BUSCH: Atlanta: Kevin Harvick preview

EVENT INFORMATION -- Event: NASCAR Busch Series Aaron's 312; Time and Date: 1:30 p.m. EDT, Saturday, Oct. 25; Site: Atlanta Motor Speedway; Live Coverage: TNT (television) at 1 p.m. EDT, and PRN (radio) at 1 p.m. EDT. Qualifying: 1:30 p.m. EDT, ...

EVENT INFORMATION -- Event: NASCAR Busch Series Aaron's 312; Time and Date: 1:30 p.m. EDT, Saturday, Oct. 25; Site: Atlanta Motor Speedway; Live Coverage: TNT (television) at 1 p.m. EDT, and PRN (radio) at 1 p.m. EDT. Qualifying: 1:30 p.m. EDT, Friday, Oct. 24; Happy Hour: Friday, Oct. 24, following Winston Cup qualifying.

TOTALLY NUTS ABOUT RACING -- The PayDay peanut caramel bar is in its first season as the primary sponsor of the PayDay Chevrolet. The PayDay Chevy comes out of the Richard Childress Racing Busch Series stable. Three other Hershey brands will accompany PayDay throughout the season: Zero, Whoppers and Whatchamacallit. PayDay Racing driver Kevin Harvick will compete in 16 of the 34 Busch Series events this season. Fellow RCR driver Johnny Sauter will drive the PayDay Chevy in the 18 other events on the schedule.

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OWNER'S CHAMPIONSHIP -- After 30 of 34 events, the PayDay Racing team leads the team rankings by 197 points over the No. 5 team (Brian Vickers) and 220 points over the third-place No. 37 team (David Green). Kevin Harvick and Johnny Sauter are on pace to accomplish a feat that has never before been seen in the Busch Series -- win the team championship with two drivers.

POLE WINNER -- In 15 Busch Series starts this season, Harvick has captured four Bud Pole Awards. The first pole came in April at the California Speedway, the second in May at Lowe's, third in September in Darlington and the fourth just two weeks ago at Lowe's, where he backed up his spring qualifying effort.

ATLANTA FIRST -- Even though Harvick has no wins or top fives in two Busch Series starts at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, he did earn his first career Winston Cup victory there in the spring of 2001. Harvick last saw Busch Series action at Atlanta in 2001, where he started second and finished eighth.

TOP-10 FINISHES -- In Harvick's 15 Busch Series starts this season, he has finished in the top-10 in all the events and has completed all but one lap of competition. In Harvick's championship season of 2001, he had 24 top-10s.

THE TEST -- Two weeks ago following the Lowe's event, PayDay racing teammate Ron Hornaday and the No. 2 ACDelco team headed south to Atlanta for a two-day test in preparation for the Aaron's 312. The test went well, and both teams are very optimistic going into the weekend. Hornaday is currently fourth in the driver's standings, 40 points from the top spot.

THE CAR -- This week, crew chief Butch Hylton will load chassis No. 027 onto the PayDay transporter. It is the same car Kevin Harvick last drove at Bristol en route to a fifth-place finish. Sauter recently drove No. 027 in August at Pikes Peak, where he finished fifth as well.

BUTCH HYLTON ON ATLANTA -- "It's fast, plain and simple. Ron tested down here and we got some good info to work off of. Kevin's back in the car and he's been running well all season. We just need to go out and keep on doing what we've been doing all year long."

ON BUILDING ON HARVICK'S MOMENTUM -- "Harvick's called us his mini-cup team, and that's an honor for us. We like working with Kevin and I think that we help him out on Sunday as well. Both guys have done a great job for us this season, and we're going to keep on going out there and busting our tails every weekend."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Johnny Sauter , Brian Vickers
Teams Richard Childress Racing