BUSCH: Daytona II: Kevin Harvick preview

EVENT INFORMATION -- Event: NASCAR Busch Series Winn-Dixie 250; Time and Date: 8 p.m. EDT, Friday, July 1; Site: Daytona International Speedway, Daytona, Fla. Live Coverage: TNT (television) at 7:30 p.m. EDT and MRN (radio) at 7:15 p.m. EDT; ...

EVENT INFORMATION -- Event: NASCAR Busch Series Winn-Dixie 250; Time and Date: 8 p.m. EDT, Friday, July 1; Site: Daytona International Speedway, Daytona, Fla. Live Coverage: TNT (television) at 7:30 p.m. EDT and MRN (radio) at 7:15 p.m. EDT; Qualifying: 1:30 p.m. EDT, Friday, July 1, live on SPEED (television).

DID YOU KNOW? -- Harvick's average finishing spot of fourth is the highest of any Busch driver scheduled to compete this weekend at Daytona International Speedway. Also, his average starting spot of sixth is a close second to Reed Sorenson, who has only driven in one race at Daytona compared to Harvick's six.

HARVICK RETURNS -- Kevin Harvick will return to the seat of the No. 21 REESE'S Chevrolet after a three-week hiatus from the Busch Series. While Harvick was away, Miller took great care of the REESE'S Chevy, earning his highest finish of the season, 16th at Kentucky Speedway. Harvick will attempt his seventh consecutive top-10 finish in the Busch Series at Daytona International Speedway.

SPECIAL PAINT SCHEME -- HERSHEY'S TAKE 5 candy bar and Kevin Harvick are together again in Daytona in the No. 21 TAKE 5 Chevrolet this week. HERSHEY'S TAKE 5 is celebrating its 5-month anniversary at Daytona International Speedway. What a sweet place to celebrate!

HARVICK AT DAYTONA -- Harvick has competed in six Busch Series races at Daytona International Speedway. Harvick has yet to record a win, but he has finished in the top-10 in each of his six starts. Harvick has also finished on the lead lap in every Busch Series race at Daytona. "Happy" has a total of five top-five finishes and an average starting spot of sixth.

RCR SUPERSPEEDWAY PROGRAM -- The RCR Busch Series restrictor-plate program has been dominant throughout the past three seasons. In 16 restrictor-plate races since February 2003, RCR cars have qualified in the top-nine in every event, with an average starting position of fifth, including one pole by Clint Bowyer at Talladega in 2004. RCR also has 10 top-10 finishes in those 16 races.

REESE'S TEAM MAKES PIT STOP AT HERSHEY CHICAGO -- On Thursday, July 7, HERSHEY'S Chicago welcomes Harvick, Miller and the REESE'S Racing pit crew to meet Chicago area fans and share the fun and excitement of HERSHEY'S newest retail experience. Harvick, Miller and the REESE'S pit crew will serve HERSHEY'S desserts, sign autographs and compete against fans in a "REESE'S Racing Showdown" video game at HERSHEY'S Chicago, located at 822 N. Michigan Avenue on the Magnificent Mile. Harvick's appearance will be 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. CDT, followed by Miller and the crew from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. CDT.

OWNERS' POINTS -- The REESE'S Racing team is sixth in the Busch Series Owners' Points Standings, separated from the top spot by 242 points.

THE CAR -- The REESE'S Racing team will load chassis No. 038 on the REESE'S transporter. This is the same car Harvick drove to a second-place finish in the HERSHEY'S TAKE 5 300 at Daytona in February.


Crew chief Rick Viers on the REESE'S Racing goals for the remainder of the season -- "Our focus is still to win the Owners' Championship. We still are in the hunt; we just have a bigger hill to climb. We are still focusing on one race at a time. We want to bring a race car that can contend for the win week after week, which we have done almost every week this year."

On Brandon Miller -- "Brandon has improved in the past three races. I think we would have done a lot better this weekend if we would have gone to Milwaukee to test. By the end of the year, Brandon will be competing with the Busch Series regulars."

On Daytona International Speedway -- "You're either fast or you're not. We've had great race cars down there the last couple of years, and I look for the same thing when we go back. We've got a great race car and an experienced driver. Kevin will give us a good run, and it should be exciting."

* Harvick has posted a top-five finish in each of his six Busch Series starts in Daytona.

* Harvick has one pole at Daytona, which he earned in qualifying for the July 2002 Nextel Cup race.

* Harvick has never had a DNF (did not finish) at Daytona International Speedway.

* Harvick will drive the REESE'S Chevy in six of the next 10 Busch Series events.

* Harvick's best finish at Daytona International Speedway was Feb. 17, 2001, when he finished second.

* Harvick has yet to win a Busch Series pole this season. He started from the pole during both races at Lowe's Motor Speedway in 2003.

* Miller will return to the REESE'S Chevrolet July 23 at Pikes Peak International Raceway.


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Drivers Kevin Harvick , Brandon Miller , Clint Bowyer , Reed Sorenson