Harvick became the second driver in 2014 to lock himself into the Chase Grid via his win at Phoenix in March.
Harvick is one of three drivers this season to lead at least 1,000 laps. 2014 is the first time Harvick has accomplished the feat.
When asked about his team’s ability to perform strong in the Chase, Harvick talked about the speed his team has.
“We definitely have the race cars to do it,” he said last week at Richmond. “We still have some hiccups on pit road … we have to address.
“We have to be more consistent.”
It was announced this week Harvick and Tony Stewart would swap pit crews to aid Harvick at his championship run.
“We made this change in the best interests of the entire organization,” said Greg Zipadelli, the vice president of competition for Stewart-Haas Racing in a press release this week. “Our primary goal is to win races and championships, and this pit crew swap provides championship experience to the No. 4 team and continued race-winning experience to the No. 14 team.”
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Kevin Harvick's Budeweiser paint scheme at Daytona International Speedway. Harvick is in his first season with Stewart-Haas Racing.
Harvick, who starts 12th Sunday, won the first two races at Chicagoland Speedway in 2001 and 2002.
Harvick has won at seven of the ten tracks on the Chase schedule.
2014 will be Harvick’s eighth career Chase berth and fifth consecutive season he qualifies for it.
Harvick’s best performance in the Chase pertaining to overall standings—which are also career highs—are three third place efforts in 2010, 2011 and 2013.