Until visiting Bristol, Kevin Harvick and the No. 29 GM Goodwrench Service Plus team had not finished outside of the top-15. Bristol Motor Speedway had another thing in mind. Never knowing what you'll get or what to expect from the concrete...
Until visiting Bristol, Kevin Harvick and the No. 29 GM Goodwrench Service Plus team had not finished outside of the top-15. Bristol Motor Speedway had another thing in mind. Never knowing what you'll get or what to expect from the concrete oval, the team encountered debris on the track, flattening Harvick's left front tire.
But that was last week. This week is the first week of the rest of his NASCAR Winston Cup career. That's how Harvick looks at it. Ready to forget the unyielding misfortunes Bristol dispensed, the Goodwrench team steers its efforts toward the 1.5 mile Texas Motor Speedway (Justin, Texas).
"We had a great car in the Cup race in Bristol," Harvick commented. "Sometimes stuff just happens. Last weekend it was our turn- in both series (NASCAR Busch and Winston Cup Series).
"It's a new week, that's how we're looking at it. We've still got great momentum going into Texas. We're taking everything we learned at Atlanta and using it to make some of the same smart moves this weekend. The tracks aren't totally configured the same, but they're both a mile-and-a-half and fast. Both tracks need a lot of horsepower.
"You can make up some lost positions on the straight-away if you have enough of it (horsepower)- that way you don't have to always gain your passing speed from the turns. It gives you a little bit more control, and that's something you always want. Underneath all of that horsepower, you need a well handling race car. Together they give you a machine that is competitive in the field. If you've only got one or the other, chances are you won't be much of a threat.
"Places like this are really a crew chief's track. So many things come into play from the handling, to horsepower, to the aero-package. It's not a no-brainer. They have to come with a very well-prepared car, and together, we all have to work to make it better."