This Week's Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet at Michigan International Speedway ... Kevin Harvick will pilot Chassis No. 299 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Built new for 2010, Harvick scored a runner-up finish with...
This Week's Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet at Michigan International Speedway ... Kevin Harvick will pilot Chassis No. 299 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Built new for 2010, Harvick scored a runner-up finish with this Chevrolet Impala at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in February.
Follow the Leader ... Fresh off his fourth-place finish last week at Pocono Raceway, Harvick remains the leader in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points. Harvick has one win, five top-five and 10 top-10 finishes in the season's first 14 races.
Looking at Michigan and your stats at that track, you finished 12th and 18th there last year. It seems to be a place that you can run in the top 15, but just can't seem to get over the hump. What will it take to break through at Michigan?
"Well, I think all of the stats from the past are out the window, considering how everything has gone this year. I think that with the way our cars are running, we can run in the top five on any given weekend. At this particular level of racing, you have to have it all together to be able to run in the top five, and that's what you have to do to win a race in this series. We were fortunate to break through at Talladega, and we won the Bud Shootout at Daytona at the beginning of the year. I feel like I gave one away at California, but we have been very competitive every week. I think all the stats in the past are history, and everything this year is all about winning races and keep everything moving forward toward the Chase."
Is Michigan a big motor track or does handling play a larger role?
"I think it's more about handling, just because the tires fall off so much. It all depends on the weather, too. If it's really hot, it gets very slick, so you have to have a good-handling car. You have to be good on a short run, but you have to manage your tire wear to competitive at the end of a run."
A lot of drivers say they really enjoy racing at Michigan. Do you share those same thoughts?
"I love it. If your car is not handling well, you have options. You run your car at the very top, you can run in the middle or you can run on the very bottom. It's a good race track to race on because there are so many options."