EVENT INFORMATION - Event: NASCAR Busch Series Twister 300; Time and Date: 2 p.m. EDT, Saturday, July 10; Site: Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet, Ill. Live Coverage: NBC (television) at 2 p.m. EDT and MRN (radio) at 1:30 p.m. EDT. Qualifying: 2:30 p.m.
EVENT INFORMATION - Event: NASCAR Busch Series Twister 300; Time and Date: 2 p.m. EDT, Saturday, July 10; Site: Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet, Ill. Live Coverage: NBC (television) at 2 p.m. EDT and MRN (radio) at 1:30 p.m. EDT. Qualifying: 2:30 p.m. EDT, Thursday, July 9.
DEFENDING CHAMPIONS - For the first time in NASCAR Busch Series history, the Owners' Championship and the Drivers' Championship were split. The No. 21 PAYDAY Chevrolet team won the Owners' Championship in commanding fashion, clinching the title at Rockingham with one race remaining in the season. The team finished 261 points ahead of the No. 5 team of Brian Vickers, who claimed the Drivers' Championship. In 2004, the No. 21 Chevrolet carries the REESE'S peanut butter cups colors as the team attempts to defend its title. Harvick will compete in 20 of the 34 Busch Series events this season, and rookie driver Clint Bowyer will drive the No. 21 REESE'S Chevy in the 14 other events on the schedule.
HARVICK RETURNS TO CHICAGOLAND- Harvick, the 2000 Busch Series Rookie of the Year and the 2001 Busch Series Champion will return to Chicagoland Speedway for just his second Busch Series start there. In the track's brief three-year history, it has had three different Busch Series winners, with an RCR win in 2002 when Johnny Sauter drove the No. 2 AC Delco Chevrolet to victory.
A WINNER AT CHICAGO-Two of Harvick's four Nextel Cup Series victories have come at Chicagoland Speedway. Harvick won the first two events at the track and narrowly missed his third consecutive victory last year by running out of fuel in the closing laps.
HARVICK TO GET TWO EXTRA TEAMMATES-RCR will be well-represented in the Twister 300. Not only will Harvick and Ron Hornaday compete in the No. 21 REESE'S Chevrolet and No. 2 AC Delco Chevrolet, respectively, but RCR will also field the No. 29 ESGR Chevrolet to be driven by Ricky Craven. Harvick's No. 21 teammate Clint Bowyer will also compete behind the wheel of the Andy Petree Racing No. 33 Chevrolet.
RCR ROLLS AT DAYTONA-RCR put together another impressive run Friday night at Daytona International Speedway. Harvick qualified third and finished eighth, while Hornaday qualified fifth and finished ninth. RCR has qualified in the inside the top seven in the last 11 Busch Series restrictor-plate races.
THE CAR-This week, crew chief Ricky Viers will load chassis No. 044 onto the REESE'S transporter. This is the same car Harvick drove to a third-place finish at Charlotte in May.
QUICK QUOTES AND NOTES:
Crew chief Ricky Viers on Chicagoland-"Kevin runs very well there. We've got a great car for him this week, and we've run well at the mile-and-a-half's this year. We won there in 2002 with Johnny, and we've got a couple extra teammates there this weekend. It should be a good weekend for us, and I expect good results."
* Harvick is scheduled to make his 100th career Busch Series start at New Hampshire International Speedway July 24.
* Harvick will drive the REESE'S Chevrolet in eight of the next 10 Busch Series events.
* Bowyer will drive the No. 33 entry for Andy Petree Racing at Chicagoland Speedway before returning to the REESE'S Chevrolet July 31 at Pikes Peak International Raceway.
* Harvick has only one Busch Series start at the Chicagoland Speedway. He finished fourth.