Winston: Kevin Harvick preview

Tradition continues another year. Huntersville, N.C. (May 13, 2002) - Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 29 GM Goodwrench Service Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo, will pilot the "On a Roll/ We Sell Tires" Program car this weekend in...

Tradition continues another year.

Huntersville, N.C. (May 13, 2002) - Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 29 GM Goodwrench Service Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo, will pilot the "On a Roll/ We Sell Tires" Program car this weekend in NASCAR Winston Cup's All-Star event, The Winston. Richard Childress Racing has entered a specially painted GM Goodwrench Service car every year since the inception of special paint schemes in 1995.

This year's car supports GM Goodwrench Service's new national program. GM Goodwrench Service dealerships are now offering tire products and total auto maintenance service- a first for GM Goodwrench. More than 1,500 dealers have enrolled in the new tire program.

Harvick, the 2001 NASCAR Busch Series Champion and Winston Cup Rookie of the Year, will have an easier go at getting the top cash prize in this year's The Winston. Last year, this weekend marked Harvick's first "at bat" with a true double duty weekend in 2001.

"Last year I had to practice the Cup car here (Lowe's Motor Speedway, Harrisburg, N.C.) and qualify here on Friday. Then I got on a plane Saturday to fly up to Nazareth (Pa.) to practice and qualify the Busch car. Then flew back here to run The Winston - barely. When it started raining I thought for sure I wasn't going to get to run it. Well, I almost didn't run it. When just about the whole field crashed the way we did on lap one, I thought FOR SURE that then I wasn't going to get to run. But, we (The Winston field) pulled out some back-up cars and it was all good," Harvick laughed.

He continued, "We got the race in, then I flew to Nazareth the next morning to race the Busch car. It was an easy double-duty weekend. I didn't think so at the time, but it was."

"The Winston is fun. Most of us grew up trying not to tear stuff up, but with this deal - we don't really stick to that. With the amount of prize money that Winston offers for this, I don't think there's anybody out there not willing to put it on the line and go for it," Harvick added.

Did you know?
The Winston tradition of paint schemes started in the Richard Childress Racing (RCR) stables in 1995 with the GM Goodwrench Service car. The silver GM Goodwrench car celebrated the 25th Anniversary of Winston's sponsorship of NASCAR's premier series.

RCR has entered a special paint scheme on the GM Goodwrench Service Chevrolet for each Winston since 1995. Commemorating the 1996 Olympic Summer Games, the Goodwrench Chevrolet Monte Carlo was adorned in the United States' red, white, and blue. In celebration of Dale Earnhardt's appearance on the General Mills Wheaties box, RCR ran a Wheaties paint scheme in 1997. The car was the cereal brand's signature orange.

The following year, the Winston welcomed Bass Pro Shops, a newly signed associate sponsor with RCR. In 1999, RCR ran a Wrangler Jeans Chevrolet Monte Carlo, a journey back in time, as they were one of RCR's and the sports' first sponsors. The Peter Max car, a work of art in motion, hit the banks of the Lowe's Motor Speedway in 2000. And finally, in 2001, Harvick piloted the No. 29 GM Goodwrench Service Plus/ AOL Chevrolet Monte Carlo.

-rcr-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Kevin Harvick
Teams Richard Childress Racing