BUSCH: Bristol: Kevin Harvick, Jeff Burton preview

CHOCOLATE VS. PEANUT BUTTER -- This weekend the REESE'S Racing program will have two cars competing in the Sharpie Professional 250, the No. 29 driven by Kevin Harvick and the No. 21 driven by Jeff Burton. This corresponds with the debut of two ...

CHOCOLATE VS. PEANUT BUTTER -- This weekend the REESE'S Racing program will have two cars competing in the Sharpie Professional 250, the No. 29 driven by Kevin Harvick and the No. 21 driven by Jeff Burton. This corresponds with the debut of two limited edition cups: REESE'S Peanut Butter Lovers and REESE'S Chocolate Lovers on March 15, Burton will drive the REESE'S Peanut Lovers car, and Harvick will drive the REESE'S Chocolate Lovers car.

REESE'S VOTE -- While Harvick and Burton will be campaigning on the track, they are also encouraging REESE'S lovers to taste, vote and win as part of "The Great REESE'S Limited Edition Vote." After enjoying the new REESE'S Peanut Butter Lovers and REESE'S Chocolate Lovers Peanut Butter Cups, consumers can log on to www.REESES.com to enter their favorite winning combination. All entrants will have the chance to win a trip for four to the sweetest place on Earth: Hershey, Pa. Voting runs now through Sept. 20 and is limited to one online entry per person.

WHY IS HARVICK IN THE No. 29? -- Harvick will drive the No. 29 REESE'S Chevrolet this weekend. The reason for the change in numbers is to guarantee that both drivers will make the race. Harvick has a provisional since he is a past Busch Series Champion, and the No. 21 is in the top 30 in points for the 2005 season. Thus, both entries are guaranteed a starting position.

THE WINNING COMBINATION -- Harvick and Burton have had tremendous success at Bristol Motor Speedway. They have combined for four wins, eight top-five finishes, 11 top-10 finishes and three poles.

KEVIN HARVICK

A DRIVER FAVORITE -- It is no secret that Bristol Motor Speedway is one of Harvick's favorite tracks. The high-banked half-mile is similar 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.

PAST RACE WINNER -- Harvick is a three-time Busch Series winner at Bristol Motor Speedway. He won the spring race two years ago in the No. 21 PAYDAY Chevrolet. Harvick also won from the pole August 2000, leading 241 of 250 laps.

BRISTOL EXPERIENCE -- Harvick has enjoyed substantial success at Bristol Motor Speedway. In 10 Busch Series starts at Bristol, Harvick has claimed three wins, two poles and an average finish of 10th. In six Nextel Cup starts at Bristol, Harvick has collected four top-five finishes and six top-10 finishes, while completing 99.9 percent of the laps.

NEW YORK CITY -- Kevin Harvick and the REESE'S Racing team spent March 28-29 in New York City promoting "The Great REESE'S Limited Edition Vote." Harvick and the REESE'S team appeared on the NBC's "Today" Wednesday morning. Harvick also appeared on ESPN's "Cold Pizza," "ESPNEWS," "The Tony Danza Show" and Fox New Channel's "Dayside with Linda Vester."

JEFF BURTON

LONG TIME, NO SEE -- Burton has not raced a Busch car at Bristol Motor Speedway since 1998. His last race in the Busch Series was at Chicago in 2004, when he finished third.

TESTING, TESTING -- In preparation for the Sharpie Professional 250, Burton tested the No. 21 REESE'S Chevrolet at Bristol on March 22.

PAST SUCCESS -- Burton won the spring race in 1997 and has two top-five finishes, four top-10 finishes and one pole at Bristol Motor Speedway.

QUICK QUOTES:

Rick Viers on RCR's past 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 how to try and avoid it as well."

Jeff Burton on running the Busch Race at Bristol -- "I have high expectations for the Busch race, too. The RCR Busch program is one of the best in the series. We had a strong test there last week, so I'm real excited about the race. My Cup guys are helping out for the Busch race with pitting the REESE'S car and maintaining the car, so we have real high expectations. I know we have good people and good equipment, and we can lean on the experience of Gil Martin and Rick Viers, the other RCR Busch Series crew chiefs, since this will be the first Busch race I've run this year.

Kevin Harvick 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 racetrack. 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."

-rcr-

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jeff Burton , Kevin Harvick