Monday, September 14, 2015

Gibbs drivers have won eight of last 11, but Harvick not backing down

Joe Gibbs drivers have taken over.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Every indication the last three months is that Joe Gibbs Racing is going to be a major force in NASCAR's playoffs.

But if anyone thinks JGR's four-car lineup is going to run away with the title, reigning Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick has other ideas.

Harvick, who finished 14th in the regular-season finale Saturday night, gave no indication he's intimidated by JGR. Matt Kenseth won at Richmond International Raceway for his third victory in six races, and JGR's eighth win in 11 Cup events.

Because those eight wins have been divided by Kenseth, Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards, Harvick doesn't see one standout team in the group capable of sustaining a 10-race playoff run.

''You can't be good once every three weeks, you've got to be good for 10 weeks,'' Harvick said. ''I know those guys have run fast, (but) it's been a different Gibbs car that we've raced against for the last 10 weeks. As a company, they've had some good success in winning races, but it hasn't been the same car.

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