This Week's Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet at Darlington Raceway ... Kevin Harvick will pilot Chassis No. 297 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This Chevrolet is brand new for 2010 and will circle a track for the first...
This Week's Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet at Darlington Raceway ... Kevin Harvick will pilot Chassis No. 297 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This Chevrolet is brand new for 2010 and will circle a track for the first time at Darlington.
Follow the Leader ... Fresh of his third-place finish last weekend in Richmond, Harvick regained control of the overall championship standings.
Richmond Recap ... Last weekend in Richmond, Harvick finished third and scored his fourth top-five and seventh top-10 finish of the season. Harvick spent every lap inside the top 15, and scored his 10th top-10 finish in his last 11 Richmond NSCS starts.
Double Duty in Darlington ... 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 7th Royal Purple 200 Nationwide Series event. The race will air live on ESPN2 beginning at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, and will also be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and Sirius XM Satellite Radio.
Looking ahead to Darlington, is that the same track as before it was repaved, or is it a little bit different?
"It's got that same Darlington feel, but it's just at a high speed now and the tires don't fall off at all. You can carry a lot more momentum lap after lap, so it's just like it was before in that just one mistake bites you."
Can you talk about the higher speeds at Darlington and how differently you have to drive the race car?
"There is just so much grip now at Darlington. Clint (Bowyer) did the tire test and the speeds in race trim are quite a bit faster than we ran last year, now that we have the spoiler. You just have to be on top of everything that you are doing lap after lap, because in order to run fast you have to be right up against the wall on both ends."
Is the track narrower at those higher speeds?
"It's very narrow. I mean it's just a one-groove race track and track position is going to be very important. As a driver you have to do your job and stay off the wall and the crew has to do their job on pit road...it's going to be a track position race."
Can you assess your team after 10 races? You are leading the points now, so where do you feel you are and where do you need to go?
"I think for us, it's 10 races. The Chase is 10 races as well. You look at that and say that we can lead the points after 10 races. But I think in order for us to get better, we have to be a little better on pit road and be more consistent there. We can't afford to make big mistakes. We just can't do that. We have got to keep pushing ahead when it comes to our cars. You can't just sit on your hands, and I don't think we are doing that. I know we aren't. Our R&D department is doing what they need to do to make things better."