Richmond: Kevin Harvick preview

This Week's Reese's Chevrolet at Richmond International Raceway ... Kevin Harvick will pilot Chassis No. 304 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This Chevrolet is brand new for 2010, and was used by the No. 29 team...

This Week's Reese's Chevrolet at Richmond International Raceway ... Kevin Harvick will pilot Chassis No. 304 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This Chevrolet is brand new for 2010, and was used by the No. 29 team at Phoenix where Harvick finished 13th.

Double Duty in Richmond ... In addition to his driving duties with the No. 29 Reese's Chevrolet, Harvick will race Kevin Harvick Incorporated's No. 33 Chevrolet in the April 30th Bubba Burger 250 Nationwide Series event. The race will air live on ESPN2 beginning at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, and will also be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and Sirius XM Satellite Radio.

KEVIN HARVICK:

Last week, winning at Talladega, must have been a sweet victory. You only led two laps all day, but you had a plan and it worked brilliantly. Tell us about it.

"The whole race played out exactly the way that Gil (Martin) and I wanted. We talked about a plan prior to race, and we just stuck to it all day. We were in the position we wanted to be in as we came to the checkered flag, and the pass played out perfectly. It's hard to complain when everything went according to our plan."

Does it take some pressure off now that you have won a points-paying race, and you guys can go out and really focus on competing for the championship?

"Yes, we've just been winning races that don't pay any points. We won the All-Star race in 2007, and we have won the last two Bud Shootouts, so it was nice to get a points win out of the way. We have been in contention to win races a few times this year. I let one slip away at California when I got in the wall with two laps to go. Of course, at the Daytona 500, we led a bunch of laps and probably had the dominant car, but we lost the race during the green-white-checkered flags at the end. But, that came full circle for us at Talladega, and we were on the other end of it. When we have had bad days, we have made good days out of it, and other than the mechanical failure at Martinsville, everything has gone very well."

What do you think about being second in points, and so close to the overall lead at this point in the season?

"Nine races in, and last year at this point, we had our hands tied behind our backs and wondered what we were going to do. This year, we are right in the thick of things and where we want to be. You want to be able to win every race, but that's just not possible. We are only 26 points out of the lead, and with the way we have run so far, I think it is a good sign of things to come."

How much momentum do you feel going to Richmond, knowing you are fresh off a win and that you are going to place that is one of your best tracks?

"I think it's really good for us because Richmond, if it's not our best race track, then it is definitely in the top three tracks for us. Even when we ran badly last year, we still ran strongly at Richmond. Our bad finish was due to a cut tire, but we were running well at the time. Coming off that win at Talladega and going to one of our best race tracks at Richmond, everyone on the team is very excited."

Looking at Richmond, you have always run well there, and you finished in the top 10 in nine of your last 10 Cup starts there. What makes Richmond such a good track for you?

"It's just one of those places that fit the way that I drive. It has a lot of heavy braking, and you can trail brake and drag the left-front tire on the apron to make the car turn well through the center of the corner. On the exit of the corner, you want to drive it straight out and you do that with rear grip. It just fits all the characteristics that my driving style has and I love racing there."

-source: rcr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Kevin Harvick