Located just off of North Carolina Highway 29, the Lowe's Motor Speedway (Harrisburg, N.C.) awaits patiently as the NASCAR Winston Cup Series enters another weekend of dramatic competition at the complex. Though the curtains to Act 1 closed with...
Located just off of North Carolina Highway 29, the Lowe's Motor Speedway (Harrisburg, N.C.) awaits patiently as the NASCAR Winston Cup Series enters another weekend of dramatic competition at the complex. Though the curtains to Act 1 closed with GM Goodwrench driver Kevin Harvick overlooking two non-operational racecars, Harvick and crew acquired applicable knowledge which promises to give Act 2 a happy ending.
Driver Kevin Harvick and crew chief Kevin Hamlin answer questions regarding the upcoming weekend's events.
What did you take with you from The Winston? Hamlin: "We have a whole other 600 car which was last used at Texas (Motor Speedway). We didn't bring it out for The Winston because it was too good to tear up. That race can be full of wrecks. But even though the cars are different doesn't mean you don't leave without anything to work from. We got a lot of good information about the tires and our chassis set-ups. There's really no other time that teams get the opportunity to turn around what they learned."
Harvick: "Every time we go somewhere I say that I feel good about it because the (No. 29 GM Goodwrench) team is good there. Well, they're good everywhere so this isn't the last time you'll hear that. It made good sense not to bring the 600 car out for The Winston- aside from having to sticker it up again (change the paint scheme back to the GM Goodwrench Chevrolet Monte Carlo). I think I learned some things in practice that are pretty important."
What are your biggest challenges this weekend?
Hamlin: "The weather change is usually what you have to look out for. The temperature of the track drops a whole lot when night falls. It's supposed to be cooler this weekend than it has in recent years. Getting the set-up, and making sure it's adaptable as possible, is the biggest thing on the team's part. Sometimes everything is affected by how fast the temperature drops, sometimes it's all about how far the temperature drops. You have to prepare yourselves on how to work with it until the situation can be addressed on a pit stop."
Harvick: "I'm glad it's not going to be hot. As a whole, the biggest challenge this weekend is going to be the 900 miles I'll be driving in race mode, not to mention all of the practice laps. I'm on the 900-mile-diet this weekend: lots of water."
How about the '29' connection?
Harvick: "I hope the coincidence that I race in the No. 29 and the track (Lowe's Motor Speedway) is located off of (Highway) 29 has some sort of luck for us. Why not? It sounds good. That would make some sort of cool headline. "
Racing at home makes a lot of drivers edgy or confident. What does racing at home do to the team?
Hamlin: "Racing at home definitely puts an added pressure on you. The guys' kids and wives are there. All the guys want their families to see them go to Victory Lane. They want their family to know what this is all about. There are only so many opportunities in the schedule for that happen anymore. We're gone from home so much that it means a lot to them. It means a lot to all of us. I think this is when you see the crew members- RCR (Richard Childress Racing) and everyone else- at their best."