BUSCH: Charlotte II: Kevin Harvick preview

EVENT INFORMATION - Event: NASCAR Busch Series Little Trees 300; Time and Date: 8 p.m. EDT, Friday, Oct. 10; Site: Lowe's Motor Speedway, Concord, N.C.; Television Coverage: TNT (tape delay) Saturday, Oct. 11, noon EDT. Live radio coverage on PRN...

EVENT INFORMATION - Event: NASCAR Busch Series Little Trees 300; Time and Date: 8 p.m. EDT, Friday, Oct. 10; Site: Lowe's Motor Speedway, Concord, N.C.; Television Coverage: TNT (tape delay) Saturday, Oct. 11, noon EDT. Live radio coverage on PRN at 8 p.m. EDT. Qualifying: 4:35 p.m. EDT, Thursday, Oct. 9; Happy Hour Thursday, Oct. 9, 8:30 p.m. EDT.

TOTALLY NUTS ABOUT RACING -

The PayDay peanut caramel bar is in its first season as the primary sponsor of the No. 21 PayDay Chevrolet. Richard Childress Racing prepares the PayDay Chevrolets. 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.

TV PANEL SPONSOR -

Harris Teeter, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Ruddick Corp., is a food market chain that operates in the six-state area of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee and Florida. Ruddick Corp. is traded on the New York Stock Exchange as RDK. In addition to its 141 retail stores, Harris Teeter also operates grocery, frozen food and perishable food distribution centers in Greensboro and Indian Trail, N.C., as well as the Hunter Farms milk and ice cream facility in High Point, N.C. Harris Teeter is based in Matthews, N.C., and currently employees about 13,900 people.

KANSAS WHIRLWIND -

Last weekend was busy for the RCR Busch Series teams. Johnny Sauter drove the PayDay Chevrolet, Kevin Harvick drove the Sonic Drive In Chevrolet and Ron Hornaday drove the ACDelco Chevrolet in the Oct. 4 Busch Series event at Kansas Speedway. Sauter battled an ill-handling car all day before crashing into the wall on lap 139 and finishing 34th. Harvick finished second and Hornaday finished 14th.

HERSHEY'S KISSES FOR VALENTINES DAY -

Last Saturday at the Kansas Speedway, Hershey Foods and the Kisses brand announced their first promotion of 2004. Through the "Tie the Knot at the Hershey's Kisses 300" promotion, race fans will have a chance to be married on Valentine's Day at the Daytona International Speedway before the Hershey's Kisses 300 Busch Series event. Kevin Harvick will drive a special No. 21 Hershey Kisses Chevrolet in that race.

RCR CARS TO CARRY SPECIAL DECALS -

All five Richard Childress Racing (RCR) entries scheduled to compete at Lowe's Motor Speedway this weekend will carry decals recognizing the Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF). A tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, SOWF is dedicated to providing college scholarships and educational counseling to the children surviving Special Operations personnel killed as a result of an operational mission or training accident. These services are provided throughout the United States or overseas, depending upon where the surviving children reside. To date, 455 children of fallen Special Operations personnel are involved in the program, of which 65 are currently attending college.

LAST TIME THE PAYDAY TEAM VISITED THE LOWE'S MOTOR SPEEDWAY -

Harvick earned the pole for the Carquest 300, setting a record lap around the 1.5-mile oval. Harvick led 50 laps and finished ninth in the event. RCR took the No. 2 ACDelco car to Charlotte to test last week. The team had a great test and was able to provide some information to share with their PayDay Racing teammates this weekend.

HARVICK AT CHARLOTTE -

Harvick's Busch Series record at Charlotte is outstanding. In five races, Harvick has one top-five finish, three top-10 finishes and two Bud Poles. Harvick has three poles in 2004, with one coming in May at Charlotte.

OWNER'S CHAMPIONSHIP HUNT -

After 28 events, the PayDay team leads the owner's points standings, 168 points ahead of the No. 37 team (David Green) and 189 points in front of the third-place team No. 10 team (Scott Riggs).

THE CAR -

The PayDay team will take chassis No. 019 to the Lowe's Motor Speedway for the Little Trees 300. Harvick drove the car to a ninth-place finish last month at Dover.

BUTCH HYLTON ON RACING AT CHARLOTTE -

"There's a lot of cool things about racing at Charlotte. For me, and a lot of others in racing, the best part is that it's close to home and we get to enjoy the weekend with our families. I live six miles from the track, and my kids will be able to be there with me all weekend. So it makes for a special weekend."

ON BOUNCING BACK -

"Go out there and win. We should be pretty good. We actually had a great run going there in May and got bit by track position. We've got to just keep doing what we've done all year long. We've got a great team and a great driver."

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