BUSCH: Michigan: Kevin Harvick preview

EVENT INFORMATION - Event: NASCAR Busch Series Cabela's 250; Time and Date: 2 p.m. EDT, Saturday, Aug. 21; Site: Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Mich. Live Coverage: TNT (television) at 1 p.m. EDT and MRN (radio) at 12:45 p.m. EDT.

EVENT INFORMATION - Event: NASCAR Busch Series Cabela's 250; Time and Date: 2 p.m. EDT, Saturday, Aug. 21; Site: Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Mich. Live Coverage: TNT (television) at 1 p.m. EDT and MRN (radio) at 12:45 p.m. EDT. Qualifying: 1 p.m. EDT, Friday, Aug. 20.

DEFENDING CHAMPIONS - For the first time in NASCAR Busch Series history, the Owners' Championship and the Drivers' Championship were split. The No. 21 PAYDAY Chevrolet team won the Owners' Championship in commanding fashion, clinching the title at Rockingham with one race remaining in the season. The team finished 261 points ahead of the No. 5 team of Brian Vickers, who claimed the Drivers' Championship. In 2004, the No. 21 Chevrolet carries the REESE'S peanut butter cups colors as the team attempts to defend its title. Harvick will compete in 20 of the 34 Busch Series events this season, and rookie driver Clint Bowyer will drive the No. 21 REESE'S Chevy in the 14 other events on the schedule.

DEFENDING RACE WINNER-Harvick crossed the finish line first in last year's Cabela's 250. He won the massive 150-pound bronze trophy depicting two grizzly bears fighting, a replica of the 20-foot tall "Fierce Encounter" bronze statue that stands guard over Cabela's Dundee, Mich., retail store. It was Harvick's second of three victories last season.

BUSCHWHACKER-Harvick will join 12 other Nextel Cup Series regulars for Busch Series competition Saturday. Veteran drivers Rusty Wallace and Mark Martin, who holds the record for most series wins, will return to the Busch Series. Last season, "Buschwhackers" were criticized for winning Busch Series races, but Busch Series regulars have held their own against the Nextel Cup drivers this season. Busch Series drivers have won 12 of the 22 races this season.

NASCAR DAY-Hershey Foods Corp. will participate in the inaugural NASCAR Day Aug. 20. Hershey employees across the nation will take part in the event that benefits the Victory Junction Gang Camp.

WHAT'S NEXT?-The next four races for Harvick are at what could be considered his best four tracks. Harvick has six of his 12 career Busch Series wins at those tracks. Harvick has one win, two top-five finishes and three top10 finishes in three starts at Michigan. He has three wins and five top-five finishes in nine starts at Bristol, and one pole and two top-five finishes in four starts at California. At Richmond, Harvick has one win, two top-five finishes and three top-10 finishes in seven races.

THE CAR-This week, crew chief Ricky Viers will load chassis No. 044 onto the REESE'S transporter. This is the same car Harvick drove to a third-place finish at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May.

QUICK QUOTES AND NOTES:

Crew chief Ricky Viers on Michigan -"It's motor track, and we'll be bringing our best there. Obliviously Kevin is the defending race winner, and has always run well there before. There's going to be some very good cars in the field, but we're going to be one of those. I'm looking forward to the race."

On the next four races-"It'll be good from several aspects. One, it helps us build momentum and rhythm with Kevin, since he'll be with us every week for the next month or so. You also have to figure in that the tracks we'll be going to are some of Kevin's best tracks, and that'll give us a great shot to make a run at the two teams ahead of us in the points."

* Bowyer will not drive the REESE'S Chevrolet again until Oct. 9 at Kansas Speedway.

* Harvick's most recent Busch Series race marked his 100th start (New Hampshire). This week marks the beginning of another 100 Busch Series starts.

* Harvick has 12 wins in the NASCAR Busch Series

* Harvick has yet to win a Busch Series pole this season.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Rusty Wallace , Kevin Harvick , Brian Vickers , Clint Bowyer , Mark Martin