Harvick going full-throttle in final season with RCR

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So much for 2013 being a lame-duck campaign for Kevin Harvick.

Harvick is in the final season of his run with Richard Childress Racing before moving to Stewart-Haas Racing for next year’s NASCAR Sprint Cup championship. But the driver of the No. 29 Chevrolet has been doing anything but going through the motions, and his victory in the Coca-Cola 600 last weekend at Charlotte – his second victory and third Top-5 result in the last four races – seemed to be a moment where the point was driven home: Harvick is bent on doing big things for RCR before he walks out the door.

In his mind, expecting to do anything less than that would be a disservice to the team that has been with him throughout his Cup career.

“It’s too important to the people that put in the hours and hours and hours, the people that put in millions and millions of dollars,” Harvick said according to the Associated Press.

After dusting Kasey Kahne on a late restart to win the 600, Harvick and his charge up the standings (he’s now seventh in points) face a stiff test today at Dover International Speedway. In 24 Cup starts at the “Monster Mile,” the California native has never won.

However, he finished second in last year’s spring race at Dover despite falling back in the field earlier in the event after overshooting his pit box during a stop. And considering how his performance has been lately, he’s looking to continue what may be a potential run to a title.

“Right now, we are just racing on a week to week basis and the performance of the cars has been good,” he said. “We have been able to get to Victory Lane four times, two points races, so I think we are in a good position to contend for it. Everybody is focused on the job and task at hand to be able to put ourselves in position to try to do that. I don’t see why not.”

Harvick starts seventh in today’s FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks.