This Week's Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet at Dover International Speedway ... Kevin Harvick will pilot Chassis No. 301 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Built new for 2010, this Chevrolet was tested at Charlotte Motor...
This Week's Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet at Dover International Speedway ... Kevin Harvick will pilot Chassis No. 301 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Built new for 2010, this Chevrolet was tested at Charlotte Motor Speedway in April. Harvick finished seventh with this car at Texas Motor Speedway in April, 11th in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte in May, and suffered a fuel pressure issue at Chicagoland in July and finished 34th.
Regular Season Leader ... After his ninth-place effort at Richmond International Raceway two weeks ago, Harvick finished the 26-race regular season as the NSCS leader, a position he held for the last 16 consecutive weeks.
Double Dip in Dover ... In addition to his driving duties with the No. 29 Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet, Harvick will drive Kevin Harvick Incorporated's No. 33 Chevrolet in the Sept. 25 Dover 200 Nationwide Series event. The race will air live on ESPN2, beginning at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The race will also be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and Sirius XM Satellite Radio.
What is your outlook for the Chase? "For us, I think we just have to keep doing the things that we did up until this point. We won a few races, had a lot of top-fives and top-10 finishes. On the days where we really struggled, I felt like we, for the most part, made something out of those days. It was good enough to lead the points in the first 26 (races), so there is really no reason for us to change our strategy. I feel like the guys have done a great job of getting the cars prepared. We'll see what happens. Whether we win or lose, I think everybody has done everything we can control. We'll just go race now."
How does it make you feel when people say to Jimmie Johnson who can stop you, and he says you? "I think everybody is proud of everything that we have done to get turned around. If you had told me at the start of the year that the turn-around was going to be as good as it has been, I think we'd all have chuckled a little bit and said 'We hope so', but you never know how it is going to turn out until you start racing. It is kind of like these last 10 weeks, you never know what is going to happen until you get in here and race. I am just proud of everybody. I think everybody is ready to go race and see where we stack up in the end."
Can you contrast where this organization was a year ago, and how vastly different it is now for the entire RCR organization to have three cars in the Chase? When did the actual turnaround begin? "The actual turnaround began in Indianapolis last year. That was our first generation of new cars with some different set-ups that were implemented into the cars at that particular time. From that point on, it's been a building process to get things headed in that direction. Richard (Childress) made a few more personnel moves as we went through that time, and over the off-season. So, I still say for the No. 29 team, the key race for us was California (February 2010) and just knowing that we had cars that were capable of competing. I felt like I made a big mistake, and that was a huge eye-opener for everybody to get back in that mindset of remembering what you do when you win races and not forcing things."
When you were going through that, did you ever think you could get all three cars into the chase? "It's been more normal to get our three cars in than it has to not get them in the Chase. For us, that was something we'd done pretty well. Last year was definitely more abnormal than the norm. I think last year made us better. I think those struggles definitely made us better."