Harvick Happy Early In 2010

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A solid beginning to the 2010 season has Kevin Harvick on top of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings as the circuit readies for Sunday's running of the Shelby American at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Harvick has turned in impressive performances at Daytona and Auto Club Speedway and carries a great deal of momentum into Sunday's third race of the season.

“Obviously we have been pretty fortunate to run like we have at the beginning of the year,” Harvick said. “We started off with a bang with the Shootout, and lost the qualifying race by a few inches, had a shot at Daytona and had a shot at California last week, and that's really all you can ask for as a team and a driver and everybody is just to have a chance."

Harvick and the entire Richard Childress Racing stable has been the talk of the early part of the new campaign with a turnaround from the disappointing first half of 2009.

But Harvick wants to take things up a notch and get back to victory lane, where he hasn't visited in a points race situation since the 2007 Daytona 500

“I think we have done a good job of turning everything around, and now it's our job to capitalize on the moments when we have the opportunity to win races," he said. "You've got to win a couple of them. So it's not – it's definitely not the end of the world that we didn't win, but we definitely want to win more than we don't, that's for sure.”

With more wins, Harvick believes he will also be able to take car of his other goal for the year - returning to the Chase, which didn't include one RCR driver a year ago.

“You know, you’ve got to go out and win races to do what you want to do to get the bonus points and things you need for the Chase," Harvick said. "I think that definitely matters as you get into the last 10 weeks."

However, one thing Harvick doesn't feel is the pressure to perform, which he believes is detrimental to trying to be successful.

"We've won a couple of Shootouts and All-Star Race and Daytona 500, so it's not – you don't force those things,” Harvick said. “...just go out and you race. You race as fast as you can and those things come as they happen. So I learned a long time ago, you don't force those things.”

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