Thursday, May 25, 2017

Kevin Harvick using winning Kansas chassis in Coca-Cola 600

Kevin Harvick is 6/1 to win at Charlotte.
KEVIN HARVICK, Driver of the No. 4 Mobil 1 Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing: 

What does it mean to honor and remember a military member on your No. 4 Mobil 1 Ford Fusion this weekend? 
“There isn’t any sport that honors the military any better than NASCAR. I know a lot of sports do a lot of things for our military but, when you roll into this particular weekend with the Coke 600 and you are a part of the celebration and remembrance for all the things that have happened with our military, to see the support that NASCAR and everybody in our garage gives the military, especially on this particular weekend, is something that gives you goosebumps. We are honored to carry the names on our cars.” 

Is the Coca-Cola 600 more physically or mentally challenging? 
“It just depends on how hot it is, honestly. If it’s a good weekend and the weather is nice, then it’s more mentally challenging than physically challenging. Either way, it’s still challenging both mentally and physically in some way, shape or form. The hardest part mentally is just getting yourself to overcome those last hundred miles because you are used to the 400- or 500-mile races.” 

What do you think of Charlotte adding VHT to the racetrack in an attempt to build an outside groove? 
“I think that’s a good game plan. Adding VHT to the outside groove and the middle groove, the only groove that was there for the AllStar race was the bottom groove. I went up there and tried the middle and tried the top, and while you could go through there, you just couldn’t make any speed like you could on the bottom. You have to applaud NASCAR, Charlotte Motor Speedway and everybody for trying to make the racing better. I think it’s definitely going to do something. I think, as you look at it, it’s definitely going to make a difference and hopefully it widens the racetrack out and we can have grooves all over the track.”

Chassis Information: Chassis No. 4-995: 
Kevin Harvick will pilot the No. 4 Mobil 1 Ford Fusion built on Chassis No. 4-995 in the Coca-Cola 600 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race Sunday at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. Built new in 2016, Chassis No. 4-995 made its NASCAR Cup Series debut in last year’s All-Star Race at Charlotte. Harvick started first, led 21 laps in the first segment and overcame a mechanical issue related to the car’s steering to finish 11th . It made its second appearance the very next week in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte, where Harvick started eighth and finished second. Harvick started from the pole position at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway after rain cancelled Cup Series qualifying. He led 214 laps and scored a runner-up finish. Its final start of 2016 came in October at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, where Harvick started 11th, led 74 laps and crossed the finish line 1.183 seconds ahead of runner-up Carl Edwards to advance to the Round of 8 in the NASCAR playoffs. Its only start of 2017 came at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, where Harvick started seventh but received damage to the nose of the car coming to the green flag and battled to a 13th -place finish.

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