Owner: Richard Childress • Team: Richard Childress Racing • Crew Chief: Todd Berrier
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Final Points Standing
After First 26 Races
Lead Lap Finishes
Below is the ranking of the team on each type of
track along with the driver's best finish.
6th, Watkins Glen
Kevin Harvick and the GM Goodwrench team enter the 2005 season trying to dig out of a hole. The RCR Chevy is fresh off its first winless season with Harvick at the wheel.
The problem was not just Harvick; the other Childress teams suffered through a winless season as well. The off-year was due more to a lack of durability and missed setups than driver error. The addition of Dave Blaney and Jeff Burton to the Childress stable should be a positive for Harvick. It is an understatement to say that Harvick shows immaturity on and off the track at times. The two veteran drivers should calm the emotional California native.
A point of concern is the expanding ventures of Kevin Harvick, Inc. A young driver with too many obligations away from the Cup operation is usually a driver with divided attention.
We might be out on a limb, but we see this team with only one win, if that. The ’05 season will be a sort of rebuilding year for Richard Childress with new drivers and a shuffled organization. If Harvick continues to jell with crew chief Todd Berrier and listens to the sage advice of Richard Childress, the team will improve. The key word is ‘if.’
Kevin Harvick’s season was as up and down as a yo-yo. He started on a high note, finishing fourth in the Daytona 500. The season was living up to expectations; Harvick was in the top 10 in points from the spring Bristol race until the Bristol race in late August — at which point the wheels came off.
Harvick needed a relief driver at Bristol and finished 24th. The Goodwrench team left Thunder Valley just five points from falling out of the top 10. At California, the ill-handling Goodwrench Chevy finished 28th, dropping Harvick from eighth to 15th in the points and with only one race remaining to qualify for the Chase.
A 12th-place run at Richmond was hard-fought, but it wasn’t enough to get them in, and the team limped through up-and-down finishes for the remainder of the season.
• The Good: Harvick hooked up with teammates Robby Gordon and Jeff Burton to draft to the front at the October Talladega race. Playing well with others earned him a second-place finish.
• The Bad: The Matt Kenseth incident at Pocono cost the team points. Losing your cool can be costly in points and at the fab shop. Sometimes turning the other cheek is the best policy.
• The Ugly: After the checkers at Phoenix, Harvick put Kasey Kahne in the wall and made another scene for the TV cameras. This did not bode well for a driver who needs to earn the respect of his peers.