Richmond: Harvick - GM top-10 interview

Weekly Top-10 Behind the Hauler Chat with Kevin Harvick, No. 29 GM Goodwrench Monte Carlo SS Crown Royal 400, Richmond International Raceway BEHIND THE HAULER CHAT WITH KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 GM GOODWRENCH MONTE CARLO SS ON HIS RECENT STRING OF...

Weekly Top-10 Behind the Hauler Chat with Kevin Harvick, No. 29 GM Goodwrench Monte Carlo SS
Crown Royal 400, Richmond International Raceway

BEHIND THE HAULER CHAT WITH KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 GM GOODWRENCH MONTE CARLO SS

ON HIS RECENT STRING OF SUCCESS: "It's been very fun to be a part of. I think the last time I went on a roll like this in racing was racing late models. The team has done a great job. Everybody has put great race cars together and we've been able to capitalize on situations whether we had the best car or not. We've put ourselves in a position to win races and do the things we need to do to give ourselves a chance to win. It's been a lot of fun. You know the downside of it so the upside of it makes it enjoyable."

IS THERE A DIFFERENT FEEL IN THE CAR WHEN YOU'RE ON A ROLL LIKE THIS? "I think you're just confident enough or overconfident I guess you could say. You think you're almost not invincible but you don't think you can do a lot of things wrong. You can overcome a lot of things mentally and do things that you probably wouldn't do on a normal day. Confidence is definitely the best thing you can come across."

WHY DO YOU THINK THE TREND HAS SHIFTED FROM DRIVERS NOT WANTING TO BE TEAM OWNERS TO DRIVERS LIKE YOURSELF AND DALE EARNHARDT JR. BEING A TEAM OWNER? "I think it's a generation thing. I think what happened in the past was a lot of guys came in and had a bad experience and ran a team to make money. Guys like myself and Dale Jr. are doing it to establish ourselves 10,15 years down the road and can afford to make mistakes. It's one of those things where I wanted to be able to have something for the future to still be a part of this sport but can afford to make mistakes now and wanting to make those mistakes now before we got to the point where you go Cup racing or down the road where you can't afford to make mistakes then because they multiply times 10. When you're dealing with millions of dollars, mistakes become pretty valuable pretty fast."

CAN BEING A TEAM OWNER IN THE BUSCH OR TRUCK SERIES BE PROFITABLE? "To run it competitively and bring in the sponsorship dollars that you need to run Truck and Busch cars, it's not a profitable venture. It's something where if you do it right you can pay all the bills and pay for the things you build and financially do the things that you need to do to make the teams run. But if you're looking to make a living off of it and be competitive, I don't think that's possible."

ON DALE EARNHARDT JR. COMING TO HIM AND ASKING HIM WHAT HE WOULD DO DIFFERENT: "We made a lot of mistakes and are still making mistakes about the way you run things and the way you do things. It's something that's trial and error for us. It's hard to go to Richard (Childress) or any of these guys in the garage because they're on such a different scale of Cup racing and all the teams and the established stuff that they have from all the years that they've done. Starting from scratch you just can't go buy everything all at once. Running the parts room is just a small example. It can get out of control in a hurry with parts going here and there and just trying to establish what you have. I guess both of us are just trying to figure out what we need to do and feel our way around and there's still a lot of bumps in the road left."

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Kevin Harvick