Harvick in Good Position

Kevin Harvick

“I think Mike (Ford) should take his own advice to his driver and not insert foot in mouth." (Photo: Getty Images)

AVONDALE, Ariz. – Kevin Harvick sits third in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship race and the Richard Childress Racing driver is fine with that spot.

“Of course we’d like to be leading or closer to the top,” said Harvick Friday at Phoenix International Raceway. “But this has been a great track for us over the years and one I really like so I feel we’ll have a good run on Sunday and will be right in this hunt for the championship.”

While Denny Hamlin and Jimmie Johnson have been in the spotlight all week with their teams involved in a war of words, Harvick has stayed out of the mix and has in some ways been the forgotten man.

“It’s really a no-pressure, nothing-to-lose situation for us and I like it,” Harvick said of the lack of attention. “I like coming from behind. I like when people write us off, it’s kind of like everybody’s been their whole career. It’s fun to come up and see everybody after that.”

The celebrated crew swap between the teams of Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon during last week’s AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway has been one of the issues to have sparked the rivalry between the Johnson and Hamlin camps. Hamlin’s crew chief Mike Ford called the decision a move of desperation.

Harvick has been involved in a crew change of his own when team owner Richard Childress decided to swap the 29 group with Clint Bowyer’s pit crew several weeks ago, although the move did not happen during a race like the Hendrick action.

However Harvick isn’t concerned of when such a call is made rather than why.

“I think Mike (Ford) should take his own advice to his driver and not insert foot in mouth,” Harvick said. “I think the comments that he made after the race about being better than the 48 team … I think he’s just trying to stir stuff up.

“Whatever it takes to win is what you’ve got to do, so if there’s something wrong with that, then I’m missing something.”

Although certainly outspoken at times, Harvick says sometimes it’s better to not be as vocal especially in the middle of a championship battle.

“The only good thing that comes from being cocky like that,” Harvick said, “is you better win.
“Because if you don’t, you’re going to have to answer a lot of questions about your comments when you’re done. I think when you’re trying to intimidate the guy that’s won four championships in a row, you might need to re-think your strategy and just worry about racing.”

And that’s all Harvick is focusing on over the last two races of the season.

“The worst we can finish in the points is third,” Harvick said. “We have two great race tracks in front of us. We have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

“Whatever it takes to gain is what you do on the race track and there’s really nothing else that matters at this point. You just kind of throw it all out there and if it gets rough, it gets rough. And if it doesn’t, you just go out there and race and see where it all falls in the end.”

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