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One of the biggest moments of Kevin Harvick's care

One of the biggest moments of Kevin Harvick's career was revisited this week in Indianapolis on Tuesday when the 2001 Winston Cup Rookie-of-the-Year was presented with his Brickyard 400 ring by Tony George, president and CEO of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in a ceremony at the Indiana State Museum IMAX Theatre.

"Getting this ring is ultra-special to me because I grew up an open-wheel fan with the whole Mears family, racing against Clint and Casey and watching Rick win four Indianapolis 500's," says Harvick. "Obviously to anyone who wins the Brickyard 400 this means a lot, so they didn't have to ask me twice to go and get it so I could relive those memories again. It's a great day for me to get this, and it will be something I'll cherish forever."

Another great memory for Harvick occurred on March 11, 2001, at Atlanta Motor Speedway where the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series returns this weekend.

In just his third start for Richard Childress Racing, the 28-year old took the chequered flag in memorable fashion for his first Cup class win. He'd like to relive that moment again on Sunday after the Golden Corral 500 and knows the way his cars are running, he's perfectly capable of doing just that…

Q: Did you find out any more details about what happened in Las Vegas?

Kevin Harvick: "I talked with Richard (Childress) early in the week and I didn't know this but I guess we spilled a bunch of gas out of the fuel knick under the yellows and lost probably a gallon of gas. Our gas mileage was definitely down a little bit, but they are on it and we'll make sure that doesn't happen again. Unfortunately, you have those things happen and it's how you recover. We recovered well from our test out there and came back and built a new car and ran good. Now, we just have to recover from one little mishap. The way the team is performing is the main thing. We can overcome things like that if we keep performing like we are."

Q: What do you like about Atlanta?

Kevin Harvick: "Atlanta is fast, very fast. It's always going to be a special place to me because it's where I won my first Winston Cup race. You can't go back and do that again anywhere else. The track is very abrasive, and you can race all over the place, from the white line to the wall, and still be competitive. I always seem to run good there, even though our finishes haven't showed that in the past few years. You have to have the complete package to contend for the win there, and horsepower is always important. It's a lot of fun to race on and very fast."

Q: Does winning there bring some added confidence?

Kevin Harvick: "It's always good to know you're going to a place where you've won a race. It brings back good memories, and you feel like you have a little bit more of an advantage than everyone else when you return a winner. Right now, I'm feeling great behind the wheel and can carry a lot more than I have been in the past. This team's got a lot of confidence, despite what happened last weekend, and that's probably the most important thing to all of us."

Q: How do you feel your cars are reacting to all the new changes to the body and tyres?

Kevin Harvick: "To be honest we struggled with it a little bit in our Las Vegas test so we went home to make adjustments and built a new racecar. Downforce-wise I felt we made a lot of gains and came back and knew what we wanted to do with the chassis and it wound up being the right direction. We were probably the best we've ever been at Rockingham, so I'd say so far, so good. The thing is now that when you come into the pits you have to change four tires, no matter if you've run five laps or 50. I think that's a good thing because you won't see people just taking gas to get up to the front. If you're up front, you've earned it."

Q: No Busch car to race this weekend. Will that be good or bad?

Kevin Harvick: "I'd be lying if I told you running the Busch car at some of these racetracks didn't help. That's why I decided to do it in the first place. It's because I need some extra seat time to get a little more comfortable. It also helps to keep me fresh, ready to go. The tough thing is that now I've got a truck team to worry about while I'm not in that car, so I'll be constantly wondering what's going on over there."


Q: What's the best way to rebound from last weekend's race?

Crew chief Todd Berrier: "The tough thing about last Sunday is that we never really figured out why we couldn't make it and everyone else did. We knew we'd be five laps short, but didn't think we'd be the only ones to have to come in. It's frustrating. This team is too good to let it bother us for long. We've got a long season ahead and what happened in Las Vegas is in the past. All we can do now is look towards Atlanta."


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Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS, finishes in second place Saturday night, August 22, 2015 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS, finishes in second place Saturday night, August 22, 2015 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS, qualifies for seventh position Friday, August 21, 2015 for Saturday night`s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. Harvick leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John’s/Budweiser Chevrolet SS, finishes in second place with Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS who finished in 20th place Sunday, August 16, 2015 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan.  (Photo by Garry Eller/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John`s/Budweiser Chevrolet, drives during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 15, 2015 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo Credit: Josh Hedges/Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John’s/Budweiser Chevrolet SS, qualifies for seventh position Friday, August 14, 2015 for Sunday`s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. Harvick leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings. (Photo by Andrew Coppley/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS, finishes in third place Sunday, August 9, 2015 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, New York. Harvick was leading into the last turn of the road track when he ran out of gas. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, leads the field during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Cheez-It 355 at the Glen at Watkins Glen International on August 9, 2015 in Watkins Glen, New York. (Photo Credit: Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen International on August 7, 2015 in Watkins Glen, New York. (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, and Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John`s/Budweiser Chevrolet, lead the field at the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Windows 10 400 at Pocono Raceway on August 2, 2015 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Smoke pours from the Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John`s/Budweiser Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Windows 10 400 at Pocono Raceway on August 2, 2015 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo Credit: Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #51 Dollar General Toyota, leads Kevin Harvick, driver of the #00 Haas Automation Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Pocono Mountains 150 at Pocono Raceway on August 1, 2015 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo Credit: Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John’s/Budweiser Chevrolet SS, will be on the front row after qualifying for second position Friday, July 31, 2015 for Sunday`s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. Harvick leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS, races to an eighth place finish with third place finisher Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John’s/Budweiser Chevrolet SS Sunday, July 26, 2015 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Garry Eller/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John’s/Budweiser Chevrolet SS, races to a third place finish Sunday, July 26, 2015 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Garry Eller/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John’s/Budweiser Chevrolet SS, qualifies for sixth position Saturday, July 25, 2015 for Sunday`s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. Harvick leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John`s/Budweiser Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motorspeedway on July 24, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo Credit: Photo by Rainier Ehrhardt/NASCAR via Getty Images)

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