Kevin Harvick Takes Monte Carlo SS to Victory Lane Twice with Weekend Sweep of NASCAR Cup and Busch races at Phoenix International Raceway Chevrolet Extends Lead in NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Manufacturers' Cup Standings AVONDALE AZ - Chevrolet...
Kevin Harvick Takes Monte Carlo SS to Victory Lane Twice with Weekend Sweep of NASCAR Cup and Busch races at Phoenix International Raceway
Chevrolet Extends Lead in NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Manufacturers' Cup Standings
AVONDALE AZ - Chevrolet continues to hold the lead in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Manufacturer's standings through the first eight races of the 2006 season.
Harvick, No. 29 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS and Tony Stewart, No. 20 Home Depot Monte Carlo SS took the one-two finish at the Subway Fresh 500, Round 8 on the 2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series tour. Clint Bowyer, No. 07 Sylvania Monte Carlo SS, was the highest finishing Rookie Of The Year contender with a 5th place finish.
The next event for Team Chevy Monte Carlo SS is April 30th at Talladega Superspeedway.
KEVIN HARVICK , NO. 29 GM GOODWRENCH MONTE CARLO SS POST RACE PRESS CONFERENCE
"We didn't have the best car all night but we had a solid car and sat there in third, fourth or fifth and kept adjusting on our car. They made it right at the right time. Those guys got away from me a little bit, they were better than me for seven or eight laps after a restart and got about a half a straight away ahead but we stayed alive. Luckily we ran a full run there because their cars fell off a lot and our car maintained the speed. Once we were able to get out front, we started conserving the fuel. We thought we were a half lap to the good. We just wanted to make sure. Been there before and ran out of gas."
ON SWEATING RUNNING OUT OF GAS:
"I was sweating the gas, but it didn't sound like they (the crew) were sweating the gas. I just wanted to make sure. I started letting at the start/finish line, coasting in the corner and the dogleg in the back for about the last six or seven laps once I realized we were going away. We ran out of gas here last year running fourth.
"We always worry about running out of gas. But once we were able to get out in front and in clean air, and saw how far we were able to pull away, I am telling you, I let off right there at that flag stand and right at the dogleg in the back, and Todd (Berrier, crew chief) told me it was all good by a half a lap."
ON WEEKEND RESULTS HAVING AN IMPACT WITH RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING AND FUTURE:
"We have run really good this year and the performance has been up. We will sit down hopefully when he (Richard Childress, team owner, on safari in Africa) and see where everybody wants to go."
ON UPSWING AT RCR WITH HIMSELF, JEFF BURTON AND CLINT BOWYER:
"Everything is going good right now. The drivers all get along good, Clint and I are really close as friends, we do things off the race track together as much as our schedule allows. Jeff brings a veteran attitude to the team, he understands a lot of things and has a very politically correct approach to things which is the exact opposite of me. So I feel like it is a really good balance teammate wise and everybody helps everybody and does what they can to make sure everybody is going good. This is the first time I have ever been a part of that at RCR. It was usually everybody racing against each other.
"The drivers get along good, the crew chiefs get along good, the Busch crews and the Cup crews communicate well. Everything is clicking now. Even when we were kind of buried in the points the first three races of the season, we were pretty satisfied with how well our cars were running, we just needed the circumstances to go our way."
TODD BERRIER , CREW CHIEF, JOINS THE PRESS CONFERENCE:
BERRIER - ON TONIGHT'S RACE:
"Gee man, everything was good from what I saw. Kevin did a great job. Obviously he can get around this place, he has been here a couple times in the last couple days. He made it easy for us. The track didn't change like we thought it was going to, we kind of crept up on it and crept up on it, got the car good over the long run and everything fell our way which a lot of times it doesn't."
HARVICK - ON SINGING THE CHICKEN SONG OVER THE RADIO:
"We do some stupid stuff over the radio. Our spotter should have been a comedian instead of working on race team; he should have his own comedy show. I think he has two screws loose in his head and he only has one. I went up in the lounge this morning and they were singing the Chicken Dance Song. All of a sudden it just became a part of the day. If you think about the Chicken Dance, how do you get that stupid song out of your head? It kind of became the theme of the night. We were having fun and just cutting up on the radio and having a good time with it."
HARVICK - ON WHEN HE SENSED THINGS WERE TURNING AROUND AT RCR:
"I would say it was about last October when we were able our first ''06 cars built, that was when we went to Homestead and tested and really realized how much better our '06 cars were than our '05 cars. I would say were three or four tenths better than what we raced last year. I tried to con them in to cutting them up and making them '05s and taking them back to the race, but they talked me out of it. They wanted to be prepared for this year. They had a plan and wanted to stick to their plan. We have had a lot of plans in the past, this time they really stuck to their guns and built cars, went to the wind tunnel and figured out a lot of things. They have worked hard on everything. We are running really good now but we have to keep building and we still feel like we have some room to go but things are going really good.
