Rested and Ready Huntersville, N.C. (April 1, 2002)-- Kevin Harvick and the No. 29 GM Goodwrench Service team prepare for another weekend of double duty, as Harvick and the No. 29 will both participate in Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series and ...
Rested and Ready
Huntersville, N.C. (April 1, 2002)-- Kevin Harvick and the No. 29 GM Goodwrench Service team prepare for another weekend of double duty, as Harvick and the No. 29 will both participate in Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series and Sunday's NASCAR Winston Cup Series events at Texas Motor Speedway (Justin, Texas). (The Special Event Busch Series Program falls under the direction of Bobby Leslie; however, the GM Goodwrench Service team will pit Harvick's Richard Childress Racing No. 29 Busch car.).
After an emotional weekend at Bristol, followed by a restful weekend off, Harvick is ready to climb into the seat of his Chevrolet Monte Carlo and focus on the job at hand. Texas Motor Speedway remains one of Harvick's favorite tracks, as he and Richard Childress Racing (RCR) garnered immediate success there.
Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 29 GM Goodwrench Service Chevrolet Monte Carlo, comments on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:
Talk about your success at Texas, and how you and your team have acquired it. "We've (RCR) always run well at Texas, even all the way back to the RCR truck with Jay Sauter. I've had a lot of success there with RCR. In 2000, we had that race won (Busch Series event) until we ran out of gas at the very end. We came back- made up two laps - and ended up ninth. We won the event in 2001. It's a place I feel like I know. And spots like that are always a nice welcome on both the Winston Cup and Busch Series tours.
"You can make up some lost positions on the straight-away if you have enough horsepower - that way you don't have to always gain your passing speed from the turns. It gives you a little bit more control, and that's something you always want. Underneath all of that horsepower, you need a good handling race car. Together they give you a machine that is competitive in the field. If you've only got one or the other, chances are you won't be much of a threat.
"Places like this are really a crew chief's track. So many things come into play from the handling, to horsepower, to the aero-package. It's not a no-brainer. They have to come with a very well-prepared car, and together, we all have to work to make it better."
Is there a track to compare Texas to? "Texas is a lot like Atlanta for me - just for the fact that it's very, very fast. It may be even faster than Atlanta this time around. And, well, I've won at both of them. But, no, there's a lot of grip at Texas. There's only one groove. Maybe that'll change with the re-paving. There may be one-and-a-half grooves to work with now, which will make the race even better. Atlanta may have a run on their money for being known as the fastest track. It's so high-speed you rarely come off the throttle, you feather it, but barely."
What's it like to go to Texas, where the fans come out in droves? "The fans at Texas are pretty intense - and I mean that in a good way. The place always seems to fill up so fast. And the fans in Texas are really loyal to their favorite drivers and NASCAR in general. It does mean a lot to us (racecar drivers) to come to a place where we know the fans are excited to see us. When we know that they wait for an event every year or twice a year, we want to put on a good show. It makes us want to win."
Notes: -Harvick will run the No. 29 Richard Childress entry in the NASCAR Busch Series event this weekend.
-The No. 29 GM Goodwrench over-the-wall crew will pit Harvick on Saturday.