Martinsville: Harvick - Friday media visit

KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 SHELL-PENNZOIL IMPALA SS met with media and discussed racing at Martinsville, the new car, and the early season success for RCR. WITH THIS NEW CAR, HOW DO YOU MOVE SOMEBODY OUT OF THE WAY AT MARTINSVILLE WITHOUT TEARING UP...

KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 SHELL-PENNZOIL IMPALA SS met with media and discussed racing at Martinsville, the new car, and the early season success for RCR.

WITH THIS NEW CAR, HOW DO YOU MOVE SOMEBODY OUT OF THE WAY AT MARTINSVILLE WITHOUT TEARING UP THE FRONT OF IT? "This car is actually a lot more durable than the old car. The old car was a little bit easier to knock the fenders and things in on. But it's just kind of part of the game here at Martinsville. You just lean on everybody and everybody seems to lean on each other and it's just good short track racing."

LAST YEAR, JEFF GORDON AND JIMMIE JOHNSON BATTLED IT OUT. IS THAT A CONCERN HERE ON SUNDAY THAT YOU REALLY CAN'T MOVE SOMEBODY OUT OF THE WAY? "Your first concern is to race, not run into each other."

DAVID REUTIMANN IS RACING FOR THE FIRST TIME IN DALE JARRETT'S CAR. HOW DOES IT FEEL TO TAKE OVER FOR ANOTHER DRIVER? "Obviously this is a tough sport. And obviously the situation he's getting in is a little big different than the situation I was in. But it's tough to live up to those expectations and have to answer to what somebody else has done for a long time in a particular car, but we'll see what happens. It should be fine."

ON THE IMPORTANCE OF PATIENCE AT MARTINSVILLE "You have to take care of your car and you have to do the best you can to try to make sure the brakes and the fenders and the sides and everything are still rolling. You've got to have the radiator in the car and it's easy to get caught up in something here. So you just try to put yourself in position for those last 100 laps to be able to have that capability to race for the win at the end."

HOW DO YOU THINK THE CAR WILL RUN AT THIS TRACK? "It ran fine here last time."

DO YOU THINK RCR IS AHEAD OF THE COMPETITION WITH THE NEW CAR? "I don't think we're far ahead of anybody. I think we've just put together a good string of races. Everybody, it seems like, is kind of in the same ballpark. It seems like every team is competitive in one way or another. We've got to keep working. We've got to keep trying to get ahead and that's how we got to this point, but it won't last long."

SO WHAT ARE YOU GUYS DOING RIGHT? "We're just racing. We're racing smart and everybody worked hard over the winter to get the cars better."

IT SEEMS LIKE IT HAS BEEN A QUALITY START TO THE SEASON FOR EVERYBODY AT RCR "Yeah, it's been a really good start for us. To get started good is something that we really haven't been able to do as a Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet team. We've kind of gotten off to a slow start. Not a lot of good race tracks for us, but as a company in general, we've really gotten off to a good start and we're looking forward to trying to keep it going."

-credit: gm racing

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