BUSCH: Bristol: Harvick, Miller race notes

REESE'S and RCR Provide Winning One-Two Punch BRISTOL, Tenn. (April 4) -- Kevin Harvick, driving the No. 29 REESE'S Chocolate Lovers Chevy, and Jeff Burton, in the No. 21 REESE'S Peanut Butter Lovers Chevy, claimed the top two positions in ...

REESE'S and RCR Provide Winning One-Two Punch

BRISTOL, Tenn. (April 4) -- Kevin Harvick, driving the No. 29 REESE'S Chocolate Lovers Chevy, and Jeff Burton, in the No. 21 REESE'S Peanut Butter Lovers Chevy, claimed the top two positions in overtime at Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS).

"We didn't have the best car at the beginning of the race," said Harvick, the 2001 Busch Series champion. "If Burton hadn't been back there, we would've been in trouble the first couple laps after each of the restarts, but our car took off after that. It's a huge statement winning both races this weekend. It's awesome for RCR."

Harvick, who won the Nextel Cup Series race on Sunday, beat Burton by 0.159 seconds to win the Sharpie 250. The race was rescheduled after rain washed out the competition on Saturday.

Harvick started from the back of the pack on Monday in a similar scenario to his 43rd-place start on Sunday in the Nextel Cup race. Qualifying was rained out for the Busch Series race on Saturday, and Harvick earned the 38th starting spot for the No. 29 team since he is a past champion.

Harvick struggled in the early part of Monday's race, but pit strategy worked in his favor. By lap 181 of 256, Harvick was in the lead. However, staying up front was tough, as the race was plagued by three red flags to clear debris and a track-record 14 caution periods.

"The red flags really made it tough to win the race," Harvick said. "I had to hold off Burton three different times, and that isn't easy. The one good thing that came out of the red flags was it gave our tires a chance to cool down, which made them wear down a lot slower."

Burton, who has one Busch Series win at BMS, started the Sharpie 250 in the second spot, based on the REESE'S Racing team's position in the standings. Burton passed Carl Edwards on lap 12 of 256 for the lead and led the most laps of the race.

"I am so happy for Hershey and RCR today," said Burton, who was serviced by his Nextel Cup pit crew. "We had a really strong car, and we were happy with it all day. I think Kevin Hamlin (crew chief) made the right call to take tires when we did at halfway and then to stay out for the rest of the race. I'm really happy with second. I tried to make a run there at the end, but I couldn't get a good enough run to get under Harvick without getting into him. I wouldn't do that to my teammate."

This win was Harvick's first of the season and the fourth of his career at Bristol's 0.553-mile high-banked track.

Rookie Reed Sorenson finished third, followed by Matt Kenseth and Sterling Marlin. Clint Bowyer finished in the 13th spot.

Before the race, the REESE'S team was 110 points behind Carl Edwards' team, but Edwards finished seventh, enabling the REESE'S team to erase 29 points from the lead.

Brandon Miller returns to the driver's seat of the REESE'S Chevrolet Saturday, April 16, for the O'Reilly 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. The Fox television network will begin its coverage at 2 p.m. EDT. MRN will produce the live radio broadcast.

-rcr-

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jeff Burton , Matt Kenseth , Kevin Harvick , Sterling Marlin , Carl Edwards , Brandon Miller , Clint Bowyer , Reed Sorenson , Kevin Hamlin