Harvick Happy Coming to Texas

Kevin Harvick

Harvick will start 26th today. (Photo: Getty Images)

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His rebound from potential disaster last week at Talladega has Kevin Harvick in a comfortable and confident mood coming into Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Harvick was able to drive his damaged car home to a second place finish in last Sunday’s Talladega race, good enough to pull him to within 38 points of the Chase for the Sprint Cup lead with three races to go.

The Richard Childress Racing driver brings a cool and calm demeanor into Sunday’s race at the 1.5-mile speedway and doesn’t show any signs he’s dealing with the pressure of the championship race situation.

“This is what you want, you want to have a chance for a championship, you want to be in contention and whether we win or lose, this is what we set out at the beginning of the year to do,” Harvick said. “It’s important to work as hard as you can, and I think everybody alongside of me is working as hard as they can and we’re going to do everything we can to try to win.

“Whether it’s good enough? I don’t know. But this is fun. This really is fun. It’s not like running bad. It’s fun because you’re running good and you have a chance and that’s really all you can ask for.”

Despite Jimmie Johnson being 14 points ahead of second place Denny Hamlin and Harvick sitting third 38 out of the top spot, it’s the two drivers ahead of him in the standings that should feel the pressure according to Harvick.

“I’ve probably won more championships than both of those guys combined,” Harvick said. “It’s all the same. The only difference is it’s just that it’s got a lot more attention about what’s going on, but I’ve raced for championships my whole life and we’ve won a lot of them.

“And it’s just one of those deals where you just race. And it’s really no different than what you do on a weekly basis, honestly. You go out and you try to keep yourself from making mistakes and you try to do the things that you’ve done your whole life. This is no different.”

That’s not to say Harvick is taking anything too lightly. He believes the driver who makes the least amount of mistakes over the final three races of the season will be the champion and that now more than ever mental focus is vital.

“I probably concentrate and think about it more now than I do during the season,” Harvick said. “I think during the season I can get away from it and have other things that I like to do.

“But these 10 weeks you want to make sure you don’t screw anything up and make a mistake and at least give yourself a legitimate shot to race for it. And every week’s a new week. Every week brings a new challenge. It’s all in how you adjust to those challenges as you go through that particular weekend.”

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