Tuesday, August 14, 2012

200 mph? Just another day at the office for Kevin Harvick

The Sprint Cup series stops at Michigan International Sunday as teams return to a more "traditional" method of left turn only racing. The newly repaved track had drivers over 200 mph in June when the circuit last stopped at MIS. Kevin Harvick will pilot Chassis No. 381 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in this weekend's Pure Michigan 400. Harvick drove this Chevrolet to an 11th-place finish at Kentucky Speedway in July and a 13th-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway in April of 2011.

Harvick recently spoke about the speeds at MIS."Obviously the speeds were high, but from where we sit after you run two or three laps you become accustomed to how fast you are going. It probably looked faster from the outside, but to us it was just another day in the office." Happy said. Not sounding all that happy, he added. "There was virtually no passing, and there was only one groove."

"We didn't have the best race." Harvick said, when speaking about the June race. "We practiced really well during the weekend and were able to figure things out on the first tire, but when they changed the (left-side) tires and we weren't quite as good. We had a few problems at the beginning of the race and had to make up ground all day. Our car was fast enough to make up ground and do the things we needed to do to get back into the top 10, but we still need to be better."

Harvick has collected one win (2010), three top-five and eight top-10 finishes and has led 149 laps at the Brooklyn, Mich. two mile oval.

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