BUSCH: Daytona: Kevin Harvick preview

One Sweet Race Hershey's TAKE 5 brand is the title sponsor of the Hershey's TAKE 5 300. This marks the third consecutive year that a Hershey Foods brand has served as title sponsor of the season-opening Busch Series event. Lucky Number ...

One Sweet Race

Hershey's TAKE 5 brand is the title sponsor of the Hershey's TAKE 5 300. This marks the third consecutive year that a Hershey Foods brand has served as title sponsor of the season-opening Busch Series event.

Lucky Number Five

Five lucky fans were randomly selected from hundreds of thousands of entries. The winners and their guests will receive tickets to the Hershey's TAKE 5 300 and Daytona 500 NASCAR races. In addition, prior to the start of the Hershey's TAKE 5 300, the winners will compete for a chance to win an official pace car. One lucky winner will take home the official 2005 Chevrolet Corvette pace car used in the Hershey's TAKE 5 300. To conclude their weekend, all five winners will have the opportunity to experience the thrill of a lifetime when they "TAKE 5" laps around Daytona International Speedway with Kevin Harvick behind the wheel on Monday, Feb. 21.

What is TAKE 5

Hershey's TAKE 5 bar is the newest entry into the ultra-competitive candy bar category. Blending five of America's favorite ingredients: pretzels, caramel, peanut butter, peanuts and Hershey's Milk Chocolate, TAKE 5 offers an exclusive opportunity to satisfy taste buds everywhere with the perfect balance of salty and sweet, while providing an on-the-go, mid-day pick-me up that many consumers are looking for to get them through their day. This product has been in stores since December and has a suggested retail price of 69 to 79 cents.

Daytona Testing

During Daytona testing Kevin Harvick and the No. 21 REESE'S team posted some of the fastest times on the board. Harvick posted a top speed of 181.554 mph during single car testing. On the final day of drafting practice, Harvick would post his fastest drafting time, which was 48.068 seconds.

Kevin Harvick on Daytona

"We ran well the three days of testing. We also had one of the fastest cars during drafting practice. I feel like we have a great chance to win, and the REESE'S Racing team is always excited competing at a speedway event.

"The new impound rules that NASCAR has in place for the 2005 season will really help the Busch Series out. It will really help the teams when it comes to money. It will also make teams focus on either a qualifying run or a car that is race ready during practice. This will in turn make the races more interesting.

Crew Chief Rick Viers:

"Testing in Daytona went very well for the No. 21 REESE'S Chevrolet and the entire RCR Busch program. We had one of the best cars during drafting practice, and drafting is going to be our focus while we are in Daytona.

"Our focus this year is to win the race. During practice we are going to focus mainly on drafting. The REESE'S team is not planning to worry much about qualifying. With the new impound rules that NASCAR has in place for the 2005 season, we have to put all of our focus on getting the No. 21 REESE'S Chevy race ready. With how the race is set up this year, we could be in 20th on one lap and draft with a few fast cars and be in the lead on the next lap, if you are as smart as Kevin."

Sweet Facts

* Harvick has posted a top-10 finish in each of his five Busch Series starts in Daytona.

* Harvick has led a total of 115 laps at Daytona International Speedway.

* Harvick has not had a DNF during any of his five Busch Series race at Daytona International Speedway.

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

This Week's Car

This week, crew chief Rick Viers will load chassis No.038 on the REESE'S transporter. This is the same car Harvick drove to a fourth-place finish in the HERSHEY'S KISSES 300 at Daytona last February and an eight-place finish in the Winn-Dixie 250 at Daytona in July.

Special Paint Scheme

Harvick's No. 21 Chevrolet will sport a special paint scheme for the Hershey's TAKE 5 300. Harvick's car will bear the red and gold to coincide with the TAKE 5 packaging and the race entitlement.

-khr-

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Kevin Harvick