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Harvick Anticipates a Long Race at the Coca-Cola 600

Harvick Anticipates a Long Race at the Coca-Cola 600

Harvick Anticipates a Long Race at the Coca-Cola 600

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - Coca-Cola 600
May 21, 2013 - Charlotte Motor Speedway
Kevin Harvick, No. 29

Kevin Harvick will pilot chassis No. 425 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the Coca-Cola 600. This Chevrolet is new to the No. 29 team lineup and will make its first competitive laps this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Harvick and RCR's No. 29 Budweiser Folds of Honor team collected an eighth-place finish in the 2012 Coca-Cola 600 under the lights at Charlotte Motor Speedway, after starting 14th and battling handling issues for the majority of the event.

The Coca-Cola 600 is a special race annually, because it falls on Memorial Day weekend. Share your thoughts about the event and the many ways it honors America's Armed Forces.

To be able to have so many service men and women at the race track for our race this weekend and be able to see them, and shake their hands and tell them thank you is something that I think all the fans and drivers - and our sport in general - do a very good job of showing our appreciation. To have the race on Memorial Day weekend is just an added bonus, but to honor our troops is what it's all about. - Kevin Harvick

Share your thoughts on running the Coca-Cola 600.

Man, the Coca-Cola 600 is a long race. For drivers, our bodies have adapted to running 400 or 500-mile events. This event is unique not only because we have to mentally prepare ourselves for that extra 100 miles, but the team also has to set the car up to go from day to night. It's a challenging race and a lot can change or happen. We were fortunate to win this race in 2011 and it came down to the last lap and fuel mileage, so you just never know how things are going to play out. - Kevin Harvick

What is the key to being physically and mentally prepared for such a long, competitive race?

The biggest thing is just hydration. Obviously you're mentally trained to run 400 or 500 miles, so that last 100 miles is different than what your body and mind is used to. You definitely have to prepare yourself a little bit different to get through those last 100 miles. - Kevin Harvick

How much does Charlotte Motor Speedway change from start to finish during the Coca-Cola 600?

Charlotte (Motor Speedway) is definitely a track that changes more than most. For some reason it seems like sun changes that track drastically, so when the sun starts going down the race track starts to take a turn in a different direction. You have to be prepared, and try to set your car up in advance for those changing conditions. - Kevin Harvick

Radio & TV

FOX's live coverage of the Coca-Cola 600 begins Sunday, May 26 at 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time. The race will also be broadcast on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series results at Charlotte Motor Speedway

  • Starts: 25
  • Wins: 2
  • Poles: 0
  • Top 5: 3
  • Top 10: 8
  • Laps Led: 34
  • Average Start: 18.8
  • Average Finish: 17.32