BUSCH: Talladega: Kevin Harvick preview

EVENT INFORMATION -- Event: NASCAR Busch Series Aaron's 312; Time and Date: 2:05 p.m. EDT, Saturday, April 30; Site: Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, Ala. Live Coverage: FOX (television) at 2 p.m. EDT and MRN (radio) at 1:30 p.m. EDT;...

EVENT INFORMATION -- Event: NASCAR Busch Series Aaron's 312; Time and Date: 2:05 p.m. EDT, Saturday, April 30; Site: Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, Ala. Live Coverage: FOX (television) at 2 p.m. EDT and MRN (radio) at 1:30 p.m. EDT; Qualifying: 5 p.m. EDT, Thursday, April 28, live on SPEED (television).

HARVICK AT TALLADEGA -- Harvick has competed in only two Busch Series races at Talladega Superspeedway. Harvick's last Busch Series race at Talladega was in April 2001, when he started fourth and finished 40th. The 2000 Busch Series Rookie-of-the-Year winner has never driven the No. 21 Chevrolet at Talladega.

DID YOU KNOW? -- Harvick has never won a NASCAR race at a restrictor plate track (Daytona and Talladega). He has five top-five finishes and 10 top-10 finishes in the Nextel Cup Series. He also has five top-five finishes and six top-10 finishes in the Busch Series.

JEFF BURTON -- Jeff Burton will make his second Busch Series start of the 2005 season next weekend at Darlington Raceway in the No. 21 REESE'S Chevrolet. Burton drove the No. 21 Chevrolet to a second-place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway just one month ago.

ONE YEAR AGO -- REESE'S Racing driver Clint Bowyer started the Aaron's 312 on the pole. Bowyer competed for the fifth through 10th positions for much of the day. Unfortunately, that is as close as he would get in the closing laps. With just three laps to go, Bobby Hamilton Jr. attempted an illegal pass below the yellow line on the race track to get around Bowyer for the fifth spot. Hamilton proceeded to turn up into Bowyer's left rear quarter panel, causing Bowyer to spin and collect several other cars. Bowyer was able to keep his car off the wall and return to the racing surface. Bowyer lost several positions and crossed the finish line in the 22nd spot.

HARVICK ON TRACK -- Harvick will be on the race track for 14 of the remaining 26 races. He will compete this weekend in Talladega and then hand over the driving gloves to Burton for the night race at Darlington Raceway. Harvick will be back in the driver's seat for the remaining races in April.

TESTING 1, 2, 3 -- REESE'S Racing driver Brandon Miller tested the No. 33 Chevy at Talladega Superspeedway April 18-19. Miller tested the car for Kerry Earnhardt. Earnhardt will drive the No. 33 Chevy this weekend for the Nextel Cup race.

REESE'S VOTE -- "The Great REESE'S Limited Edition Vote" lasts until Sept. 20. After enjoying the new REESE'S Peanut Butter Lovers and REESE'S Chocolate Lovers Peanut Butter Cups, consumers can log on to www.REESES.com to enter their favorite winning combination. All entrants will have the chance to win a trip for four to the sweetest place on Earth, Hershey, Pa.

THE WINNING COMBINATION -- The Chocolate Lovers Peanut Butter Cups is winning the vote by a margin of three to one.

OWNERS' POINTS -- The REESE'S Racing team is second in the Busch Series Owners' Standings, 178 points out of the top spot.

QUICK QUOTES AND NOTES

Crew chief Ricky Viers on Talladega -- "You're either fast or you're not. We've had great race cars down there the last couple of years, and I look for the same thing when we go back. We've got a great race car and an experienced driver. Kevin will give us a good run, and it should be exciting."

Brandon Miller on Testing the No. 33 Cup car at Talladega Superspeedway -- "I tested here two or three years ago with one of Kevin Harvick's trucks. There is a chance I will run the ARCA race coming up here shortly, so I came to get some more seat time in the car. These cars handle a lot differently than the trucks. Talladega is really wide, wider than Daytona. There is a lot of room, and we've been having fun here so far."

* Harvick has finished in the top four in all his Busch Series starts in 2005

* Harvick has never won a race at a restrictor plate track

* In 2003, Harvick helped win the Busch Series Owners' Championship for Richard Childress while sharing driving duties with Johnny Sauter

* Harvick's first Nextel Cup pole was at Daytona, July 2002

* Miller will return to the REESE'S Chevrolet June 11 at Nashville Superspeedway

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jeff Burton , Bobby Hamilton , Kevin Harvick , Kerry Earnhardt , Johnny Sauter , Brandon Miller , Clint Bowyer