The Chase race most drivers dread most—especially if they haven’t won at Charlotte or Kansas—is the Oct. 25 event at Talladega Superspeedway.
The Contender Round’s elimination race is the most unpredictable in the 10-event playoff, but reigning series champion Kevin Harvick has developed a plan he thinks works best at the 2.66-mile restrictor-plate superspeedway, NASCAR racing’s largest oval track.
“There’s just a lot out of your control,” Harvick said. “For me, I’ve just made the decision over the last several years that you go there and try to position yourself at the front of the pack and just let it happen. Otherwise, it’s just a complete mental drain on yourself and the team.
“That’s the strategy. That’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to play the odds. ... If you’re at the front of the pack, are you going to have less chance of wrecking? I don’t know. Somebody who's way smarter than me is going to have to go back and look at all those races and decide where the crashes happened.
“But I think, for us, it’s just picking a mind-set, just pushing forward with it—and that’s it.”