Kevin Harvick not giving up on NASCAR title

Kevin Harvick celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AdvoCare 500 at...

Kevin Harvick celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on Nov. 10, 2013 in Avondale, Ariz. (Jerry Markland/Getty Images/AFP)

DEAN MCNULTY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:12 PM ET

TORONTO - Kevin Harvick earned his nickname "Happy Harvick" because most of the time he has a sort of goofy grin on is face as he goes about his business as a NASCAR Sprint Cup race car driver.

And he is prone to some over-the-top comments, such as on Thursday at a meet the press luncheon at Homestead Miami Speedway -- when he said he has as good a chance as Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth to win the title on Sunday.

To do that, of course, Harvick would have to overcome the longest of shots -- a 34-point deficit to Jimmie Johnson and a six-point deficit to Kenseth to win the 2013 Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship .

Harvick -- who will drive his final Cup race in the No. 29 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet at Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400 -- said he wasn't joking when he talked about beating Johnson and Kenseth.

Anything, he said, can happen in a 400-mile contest of endurance and speed.


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