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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FIVE IN A ROW -
Kevin Harvick has not driven the PayDay Chevrolet since his July 19 second-place effort at the New Hampshire International Speedway. He has since collected a Winston Cup victory in the Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and has moved to fifth in the Winston Cup Championship standings. This week's event at the Michigan International Speedway will mark the first of five consecutive events that Harvick will drive the PayDay Chevrolet.
TWO POLES -
In seven Busch Series starts this season, Harvick has captured two Bud Pole Awards. The first pole came in April at the California Speedway, a track that many compare to Michigan. The second pole came at the end of May at the Lowe's Motor Speedway. Both poles set new Busch Series track qualifying records.
GAINING MOMENTUM -
During July, the team had three top-five efforts, (fourth at Daytona, second at New Hampshire fourth at Pikes Peak) and started from the pole twice when qualifying sessions were rained out. The next five races include returns to the sites of both PayDay Racing victories this season: the Bristol Motor Speedway and the Richmond International Raceway.
SAFETY ISSUES -
Beginning with the race at Michigan, all teams will be required to carry a fire extinguisher at the rear of the car near the fuel cell. The addition is a preventive measure to reduce the chance of combustion from rear impact wrecks.
THE CAR -
This week, crew chief Butch Hylton will load chassis No. 023 onto the PayDay transporter. It is the same car Kevin Harvick drove while blistering the California Speedway Busch Series track qualifying record, earning the PayDay team's first pole of the season. Harvick finished third in the race.
TEAM RANKINGS -
After 22 events, the PayDay Racing team leads the team rankings by 75 points over the No. 10 team (Scott Riggs) and 82 points over the third-place No. 37 team (David Green).
BUTCH HYLTON ON MICHIGAN -
"It's one of my favorite tracks that we go to. You can race from the line to the wall all the way around the place. It's real similar to California, but with a few more bumps. We ran well in California, and we're taking the same car back, so the team's excited."
ON BUILDING ON HARVICK'S MOMENTUM -
"We're looking forward to having Kevin in the car over then next five events. We hope to win a couple of races during that span, and to just continue to run well like we have all year. It's a give and take relationship between us and the 29 team, so we want to do all we can to make both teams better."