This Week's No. 29 Shell/Pennzoil Chevrolet Impala SS at Talladega Superspeedway ... Kevin Harvick will pilot chassis No. 237 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This Chevy has raced in all three 2009...
This Week's No. 29 Shell/Pennzoil Chevrolet Impala SS at Talladega Superspeedway ... Kevin Harvick will pilot chassis No. 237 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This Chevy has raced in all three 2009 restrictor-plate races this year at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega. This racer had finishes of second in the Daytona 500, 38th at Talladega in April and 26th in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona in July.
Stat Facts for the Track ... In 17 NSCS starts at the 2.66-mile, high-banked trioval, Harvick has earned three top-five and seven top-10 finishes, won the pole in May 2005 and led 10 races for a total of 78 laps. He has completed 3,127 of 3,210 (97.4 percent) laps contested, posting an average start of 23.3 and a 16th-place average finish. To his credit, the Bakersfield, Calif. native has a best finish of second at Talladega, which he achieved in both the April 2003 and October 2004 races.
2009 in Rear View Mirror ... In 32 NSCS starts this season, Harvick has an average starting position of 20.9 and an average finish of 20.8 while completing 9,135 of the 9,388 laps contested (97.2 percent), posting three top-five and seven top-10 finishes.
Making Points ... As a result of their seventh top-10 finish last week at Martinsville Speedway, Harvick & Co. are within 49 points of 20th place with four races remaining in the 2009 season.
When you race at Talladega, do you get a sense of when trouble is brewing on the race track?
"You can kind of see when things are starting to happen and they are probably a little bit questionable. Sometimes you can see it coming, and sometimes it just happens and it's all over with before you even realized what happened. It all happens really, really fast regardless of whether you see it coming, or not."
NASCAR has mandated a slightly smaller restrictor plate for the superspeedways this year. Will it make much of a difference in the racing action on the track?
"I think the smaller plate is just one of those things where NASCAR looks at the speed and the small change won't be very noticeable. About the only places there might be a noticeable change will be in the miles-per-hour in qualifying."
After what you saw during the last lap when we were here earlier this year, what do you think caused that wreck?
"To be honest with you, I think blocking caused that wreck at the end of the last race at Talladega. Brad (Keselowski -- race winner) was up underneath Carl (Edwards) and they were coming to the checkered flag. Obviously, as the race leader, you're not going to let out of the gas. So, blocking usually causes a majority of the wrecks that happen on superspeedways. The cars don't cause the wrecks."