EVENT INFORMATION - Event: NASCAR Busch Series Alan Kulwicki 250; Time and Date: 9 p.m. EDT, Saturday, June 26; Site: The Milwaukee Mile, West Allis, Wis. Live Coverage: FX (television) at 8:30 p.m. EDT and MRN (radio) at 8:45 p.m. ET; Qualifying:...
EVENT INFORMATION - Event: NASCAR Busch Series Alan Kulwicki 250; Time and Date: 9 p.m. EDT, Saturday, June 26; Site: The Milwaukee Mile, West Allis, Wis. Live Coverage: FX (television) at 8:30 p.m. EDT and MRN (radio) at 8:45 p.m. ET; Qualifying: 6 p.m. EDT, Saturday, June 26, on SPEED (television).
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.
THE HISTORIC MILWAUKEE MILE - The Milwaukee Mile has been in business for more than 100 years. This year, the "Historic Mile" will see another first. Bowyer will make his first career Busch Series start at The Historic Milwaukee Mile this weekend, but this is not the only track on which Bowyer will make his first start this season. Bowyer made firsts at Texas Motor Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway, Nazareth Speedway and Kentucky Speedway, and is scheduled to make five more "firsts" at tracks later in the season.
TESTING AT KENTUCKY AGAIN - For the third consecutive week, Bowyer will travel to Kentucky Speedway for on-track action. Three weeks ago, Bowyer tested a Busch Series car at the 1.5-mile oval in preparation for last week's Meijer 300. This week, Bowyer will test a Nextel Cup car for RCR. Most importantly, Bowyer will accumulate coveted seat time.
A ROOKIE, REALLY - This weekend's event at The Milwaukee Mile will mark Bowyer's eighth career Busch Series start. Unlike many other rookies who rose through other divisions such as ARCA, ASA and the Craftsman Truck Series, Bowyer has very limited stock car experience. Before the 2004 season, Bowyer had competed in two ARCA races and was in only his third year of asphalt racing. With the combination of his Busch Series starts, an ARCA start and two NASCAR West Series starts this season, Bowyer has a total of 12 stock-car races under his belt in just four years on asphalt. Bowyer is trying to get all the seat time he can by testing Craftsman Trucks, Busch Series and Nextel Cup cars whenever possible.
ONE-DAY SHOW - For the second time this season, the Busch Series will participate in a "one day show." The teams practice, qualify and race all in the same day. The teams already did that earlier this season at Gateway International Raceway, and will do so again in August at Indianapolis Raceway Park.
DID YOU KNOW? - Bowyer's spotter for the 2004 season is RCR General Manager Mike Dillon. Dillon, a former driver and son-in-law of Richard Childress, has provided Bowyer with guidance and knowledge of the cars and tracks to help speed up Bowyer's learning curve. Dillon and Bowyer are developing chemistry over the radio during the race.
THE CAR - This week, crew chief Ricky Viers will load chassis No. 024 onto the REESE'S transporter. The car is a favorite of Bowyer's. He drove it to two top-four finishes at Nashville Superspeedway and a 12th-place finish at Gateway. Bowyer has never been to Milwaukee, but the track has many similar characteristics as Gateway.
QUICK QUOTES AND NOTES:
Crew chief Ricky Viers on Bowyer at Milwaukee - "We're really excited to get up there and get Clint out on the track. I would say that Milwaukee is probably closest to Gateway, and Clint ran very well, despite getting caught up in a wreck early. He continues to learn and improve each week, and I look for much of the same this weekend."
Clint Bowyer on Milwaukee - "I've never been there, heck, I haven't even seen a picture of the place. I'm going to get a tape of last year's race and try and watch a little bit of it to figure out what I need to do. Rick [Viers] tells me it's like Gateway, so we'll see how that goes. I was pretty comfortable at Gateway, and hopefully I'll be the same at Milwaukee."