BUSCH: Richmond: Round 11 preview

Richard Childress Racing off to strong start; is also strong at Richmond DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 2, 2006) -- The first third of the NASCAR Busch Series season has been a memorable one for Richard Childress Racing. And Friday night's race at...

Richard Childress Racing off to strong start; is also strong at Richmond

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 2, 2006) -- The first third of the NASCAR Busch Series season has been a memorable one for Richard Childress Racing.

And Friday night's race at Richmond International Raceway presents another opportunity for the RCR organization to keep that momentum going.

Kevin Harvick (No. 21 U.S. Coast Guard Chevrolet), leads the driver standings by 299 points over his teammate, Clint Bowyer (No. 2 ACDelco Chevrolet).

Childress is also in command of the owner point standings after 10 races, and is listed in the top two positions thanks to the performance in particular of the Nos. 21 and 2 Chevys.

Harvick, who has finished out of the top 10 only once in the first 10 races, has two wins at Richmond, including at last year's fall event. The 2001 series champion continues to lead the season-to-date Driver Rating category at 112.9 according to NASCAR's Loop Data statistics. He has an impressive NASCAR Busch Series record at Richmond where his 10 starts have resulted in six top fives and seven top-10 finishes.

Bowyer is fifth in the season-to-date Driver Rating category (94.3). His two starts at Richmond last season were his first in the NASCAR Busch Series at the track. He finished ninth in this event last spring after starting on the outside pole.

Add to the mix the NASCAR Busch Series career numbers of Jeff Burton (No. 29 Holiday Inn Chevrolet). The South Boston, Va., native hopes to make his 250th start at the facility he termed "the ultimate racetrack" last month during testing. Like Harvick, Burton has two series wins at Richmond. He has captured two Busch Poles and registered seven top fives and 10 top-10 finishes in 18 races there.

Burton has also contributed to RCR's success in 2006 with a win at Atlanta punctuating the two top fives and three top 10s he has amassed in his previous four starts this season, all in the No. 21 car. His No. 29 crew is new, and Friday's race will be their first together. Still, Burton should be a formidable force even among his equally formidable teammates.

"This is a brand-new team, all brand-new cars, all brand-new equipment," he said at the test session. "I'm very excited about the speed of the car and [although] it's not the fastest car here on the third lap, on the 20th lap its very fast. You watch these races and that's what's really important."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jeff Burton , Kevin Harvick , Clint Bowyer
Teams Richard Childress Racing