Harvick Happy For Comeback

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Kevin Harvick was involved in an early incident for the second straight week but was able to bounce back this time to score a fourth-place finish in Sunday's Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway.

A week ago Harvick tangled with Kurt Busch in the opening laps of the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. The incident ruined Harvick's day and the 37th-place finish dropped him out of the Chase cut-off.

Sunday looked like a repeat performance when Harvick and Joe Nemechek made contact on the second lap of the 500-mile grind.

Although he spun his Shell/Pennzoil Chevrolet in the incident, Harvick was able to continue on and work his way back to the front of the field and in position for the top-five finish.

"We had a good car we just got mired in traffic there at the beginning of the race and there at the end when it started raining we pitted and we had good pit strategy," Harvick said. "We were in our window right there where we only had to pit once at the end if it went green and man it went green."

"Just proud of Todd (Berrier, Crew Chief) and all my Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet guys for everything that they've done. It was the same car that we raced at Indy last week. They turned it around and fixed half the body and brought it here. Big improvement for us. We were in a window right there and to make one more stop and it worked out really good there in the end."

The fourth-place run moved Harvick up to 11th in the standings and turned around his recent streak of bad luck.

"We don't give up, I can promise you that," he said. "We stick in there and fight, even when they tell us we're all done. To come to Pocono and finish in the top five is a huge accomplishment for me."

Harvick described the tangle with Nemechek.

"At the beginning there, I was just up underneath somebody and think the No. 78 just got in the back there and we all kind of got jammed up," he said. "I don't know if it was anybody's fault or not. But it worked out good. We were able to work on our car early and make it better and we just kept making it better all day. And really at the next to the last run when we put two tires on was the best we were all day. So I'm just proud of Todd and all the Shell-Pennzoil guys."

Harvick now has five races to stay within the top 12 and earn a spot in this year's Chase.

"You just go out and race as fast as you can. That's about all you can do," he said.

"If you can't win, do the best that you can and where ever that puts us is what we do. So we wouldn't do anything different even if we were counting points."

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