BUSCH: Kansas: Johnny Sauter preview

TOTALLY NUTS ABOUT RACING -- The PayDay peanut caramel bar is in 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 ...

TOTALLY NUTS ABOUT RACING --

The PayDay peanut caramel bar is in 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 16 of the 34 Busch Series events this season. Fellow RCR driver Johnny Sauter will drive the PayDay Chevy in the 18 other events on the schedule.

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SAUTER'S BACK --

PayDay Racing driver Johnny Sauter will return to the seat of the No. 21 PayDay Chevrolet for the first time since the August race at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Sauter has been busy since he has been away from the PayDay car. He won his first Busch Series race of the year in September at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway and has competed in several Winston Cup races in the No. 4 Pontiac. Sauter has not wandered far from the No. 21 team. He traveled with the team to Kansas two weeks ago for a test session. Sauter will drive in four of the final seven races of the season for PayDay team, with his final race coming in November at North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham.

KANSAS TEST--

RCR drivers Johnny Sauter and Kevin Harvick visited Kansas Speedway two weeks ago for a two-day test session. Sauter drove the No. 21 PayDay Chevrolet, and Harvick drove the No. 29 Sonic Chevrolet. Crew chief Butch Hylton said both drivers learned a lot to apply to the Kansas event, and that both cars responded well to all the different combinations the teams tried on the cars.

HARVICK AND SONIC JOIN FORCES FOR BUSCH RACE --

Sonic Drive-In will sponsor Kevin Harvick's Busch Series effort this weekend, as he will pilot the No. 29 Sonic Chevrolet at Kansas Speedway. Harvick drove the No. 29 Chevy in Busch Series events last year, as it sported several special paint schemes. The Sonic car will allow for all three RCR Busch Series drivers (Harvick, Sauter and Ron Hornaday) to compete in the same race for the first time this season. Harvick and Sauter normally split driving duties.

RANKINGS --

After 27 events, the PayDay Racing team sits atop the team rankings, 220 points ahead of the No. 5 team (Brian Vickers) and 252 points ahead of the third-place No. 10 team (Scott Riggs).

THE CAR --

This week crew chief Butch Hylton will load chassis No. 015 onto the PayDay transporter. That car has previously seen action at Rockingham, Darlington, Gateway, Nazareth and Kentucky this season. The car was completely rebuilt during the summer. The team brought the car to the Kansas test session in September.

JOHNNY SAUTER ON KANSAS SPEEDWAY --

"It's a really great facility. Kansas is one of the nicest places we visit all year. I enjoy the racing here. It's similar to Chicago, and I really like Chicago. Basically, I'm just really excited to get back into the PayDay car and to go racing at the Kansas Speedway."

ON THE KANSAS TEST --

"The test went really well for us. We had two solid days of testing, and I feel like we learned a lot in Kansas. We threw all kinds of different setups at it, and I think we've found one that'll work. Now it's just a matter of going out there and working hard and put a great run together in the PayDay Chevy."

CREW CHIEF BUTCH HYLTON ON KANSAS --

"I can't say enough about the place. It's a state-of-the-art facility, and we enjoy going there. We've had good runs at Kansas, and we've had good runs at the tracks that are similar to Kansas. We tested there a couple of weeks ago, and I think we learned a lot. I can't wait to get there."

ON THE CAR --

"This car has been great for us in the past. It's No. 015, but it's basically a new car for us. We've completely rebuilt it basically from the ground up. We took the things that we've learned throughout the year and made it right. We tested it at Kansas and we should be pretty competitive this weekend."

ON HAVING ALL THREE RCR DRIVERS AT KANSAS --

"It's a big advantage for us to have all three of our guys racing this weekend. We already tested two of them at Kansas a few weeks ago, so I think we'll be able to learn a lot during the weekend, and have three good cars for the race."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Scott Riggs , Johnny Sauter , Brian Vickers
Teams Richard Childress Racing