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March 7, 2014

From The Pit Box with No. 33 Crew Chief Nick Harrison

Get to know Nick Harrison and what it takes to be successful at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Nick Harrison enters his first full season at Richard Childress Racing after joining the organization last October, as crew chief for the No. 33 Chevrolet Camaro in NASCAR Nationwide Series competition. This season Harrison will continue to sit atop the No. 33 Nationwide pit box, and will also serve as crew chief for the No. 33 Chevrolet SS in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Harrison is scheduled to run a limited schedule in both series and will work with a variety of drivers, including Brian Scott , Paul Menard and Matt Crafton.
We sat down with Harrison to discuss what it takes to be successful at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
 
Nick Harrison enters his first full season at Richard Childress Racing after joining the organization last October, as crew chief for the No. 33 Chevrolet Camaro in NASCAR Nationwide Series competition. This season Harrison will continue to sit atop the No. 33 Nationwide pit box, and will also serve as crew chief for the No. 33 Chevrolet SS in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Harrison is scheduled to run a limited schedule in both series and will work with a variety of drivers, including Brian Scott , Paul Menard and Matt Crafton.
We sat down with Harrison to discuss what it takes to be successful at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
 
Q: How do you set up the No. 33 Tarkett Flooring/Menards Camaro for Las Vegas Motor Speedway?
A: "Las Vegas (Motor Speedway) is a very bumpy and fast track, so you have to work on ride quality for the driver over the bumps while still maintaining speed at the same time which is a balancing act. I think we have a handle on it with our geometry and everything. It’s definitely a rough racetrack, but very fast so you have to balance speed versus ride quality for the driver."
 
Q: How does the track change during the race?

A: "It’s a track you typically can get balance in practice, but when you go to race, it’s very free. You have to compensate how free you think you’re going to get and it’ll sneak up on you. Sometimes I think it’s better to be a little tighter to start the race than what you originally think because of how free you will get and how much speed you’ll end up losing."
 
Q: What are the keys to success at Las Vegas Motor Speedway?
A: "Have your correct qualifying to race delta nailed down. Whoever makes the right adjustments between practices and race time will usually shine. Crafton has run really well here in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, he told me it’s one of his favorite tracks, so we’re very optimistic going into the weekend."
 
Q: What’s your favorite race memory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway?
A: "There are a lot of cool memories, but I crew chiefed Mike Bliss a few years back and we ran top three all day long. We ended up getting a pit road penalty for a bumper bar that had stuck out from our rear bumper, but we definitely had a shot to win that race."
 

 

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