BUSCH: Winston Cup drivers to run Richmond

Harvick, Kenseth, Waltrip in Busch Series FUNAI 250 at Richmond August 4, 2003- The winners of the two biggest races of the 2003 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season will be joined by the current NASCAR Winston Cup Series points leader in The FUNAI...

Harvick, Kenseth, Waltrip in Busch Series FUNAI 250 at Richmond

August 4, 2003- The winners of the two biggest races of the 2003 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season will be joined by the current NASCAR Winston Cup Series points leader in The FUNAI 250 NASCAR Busch Series race on Friday, September 5 "under the lights" at Richmond International Raceway.

Kevin Harvick, who scored the biggest win of his young career at The Brickyard 400 yesterday, will be joined in the race by 2003 Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip and current points leader Matt Kenseth. The trio of drivers will look to disrupt a tight NASCAR Busch Series points race that features David Green, Jason Keller, Ron Hornaday and Brian Vickers within 99 points of leader Scott Riggs after this weekend's race at Indianapolis Raceway Park.

Harvick will look to join Harry Gant (1991) Mark Martin (1993) and Jimmy Spencer (2001) as the only drivers to win both Richmond International Raceway NASCAR Busch Series events in the same season. After nearly winning NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and NASCAR Winston Cup Series races at Richmond in 2001, Harvick broke through with his first Richmond win in the Hardee's 250 this past May in his No. 21 PayDay Chevrolet.

Drivers should also be leery of Kenseth, who is running away with the NASCAR Winston Cup Series points title. Kenseth owns an incredible six top five finishes in nine NASCAR Busch Series races at Richmond, but is still looking for his first win. "The multiple grooves are one of the biggest factors that I like about Richmond," Kenseth said. "The night races also seem more energetic to the fans and the drivers definitely pick up on it as well. I think it reminds all of us of where we came from and how we raced on our way up to the top series."

Also part of the festivities surrounding the race will be post-race concerts by Warner Music artists Franky Perez and Sugar Ray. Perez will also sing the national anthem prior to the race and his likeness will appear on Hornaday's No. 2 AC Delco Chevrolet as part of the special Chevy Rock & Roll 400 weekend.

Tickets for the FUNAI 250 on Friday, September 5 are available by logging onto www.rir.com or by calling 804-345-RACE (7223). Reserved tickets are only $40 and general admission tickets are only $35. Children 12 and under are free in the general admission sections when accompanied by a paying adult. Admission also includes practice and qualifying for The Chevy Rock & Roll 400 NASCAR Winston Cup Series race on Saturday, September 6.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Michael Waltrip , Jason Keller , Jimmy Spencer , Kevin Harvick , Ron Hornaday Jr. , David Green , Scott Riggs , Brian Vickers , Harry Gant , Mark Martin