Fresh off back-to-back wins at Auto Club Speedway and Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, Kevin Harvick and the No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet team will race under the lights at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) on Saturday night in the Samsung Mobile 500. Crew Chief Gil Martin has selected chassis No. 309 for Saturday’s race. The No. 29 team utilized this car to score fourth-place finishes in both races at Pocono Raceway in 2010.
Kevin Harvick discusses racing at Texas Motor Speedway:
You haven’t won at Texas Motor Speedway yet, but you’ve been pretty solid there lately.
“Last year everything was rock solid. This year our goal is to put ourselves in position to win more races. Obviously, you want that consistency and the things to go with that. Right now we kill for the consistency over the first few races, but really I think that’s the biggest difference of what we have from last year to this year. You’re going to have a bad week, and you’re going to go on and forget about it and trying to make your car better. Texas is a really fast race track. The grip goes away fast on the cars. You have some bumps to contend with, so you have to keep the splitter off the ground but as low as you can to make as much grip as you can. It’s a tough place to do that.”
It’s a fun race track to race on because you have options to move around.
Because you guys have been so rock solid, do you feel like you guys can take it to the next level and get a top-five or even have a chance to win at Texas?
“Well you hope so. Obviously, we had a few things that we needed to work on when we left Vegas to have that raw speed that we thought we were lacking compared to a couple of the other cars. We’ve been working on some things. The off weekend gave us time to really try some things and hopefully those things pan out this weekend at Texas.”
How has the track in Texas been changing? Every track changes over time.
“You know, it really hasn’t changed over the last couple of years, but there for awhile, every year we would come back it would change a lot. Goodyear has done a good job with the tires to make them still wear out, but they’re really, really fast at the beginning of the run and they last fairly long through the runs. As far as the race track goes, it still has big bumps in the middle of Turns 1 and 2 and it still has the little bumps on the bottom of Turns 3 and 4. There’s still a big bump in that corner over the tunnel, so it has character. It wears the tires out of the car and they become harder to drive as the run goes on. It’s a fun race track to race on because you have options to move around, but you still have really, really big speed at the beginning of the runs.”