BUSCH: Bristol II: Kevin Harvick preview

EVENT INFORMATION -- Event: NASCAR Busch Series Food City 250; Time and Date: 7:50 p.m. EDT, Friday, Aug. 26; Site: Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tenn. Live Coverage: TNT (television) at 7:30 p.m. EDT and PRN (radio) at 7:15 p.m. EDT;...

EVENT INFORMATION -- Event: NASCAR Busch Series Food City 250; Time and Date: 7:50 p.m. EDT, Friday, Aug. 26; Site: Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tenn. Live Coverage: TNT (television) at 7:30 p.m. EDT and PRN (radio) at 7:15 p.m. EDT; Qualifying: 4:30 p.m. EDT, Friday, Aug. 26, starting on SPEED TV at 4:40 p.m. EDT.

DEFENDING RACE WINNER -- REESE'S Racing driver Kevin Harvick swept the spring races at Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS). Harvick won the races in similar fashion, working his way from the back of the field to cross the finish line in the lead. Harvick has a total of four Busch Series wins at BMS. In August 2000, he won from the pole position, leading 241 of 250 laps.

A DRIVER FAVORITE -- It is no secret that BMS is one of Harvick's favorite tracks. The high-banked half-mile is similar to Harvick's hometown track, Mesa Marin Raceway in Bakersfield, Calif. Harvick has had tremendous success at Bristol and is excited every time the series returns to BMS.

MEDIA OPPRUNITY -- On Friday, Aug. 26, at 2:30 p.m. EDT Kevin Harvick will be available outside the No. 29 hauler in the Nextel Cup Series garage of Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee for 15 minutes to field questions from the media regarding NASCAR events this weekend.

HALF-MILE EXPERT -- Harvick has enjoyed substantial success at BMS. In 11 Busch Series starts at Bristol, Harvick has claimed four wins, two poles and an average finish of ninth. In seven Nextel Cup starts at Bristol, Harvick has collected one win, five top-five finishes and six top-10 finishes, while completing 99.9 percent of the laps.

REESE'S BIG CUP -- REESE'S, one of the nation's most popular candy brands, is giving consumers even more to love with the permanent addition of the REESE'S BIG CUP. REESE'S BIG CUP, which made its limited edition debut July 2003, will be an everyday fixture on candy store shelves nationwide.

REESE'S AND KEVIN HARVICK SUPPORT VICTORY JUNCTION GANG -- Kevin Harvick will help celebrate the addition of the REESE'S BIG CUP by driving the No. 29 REESE'S BIG CUP Chevrolet during the highly anticipated Nextel Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 27. In honor of Harvick driving the REESE'S BIG CUP car, REESE'S Racing will make a $10,000 donation to the Victory Junction Gang Camp, a proud charity of NASCAR and non-profit organization created to enrich the lives of children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses. The check presentation will take place Saturday at 6:35 p.m. EDT at BMS on the driver introduction stage located on the start-finish line.

MILLER'S TIME -- Brandon Miller will be back behind the wheel of the REESE'S Chevrolet Sept. 3 in his home state of California. This will mark Miller's 10th start of the season and his 11th career NASCAR Busch Series Start.

OWNERS' POINTS -- The REESE'S Racing team is fifth in the Busch Series Owner Standings with 378 points less than the leader.


Crew chief Rick Viers on RCR'S Success at Bristol -- "RCR has always had smart racecar drivers. Smart racecar drivers keep themselves out of trouble and keep their car in one piece so they have something in the end. They know to expect trouble at some point and they know who to try and avoid it as well."

On Harvick at Bristol -- "Kevin is one of the best drivers at Bristol. He definitely has a knack for that place, and it's a real pleasure to have him in the car for us there. He knows what he wants in a car there, and he'll make the most out of every run he has there. It should be a good weekend for us."

On the next three races with Kevin -- "It'll be good from several aspects. One, it helps us build momentum and rhythm with Kevin, since he'll be with us for three out of the next four races. You also have to figure in that the tracks we'll be going to are some of Kevin's best tracks, and that'll give us a great shot to make a run at the some of the teams ahead of us in the points."

Kevin Harvick on the Victory Junction Donation -- "I am excited to be part of the national launch of the REESE'S BIG CUP. My wife, DeLana, and I are huge supporters and fans of Victory Junction Gang Camp, so this adds even more incentive for me to drive the No. 29 REESE'S BIG CUP car to a win in Bristol."

On why he likes Bristol so much -- "I grew up on a half-mile, high-banked racetrack. I know Bristol is a lot more banked, but it's kind of the same mindset for me driving around the track. It's very fast, high-banked concrete. It's short-track beating and banging, a lot of fun. I seem to have a lot of success every time I go, so I'm always excited to go back."

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Drivers Kevin Harvick , Brandon Miller