Kansas: Harvick - Friday media visit

Kevin Harvick, No. 29 Shell/Pennzoil Monte Carlo SS, met with members of the media and discussed the amount of work they're still doing on the Monte Carlo SS, the team's performance in the Chase, his outlook based on where the team sits in the ...

Kevin Harvick, No. 29 Shell/Pennzoil Monte Carlo SS, met with members of the media and discussed the amount of work they're still doing on the Monte Carlo SS, the team's performance in the Chase, his outlook based on where the team sits in the standings, if Jimmie Johnson's performance in the Chase is the model for the Chase contenders towards the bottom of the standings, going to Talladega with the Impala SS, Chicago's event changing to a night race, racing in Kansas, if non-Chase drivers should race Chase drivers differently and if the top 35 rule has made racing more competitive.

DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU'VE BEEN STRUGGLING IN THE CHASE OR HAS IT JUST BEEN BAD LUCK? "We've just had terrible luck and at this point you just kind of take the good with the bad and you just smile about it. There's really not anything you can do about it. We've had top five cars both weeks in the Chase. I mean we've had three flat tires in two weeks so it's not something that we can really control and sometimes you have those things happen and unfortunately they're happening to us. The main thing that we can control is the performance of the car and I think we've done a good job with that and the performance has stepped up in the first two races so I don't know what else you can ask for other than to do that and you can't control circumstances."

WHAT'S YOUR OUTLOOK BASED ON WHERE YOU ARE IN THE STANDINGS? ARE YOU STILL IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP HUNT? "Oh yeah, we're further ahead than where (Jimmie) Johnson was last year. We're only two weeks into the 10 week journey here. It doesn't seem like anybody has really kind of stepped up and really had two good weeks so far. Everybody's kind of had trouble and we've had trouble both weeks so that makes us on the bad end of the trouble stick. You go out and you race as hard as you can and if we can keep the performance level at what it's been the last two weeks we'll get back in it but if have the circumstances go like they have the last two weeks we're in trouble."

ON GOING TO TALLADEGA WITH THE IMPALA SS: "It's kind of like Talladega always is, you never really know what's going to happen when you get there and it kind of holds the keys to a lot of answers, I guess you can say with the new car and just the way Talladega is with getting caught up in stuff or not getting caught up in stuff. It's still just typically Talladega and the cars are very comfortable to drive. At no worse it'll be just as exciting as it always has been but it'll probably be more exciting just because the cars are so comfortable to drive."

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Jimmie Johnson