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Harvick, who skipped NASCAR’s visit Wednesday to the White House, said it was imperative to finalize everything this week so he can focus on the upcoming Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. He heads into Saturday night’s race at Richmond locked into the Chase, and his three victories this year will have him seeded near the top of the 12-driver field when the Chase begins next weekend at Chicago.

“The most important part of the season on the Cup side is coming up and I needed to sit here today and answer all these questions and set the record straight,” Harvick said. “We needed to have everything done and I need to go into the last 10 weeks with a one-track mind, and that’s to run that Cup car as fast it’ll go and be a part of that team and do the things that we needed to do and everybody from RCR was on the same page.”