KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 4 BOUNTY SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 3rd: TALK ABOUT YOUR QUALIFYING RUN AND WHAT YOU EXPECT OUT OF TOMORROW. "Any time we qualify good here that feels like that is kind of half the battle. You keep yourself from being in the...
KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 4 BOUNTY SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 3rd:
TALK ABOUT YOUR QUALIFYING RUN AND WHAT YOU EXPECT OUT OF TOMORROW.
"Any time we qualify good here that feels like that is kind of half the battle. You keep yourself from being in the middle of the mess at the beginning of the race. This place gets a little bit rough. It's a good start for us both, second and third and that's what we came here to do. You always know (Mike) Skinner is going to be at least a threat for the pole and the win when you come here. He always runs really well here. We'll just see how the pit strategy plays out tomorrow. I think that's going to be the key to the race and how many cautions and how many tires and everything that play out there."
I GUESS THESE TRUCKS ARE THE SAME YOU JUST PUT THE NUMBERS ON THEM BUT YOU ARE WORKING WITH A SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT CREW TODAY SO HOW DOES THAT WORK OUT?
"Nothing has really changed. It's the same truck I ran at Loudon. We cycle them through really fast whether it's my trucks or Ricky's (Carmichael) trucks or Ron's trucks. For the most part we don't run most of them more than two or three times, maybe four times. Then we'll get a little bit stingy and take the trucks with the customer base that we've built on the Chevrolet side of it. A lot of the trucks go through pretty fast. They seem to rotate pretty fast. Everything is built the same and we just kind of go from there. But everything is going well."
CAN YOU TALK ABOUT WHERE YOU ARE AS FAR AS FUNDING OR SPONSORSHIP OR PLANS FOR YOUR TWO TRUCKS FOR NEXT SEASON?
"Well his (Hornaday) truck will race regardless. It's going to race for a championship. We'll probably do a lot like we did this year with the second truck. Hopefully we won't have the third truck. We had to fulfill some commitments and wound up with the third truck on the track more than I would have wanted to but for the most part it will be myself and (Ryan) Newman and we'll see how the rest of it falls on the second truck."
JUAN PABLO MONTOYA MENTIONED THAT AT HIS FIRST TEST AT HOMESTEAD YOU WERE THE ONE THAT CAME UP TO HIM AND STARTED GIVING HIM ADVICE ABOUT GETTING IN THE CORNER AND HE TALKED ABOUT HOW SHOCKED HE WAS BECAUSE IN FORMULA ONE IF YOU SAW SOMEBODY HAVING PROBLEMS YOU ENJOYED IT, DO YOU REMEMBER THAT INSTANCE AND WHY DID YOU GO UP AND APPROACH HIM?
"Well I like watching Formula One racing and it was fun watching him drive. You know this is a different style of people than in Formula One. You look at this garage and it's a whole other notch different than the Cup garage. These guys all race hard on the race track but they have a really good time as well and that's what NASCAR racing is all about. You still want to beat the guy next to you but it's still about helping the new guy that comes in as long as he's willing to have the help. We've all been there. Whether you receive that information as you should have and taken it all in appropriately sometimes you look back and say man I wish I would have taken that guys advice or done this different or that and you see guys that you like. I just liked the way he drove his Formula One car and I liked Chip (Ganassi) and the way they approached everything with him and just felt like it was the right thing to do."
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