This Week's Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet at Texas Motor Speedway ... Kevin Harvick will pilot Chassis No. 318 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Built new for 2010, this Chevrolet made its debut last month at Kansas ...
This Week's Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet at Texas Motor Speedway ... Kevin Harvick will pilot Chassis No. 318 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Built new for 2010, this Chevrolet made its debut last month at Kansas Speedway, where Harvick led 16 laps and finished third. He then followed that up with an eighth-place finish two weeks later at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
With three guys so close in points, what is it going to take to win this championship?
"I really think you are going to have to finish in the top five over the last three races. If you're not able to do that and be in contention to lead laps, you're probably not going to win the championship. You can't be conservative. You can't go there hoping for a top 10 because, as you've seen over the past few years, top fives and leading laps is what it's going to take over the next three weeks. I just believe one of three cars is going to do that."
You guys have separated yourselves from the pack, so can you be more aggressive at Texas and some of these other tracks than you have been?
"I think so. We will take a little more horsepower this time than we did the last time we were there. We ran well the first time we were there this year, and we have a pretty good baseline to start our set-up. We feel like we have good notes, and I feel like we have much better race cars than we had at the beginning of the year. Our cars were great at the beginning of the year, but I think they are much better now. We've fixed some issues we had on pit road, and I feel like we're a better race team than we were six weeks ago. We just have to keep doing what we're doing and keep from having those big hiccups."
You've been pretty consistent at Texas. It looks like you guys having been closing in on the right package for Texas.
"Yes, with all of the progression with the cars, the power, and the difference in the way we understand some of the engineering things we work with now, I think we're just better than we were the first time at Texas. You never know until you get back, and a lot of things are dictated by the tire and using those notes. You just never know until you get there and go on the track for those first few laps."
What is the key to getting around Texas?
"Well, the key is getting off the exits of the corners, holding it wide open, and finding that balance between being too loose and too tight up off the corners. Texas is a lot different than a most of the other mile-and-a-half race tracks, because the banking flattens out so fast."