(CBS) Days after securing himself the seventh spot in the 16-driver field for NASCAR’s revamped Chase for the Sprint Cup, Kevin Harvick expressed an appreciation for the new system that puts a premium on winning like never before and, once the Chase starts, will feature a new round-by-round advancement format.
“It’s interesting,” Harvick said on 670 The Score in an interview with Dan Bernstein and Laurence Holmes. “It’s going to be a lot more intense as we get toward the last 10 weeks … You have to be on top of it.
“You definitely try things you wouldn’t try over the last 10 weeks (of the regular season/pre-Chase) just because once you’ve won, you know you’re in and you need to win more.”
Harvick’s currently 11th in the points standings, but with a win this season already, all he has to do is attempt to quality in the next five races to make the Chase — which is a mere formality.
“You have to have that consistency to go along with a fast car because there will be guys who are fast and consistent who knock off those top-five finishes every week,” Harvick said. “You have to figure out how to do that.”
The Sprint Cup series comes to Chicagoland Speedway on Sept. 14.
Listen to the full interview below.