Volume I, Issue 3, Page 17

It was a good weekend for Chevy fans in New Hampshire recently. In fact, it was a n extremely good weekend! It started with the cars rolling off for the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway and Chevy owning the front row. Kevin Harvick, in the No. 29 Reese's Monte Carlo SS, captured the pole, his fifth NASCAR Nextel Cup Series career pole and his first of the 2006 season. Next to him was Jeff Gordon in the No. 24 DuPont Monte Carlo SS. Harvick's lap of 28.893 seconds, 132.282 mph, was more than one-tenth of a second quicker than Gordon, who sat on the fastest time for over half of the qualifying session.

It was the 10th pole of the 2006 NNCS season for the Bow-Tie brand. Normally, MAXCHEVY doesn’t get into all the small details such as pole speeds and such, but there’s a real story here so read on…

When the on-track excitement was over, things got even better for the Chevy crowd.  Harvick led Team Chevy to the line to win race 27 on the 2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series tour. The victory was Harvick's fourth of the season and ninth of his NNCS career. Tony Stewart in the No. 20 Home Depot Monte Carlo SS finished 2nd, Gordon was 3rd, Denny Hamlin in the No. 11 FedEx Monte Carlo SS was 4th, and Brian Vickers in the No. 25 GMAC Monte Carlo rounded out the top five. Awesome - Chevy scored the first five positions!

But wait, as they say on TV, there’s more. The climax to this story is that with the win Chevrolet clinched the 2006 Manufacturers' Cup title with nine races remaining in the season. In fact, Chevrolet's nearest competitor thus far this year has won just six times. A total of seven different drivers have contributed to the 16 victories in 27 races (as of Loudon) this season that brought Chevrolet the coveted Manufacturer’s Cup. Chevy drivers who posted wins during the series included Jimmie Johnson, Harvick with four wins, Gordon and Stewart with two and Hamlin, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Kyle Busch with one win each.

Now back up the picture one more time. The 2006 Manufacturers' Championship continues Chevrolet's dominance of NASCAR's premier division and North America's most popular racing series. This is the 26th modern era championship and 30th all-time crown for the Bow-Tie Brigade. Since 1972, the beginning of NASCAR's Modern Era, GM Racing has earned 28 of the 35 Manufacturers' titles contested, with Chevrolet collecting 26 of those for an impressive 80-percent winning record.  Buick won the title twice and you don’t have to be a Ford fan to guess what motors were under their hoods.