Dover II: Jeff Burton preview

EVENT INFORMATION -- Event: NASCAR Busch Series Dover 200; Time and Date: 1:10 p.m. EDT, Friday, Sept. 24; Site: Dover International Speedway, Dover, Del. Live Coverage: TNT (television) at 1 p.m. EDT and MRN radio at 12:45 p.m. EDT; Qualifying:...

EVENT INFORMATION -- Event: NASCAR Busch Series Dover 200; Time and Date: 1:10 p.m. EDT, Friday, Sept. 24; Site: Dover International Speedway, Dover, Del. Live Coverage: TNT (television) at 1 p.m. EDT and MRN radio at 12:45 p.m. EDT; Qualifying: 1:35 p.m. EDT, Friday, Sept. 23, Live on SPEED (television).

MILLER'S ABSENCES -- REESE'S Racing driver Brandon Miller will not be behind the wheel of the REESE'S car as scheduled this weekend at Dover International Speedway. RCR announced Tuesday that Jeff Burton will take Miller's place.

BURTON IS BACK -- Jeff Burton will pilot the REESE'S Chevy this weekend at Dover International Speedway. In his three pervious starts in the REESE'S Chevy earlier this season (Darlington, Bristol and Watkins Glen), Burton tallied three top-10 finishes. Burton has also led 131 laps behind the wheel of the REESE'S Chevrolet.

REESE'S WIN -- The REESE'S Racing team made another strong showing at the .75-mile Richmond International Raceway. Harvick started the Emerson Radio 250 in the eighth position and won the race in a dominating fashion. Harvick led 149 of 250 laps. It was Harvick's third win of the season and the 16th win of his Busch Series career.

NO. 21 AT "THE MONSTER MILE" -- This will be only the second time in REESE'S history that Harvick will not be behind the wheel of the No. 21 Chevy at Dover International Speedway. Former Hershey's Racing driver Johnny Sauter drove the No. 21 Chevy in the 2003 Spring race, starting 24th and finishing 21st. Harvick, however, has seen great success at Dover. In just four starts behind the wheel of the REESE'S Chevy, he has one pole and three top-10 finishes.

PREVIOUSLY AT DOVER -- Harvick dominated the first 130 laps during the spring race at Dover, but a crash with 54 laps remaining took him out of contention for the win. Harvick started second and finished 29th.

TESTING ALL CYLINDERS -- The REESE'S Racing team and Brandon Miller tested the No. 21 at Dover International Raceway Sept. 13-14. The REESE'S team and Miller are also scheduled to test at Lowe's Motor Speedway Sept. 27-28. Miller's teammate Clint Bowyer will accompany him to these tests to give Miller pointers on lines to run at the tracks. It also gives Miller a chance to learn the track before the REESE'S team goes there for race weekend.

TEAM STANDINGS -- The REESE'S Racing team is fourth in the Busch Series Owner Standings with 254 points less than the leader.

QUOTEBOOK AND NOTES:

Crew Chief Ricky Viers on Dover -- "We've been running well lately, and I look to carry that over into this weekend. We tested here last week and it was pretty promising. We had a chance to win the spring race but got caught in a wreck. I think we should leave Dover with a pretty good finish.

Jeff Burton Dover -- "Dover is a track with a tremendous amount of grip, but it's a tough race track. You feel every seam of the concrete. Even though it's a one-mile track, it's still very tight. You can run right on the bottom of the race track, or you can run two grooves up. I like running on the bottom. It's an interesting race track because there is so much room in the corners and none on the straightaways. Normally, it's the other way around. If a problem happens coming off the corner, there's no place to go. You just kind of hope you're in the right place at the right time. Really, it's a weird race track where the corners are so big that if you have a problem getting in the corner, you kind of have some room to maneuver. But if it's on the straightaway, you are in trouble. If you get spun there or you spin there, you're going to hit something. Very rarely does somebody get by without hitting something. You hit hard at Dover, too. You don't just do a little fender damage ... you pretty much put it on the trailer after wrecking at Dover."

On the spring race at Dover -- "We finished 12th and ran pretty decent. We were just a little bit behind the guys who were really fast. We ran a totally different setup than what we are going to Dover with for this race. The 29 went to Dover to test and thought they had some success, so we decided to follow that program. They didn't have a very good weekend, but we ended up making something of it. It wasn't quite what we wanted, so we'll go back this time with quite a bit different setup. We're going to Charlotte (Lowe's) to test the week heading into Dover, so I really think that will help us get ready for Dover."

* The REESE'S Chevy has three wins, 12 top-five finishes and 16 top-10 finishes in the 2005 Busch Series season.

* Miller will be behind the wheel of the REESE'S Chevy for three of the final seven Busch Series races (Charlotte, Memphis and Texas).

* Harvick will be behind the wheel of the REESE'S Chevy for three of the final seven Busch Series races (Kansas, Phoenix and Homestead).

-rcr-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Burton , Johnny Sauter , Clint Bowyer