This Week's Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet at Auto Club Speedway ... Kevin Harvick will pilot Chassis No. 288 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Earlier in the year, this Chevrolet scored a win at Michigan International...
This Week's Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet at Auto Club Speedway ... Kevin Harvick will pilot Chassis No. 288 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Earlier in the year, this Chevrolet scored a win at Michigan International Speedway in August.
Double Dip in Fontana ... 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 Oct. 9 CampingWorld.com 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series event. The race will air live on ESPN2, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The race will also be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and Sirius XM Satellite Radio.
What are your thoughts on your chances in the Chase? "We feel good about where we are right now. We had a great car at Kansas and finished third. That's what got us here. We have been consistent and had solid top-five finishes all year. So, we just have to keep doing those things, keep our cars in contention running up front, lead some laps and grab those bonus points when we can, and we'll see where we are when we get to Homestead."
Do you look forward to going back to California for this week's race? "In February, I feel like I let one slip away there. I was running the 48 down, and I just brushed the wall and the car went really tight. We still had a good finish and Jeff (Burton) ran really well there, too. We're looking forward to going back. Obviously, a lot can change, it's been a hot summer and the race track will be different, but it's been a good race track for us over the last few years. We need to capitalize this week and make something happen."
How does mental toughness apply to your team at each race and in the Chase? "I think we have a lot of different personalities on our team. Gil's (Martin, crew chief) very good at leading the team and keeping everyone calm, because I'm pretty high strung as far as what happens on the race track and things like that. He's good at keeping everybody calm, including me. That's a good balance between the two of us. I can be me and not have to worry about back-tracking on what I said, and who I need to apologize to, for something I said on the radio. He takes care of all that. As you go through these 10 weeks, the mental grind of the whole process is huge, because it's all you think about, and this is what we all race for. We all want to win a championship, we all want to be in position to win a championship, and this is the time to make it happen."
Were you sad to see California lose a race? "I want what's best for the sport, and that's full grandstands. They always had good crowds at California when they had one race, and I think they'll have a good crowd for one race. Some markets are just not two-race crowds. I think that the best thing for the sport are full grandstands, and if that requires going to some different markets and shaking things up, I hope we can continue to do that as we go forward. When people watch on TV, and the grandstands are full, then they want to be there, too."