second half. We need to keep positioning ourselves to take advantage of other teams' bad luck. The key is stay out of their bad luck, which we didn't really do in Darlington. That's always the hard part. That's why being out in front and getting there as soon as possible is so important."
Loudon, last time.
"We had a really awesome run in Loudon last time. We were just coming off the Chicago win; we were on top of the world. But really what had us going in that race last time was the car. Gil Martin (crew chief) really seems to know that track.
"We were top five and ten all day, and we really thought we had a chance at the win. When we came in the pits for the last time, I got clipped when I was leaving pit road. It didn't really do a lot of damage, but it did add some time to our stop. We were 18th or somewhere near there after the incident. I got back into it and picked off a lot of positions because the car was still so good. But after getting shuffled on the last restart with ten-to-go, ninth was all we could come away with."
Note: In remembrance of the events that transpired on September 11, 2001, the No. 29 GM Goodwrench Service Chevrolet Monte Carlo will run a patriotic paint scheme in place of any primary or associate sponsorships this weekend.