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 ...
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.
TV PANEL SPONSOR -
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OWNER'S CHAMPIONSHIP -
After 32 events, the PayDay Racing team leads the team rankings by 254 points over the No. 10 team (Scott Riggs) and 271 points over the third-place No. 2 team (Ron Hornaday). Kevin Harvick and Johnny Sauter have the chance to accomplish a feat never before seen in the Busch Series, two drivers helping a single team claim an owner's title.
MAGIC NUMBER -
The PayDay team's "magic number" for clinching the Busch Series Owner's Championship is 26. The PayDay Chevrolet needs to finish 26th or better this weekend to clinch the championship.
THE ROCK, ROUND ONE -
When the PayDay team visited the North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham in February, it was a wet and rainy trip. Rain caused the race to be postponed until Monday. Harvick qualified eighth for the event and finished 10th. That was his worst finish of the year, and only one of two events in which he did not lead a lap.
TOP-10 FINISHES -
Harvick has finished in the top 10 in all 17 of his Busch Series starts this season. He has also completed all but two laps of competition. In Harvick's 2001 Busch Series Championship season, he posted 24 top-10 finishes.
POLE WINNER -
Harvick has captured five Bud Pole Awards this season. His poles have come at California, Darlington, and Phoenix, with two of them coming at Charlotte. Three of his poles have been track records.
THE TEST -
Following the Atlanta event, the PayDay team's Richard Childress Racing stablemate Ron Hornaday and the No. 2 ACDelco team tested at North Carolina Speedway in preparation for the Target House 200. The test went well, and both teams are very optimistic going into the weekend. Hornaday is currently second in the driver standings, 17 points out of the lead.
THE CAR -
This week, crew chief Butch Hylton will load chassis No. 021 onto the PayDay transporter. The car only raced twice. It was raced in Atlanta last season, and Sauter drove the car at Texas this season.
BUTCH HYLTON ON ROCKINGHAM -
"We missed the setup in qualifying, and then we got caught under caution in the pits. I don't think we really showed what we can do. I'm real excited to get down there and see what we've got."
ON CONSISTENCY -
"It's what's kept us in the game all year long. I'm real proud of the guys and they've worked hard. We've got two races left, and we'd like to get two more wins."