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"It's been a grind and a battle week in and week out as to what do we need, what do we need to do different." (Photo: Getty Images)

Harvick: ‘It’s Been a Grind, a Battle’

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HOMESTEAD, Fla. – It hasn’t been easy but Kevin Harvick has made it back to the Championship 4.

For the fifth time in the six seasons of the Championship 4 format, Harvick will once again have a shot at running for the title in Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Even though this year hasn’t been easy for Harvick, he’s still put four wins on the board and has the opportunity to run for a second career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series crown.

“I think as we started the season the results weren’t bad, we had mediocre results, I think for what we expect as the No. 4 team,” Harvick said. “So, but it’s been a grind and a battle week in and week out as to what do we need, what do we need to do different, because the thought process is just so much different than what we have ever done before. I think as an organization we have had to struggle through that and it’s been a grind.”

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How about the challenge of beating three-quarters of the title field from Joe Gibbs Racing, Harvick said he’s not worried about the trio of drivers having any type of advantage.

“I think for us it’s very simple, there’s no worries in making the sponsor mad or making another team member mad or there is no scenario, it’s how do we get Stewart Haas Racing another championship and all four teams have bought into that and want to do the exact same thing because of the fact that it’s good for Stewart Haas Racing,” he said.

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Should Harvick score his second Cup title on Sunday, he’ll join just 15 others who have won multiple championships in NASCAR’s top series. That distinction is not lost on Harvick who understands the difficulty in reaching that accomplishment.

“It’s hard to get here,” he said. “I know that we have been able to do that five times now, but the playoffs are difficult now. It’s difficult to go through all those eliminations and different racetracks and have everything work out. So you just, this will be the fifth time here and we have only won once and so it’s definitely something that we would love to do again. This is what we race for.”