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Kevin Harvick Expecting Manic GEICO 500

Kevin Harvick Expecting Manic GEICO 500

by October 16, 2014 0 comments

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TALLADEGA, Ala. — It’s crunch time for the 12 remaining drivers in the Chase as the Sprint Cup Series heads to Talladega Superspeedway for the GEICO 500 – the final race of the Contender Round.

With six of eight spots remaining open for the Chase field to squeeze into for the Eliminator Round, the final push to advance to the third round of the Chase is sure to make for a hectic mindset amongst the drivers who are looking to move on in the Chase.

Kevin Harvick, Saturday night’s Bank of America 500 winner at Charlotte, does not need to worry about advancing to the Eliminator Round with his Talladega finish after earning his spot in the next round with his win on Saturday, allowing himself the opportunity to approach Talladega with a worry-free mindset.

Harvick, now a three-time winner this season and a former Talladega winner, fully expects Sunday’s 188-lap race to be quite the volatile affair.

The championship contender doesn’t expect any of the drivers jockeying to get into the Eliminator Round to take it easy on Sunday as he predicts that everyone will drive with an offensive state of mind rather than a defensive one.

“Talladega is always crazy,” Harvick said following his Charlotte win. “It’s going to be so crazy with everybody in [an] offensive frame of mind like everybody was [at Charlotte.] They might have to move the seats back a few rows.”

The driver of the No. 4 Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing backed up his post-victory thoughts several days later when asked about his overall thoughts heading into Talladega. The 2010 winner of the Aaron’s 499 at the track stated that he believes the action on Sunday will be on a completely different level than what is typically seen at the superspeedway – making for what will be an exciting race for fans of the sport.

“It’s going to be an absolutely phenomenal race,” he stated. “It’s going to be fun to watch. It’s going to be crazy, offensive racing. Talladega is always crazy, but I mean, it’s going to be so crazy with everybody in the offensive frame of mind.”

Harvick has not discussed the strategy that he’ll be employing behind the wheel of his Chevrolet SS yet, however, crew chief Rodney Childers offered his thoughts on what’s on his mind entering the team’s second trip to Talladega of the season.

“There’s a lot that can happen at Talladega,” Childers states. “For me, as a crew chief, I want to go down there and qualify well, I want to lead the most laps and try to win the race. On the other hand, there are so many things that can go wrong. You can get your driver hurt in a heartbeat there and that’s the last thing we need going into the end of the season.

“We’ll definitely talk about it this week and we’ll come up with a plan before we go and we’ll stick with that once we’re there.”

Kyle Pokrefky
Follow Kyle Pokrefky on Twitter at @KPokrefky

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