This Week's Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet at Charlotte Motor Speedway ... Kevin Harvick will pilot Chassis No. 301 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Built new for 2010, this Chevrolet was tested at Charlotte Motor ...
This Week's Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet at Charlotte Motor Speedway ... Kevin Harvick will pilot Chassis No. 301 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Built new for 2010, this Chevrolet was tested at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and Harvick finished seventh with this car at Texas Motor Speedway in April.
All-Star Recap ... Last weekend at Charlotte in the Sprint All-Star Race, Harvick completed every lap and crossed the finish line in sixth.
Double Duty in Charlotte ... In addition to his driving duties with the No. 29 Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet, Harvick will race Kevin Harvick Incorporated's No. 33 Chevrolet in the May 29th TECH-NET Auto Service 300 Nationwide Series event.
The Coca-Cola 600 is the longest race on the circuit. How does that factor in when your team prepares for this event? "I think mentally you are programmed to run 400 or 500 miles, so you think the race should be almost over, but you still have another 100 miles to go. The engine guys worry about it more than anybody. We usually are given an allotment of 700 miles on our engines between practice, qualifying and the race, so we are usually pretty stingy when it comes to practice time. You won't see us running a ton of laps in practice."
So is too much made of the fact that this race is 600 miles? "I don't know, maybe. The biggest worry is always with the engines, but everyone at ECR does a great job. We just won't get much practice time, but that shouldn't really affect us because we got some good notes and information from the Sprint All-Star Race last weekend. But Charlotte has just been our Achilles heel for whatever reason. We ran a lot better last year in the fall race at Charlotte, so hopefully we can build on that. We had a good test here, and we performed well last weekend, so that bodes well for us."
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."