This Week's Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet at New Hampshire Motor Speedway ... Kevin Harvick will pilot Chassis No. 322 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet is a completely brand new car which...
This Week's Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet at New Hampshire Motor Speedway ... Kevin Harvick will pilot Chassis No. 322 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet is a completely brand new car which will see its first laps on the track during Friday's practice session.
Clincher ... Harvick and the No. 29 team clinched a berth in the 2010 Chase for the Sprint Cup following their win at Michigan in August. This is Harvick's fourth Chase berth in the last five seasons. The team enters the 10-race Chase in third place with 30 bonus points, 30 points behind Denny Hamlin and the No. 11 team.
Regular Season Leader ... After his ninth-place effort at Richmond International Raceway last weekend, Harvick finished the 26-race regular season as the NSCS leader, a position he held for the last 16 consecutive weeks. For the season, he has earned three wins, 11 top-five and a series leading 17 top-10 finishes. At the same time, the 14-time NSCS winner has finished 14th or better in 22 of the season's first 26 events.
Double Dip in New Hampshire ... In addition to his driving duties with the No. 29 Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet, Harvick will drive Kevin Harvick Incorporated's No. 2 Chevrolet Silverado in the Sept. 18 Racedayrafflesereis.com 175 Camping World Truck Series event. The race will air live on SPEED, 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.
Now that the Chase field is set, how do you feel about your team's chances to win the championship? "Barring things that we can't control, I think we have as good a chance to win as we have ever had, and it is in our best interest to concentrate on ourselves. I want to do our own thing and concentrate on what we are doing."
Do you pay attention to what other teams are doing and keep track of who is peaking and who is struggling? "It is better to race yourself at this point. There are so many things that you can't control, but there are so many things that you can. We need to concentrate on the things that we can control and not make mistakes."
You have been the most consistent driver and team up until this point. Do you have to race these last 10 races any differently? "I'm not going to do anything different. You're going to go out and you're going to race just like everybody else is going to race. You can't make your car go faster. We need to have fun with it, to be honest with you. When we started the year, everyone expected us to struggle again. So, to be in the position that we're in, to be looked at as a threat to win, we know that this is the best opportunity we've had to race for a championship. Whether we win or lose, it's yet to be seen. But man, this is the position that everybody wants to be in."
The racing groove has seemed to widen at Loudon. How easy or difficult is it to carve your way through traffic? "It's difficult because the first few laps of a run are so hard to get a hold of the race track in traffic, and your car winds up pushing and sliding and doing all sorts of goofy things on restarts. The unique part of what happens at New Hampshire is if you don't pit for tires, you wind up getting these clumps of rubber on your tires, and the cars just slide around all over the place. You slide around and if you are in the middle of the pack, you wind up getting so far behind that by the time you catch back up, it's time to pit again. Track position is critical at New Hampshire."