NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - Party in the Poconos 400
June 4, 2013 - Poconos Raceway
Kevin Harvick, No. 29
Kevin Harvick will pilot chassis No. 391 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable for the Party in the Poconos 400. The California native last piloted this Chevrolet at Bristol Motor Speedway in March, where he settled for a 14th-place finish. Harvick has made 24 starts at the 2.5-mile tri-oval dating back to the 2001 season. During that time, the RCR veteran has collected five-top five and eight top-10 finishes. He holds a 19.8 average starting position coupled with a 14.1 average finishing position, has completed 96.1 percent (4,386 of 4,547) of the laps contested and is credited with five laps led. Harvick and the No. 29 Rheem team overcame a pit road penalty and a tight-handling condition during this event last season at Pocono Raceway to finish 14th.
The team just tested at Pocono Raceway. How to do you feel it went, and what did you learn that you can use in this weekend's race?
It was good. With the new pavement and a lot of speed, I think it will hopefully apply not only to the Pocono (Raceway) races, but to the Michigan (International Speedway) races and Indianapolis (Motor Speedway). That is what we are banking on, so hopefully it was a productive test. I know we ran a lot of miles and the track still has a lot of speed. Even with the new cars, it doesn't have quite as much speed as years past. The asphalt has turned several shades of gray. It should be a fun race. The track took rubber and we didn't have any tire issues or anything like that, so it should be a good weekend. - Kevin Harvick
TNT's live coverage from Pocono Raceway begins Sunday, June 9 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time. The race will also be broadcast on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Ch. 90.