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.