There is no doubt Kevin Harvick and his Richard Childress Racing team have been struggling the last few weeks. With only one top-10 in the last seven races, Harvick has backslid in the points as drivers such as Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch have emerged as Chase favorites.
Despite his recent struggles, Harvick does not put too much stock into momentum carrying over into the Chase.
His reasoning? The 2010 season.
Last year, Harvick led the point standings for the majority of the regular season, but lost the lead when the Chase field was reset after Richmond. With momentum on his side going into the final 10-race stretch, Harvick was unable to best eventual champion Jimmie Johnson and runner-up Denny Hamlin.
Fast-forward to this season, and Harvick remains confident in his championship hopes, saying the team just had to step back and "punt a little bit" over the past few weeks.
"The experience that I have and the mindset that I have from last year and the years before is when you flip the switch to go into the last 10 (races), it is not like the first 26," he said. "Whether you have momentum or you're just on a total downfall. That reset button switches and it is a whole different level when you get to the last 10."