Back in April, Kevin Harvick won the Southern 500 at Darlington to earn his second victory in the season’s first eight races.
In the 22 races that followed, Harvick earned seven pole positions, eight Top-5s and 12 Top-10s. During that same stretch, he led a total of 1,138 laps.
But he did not win.
However, Saturday night finally saw Harvick and the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing crew get the payoff they’ve been fighting for throughout the summer.
Harvick led 162 laps and held off Jeff Gordon in a two-lap sprint to win the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
At the risk of stating the obvious, it’s pretty hard to win one of these NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. It takes total execution.
And today on NASCAR AMERICA, No. 4 crew chief Rodney Childers told NBCSN’s Kelli Stavast that the difference on Saturday night was exactly that.
“We didn’t have any mistakes, the pit crew did a great job all day, and Kevin did a good job on the race track,” he said. “But it felt good to get all of that behind us.
“We’ve had some fast cars and just been looking for that win all the way back to Darlington. [We] just feel fortunate that we ended up in Victory Lane. Just a really good night.”
Now, Childers and Harvick can go into Sunday’s GEICO 500 at Talladega with their ticket to the Eliminator Round of the Chase already punched. For more on the 4 team’s plans for ‘Dega, check out the interview above.