BUSCH: Homestead: Harvick/Sauter preview

EVENT INFORMATION -- Event: NASCAR Busch Series Ford 300; Time and Date: noon EST, Saturday, Nov. 15; Site: Homestead-Miami Speedway; Live Coverage: NBC (television) at noon EST and MRN (radio) at 11:45 a.m. EST. Qualifying: 2:45 p.m. EST,...

EVENT INFORMATION -- Event: NASCAR Busch Series Ford 300; Time and Date: noon EST, Saturday, Nov. 15; Site: Homestead-Miami Speedway; Live Coverage: NBC (television) at noon EST and MRN (radio) at 11:45 a.m. EST. Qualifying: 2:45 p.m. EST, Thursday, Nov. 13; Happy Hour: Friday, Nov. 14, 11:45 a.m. EST.

TOTALLY NUTS ABOUT RACING -- The PayDay peanut caramel bar is in its first season as the primary sponsor of the No. 21 PayDay Chevrolet. The No. 21 PayDay Chevy comes out of the Richard Childress Racing Busch Series stable. Three other Hershey brands have accompanied PayDay throughout the season: Zero, Whoppers and Whatchamacallit. PayDay Racing drivers Kevin Harvick and Johnny Sauter have split duties all season. Harvick will drive the final race of the season in the No. 21, bringing his total to 18, and Sauter competed in 16 events in the No. 21.

2003 CHAMPIONS! -- Last Saturday at North Carolina Speedway, the No. 21 PayDay team clinched the 2003 NASCAR Busch Series Owners' Championship. The team was able to do so by virtue of Kevin Harvick's 14th-place finish in the Target House 200. That means the Busch Series drivers' and owners' titles will be split this year, a feat only accomplished two other times in NASCAR history. During the 2003 season, the PayDay team collected the most top-five finishes (16), the most top-10 finishes (23), the most poles (5), and has led the most laps (1,123) in the most races (22).

BUSCH SERIES FIRST -- The PayDay team's championship marks the first time in the history of the NASCAR Busch Series that a split championship has occurred, meaning the drivers' title and owners' title were won by two different teams. It is the first split championship in the modern era of NASCAR, with the last split occurring in 1963.

PAYDAY DOUBLE -- To honor the championship, RCR will field two PayDay Chevrolets for the Busch Series event on Saturday. Kevin Harvick will pilot the No. 21 PayDay Chevrolet and teammate Johnny Sauter will drive the No. 29 PayDay Chevrolet. PayDay Racing car chief Dan Deeringhoff will serve as crew chief for Sauter's team. The PayDay "double" will be a special way to honor the drivers, sponsors and team for their incredible championship season.

THE TEAM -- The unsung heroes of the 2003 championship season are the guys that work hard everyday on the PayDay Chevrolet. The formula of two drivers and one car presented extra challenges for the team to overcome. The PayDay Chevrolet was competitive every week and often the best car on the track. It is fitting in a sport that values teamwork, the PayDay team has set a new standard for teamwork and achieving goals regardless of the obstacle.

THE CAR(S) -- This week, crew chief Butch Hylton will load chassis No. 029R onto the PayDay transporter. That will be Sauter's No. 29 PayDay Chevrolet. Sauter drove the car to a third-place finish in Memphis. The car is a short-track chassis.

Hylton will also take chassis No. 023 to Homestead for Harvick to drive. Harvick most recently drove the car last month at Atlanta (ninth). He also drove the car to victory at Michigan in August.

BUTCH HYLTON ON WINNING THE CHAMPIONSHIP -- "I can't even begin to describe how proud I am of the guys on this team who have worked so hard this season to become champions. We've had a great season and so many great moments. A huge thank you to Richard [Childress], Will [Lind] and our sponsor PayDay for making this happen. We just need to go out now and get a win in Homestead to put an exclamation point on the season."

ON TWO PAYDAY CHEVROLETS -- "We wanted to say thanks to PayDay since they'll be moving to an associate sponsorship on the car next year, as Reese's will become our primary sponsor. The PayDay brand has been so good to us all year long, that we really wanted to have something special in Homestead. Now we've got two championship cars in the event, and hopefully we can finish one-two for PayDay."

ON HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY -- "We're going to get to test there on Tuesday. Everybody will test there, so everybody will have the same opportunity to test and collect info for the race. It should be really good racing and should be and exciting end to the season.

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Drivers Kevin Harvick , Johnny Sauter
Teams Richard Childress Racing