Kevin Harvick has won eight races at Phoenix International Raceway and has a chance to make it nine at the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

“I think flat tracks in general are something that I grew up racing on,” Harvick said on CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show, explaining his Phoenix success. “I think Phoenix in general, for me, I’m very confident in the fact of what I want to feel out of the car, how I want the car to act, how I want it to roll through the corner off the brake and how it needs to feel in the throttle. I just feel like it’s one of those race tracks. I’m very set in the way that I want my car to drive like this, and the guys believe in that and are able to adjust the car and give me that feel that I’m looking for.”

Harvick, 40, was also asked about his crash with Austin Dillon, 26, at the Texas AAA 500 on Sunday.

“We were both just racing hard,” Harvick said. “For me, I was running as hard as I could and he slid up and I got into the back of him. Nothing intentional or anything like that. I’ve reached out to him and his crew chief and his owner and apologized for tearing up their car. But just two guys going as hard as they can trying to beat the rain and get a good finish there toward the end of that race.”

Switching gears a bit, Harvick also discussed Tuesday’s election.

“I thought when Virginia was as close as it was – and at one point, it looked like Trump might win Virginia – I was like, ‘Wow, this is going to swing in a direction that a lot of people didn’t think it was going to swing in,’” Harvick said. “And then when you saw Wisconsin and Michigan involved in that, it was actually really fun to watch. So very intriguing as to how everything shook out.”

Harvick, like many athletes, tries to avoid talking about politics publicly.

“It’s like picking a battle with your wife. It’s like picking a battle with your fans,” he said. “It’s one of those situations where you just want to go out and vote and do what’s right for you. Everyone’s going to have an opinion, and look, I love to debate things and listen to other people’s opinion. But it’s hard in today’s day and age just for the fact that some people really don’t want to have a conversation. They just want to slam you for what you think and what you believe in and what you do. But that’s the great part about our country. Everybody has the right to do what they think is right, and it’s a great country to live in.”


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