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Kevin Harvick claims “getting your car to handle in all three corners” will be the biggest challenge at Pocono

Find out what SHR driver Kevin Harvick had to say about his Pocono outing and how challenging the race is going to be with the Next-Gen cars

Kevin Harvick

In the 21st round of cup competition, the M&M’s Fan Appreciation 400, the first of the last six races of the 2022 regular season, will be held at Pocono Raceway. The playoff race and Chase Elliott and Ross Chastain’s battle for the regular season championship will heat up, and spectators can expect some spectacular racing on the 2.5-mile flat circuit with three corners. A winless driver who has more points than necessary to make the playoffs is more likely to fall short of that goal.

In the race that is going to unveil how the Next-Gen cars and the Radical changes, NASCAR has introduced to the sport have changed the Pocono race product. Kevin Harvick, who drives the No:4 Ford Mustang for Stewart Hass Racing, will have a lot to prove as the former champion’s winless run so far gas kicked him out of the Top 16 following the win of Christopher Bell last week at New Hampshire. So, the coming race weekend and the weekends following will be of high priority for the veteran in his playoff race.

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Find out what Kevin Harvick had to say

Kevin Harvick

Kevin Harvick talks about the challenges the drivers will face at Pocono and acknowledged that handling the car in the corners will be the difference maker as its important to have a good entry to turn one and a good exit will be vital to make headways in the straight without getting caught in the tunnel turn. He points out that even without the tunnel turn the three turns of the “Tricky Triangle” make the race hard compared to the tracks they have so far raced. 

“When you look at Pocono, you know that you’re going to have a challenge of getting your car to handle in all three corners. That’s the biggest challenge when it comes to Pocono. You have to make sure you can get all you can come to turn three because the straightaway after that is really, really long. You can kind of give up the tunnel turn, but you still need to be very good in all three corners. It’s just a different style of the racetrack than what we go to on a week-to-week basis,” Kevin Harvick said.

Kevin Harvick went on to say that the Next-Gen cars such as the big opportunity it provides for the piolets to push and bump each as well as the chances it provides in downshifting and making passes. He pointed out that the resorts will be interesting at Pocono as the hardness to make passes at the track makes it more desirable and hence intense for drivers.

With the NextGen car’s characteristics, you’re going to be able to push and shove and bump draft and all of the things that you can do. And then you’re going to have options on gears, so add that in with sometimes being difficult to pass, I think it’s going to be interesting to see the restarts. I think the restarts are going to get more intense than they’ve been before,” Kevin Harvick added.

Kevin Harvick went on to suggest that in the past downshifting was just part of the proses of racing in Pocono but now the next-Gen car has evolved into an important part of every race that took place as it has become a vital part of every corner passes. He added that this will bring constant gear shifts at every corner in Pocono.

You downshifted and it was just part of the process of Pocono. But that kind of went away as the team kind of decided it was too expensive. So, we went to spec transmissions and couldn’t shift, and then it went back to, ‘OK, you can shift,’ and now we’re going to shift in every corner. So, it’s definitely just kind of a piece of the puzzle that’s come with this new car, and at Pocono, I think we’re going to shift in every corner,” Kevin Harvick explained.

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