BUSCH: Fontana: Kevin Harvick preview

EVENT INFORMATION - Event: NASCAR Busch Series CaliforniaSpeedway.com 300; Time and Date: 4 p.m. ET, Saturday, April 26; Site: California Speedway; Live Coverage: Fox (television) and MRN (radio) at 4 p.m. ET. Qualifying: 4:30 p.m. ET, Friday,...

EVENT INFORMATION - Event: NASCAR Busch Series CaliforniaSpeedway.com 300; Time and Date: 4 p.m. ET, Saturday, April 26; Site: California Speedway; Live Coverage: Fox (television) and MRN (radio) at 4 p.m. ET. Qualifying: 4:30 p.m. ET, Friday, April 25; Happy Hour: Friday, April 25, 7:30 p.m. ET, approx.

TOTALLY NUTS ABOUT RACING - The PayDay peanut caramel bar enters its first season as the primary sponsor of the PayDay Chevrolet. The PayDay Chevy comes out of the Richard Childress Racing Busch Series stable. 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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HARVICK IS BACK - PayDay Racing driver Kevin Harvick returns to the Busch series this weekend after a three-race layoff. Harvick's last run in the PayDay Chevy was a win in Bristol, his third win at Bristol and eighth career Busch Series victory. Harvick will also carry a 21-point lead in the owner's standings to California. Following the Busch Series race, Harvick will return home Saturday night to Mesa Marin Raceway in Bakersfield, Calif., to compete in a Late Model Stock event. Harvick was the 1993 Mesa Marin Track Champion.

CALIFORNIA KID - Kevin Harvick is certainly no stranger to California. In fact, Harvick grew up just a few hours north of Fontana in Bakersfield, Calif. Harvick, who first raced competitively in a go-kart just after kindergarten, has his racing roots firmly planted in southern California.

TEAM RANKINGS - After eight events, the PayDay Racing team leads the team rankings by 21 points over the No. 92 team (Todd Bodine) and 38 points over the third-place No. 1 team (McMurray/Stremme). PayDay has not been ranked lower than third this season and has occupied the top spot after four of the eight events. Johnny Sauter reclaimed the lead for PayDay with his second-place finish at Nashville.

BUSCH WHACKERS - Winston Cup drivers have won seven of the eight Busch Series events this season, with Harvick claiming one of those wins in Bristol. A heated debate over Winston Cup drivers participating in the Busch Series made its annual appearance on the news pages. The series enjoyed its first of nine stand-alone events last weekend in Nashville, and David Green became the first Busch driver to win a Busch Series event this year. The debate will heat up again in California, as several Winston Cup drivers are slated to compete.

KEVIN HARVICK ON THE OWNER'S CHAMPIONSHIP - "My first goal is to win every weekend and second to gain points. I've been really fortunate this year and have been in a position to win every time I've been in the car. Johnny's ran well, but had some bad luck. It'll all add up in the end, and we should be in pretty good shape."

ON GOING HOME TO CALIFORNIA - "California is close to my hometown, so it's an important place for me to run well. Its groove has spread out over the last three years to where you can run from the bottom to the middle of the racetrack and be competitive in either lane. I won an IROC race there last year, won some Winston West races there, and always run really good there. It's a very smooth, fast racetrack."

ON RACING IN DIFFERENT SERIES AND CARS - "Being in a racecar keeps my mind off of everything else. I like to race, and I like to stay in the racecar as much as possible. This weekend, I'll drive a late model at Mesa Marin. Racing at Mesa Marin is a way for me to give back to all the loyal fans and supporters. It's where I got my start, so it's a special place for me."

BUTCH HYLTON ON HARVICK'S EXPERIENCE AT CALIFORNIA - "Kevin has a lot of good experience at California. It's obviously a special track for him since he grew up in the area and got his start in racing out there. We (No. 21 team) ran well there last year, so we're excited to head back. We've ran well with Kevin and Johnny this year, and expect the same again this weekend."

ON THE OWNER'S CHAMPIONSHIP - "We go to the track every weekend expecting to do well. Our main focus is the owner's championship. To achieve that, you have to run well every week. We'll just keep doing what we've been doing so far this season, and the rest will take care of itself."


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Drivers Todd Bodine , Kevin Harvick , David Green , Johnny Sauter
Teams Richard Childress Racing