BUSCH: Richmond: Kevin Harvick preview

EVENT INFORMATION - Event: NASCAR Busch Series Funai 250; Time and Date: 8:05 p.m. EDT, Friday, May 13; Site: Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, Va. Live Coverage: FX (television) at 7:30 p.m. EDT and MRN (radio) at 7 p.m.

EVENT INFORMATION - Event: NASCAR Busch Series Funai 250; Time and Date: 8:05 p.m. EDT, Friday, May 13; Site: Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, Va. Live Coverage: FX (television) at 7:30 p.m. EDT and MRN (radio) at 7 p.m. EDT; Qualifying: 4:30 p.m. EDT, Friday, May 13, live on SPEED (television).

"HAPPY" RETURNS - Harvick returns to the REESE'S Chevrolet after a one-week hiatus. Short tracks are Harvick's favorite type of track, making the .75- mile Richmond International Raceway the perfect setting for Harvick to claim his second victory of the season.

HARVICK AT RICHMOND - Harvick has competed in eight Busch Series races at Richmond International Raceway. Harvick has one win, five top-five finishes and six top-ten finishes. He has an average starting spot of 7.8 and an average finishing position of 8.5.

HARVICK MARCHES ON - Of the seven Busch Series events that Harvick has competed in this season, he has one win, six top-five finishes and six top- ten finishes. He finished third and seventh at Richmond International Raceway in 2004.

TWIZZLERS "TWIZTED" - Kevin Harvick will help introduce the new Twizzlers product this weekend when he gets behind the wheel of a specially painted Twizzlers Chevrolet for the Funai 250 at Richmond International Raceway. Twizzlers, America's favorite chewy twist candy product has gone "Twizted" with the introduction of Twizzlers Twizted Berry and Twizted Paradise Pull- n-Peel candy. The new Twizted product offers consumers multiple colors and flavors in each piece: Twizzlers Twizted Berry Pull-n-Peel contains strands of blue raspberry, berry cherry and berry grape; Twizzlers Twizted Paradise combines strawberry-punch and orange-flavored strands.

THE NATIONAL PIT CREW CHAMPIONSHIP - The REESE'S Racing team proved to be the fastest Busch Series team this year at the National Pit Crew Championship that was held May 9, at the Pit Instruction and Training facility in Mooresville, N.C. The REESE'S team finished the stop in 16.733 seconds and won $14,000.

ROCK N' ROLL - Harvick will unveil his No. 29 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet for September's Chevy Rock n' Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway on Friday afternoon. The press conference is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. in the infield media center.

NASCAR 360 - The reality show about the life of NASCAR drivers will return this Friday night at 10:30 p.m. EDT. Harvick will make his appearance on the last four episodes.

OWNERS' POINTS - The REESE'S Racing team is second in the Busch Series Owners' Points Standings, 98 points out of the top spot.

THE CAR - The REESE'S Racing team will unload chassis No. 024 at Richmond International Raceway. It is the same chassis that Harvick drove to a fourth-place finish at Phoenix International Raceway just a few short weeks ago.


Crew chief Ricky Viers on strategy for Richmond - "We are going to have the same strategy that we have every weekend, and that is to win. If we can't pull off a win we just want to be in the position to finish in the top- five. I feel that if we put a great car together for Kevin he can take care of the rest."

Kevin Harvick on strategy for Richmond - "Our strategy is to win. If we can't win we want to finish in the top-five to help get us closer to Carl Edwards for the point's championship."

On Richmond - "It's what some call the "perfect short track." It's a flat, three-quarter mile race track that's a lot of fun to race, and plenty of banging around with the other drivers."

* Harvick will remain behind the wheel of the No. 21 Chevrolet until June.

* Harvick and the REESE'S team tested Lowe's Motor Speedway Monday, May 9, in preparation for the upcoming Carquest Auto Parts 300.

* Harvick has four straight top-ten finishes at Richmond.

* Harvick has completed all but four laps in his eight Busch Series starts at Richmond.

* Miller's next test will be in a couple of weeks at Kentucky Speedway.

* Harvick has yet to win a Busch Series Pole this season. He started from the pole in the fall race at Richmond International Raceway in 2003, but the field was started by points as qualifying was cancelled by rain.


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