EVENT INFORMATION - Event: NASCAR Busch Series Bashas' Supermarkets 200; Time and Date: 3 p.m. EST, Saturday, Nov. 1; Site: Phoenix International Raceway; Live Coverage: TNT (television) at 3 p.m. EST and MRN (radio) at 2:45 p.m. EST. Qualifying:...
EVENT INFORMATION - Event: NASCAR Busch Series Bashas' Supermarkets 200; Time and Date: 3 p.m. EST, Saturday, Nov. 1; Site: Phoenix International Raceway; Live Coverage: TNT (television) at 3 p.m. EST and MRN (radio) at 2:45 p.m. EST. Qualifying: 3:35 p.m. EST, Thursday, Nov. 30; Happy Hour: Friday, Nov. 31, 11:15 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 will accompany 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 remaining races of the season, bringing his total to 18, and Sauter competed in 16 events.
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HARVICK DOES IT AGAIN - Kevin Harvick drove the No. 21 PayDay Chevrolet to his 16th top-10 finish of the year in Busch Series competition, including a top-10 finish in the No. 29 Sonic Chevrolet. Harvick has finished in the top 10 in all 16 of the Busch Series events he has competed in this season. He has 11 top-five finishes, three wins and three poles.
THE GOAL - At the beginning of the 2003 season, the PayDay team set out to do one thing: win the Busch Series Owner's Championship. After 31 events, the PayDay team is the top-ranked unit in the standings, 216 points ahead of the No. 37 team (David Green) and 229 points ahead of the No. 10 team (Scott Riggs).
TRIPLE DUTY - This weekend will be the second time this year that Harvick will compete in all three of NASCAR's national series. Harvick will drive his own No. 6 Chevrolet Silverado in the Craftsman Truck Series event Friday. Then Saturday, Harvick will drive the No. 21 PayDay Chevrolet in the Busch Series race. He will drive the No. 29 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet in the Winston Cup Series race Sunday.
WINSTON WEST SERIES - Bakersfield, Calif., native Kevin Harvick cut his teeth in racing while competing in Late Model stock cars in the Southwest. He was crowned the 1998 Winston West Series champion. Harvick only has three Busch Series starts at Phoenix, but plenty of experience in all three of NASCAR's elite divisions.
THE CAR - This week crew chief Butch Hylton will load chassis No. 025 on the PayDay transporter. The car is a proven multi-race winner. Harvick drove the car to wins at Bristol (Tenn.) and Richmond (Va.) earlier this season. Hylton refers to this chassis as "old school" and is excited to return it to the track. The team tested this chassis at Phoenix a few weeks ago with Harvick behind the wheel. The car was fast during both days of testing.
BUTCH HYLTON ON PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY - "We had a great test there, so I'm excited to get back there. Kevin's got a lot of experience at Phoenix and we're taking a good car there for him to run. It's a flat track similar to Loudon (N.H.) and we had some decent success there this season. It should be a good weekend for us."
ON THE CAR - "We going 'old school' with No. 025. It's our oldest, best and most reliable car in our stable. Kevin has a couple wins in this chassis already this season, and we'd sure like to get him another one in Phoenix. It tested well, and hopefully will get faster as the weekend goes along."
ON GETTTING BACK TO BASICS - "We've tried some new packages lately with the cars and have had mixed success. We're going back to basics this weekend and going with the setups that have got us to this point. We're just 'old school' in Phoenix."