Heading into Sunday’s race at Texas, Kevin Harvick is a disappointing seventh in the standings, 392 points behind leader Jeff Gordon.
His Richard Childress Racing teammates are also in the 12-man Chase for the championship. Second-year driver Clint Bowyer, the surprise of the season, is third in the points, while veteran Jeff Burton is eighth, eight points behind Harvick.
After finishing fourth last year in his first Chase, Harvick has only two top-10 finishes in this year’s stock car postseason – sixth at Kansas and 10th at Martinsville.
“We have had a lot of stupid things happen to us in the past seven races,” said Harvick, whose season began with a victory in the Daytona 500.
“I think I have had more flat tires since the Chase started than I have had my entire career, and those are things that are out of our control.”
Although a championship is all-but mathematically out of the question, Harvick has three more races to work his way up the standings for a solid finish.