Martinsville II: Kevin Harvick preview

KEVIN HARVICK There's no "I" in GM Goodwrench "Team" HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (October 18, 2005) -- For the second time in 2005, GM Goodwrench driver Kevin Harvick will be without his long time crew chief, Todd Berrier. Richard Childress Racing...

KEVIN HARVICK
There's no "I" in GM Goodwrench "Team"

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (October 18, 2005) -- For the second time in 2005, GM Goodwrench driver Kevin Harvick will be without his long time crew chief, Todd Berrier. Richard Childress Racing lost their appeal today after Berrier was suspended by NASCAR for two races after a rules violation in qualifying at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway last weekend. Despite the loss of their leader, Harvick and the entire GM Goodwrench team are prepared for "business as usual" in Martinsville, Va. Chris Hussey, a former Cup Series crew chief at Petty Enterprises, will take over for Berrier.

The main reason the team is able to function so well without Berrier, is in fact, due to how Berrier designed the team. There have been no radical changes in the off-season, like many teams make. Instead, Berrier has kept his core group together for three straight years. Evidence of the team's ability to adapt and conquer was Harvick's victory without Berrier at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway on April 3. While no one will argue that the team is better with Berrier than without, the GM Goodwrench team is positioned to keep the momentum rolling regardless of who calls the shots.

And The Winner Is...

For the past several weeks, racing fans have flocked to the gmgoodwrench.com to vote on which paint scheme Kevin Harvick should have as his primary look for 2006. When the votes were tallied, it was obvious that Harvick has a look all his own.

The fans were given two paint schemes to chose from. The first option was Harvick's current "flame" scheme that the Bakersfield, Calif., native raced on the track for the last three seasons. The other choice, the 20th Anniversary design that Harvick raced in the Daytona 500, which blended all of the famous GM Goodwrench car's from throughout the years. With over 53,000 votes, fan turnout was strong and their message was clear. Harvick has a look all his own. By a margin of 11,908 votes, the flame scheme won.

"The results from the fan vote really surprised us," said Sue Christophersen, Manager Event Marketing - General Motors Service and Parts Operations (GMSPO). "We felt like the fans would want a new look, but one that kept with the tradition and heritage of the GM Goodwrench car. But what we found out is that the flame look is Kevin Harvick. He has built his own identity and that is his car."

Points of Interest...

* Chase for the Banquet...Harvick remains 12th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point's standings. He trails Elliott Sadler by 11 points heading into this weekend's Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway. The driver who finishes 11th in the final standings, receives a seat at the banquet in New York City, as well as a $1,000,000 bonus.

* What Ya' Haulin'... The GM Goodwrench transporter will unload chassis No.120 at Martinsville Speedway. It is the same chassis that Harvick drove to victory at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 3rd. Harvick also ran the car at Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway this year finishing 19th after running out of gas on the last lap, while running seventh. No.120 recently raced at Richmond International Raceway, where Harvick finished fifth.

* Last Spring's Advance 500... After running in the top-five for the first half of the race, the GM Goodwrench Chevrolet spent 62 laps behind the wall fixing a broken clutch. Harvick returned to action and was one of the fastest cars on the track. The work of the crew allowed Harvick to pick up six spots on the track. When the checkered flag fell, Harvick was 32nd.

* TV and Radio... Start time for Sunday's Subway 500 is 1:00 p.m. EDT. Television coverage begins at 12:30 p.m. on NBC. MRN Radio and XM Radio 144 will begin their coverage at 1:00 p.m. Remember time and date may change, so check your local listings.

-rcr-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Elliott Sadler
Teams Richard Childress Racing