BUSCH: Homestead: Clint Bowyer preview

EVENT INFORMATION -- Event: NASCAR Busch Series Ford 300; Time and Date: 1 p.m. ET, Saturday, Nov. 20; Site: Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead, Fla.; Live Coverage: NBC (television) at 1 p.m. ET and MRN (radio) at 11:45 a.m. ET; Qualifying:...

EVENT INFORMATION -- Event: NASCAR Busch Series Ford 300; Time and Date: 1 p.m. ET, Saturday, Nov. 20; Site: Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead, Fla.; Live Coverage: NBC (television) at 1 p.m. ET and MRN (radio) at 11:45 a.m. ET; Qualifying: 2:45 p.m. ET, Thursday, Nov. 18.

DEFENDING CHAMPIONS -- For the first time in NASCAR Busch Series history, the Owners' Championship and the Drivers' Championship were split in 2003. The No. 21 PAYDAY Chevrolet team won the Owners' Championship in commanding fashion, clinching the title at Rockingham with one race remaining in the season. The team finished 261 points ahead of the No. 5 team of Brian Vickers, who claimed the Drivers' Championship. In 2004, the No. 21 Chevrolet carries the REESE'S peanut butter cups colors as the team attempts to defend its title. Harvick will compete in 20 of the 34 Busch Series events this season, and rookie driver Clint Bowyer will drive the No. 21 REESE'S Chevy in the remaining 14 events on the schedule.

BOWYER'S FINAL START OF 2004 --Bowyer will make his final start of the 2004 season in the No. 21 REESE'S Chevrolet Saturday in Miami. The race will be Bowyer's 14th race in the No. 21 and 17th Busch Series start of the season. He drove the No. 33 Chevrolet, owned by Kevin Harvick, at Darlington Raceway last weekend and finished 15th.

BRANDON MILLER IN 2005 -- Two weeks ago, Brandon Miller was announced as the second driver of the REESE'S Chevrolet in 2005. Miller, a San Diego native, will drive the No. 21 in 20 events next season and will compete for Raybestos Rookie of the Year honors. Miller has experience in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, as well as limited experience in the Busch Series.

HARVICK SHOWS SUPPORT FOR THE TROOPS--Kevin Harvick will be the fifth and final driver of the No. 29 National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Chevrolet this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. RCR drivers Kevin Harvick and Kerry Earnhardt teamed up with Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Bobby Labonte and Tony Stewart and PPI Racing driver Ricky Craven for five races in the ESGR Chevrolet. Richard Childress has been involved with the ESGR since 2002 and has visited U.S. military troops stationed in Iraq twice.

TRADING SPACES -- This weekend's race at Homestead-Miami Speedway will mark the first time Bowyer has worked with his new crew chief Gil Martin. The No. 2 pit crew will service the REESE'S Chevrolet to prepare for the 2005 season when Bowyer climbs aboard the No. 2 AC Delco Chevrolet.

QUICK QUOTES AND NOTES:

Crew chief Gil Martin on Bowyer at the Homestead-Miami test -- "Our test in at Homestead-Miami Speedway went very well. I feel like Clint got a tremendous amount of much-needed seat time. I think we learned some things to help him this weekend, and he's excited about getting to Homestead."

Martin on Bowyer for the 2005 Season -- "I look forward to working with Clint next year. I feel like he had a great rookie debut and will have a lot to bring to the table in the 2005 season."

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