Kevin Harvick enters second round at Charlotte looking to win

Kevin Harvick advanced to the second round of the NASCAR playoffs after scoring just one finish inside the top-15 in the first round.

Kevin Harvick enters the second round of the playoffs in familiar territory as the first round. With 15 playoff points earned so far, Harvick will start the playoffs in the sixth position of the twelve drivers left.

After a 36th place finish at New Hampshire and a 17th finish at Dover, Harvick’s third place finish at Chicago to open the playoffs seems more than three weeks ago.

The next three tracks on the schedule should help Harvick get back on track. Harvick has won at all three tracks, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway and Kansas Speedway.

“It’s nice to know that you can go to any of these racetracks and win because we have,” Harvick said in his Stewart-Haas Racing race advance. “They’re all hard to win at. I think as you look at going to Charlotte, really trying to put the car back in victory lane is the first goal. If you can’t, then really try to get the best finish you can. That comes with no mistakes and really trying, if you do have a mistake, to overcome it and capitalize on the moment if you have it to actually get to victory lane.”

Harvick’s last win at Charlotte came in the 2014 fall race where he led 162 of the 334 laps. This year, however, it might not be as easy with weather possibly having an impact.

“Charlotte is a really finicky racetrack and temperature is a huge factor in how the racetrack changes, how the pace changes, so you have to try to guess a little bit on that,” Harvick said. “If the weather is an issue as we creep into the weekend, you have to try to plan and balance all those things, but you have to be ready to abort that plan and come up with a new one at any given point.”

Harvick will start from the third position for the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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