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Kevin Harvick turns laps at Phoenix International Raceway. Harvick will start fifth Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway in his quest for his first championship.
With four victories in 2014, including a must-win performance last week in Phoenix, Kevin Harvick enters the Championship Round of the Chase as the oldest driver eligible for the title.
Harvick qualified fifth for Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400, the best among the four drivers eligible for the championship. Harvick talked Friday post-qualifying about qualifying in the top-five.
“Went through the second round and didn't quite get everything I needed to out of the car in the last round, but all in all, it was a solid day,” he said. “The car has got good speed in race trim, I got a good starting spot, so should get a good pit stall and just go out and try to have another solid day tomorrow and get prepared for the race.”
Through the Chase’s first nine races, Harvick has led 897 laps, the most among all drivers. Harvick scored two wins during the playoffs and posted six top-ten finishes.
At Homestead-Miami Speedway, Harvick has finished inside the top-ten eleven times in 13 starts. Although he has never won, Harvick has finished runner-up twice at the track and currently has a streak of six consecutive top-ten finishes.
With an average finish of 8.1 at HMS, Harvick has the best average finish among the championship contenders. Harvick talked strategy for Sunday’s race with the media and what his fellow competitors may do.
“I think you have to be aggressive,” Harvick said. “I think everybody is going to be aggressive. I think you also have to be smart about where you put your car and who you're around as to how aggressive you need to be and the things that you're doing. It's really no different.
“You're safer in front of the pack. You have more opportunity to have a good strategy in the front of the pack and see what everybody else is doing throughout the day. So there's going to be a lot of ups and downs throughout the day, and you have to manage the things that go right and wrong all at the same time, and you just know that those things are going to happen.”