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NASCAR NOTES: Harvick poised to make history in Daytona with Speedweeks sweep

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To say it has been a historic Speedweeks in Daytona would be an understatement. First, Danica Patrick became the first female to sit on the Pole for the Great American Race. Now, Kevin Harvick has a chance to become the first driver to sweep all Cup events in Speedweeks.

With victories in last Saturday's Sprint Unlimited and Thursday's Duel at Daytona qualifying race, Harvick has the chance for the sweep with a win in the Daytona 500.

"We've been fortunate to win the first two races of Speedweeks," said Harvick after his win in the first qualifying race. "We've just got to keep a level head on our shoulders, not get too high over what we've done, and just do the same things that we've done."

Harvick is in his last season at Richard Childress Racing but is focused on proving to everyone that he is not a lame duck driver in 2013.

"From an RCR standpoint, they're putting all the effort they can into it," explained Harvick on his final year at RCR. "I'm going to put all I can into it. Gil and these guys, they don't care, they just want to win races. They're going to work on the car whether it's a guy that's going to be here for tomorrow or for 20 years, their job is the same."

The driver of the No. 29 car has won convincingly in both of his contests so far - but does he have the car to win the Daytona 500?

"I think we definitely have the car and team to be in contention to win," Harvick said of his chances to make the full sweep.

Harvick has won both races by being out front on the final lap which has not been the preferred position in recent years. So, does he feel that with the new Gen6 race car that the front is where you need to be in order to win next Sunday? The RCR driver said it's a personal preference and each driver has to do what they feel comfortable with.

"I want to be in the front and be in control of what's going on," continued Harvick. "If we can get to that point and be able to dictate whether you need to block, move up, move down, or side draft. You have options as the leader. That's the position I want to be in."

We'll see if Harvick can pull the trifecta by winning Daytona on Sunday. With so much history being made already at Daytona, I'd say he has a good chance at it.

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