BUSCH: Charlotte: Kevin Harvick preview

TOTALLY NUTS ABOUT RACING - The PayDay peanut caramel bar is in the middle of its first season as the primary sponsor of the No. 21 PayDay Chevrolet. Richard Childress Racing prepares the PayDay Chevrolets. Three other Hershey brands will...

TOTALLY NUTS ABOUT RACING - The PayDay peanut caramel bar is in the middle of its first season as the primary sponsor of the No. 21 PayDay Chevrolet. Richard Childress Racing prepares the PayDay Chevrolets. Three other Hershey brands will accompany PayDay throughout the season: Zero, Whoppers and Whatchamacallit. PayDay Racing driver Kevin Harvick will compete in 15 of the 34 Busch Series events this season. Fellow RCR driver Johnny Sauter will drive the PayDay Chevy in the 19 other events on the schedule.

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HOME SWEET HOME - Saturday's Carquest Auto Parts 300 will be a homecoming for many of the drivers and teams. The Lowe's Motor Speedway is located in Concord, N.C., just minutes away from most of the shops and homes of the drivers and teams in the industry. The pits and garage areas are sure to be full of friends and family members this weekend.

SAUTER KEEPS PACE FOR THE PAYDAY TEAM - Sauter's 10th-place finish at Nazareth on Sunday was the PayDay team's 10th of the year and Sauter's eighth, including four with the No. 43 team. The finish keeps the PayDay team as the number one ranked team in the owner points, and Sauter dropped one spot to eighth in the driver points.

HARVICK SUPPORTS SAUTER AT NAZARETH - After a weekend of racing at Lowe's, where Harvick drove his Sonic Drive-In Chevy Silverado to a fifth-place finish and his Snap-On Tools Winston Cup car to a seventh-place finish in The Winston on Saturday night, Harvick made a trip to Nazareth on Sunday and sat on the PayDay pit box to watch teammate Johnny Sauter bring home another top-10 for the team.

HARVICK HAS ONE NBS POLE AT LOWE'S - Harvick's Busch Series record at Lowe's isn't too shabby. In four races, Harvick has two top-10 finishes and one Bud Pole. The Bud Pole came in May 2001, his Championship season. Harvick already has one Bud Pole this year, which he earned in April at California Speedway.

HARVICK'S LAST BUSCH SERIES RACE WAS A WIN AT RICHMOND - Harvick last saw action in the PayDay Chevrolet three weeks ago in Richmond, where Harvick claimed his second win of the year in the Busch Series. The first came at Bristol after a one-week layoff.

THE ULTIMATE "BUSCH WHACKER" RACE? - This weekend's event at Lowe's has all the makings to be the best Busch Series race of the year. Some might also consider it to be the "Ultimate Busch Whacker" race as 12 Winston Cup drivers are slated to compete, including the past three Busch Series Champions (Greg Biffle, Kevin Harvick, Jeff Green) and the current Winston Cup leader (Matt Kenseth).

A NEW CAR FOR CHARLOTTE - The PayDay team will take a new car to the Lowe's Motor Speedway for this weekend's Carquest Auto Parts 300. The new car is No. 027, and has only 10 laps on it from a test last week at Lowe's. This is third new car of the year for the PayDay team.

KEVIN HARVICK ON LOWE'S - "Chassis means as much as the body at Lowe's. The tires will fall off and if the sun is out it'll get real slippery. There's a lot of bumps in the backstretch and turns three and four are real bumpy, too. You need a good shock package and to try and find as much grip as possible."

ON THE WINSTON CUP DRIVERS IN THE EVENT - "We're taking a new car and we're real excited about that. We'll go about it the same way as we do the rest of the races. We're going to do everything we can to win."

BUTCH HYLTON ON RACING AT LOWE'S - "There's a lot of cool things about racing at Charlotte. We won this race last year, so obviously we're excited to go back. For me, and a lot of others in racing, the best part is that it's close to home and we get to enjoy the weekend with our families. I live six miles from the track, and my kids will be able to be there with me all weekend. So, it makes for a special weekend."

ON NEW CARS - "We're taking a new car to Lowe's. It only has about 10 laps on it from a test. I'm comfortable taking it. We shook it down pretty good, and we've got some good setups from last year that'll carry over. I'd only be nervous if we hadn't had the car on the track."

ON PREPARING THE CAR FOR HARVICK - "It's really pretty straight up. I talked with Todd (Berrier) quite a bit this week, and I've got some ideas about where to go with the setups I have in mind. Basically, we'll take the setups that have worked in the past, let Kevin take the car out for a few laps, and then he'll tell us what he wants."


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Drivers Matt Kenseth , Kevin Harvick , Greg Biffle , Jeff Green , Johnny Sauter
Teams Richard Childress Racing