4 KEVIN HARVICK, Chevrolet
Team: Stewart-Haas Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: 11th, only three points out of the top 10. Has clinched a spot in the Chase with his two victories so far in 2014.
WATKINS GLEN RECORD: One win and six top-10 finishes in 13 starts.
LOOKING AHEAD: Harvick feels one of the keys to running well at Watkins Glen is "to get your car good under braking so you can make passes during the race. Usually where you can gain the most time is in the braking zones," adds Harvick. "As the race goes on turn one becomes more of an issue because it's downhill and the brakes start to get worn out. The wheel hop becomes easier to start happening as the race goes on."
LOOKING BACK: Harvick kept the pressure on during the final three laps of the race, but he was unable to get by Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and ended up second at Pocono. "This hasn't been one of my best tracks, but I just have to thank all my guys on this Mobil 1 Chevy for putting us in position to at least pull some strategy there," said Harvick. "I made a lot of mistakes (including speeding on pit road) today and they made up for it with a fast race car."
ETC.: Harvick believes the team's performance at Pocono "was very important" in the team's quest for the Sprint Cup championship. "I think last week was the kind of the same way," added Harvick. "I think that it's just trying to get yourself ready for the last 10 weeks, to know that you're not going to win every race, you're going to have days like today where you have to scramble, you're going to have practices where your car is off, you're going to have things that are going to go wrong. On the days when things are right, you need to capitalize on them and win the race. On those days like today, being able to scramble and get a good finish to get something out of a day. Today we were able to accomplish that and hopefully this a good sign of things to come."