HARVICK: ON CAR PERFORMANCE LATE IN THE RACE:
"I think the other guys fell off and we were just running the same speed."
HARVICK: ON BEING KEVIN HARVICK RIGHT NOW
"Everything is good right now. From my personal life to life on the race track. For whatever reason, we all just taken a more laid back approach and when things go wrong, we just kind of have brushed it off this year. In the heat of the moment, you get wound up but by Monday we usually have it put behind us and worry about the next week. For whatever reason, I am more relaxed this year and Todd and all the guys are more relaxed. It is working and we aren't going to complain."
BERRIER: ON HARVICK'S FUTURE AT RCR:
"You know how it is in life. We all have jobs to do and we all have things to put in place. How ever it all falls out is how it needs to fall out. The Good Lord puts us here and everything works the way it is supposed to be. In the big grand scheme of things, it is all going to work out the way it is going to work out. I am not sweating it either way. Obviously, Kevin is awesome, he does a great job. I have enjoyed working with him and would like to continue on working with him, and hopefully it will work that way. But if it doesn't, it doesn't. Life goes on."
HARVICK: THOUGHTS ON SWEEPING BUSCH AND CUP RACES AT PHOENIX THIS WEEKEND
"We come with the intentions of winning every week. To win here for me personally, it means a lot to everyone to win, but personally, I grew up racing Southwest Tour and Winston West cars here and doing a lot of things at this particular race track and we always ended up falling short. We were able to win our first Truck race here, our first and only two Truck wins. To come back and win the Busch race and then the Cup race, is really special for me. I had a lot of family and friends that were in the grandstands and this place means a lot for me."
HARVICK: ON STAYING AT RCR AND BRINGING FORMER CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM BACK TO CHAMPIONSHIP LEVEL:
"Like I have said numerous times, there is a seven-year relationship here and I have a lot of friends on this race team. We have been through a lot of pretty traumatic situations.
"We have won championships in the Busch car, we have won races in the Cup car and the Busch car. We have done everything we want to do except win a Cup championship and be consistently winning races year-in and year-out. That is what I want to make work. I want to make it all work going forward. I think that will happen but we just have to get all the people sat down in one room -- get Richard back from hunting, us back from being so busy, testing and all the things on schedule. It is not a matter of not wanting to sit down and do it, it is just a matter of everybody hasn't been home. I believe that everything will work in the right direction and that is what I want."
HARVICK: ON RELATIONSHIP WITH TODD:
"That is the most important. We've been together from the start. We started racing Busch cars together and they weren't even cars we built. The first car we raced was Randy LaJoie's show car at Darlington. We had to load it up in the truck and go home because we didn't make the race. Then we went to Rockingham the next week and developed my first hateful relationship with a race track. Basically we built a whole race team from scratch. We grew with the whole organization in to what it is now. A lot of the guys that were on that team are now spread all over the Cup teams. Todd and I have become very good friends over the years and that means more than the crew chief/driver relationship. We can sit down and talk about things and pull in the same direction and both want to achieve the same goals. The fact we have been together from the beginning and both want to end up with the same goals is pretty cool."
BERRIER: ON RELATIONSHIP WITH KEVIN:
"Just like Kevin said, we started out in Truck racing. We got along good from day one. I really don't care if I am sweeping the floor, putting the body on the car or crew chiefing the car-whatever it takes to make the thing go and make the thing win. I don't have too big of an ego or too much pride. I have stood back from all the stuff. Sometimes maybe I need to get up on the chip and say more or do more, but a lot of times, you are working for a common goal, trying to make things happen and no matter where I fit in with that, I am still by his side diggin on that thing. As long as he is working here, if I am having to help Richard at the winery, I will still be pulling for him and we are still good friends and always be."
HARVICK: ON CHANGES AT RCR SO FAR
"I think that is the best part about having your own team, you understand that things can't just happen over night. The teams that I have compared to what Richard has, it takes even longer. They laid out a plan and explained it to us and just said here is what we want to do, here is where we need to get better and have been chipping away at it ever since. They are still chipping away at it and still planning to make things better and take the next step whether it is bodies, or engines or whatever. Everybody has a plan and seems to be pulling forward. I think that the chemistry is good. As I said, Clint and I are good friend and Jeff brings a politically correct approach to my pretty abrupt, bold approach that makes everybody mad. Sometimes I get frustrated because I don't like to loose and probably didn't approach things the correct way. I think maybe that helped get us to this point. Sometimes you have to take a stance so that is what I did."