EVENT INFORMATION - Event: NASCAR Busch Series Carquest Auto Parts 300; Time and Date: 1 p.m. EDT, Saturday, May 29; Site: Lowe's Motor Speedway, Concord, N.C. Live Coverage: FX (television) at 12:30 p.m. EDT; PRN (radio) at 12:15 p.m. EDT; ...
EVENT INFORMATION - Event: NASCAR Busch Series Carquest Auto Parts 300; Time and Date: 1 p.m. EDT, Saturday, May 29; Site: Lowe's Motor Speedway, Concord, N.C. Live Coverage: FX (television) at 12:30 p.m. EDT; PRN (radio) at 12:15 p.m. EDT; Qualifying: 1:35 p.m. EDT, Fri day, May 28, Live on SPEED (television); Happy Hour: 4 p.m. EDT Friday, May 28.
DEFENDING CHAMPIONS - For the first time in NASCAR Busch Series history, the Owners' Championship and the Drivers' Championship were split. 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 14 other events on the schedule.
REESE'S TEAM TAKES OVER HERSHEY-Last Friday, the No. 2 and No. 21 Richard Childress Racing road crews visited Hershey, Pa., and the Reese's production plant. The team got a VIP tour of the production plant, met with hundreds of Hershey Foods employees and sampled a few Reese's products and Kit Kats along the way. That afternoon, the team traveled across town to Hershey Park for an afternoon of riding roller coasters.
RECORD HOLDER-Harvick holds the one-lap Busch Series qualifying record at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Harvick turned a lap speed of 184.445 mph en route to his first of two poles at LMS last season.
DRIVER, OWNER, TEAMMATE-Harvick will play the role of driver, car owner and teammate during the Charlotte Speedweeks. Harvick drove the No. 92 Snap-On Chevrolet in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event last Friday, and will drive the No. 29 GM Goodwrench Nextel Cup Series car and the No. 21 Reese's Busch Series car this weekend. Harvick owns the No. 6 GM Goodwrench truck and the No. 92 Snap-On truck. He also owns the No. 29 Kid Rock car that Tony Stewart will drive in Saturday's Busch Series race. Harvick was a teammate to Matt Crafton in the No. 6 truck last week. This week, he teams up with the No. 2 ACDelco Busch Series car and the No. 30 AOL car and the No. 31 Cingular wireless car in the Nextel Cup Series.
THE TEST-The No. 21 team tested at Lowe's Motor Speedway two weeks ago. The team built on its previous setup from the 2003 season and worked on the car all day long to adjust it to Harvick's liking. Harvick and the Reese's team are pleased with the car, as they chase their second win of the season.
THE CAR-This week, crew chief Ricky Viers will load chassis No. 044 onto the Reese's transporter. The only on-track action the car has seen was the Charlotte test two weeks ago.
HARVICK AT CHARLOTTE - Harvick's Busch Series record at Charlotte is noteworthy. In six starts, Harvick has one top-five finish, four top-10 finishes and two poles. Harvick has yet to win a pole in 2004, but holds the track qualifying record at LMS.
QUICK QUOTES AND NOTES:
Crew chief Ricky Viers on Harvick at Lowe's Motor Speedway-"We had a good test. Kevin was happy with the car, and we learned a lot. Kevin's got a lot of seat time the last week at Lowe's, so that should be to our advantage going into the weekend."
On the team's performance-"We've had good tests, good runs, and as a team we've performed well together. I'm just looking to continue to get better each week. I'm not going to settle for average. I want our bad days to be top-10 finishes and our good days to be top-fives."
* Last week, the RCR Busch Series teams and drivers received their 2003 Owners' Championship rings from sponsor Hershey. The No. 21 PayDay team was the first in the history of the Busch Series to win the Owners' title with two different drivers.
* On Monday, the No. 21 team tested at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. Harvick drove the car during the test. Last year, the No. 21 team had little success at the "Monster Mile" and will use the test session to better its finishes in 2004.
* Harvick makes his 96th career Busch Series start this weekend at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Harvick will hit the century mark in July at New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon.
* Bowyer tested Harvick's No. 29 KHI Chevrolet Busch Series entry at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Tony Stewart will drive that car with a Kid Rock paint scheme this Saturday.
* Bowyer will drive the Reese's Chevrolet in three consecutive Busch Series events after Dover. His first race will be at Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway.