When the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup begins Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway with the GEICO 400, Kevin Harvick will be the lone representative in NASCAR’s postseason from Richard Childress Racing. His teammates at RCR, Jeff Burton and Paul Menard, both failed to make the playoffs.
Harvick, however, won’t be completely alone.
Harvick and Kurt Busch, who drove Furniture Row Racing’s No. 78 Chevrolet into a Chase berth – the first time for a single-car team – will help each other out over the season’s final 10 races.
“They’ve always been helpful. I would say it’s going to be business as usual. We’ll expect to be there to do our part, to help the 29,” answered Busch when asked about how Furniture Row Racing’s alliance with RCR will benefit him in the Chase. “Right now it’s the 29 and the 78 coming out of that situation.”
Not only has Harvick worked with Busch because of their teams’ partnership, the two veteran drivers are both leaving their respective teams at the end of the season to join Stewart-Haas Racing.
With the points reset, Harvick sits fourth in the standings on the strength of two regular-season wins (Richmond and Charlotte, which is in the Chase). In 205 starts at tracks in this year’s Chase, he has 10 wins, 41 top fives and 95 top 10s.
In six previous appearances in the postseason, Harvick has compiled three wins, 13 top-five and 35 top-10 finishes in the final 10 races of the season as a Chase contender. His highest position in the final standings is third place in 2010 and 2011.