This Week's Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet at Dover International Speedway ... Kevin Harvick will pilot Chassis No. 288 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Earlier in the year, this Chevrolet scored a runner-up finish at...
This Week's Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet at Dover International Speedway ... Kevin Harvick will pilot Chassis No. 288 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Earlier in the year, this Chevrolet scored a runner-up finish at Auto Club Speedway and finished ninth at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Additionally, Harvick raced this chassis three times in the latter part of the 2009 season, finishing 18th at Charlotte Motor Speedway, fifth at Texas Motor Speedway and third at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Follow the Leader ... Fresh off his sixth-place finish last weekend in Darlington, Harvick extended his lead to 110 points in the overall championship standings.
Darlington Recap ... Last weekend in Darlington, Harvick finished sixth and scored his eighth top-10 finish of the season. Additionally, it was Harvick's fourth straight top-10 finish, and his third best finish ever at Darlington in 14 races.
Double Duty in Dover ... 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 15th Heluva Good! 200 Nationwide Series event. The race will air live on ABC beginning at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, and will also be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and Sirius XM Satellite Radio.
In previous years, the series has gone to Charlotte and then Dover. Because Dover is now before Charlotte, does that change anything for you and your team?
"Anything we can put before Charlotte is a good thing for me (smiles). Dover is a very fun track for us. We have run very well the last few times we have been there. All in all, it's a fun track because you can be really aggressive getting in the corners. It requires a little finesse but it's very demanding physically because of the g-forces in the corners. It's a rhythm type of racetrack which is good for me. I haven't won there so it would be nice to get a Dover win and check that off my list."
Looking at your stats, it seems that you haven't had the best results at Dover. What do you attribute that to, because typically Dover is the kind of place that rewards aggressive drivers?
"I don't know. The last couple years we ran well there. Before the last couple years, we had a long dry spell and just didn't perform well at Dover. But, I am confident going to Dover and feel good about our prospects for the weekend."
When you are trying to avoid trouble, is there anything in specific that you can do at Dover?
"I can remember two years ago when they had that big wreck off of turn two, they couldn't do anything but just keep piling in. They all just kept crashing into each other, because you can't really see the exit of the corner. Once the spotter says something, it's usually too late and you're in it. But, once you've wrecked and you're trying to stay out of the leader's way with a wounded car, it makes for a really long day. There's just nowhere to go to get out of the way."
What is the toughest thing about Dover?
"I think the toughest part for us is qualifying. I think if you can qualify well at Dover, or anywhere, it just sets the right tone for the rest of the weekend. And, obviously, we need to qualify better than we have."