Harvick Talks Missed Richmond Setup, Playoff Strategy

No 4 of Kevin Harvick Returns to Richmond Garage During Practice, 2017-09Before the Richmond Raceway Federated Auto Parts 400 race, Kevin Harvick told reports he did not really know what to expect from lap 30 to 90 on his No. 4’s tires. The Ford Performance-backed team tried some strategy, and it didn’t work out as hoped or planned.

“We missed it bad tonight,” Harvick said.

“Just couldn’t get the car to turn in the corner, would spin the tires on the exit, fall off really bad. That’s a bad combination for our Jimmy John’s Ford.”

Harvick said if there was any kind of silver lining at the Saturday night race at Richmond Raceway, it was pit road.

“The best part of tonight was I did really good on pit road. The rest of it didn’t go well,” Harvick said.

In the past few previous season the No. 4 team and its driver, Kevin Harvick contended for wins more weeks than not. Crew chief Rodney Childers alluded that for the 2017 regular season, and its playoffs, a different strategy may be in store for the Stewart-Haas Racing team — a points-based strategy.

Harvick acknowledged that some years have to come down to points and winning when you can.

“Well, I mean, some years you have to do that,” he said.
“I think in order to do that, you have to get the most out of your car still to try to finish behind the guys that are running really good. We haven’t done that the last couple weeks. In order to get the most out of our car every week, we have to perform at the best level that it can perform. So we got to get that straight and see what happens when we get to Chicago.

Kevin Harvick qualified 6th for the Federated Auto Parts 400, but finished 15th. He starts the 2017 MENCS playoffs seeded 6th, with 2,015 points.

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