Harvick Thunders Into Bristol

So far this season Kevin Harvick hasn’t had the start that he had in mind, but that could all change this weekend in Bristol, Tenn. when he reunites with his former Busch Series crew chief Todd Berrier.

The 2003 season looked promising for Harvick as he came away with a 4th place finish in the Daytona 500, in the GM Goodwrench Chevrolet. Since then Harvick has posted an average finish of 23rd, with his best finish of 13th coming at Las Vegas. Last weekend’s accident at Darlington left Harvick with his worst finish of the season-36th, and the outcome left him 18th in the overall driver points standings.

"We've struggled a bit to start the season, and we're not where we want to be in the points right now,” said Harvick. “For some reason, we are still having a hard time finding the right balance on the racecar from front to back, and that's limiting how well we run. The communication is there, and all three of our teams are working together. What we've got to do is maintain what we've got until we figure it out."

But with one of his favorite tracks on the horizon-Bristol, Harvick is ready to change his recent string of bad luck and return to victory lane. Harvick has completed every lap in Winston Cup Series competition at Bristol Motor Speedway, with two top-five and three top-10 finishes, and currently sports a 10th place average finish in four events.

“I grew up on a half-mile, high-banked racetrack,” said Harvick. “I know Bristol is a lot more banked, but it's kind of the same mindset for me driving around the racetrack. It's very fast, high-banked concrete. It's short-track beating and banging, a lot of fun. I seem to have a lot of success every time I go, so I'm always excited to go back.”

To help Harvick's effort and to try and jumpstart the Goodwrench Team, Richard Childress announced Tuesday the naming of Todd Berrier - who posted eight victories, eight pole positions and the 2001 championship with Harvick - to crew chief of the No. 29 GM Goodwrench team; with former crew chief Gil Martin being named the team manager.

"Having Gil and Todd working together like they did in the Busch Series is the biggest thing I'm excited about with this move," said Harvick. "Gil brings a lot of organization and people skills to the table so he will be helping the GM Goodwrench team streamline everything it has. Todd has come in to open our minds up to trying some different stuff to get this race team turned around."

Not only did Berrier serve as Harvick's crew chief, but he also did double duty in 2001 as crew chief for Jeff Green and the No. 30 America Online team’s eight-race schedule. Highlights for Berrier and the AOL Team included earning the pole for the August Bristol race, and posting a 9th place finish at Homestead-Miami.

Along with his excitement about being reunited with Berrier, Harvick and the GM Goodwrench Team will take chassis No. 110 to tackle the high-banks of Bristol. This chassis is brand new, and has only seen track action during a test at (Rockingham) North Carolina Speedway during the first week of February.

This weekend also marks the fourth of 15 weekends in which Harvick will pull double duty, driving in the Busch Series race and the Winston Cup race. Harvick will race the No. 21 PayDay Chevrolet in the Busch Series in Saturday’s Channellock 250.

In six Busch Series events at Bristol, Harvick has collected two poles and two wins.

Sunday's Food City 500 is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. ET, with TV coverage on FOX starting at 12:30 p.m. Radio coverage will begin at 12:30 p.m. on PRN.

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