BUSCH: Rockingham: Kevin Harvick preview

TOTALLY NUTS ABOUT RACING - PayDay peanut caramel bar enters 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 stable. PayDay, a Hershey Foods Corp.

TOTALLY NUTS ABOUT RACING - PayDay peanut caramel bar enters 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 stable. PayDay, a Hershey Foods Corp. brand, will also carry three other Hershey brands throughout the season: Zero, Whoppers and Whatchamacallit. PayDay Racing driver Kevin Harvick will compete in 15 of the 34 Busch Series events this season, beginning with the season-opening Koolerz 300. Fellow RCR driver Johnny Sauter will drive the No. 21 PayDay Chevy in the 19 other events on the schedule.

"THE ROCK" 2000 - Rockingham in February 2000 was a critical moment in Harvick's Busch Series career. Harvick failed to qualify the No. 2 AC-Delco entry fielded by RCR and was without a provisional and forced to go home. That weekend Harvick left Rockingham pondering his career.

Harvick regrouped after that race and went on to win the 2000 Busch Series Rookie of the Year title. One year later in 2001, he returned to Rockingham and finished second. The next day, Harvick made his Winston Cup debut and eventually captured Rookie of the Year honors in that series, too.

FIRST STEP TOWARD THE TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP - Last Saturday's Koolerz 300 steered the No. 21 PayDay Racing team in the right direction as it competes for the 2003 team championship. Harvick's third-place finish placed him and the No. 21 in third place in the standings, just 15 points behind the leader.

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DOUBLE DUTY AGAIN - This Rockingham weekend marks the second of 15 weekends in which Harvick will pull double duty, driving in both the Busch Series race and the Winston Cup race.

BUTCH HYLTON ON THE 2003 MONTE CARLO - "The down force on the new Monte Carlo is incredible. Down force always is important wherever you go. The thing about this week, is this is the first time that we will run the car through the inspection templates, and you just don't know how things are going to fit. We'll get through it and look forward to racing these 2003 Monte Carlos."

ON THE SHORT TRACK PROGRAM - "RCR cars have been good in the past at the short tracks and especially at Rockingham. The No. 21 sat on both polls in Rockingham last year, so of course we are looking to sit on the poll again this year. Personally, Rockingham is one of my favorite tracks. It offers great side-by-side racing, and there is always an exciting finish."

ON ROCKINGHAM STRATEGY - "If you can keep your tires underneath you and get as many laps as you can out of each set, then you are going to be good at Rockingham. As the tires go away, you can expect a one to two second drop off in lap times. So the main strategy is tire strategy."

KEVIN HARVICK ON COMING THE ROCK - "WE TESTED HERE EARLIER IN THE YEAR. THINGS WENT PRETTY GOOD. WE SHOULD BE A LOT BETTER THAN WE HAVE BEEN IN THE PAST. THE TEST HELPED ME FIGURE OUT HOW TO DRIVE THE TRACK, AND THAT'S GOOD, BECAUSE THIS IS PROBABLY MY WORST TRACK."

ON BEING BACK IN NORTH CAROLINA - "We were down in Daytona for almost two weeks. It was nice and warm, but it wears on everybody. It's nice to be back and get into a rhythm for the rest of the season."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Johnny Sauter
Teams Richard Childress Racing