Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Harvick looks to follow up Phoenix victory with string test and weekend at Vegas.

Harvick leads a pack at Phoenix en route to win #1
Now that the "regular season" is underway, Kevin Harvick looks to head to Vegas with the Chase pressure off and an opportunity to run up front and pile up wins. The fact that the this new team/driver combination heads to Vegas with an extra day of testing Thursday can only help them get that much better. Happy spoke of that this week.

“For us, it’s a new team. We had some things here and there – a lot of things here and there – that we had to work through at Daytona and Phoenix and everybody did a good job. So, those four extra hours to get everything sorted out for us is important. But I think there are just so many new things, and the way you look at things, and the way you go about things, and the springs and things you run underneath the car. They are so drastically different than what you ran last year that we’re looking for that baseline to be able to understand exactly what we need and where to work from. In that same sense, things will evolve really fast because things are quite a bit different. So, you’ll have something that will evolve into something new by the time you get to the next week.” Harvick said.

Harvick also said “Well, we tested with the new no ride-height rule at Charlotte when we did the NASCAR test at the end of last year and I expect the cars to have a little bit more grip and a little bit more speed than what we had before. Along with that, when you have those changes in the car, it changes all the springs and the way the engineers go about looking at everything that they do. So it’s a whole different thought process than it was last year. And, as we found out at Daytona in the Sprint Unlimited, the main thing you have to pay attention to is being able to get the tires off the car on a pit stop. So, we had to adjust for that during the rest of Budweiser Speedweeks a little bit. I know they’ve worked hard on it, but things happen a lot more aggressively coming into the pit stall and everything is hot and so you’ve just got to make sure that’s right.”

Vegas has not been Happy's best track, with his best finish a second place in 2010. Harvick has only led 58 laps in 13 races. He looks to improve on his record this week.

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