Harvick Focused on Phoenix

Kevin Harvick

"I’m going to prepare for Phoenix as though we need to go there and win the race because winning’s a lot more fun." (Photo: Getty Images)

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Just because he’s locked up a spot in the Championship 4 don’t count Kevin Harvick out in Sunday’s Can-Am 500 at Phoenix Raceway.

Harvick’s win in last week’s AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway moved him into the title-deciding race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 19th along with Kyle Busch and Martin Truex. Jr. Harvick will have the opportunity to compete for a second career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship one week from Sunday.

But it doesn’t mean Harvick will simply go through the motions in Phoenix and is only focused on Homestead.

“I think at this point you just don’t even think about it,” Harvick said of the season finale. “I feel like the things that we do every week, I’m going to prepare for Phoenix as though we need to go there and win the race because winning’s a lot more fun.

“But, as far as the things we go through during the week, the things we do, the things we watch, the things we talk about, we’re going to prepare for Phoenix first.”

Harvick says the Stewart-Haas Racing team has laid out a plan to succeed at both Phoenix and Homestead. His career numbers at Phoenix feature a series-high eight Cup wins, including five in his last eight outings. He became the only Cup Series driver to win four consecutive races there when he won the November 2013 race, swept the 2014 races and won again in March 2015. 

Only five drivers have won consecutive Cup Series races at Phoenix and Harvick is the only one to win consecutive races twice. He swept both races in 2006 to go with his back-to-back wins in 2014. His most recent Phoenix win was this past March.

With those numbers it’s understandable why Harvick wouldn’t just look past Phoenix to his chance to clinch the crown next week in Miami.

“I think, as you look at all the workload, the things I’ve had on my schedule, the things we’ve done up to this point, they stop leading into Phoenix and Homestead just because you want to make sure you don’t miss anything,” Harvick explained.

“I feel like the things we’ve laid out and the structure of all the things we’ve done is 100-percent focused on intending to go to Homestead and go to Phoenix with the intention of having to put everything you have in it to win the race. That was already laid out in 2016 as to how it was all going to work. We’ll see if it all plays out.”

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