BEHIND THE HAULER CHAT WITH KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 GM GOODWRENCH MONTE CARLO SS: WHAT'S YOUR REACTION TO SHANE WILSON'S PENALTY? "I'm just the driver. That's a question you need to ask Richard. We've come together as a team more than we ever...
BEHIND THE HAULER CHAT WITH KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 GM GOODWRENCH MONTE CARLO SS:
WHAT'S YOUR REACTION TO SHANE WILSON'S PENALTY?
"I'm just the driver. That's a question you need to ask Richard. We've come together as a team more than we ever have before and we'll keep doing what we've been doing every week.
WHAT'S YOUR MENTALITY GOING INTO THE FINAL STRETCH?
"I think you have to do what got you there and do what's best for each week, just race as hard as you can. We've had a lot of things go wrong and fortunately our cars have been running good enough where our cars can still be in the points contention and still be where we need. Our cars should keep running good every week and if we can just keep the crazy things from happening and making mistakes then we should be fine."
HOW ABOUT THE TRACK?
"This place has been great to us. Obviously we've won here a couple times. Car was good in practice and hopefully we can keep up the success here because obviously it's been very good to us."
HOW WOULD YOU FEEL IF THEY ADDED A SECOND WEEK HERE?
"I'd feel fine."
ON BAD LUCK AND PENALTIES:
"That stuff doesn't bother me as much as it used to. It's just part of the sport. You just go out and race as hard as you can and take care of yourself and take care of your team. That stuff doesn't bother me like it used to. I used to let it eat me up and I used to really get down and bitter, but that stuff is just part of the sport. Everybody's just pushing hard and trying to make everything go around and there isn't a whole lot that bothers me anymore, to tell you the truth. It's just something you have to just take in stride and go out and get in the car and clear your mind and go out and go at it again. I think over the past five or six years I've learned. we have had a lot of adversity over the last five or six years.
But I really don't feel like we've had bad luck in the last year and a half and feel like everything's running pretty smooth. There's a lot of young teams on the Busch side so there's going to be a lot of young guys and up-and-coming guys and there's going to be a lot of mistakes made over here. The consequences for us are a lot worse in the other garage than they are over here (Cup). I'd pretty much forgotten about what happened in Talladega until we got to Daytona and then it was like 'well, whatever, it is what it is.' You just roll with it and stand on the gas and go do what you have to do. So I really don't think it's going to affect us that much."
AS TEAMMATES, WILL YOU AND JEFF BURTON HELP EACH OTHER GOING INTO THE CHASE?
"Oh yes. We'll do everything we can to help each other out. The team chemistry between the three teams is awesome. The crew chiefs communicate well and the drivers get along great. That's something that Richard (Childress) has been working on for years. Since I've been here, this is the first time we've really had it. We've pretty much got all realms of experience covered and I think we'll all do whatever it takes to help each other out."
ANY THOUGHTS ABOUT A FOURTH CUP TEAM?
"I don't know. I haven't talked to Richard about that particular matter. You'd have to ask him. I'm telling you. I've been riding around on tractors and mowing fields and just hanging out and building a house and just during the week trying to get away from everything. Every week we have our Monday meetings, but you try to distract yourself as little as possible each week so you're ready to go the next week."
HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU SPEND BEING A TRUCK OWNER AND A BUSCH OWNER?
"I spend every day. They're using my checkbook, so they have to have me around all the time. DeLana is there a lot and right now at this time I don't get to go to KHI very much and it goes in spurts. We have good people that work there."
DO YOU ENJOY COMING TO CHICAGO?
"My wife and I enjoy the city but we didn't get to go to the city this year. It's something we enjoy. As far as the fans, they're great."
WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE THE FORMAT FOR THE CHASE CHANGED NEXT YEAR?
"No. I guess it's the same for everyone. So whatever they do is fine. It's added a lot to the sport. The first 26 races are pretty exciting."
WHY DO YOU LIKE THIS TRACK?
"We've just been fortunate. The first time we came here we had a good test and a lot of those set-ups have carried over from year to year and for whatever reason we've been fortunate to run well every year. We always look forward to coming here."
AFTER SEVERAL YEARS AS A TEAM OWNER, WHERE DO YOU THINK YOU ARE IN RELATION TO YOUR ORIGINAL PLAN?
"We didn't really have a plan when we started. I built the first couple of trucks just for fun when we started. Back in 2001 we raced in the first race in Richmond and raced six or seven races for the next couple of years. We really never set a plan. The most important thing to me was to establish a fleet of cars and a core group of people and try to make sure we have everything to be competitive. I would say we're doing okay. Obviously my expectations are pretty high. We've won races every year and for a stand-alone Busch team, that's pretty good."