EVENT INFORMATION - Event: NASCAR Busch Series Siemens 200; Time and Date: 1 p.m. EDT, Saturday, July 24; Site: New Hampshire International Speedway, Loudon, N.H. Live Coverage: TNT (television) at 1 p.m. EDT and MRN (radio) at 12:30 p.m. EDT.
EVENT INFORMATION - Event: NASCAR Busch Series Siemens 200; Time and Date: 1 p.m. EDT, Saturday, July 24; Site: New Hampshire International Speedway, Loudon, N.H. Live Coverage: TNT (television) at 1 p.m. EDT and MRN (radio) at 12:30 p.m. EDT. Qualifying: 1:30 p.m. EDT, Friday, July 23.
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.
100 AND COUNTING-Harvick is set to make his 100th career Busch Series start this weekend. Along the way, Harvick has collected 12 wins, 46 top-five finishes and 68 top-10 finishes. Harvick also has a Rookie of the Year title (2000), Championship (2001) and a part in the Busch Series Owner's Championship (2003).
NEW ENGLAND ROCKET-Harvick has seen great success in just three Busch Series visits to New Hampshire International Speedway. He has started in the top three each time and owns two consecutive second-place finishes. Harvick also has three top-10 finishes in the Nextel Cup Series at NHIS.
WHILE YOU WERE OUT-Bowyer has been earning valuable seat time. He drove the No. 33 Andy Petree Racing entry in the Busch Series event at Chicagoland Speedway. He also tested the No. 21 REESE'S Chevrolet at Indianapolis Raceway Park, and he also tested a RCR Nextel Cup car at Kentucky Speedway. Bowyer will return to the REESE'S Chevrolet next weekend at Pikes Peak International Raceway.
THE CAR-This week, crew chief Ricky Viers will load chassis No. 028 onto the REESE'S transporter. This is the same car Harvick drove to a second-place finish at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, a third-place finish at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway and a sixth-place finish at Dover (Del.) International Speedway.
QUICK QUOTES AND NOTES:
Crew chief Ricky Viers on Chicagoland-"Kevin tested his Cup car at Milwaukee last week in preparation for Loudon. They learned some great things, and hopefully we can apply some of those to the Busch car. Kevin runs very well at Loudon, and he's found a good comfort in the cars there. I'm excited to get there and see what kind of weekend we can put together. Kevin has two straight second-place finishes there, so we want to one-up that this weekend."
Kevin Harvick on his 100th Career Busch Series Start-"It seems like we've run a lot more races than that! It all got started back in 2000, and we've had some great success. We've earned a couple of championships, 12 wins, a ton of top-five finishes and top-10 finishes along the way. It's been a lot of fun racing in the Busch Series."