NASCAR America: Rodney Childers wants a solid Martinsville top five

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A flat tire at Dover, too little fuel to get to the end of overtime at Talladega and a speeding penalty last week at Kansas kept Kevin Harvick from earning a single top five during the Round of 12 – despite having arguably the best car in each of those races.

“We’ve had cars fast enough to win races and we just have to keep doing what we do,” Harvick’s crew chief Rodney Childers told Dave Burns on Tuesday’s edition of NASCAR America. “At some point it will turn around. Hopefully in the next three.”

The first challenge will come this week at Martinsville.

“In ’14 and ’15 we were really good there and then we kind of got off for a short spell and it seems like the last couple, we’ve been pretty good again,” Childers said.

In 2014 and ’15, Harvick finished in the top 10 three times in four Martinsville races. None of these were top fives. When he got “pretty good again,” Harvick recorded back-to-back fifth-place finishes last fall and this spring. According to Childers, that would define another good week.

“We’ve got a little bit of points going into it,” Childers said. “So we need to go there and we need to get some stage points. We need to get out of the race with a top five. … That would be our goal. If we can get the win, that would be incredible, but we need to have a solid day.”

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