KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 SHELL-PENNZOIL MONTE CARLO SS, 10TH IN POINTS, MET WITH MEDIA TO DISCUSS RACING AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY, SEASON TO-DATE: ON REPAIR TO BUMP HERE AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY: "They fixed a lot of it, probably about 75% of it. It...
KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 SHELL-PENNZOIL MONTE CARLO SS, 10TH IN POINTS, MET WITH MEDIA TO DISCUSS RACING AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY, SEASON TO-DATE:
ON REPAIR TO BUMP HERE AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY: "They fixed a lot of it, probably about 75% of it. It is a lot better. I think they did a good job."
ON ANY CONCERNS ABOUT THE NEW GENERATION CAR AFTER FIRE AT MARTINSVILLE BASED ON KYLE BUSCH CONTINUING TO COMMENT UNFAVORABLY ON C.O.T: "They have addressed it very well. They were at the shop at 7:00 a.m. Monday morning to work on it. I think Kyle Busch needs to quit whining about the Car of Tomorrow and realize that he has got to race it. If he doesn't like it, maybe he can go race A.R.C.A. cars.
"I believe NASCAR has made some changes, I don't know that for sure. I haven't been around a lot the last week and a half. Last I have heard, they were going to move the foam up from the floorboard to keep it from getting so much heat in the phone.
"I have been in cars on fire in a lot worse condition than that one was, it is no big deal, just another race car."
ON LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING BACK IN TO MONTE CARLO SS: "It really doesn't matter to me. I know what my schedule is, I know what cars we are racing, we are just happy to be at the race track and back racing."
ON ON-TRACK INCIDENT AT NASHVILLE BETWEEN RCR DRIVER TIMOTHY PETERS AND KHI DRIVER KERTUS DAVIS: "I didn't really get a good look at it. I watched the race but didn't pay much attention to the incident. I would hope they can handle it amongst themselves."
ON BEING SUPERSTITIOUS ABOUT FRIDAY THE 13TH: "I just noticed that today about two hours ago. Once we raced the car with peanuts all over it and won races in it, I kinda threw all that stuff kind out the window. So I stay away from the Friday the 13th movies and things like that, so I don't keep myself up at night."
ON STRENGTH OF RCR AS A WHOLE NOW: "It takes communication all the way around. I think Richard (Childress) made a lot of changes to keep up with the sport and keep it what it has come to today. He moved the people around, got drivers and crew chiefs that get along. Performance wise, obviously all three cars have been really really good over the past couple of years. We have had a lot of bad luck the first part of this year. But our performance has been good. But you just ride those waves as they go up and down. Hopefully we can get Clint (Bowyer) and Jeff (Burton) in victory lane here before long. Everybody has really run good every week since last year. It is nice to part of that. I have been a part of this from the time we were on the bottom of being bad and top of being good. Glad to be a part of it."
ON RACING HARD AGAINST TEAMMATES: "Obviously you create a different respect for your teammates when you are in that position. Jeff and I have been in that position and Clint and I were in the Busch cars. You race each other hard. But you also have to remember that a lot of the guys that work on their cars work on your car too. Without those other cars, our car wouldn't be as good as it is and their cars wouldn't be as good as their cars are without our car. There is a lot more that goes in to it than knocking somebody on the way whether they are on your team or not."
ON PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY: "Phoenix has been good to us over the years. We won both Cup races last year. Won a Busch race and finished second in the other. Phoenix is one of those places I grew up racing on and have a long history there. I have been fortunate to have had a lot of success there and look forward to going back."
ON HOW IMPALA SS WILL RACE THERE: "It will be a lot different setup wise than Martinsville or Bristol. Jeff went out there to do the tire test and he said it drove better than the car he raced there last year. I think people are making a bigger deal of it than they have to. Obviously we will have some kinks to work out but I think that is the responsibility of the drivers and the teams to make the cars better and in the end, it is safety first. That is where we started."
ON TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY: "We have always run good here. For whatever reason, I like this race track. We don't seem to qualify very well here, but we always race very well. It is one of those places that fits really well in to what we do."
ON ISSUES WITH UNSOLD SEATS AND TV RATINGS: "I am not a statistician. I just go to the race track. I don't really know. Everybody has done a good job. I think our sport is very big, we have a lot of Fortune 500 sponsors. I don't really know all the ins and outs of why the TV ratings are up or down, why the tracks are or are not sold out. I still say the crowds are bigger than any other sport so I would say we are doing ok."
ON FEELING BEING BACK TO THE TRACK AFTER A WEEK OFF: "Glad to be back at the track. It is nice to have a week off and enjoy it, but time to go back to work."
ON BEING ANOTHER FIRST TIME WINNER AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY: "That is our plan. We will see what happens. It is always neat when you come to a race track and the winning is spread out among different teams and drivers. It is something I hope we can keep that streak going in the right direction."
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