This Week's Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet at Charlotte Motor Speedway ... Kevin Harvick will pilot Chassis No. 318 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Built new for 2010, this Chevrolet made its debut two weeks ago at ...
This Week's Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet at Charlotte Motor Speedway ... Kevin Harvick will pilot Chassis No. 318 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Built new for 2010, this Chevrolet made its debut two weeks ago at Kansas Speedway, where Harvick led 16 laps and finished third.
Double Dip in Charlotte ... In addition to his driving duties with the No. 29 Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet, Harvick will drive Kevin Harvick Incorporated's No. 33 Chevrolet in the Oct. 15 Dollar General 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series event.
Considering your history at Charlotte, what would you deem a successful weekend? "A top-10 finish would be like a win. That's our goal for the weekend is to run in the top 10 and have a solid day. Obviously you want to win every weekend, but our history at Charlotte has not been good, so I think a goal of finishing in the top 10 is more realistic."
How does mental toughness apply to your team at each race and in the Chase? "I think we have a lot of different personalities on our team. Gil's (Martin, crew chief) very good at leading the team and keeping everyone calm, because I'm pretty high strung as far as what happens on the race track and things like that. He's good at keeping everybody calm, including me. That's a good balance between the two of us. I can be me and not have to worry about back-tracking on what I said, and who I need to apologize to, for something I said on the radio. He takes care of all that. As you go through these 10 weeks, the mental grind of the whole process is huge, because it's all you think about, and this is what we all race for. We all want to win a championship, we all want to be in position to win a championship, and this is the time to make it happen."
In general, it seems there is calmness around you that we haven't seen the last couple years that you've run for the Chase. Is that accurate? "I feel really comfortable where I am. I feel like we've been through a lot of these situations before. I feel like we've run better this year and been more consistent. I know that we've started the Chase better than we've ever started before. It seems like looking back at our performance, the last four or five races are our strength based upon the last few times that we've been in the Chase. You never know how it's all going to shake out, but I feel really good about the situation that we're in as a team and we just go race every week as hard as we can."
Should Non-Chasers race you guys any differently? "I don't think so. I think everybody needs to race as hard as they can. Everybody will race everybody with respect, and obviously if you feel like you've been done wrong, then you are going to handle it however you think that it needs to be handled. I think that's part of what makes our Chase unique; you have all these past moments that have happened through the year that could bear their ugly head again if they haven't been settled. There are a lot of guys that have created new life in their season that want to win a race, and there are a lot of guys that are racing for a championship. It's all about 43 cars on the racetrack, and if there is a scenario that something happens between a Chase guy and a non-Chase guy, then those things are going to happen."