Harvick On The Bubble

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Kevin Harvick says he's not worried.

But there may be a little bit more sweat on his brow before Saturday night's green flag in the Chevy Rock 'n Roll 400 at Richmond Internaitonal Raceway.

With one race left for drivers to qualify for this year's "Chase for the NEXTEL Cup" championship, Harvick finds himself in the 12th and final transfer spot.

It's a relatively comfortable spot with Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 128 points behind in 13th.

But as the saying goes, anything can happen and Harvick is well aware that until he's locked in nothing is final.

"We're not locked in," Harvick told reporters during a Goodyear tire test at Atlanta Motor Speedway. "We just have to do what we've been doing, get some decent finishes. Nothing has been going our way like we want to the last few weeks."

Since winning the Daytona 500 to open the season, it's been an up and down year for Harvick to say the least.

And heading into the "Chase" is about the time most drivers hope for a wave of momentum, something that has been missing from the No. 29 squad for a while.

"We'd better because we haven't peaked in the last month," he said. "We went through a stretch there at the beginning of the summer where everything was going really good, but now it seems like every week something happens, we get caught up in something."

A year ago, Harvick ended the regular season and started the "Chase" with about as much momentum as possible, winning at Richmond and New Hampshire.

But things fizzled out as the championship stretch of the season wore on.

"We went into the first race and peaked to our maximum and then went and had a few bad weeks after that," he said.

"Hopefully we can gain that momentum at the right time."

The good news for Harvick is that Richmond is one of his favorite tracks, which bodes well for his quest to secure a playoff spot this weekend.

"We have been able to run really good at Richmond since I have been at RCR," Harvick said. "We have been able to win three Busch Series races in a row and finish first and second in the Cup car last season. Richmond is one of those places that I really enjoy racing. You can move the car all over the race track. It seems like the groove moves around as the race goes on. I am just really comfortable racing at Richmond and I hope for another great finish this weekend.”

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