NASCAR » 28 April 2013
Kevin Harvick, Richard Childress Racing - Q&A
We've been through a lot. I can sense when he's frustrated. He knows when I'm frustrated. It's not something that you take personal. Even on the weekends, you're frustrated. By the time you get to Monday, he's working in the shop, you know, you just got to let it go. There's nothing you can do about it at that point, so you got to try to make the best out of it for the next week.
Kevin, at the start of the season you said despite the fact you'd be leaving at the end of the year not to count you guys out. You talk about your relationship and everything, how you guys have kept it together. Is this a sign you'll be able to do that till the end of the season?
Outside of the results, I feel like we've done that every week. I feel like our cars have performed well. I feel like we're getting better with some things coming down the road.
It doesn't feel like it's any different than any other year has been, other than you know at the end of the year everybody knows what's going on. In the end, we all have big egos and we want to be competitive and we want to win races and do the things that it takes to go out there and fulfill that feel that you like, whether it's in Victory Lane.
You know how much work that everybody puts in. There's a lot of responsibility that comes with a lot of things to the sponsors and the people and the organization. It takes too much work to be mad because at this point you're racing week in, week out, you're testing, trying to relay the information. They're trying to go through everything to make you better.
It's just a lot of work. I know everybody makes a big deal out of what you're going to do next year. But, man, next year is so far away right now that you're week-to-week. What are we working on this week? What track are we going to? What do we do to make it better? You try to do that week after week. You lose track of time. You lose track of everything that's going on because you're so buried in what we do on a week-to-week basis.
Kevin, even though you had fresh tires, there was probably a hundred different things that could have happened the last couple of laps. Did you feel like you had to get to the front in those first couple of turns if you were going to get to the front?
We had 99 of those things go wrong in eight weeks. We got one right this week (smiling).
But, I mean, everybody was going to be aggressive at that point because nobody really knew -- you knew, what, three cars up front that didn't pit, right? So you had three cars that were going to be pretty much in the way compared to the guys on tires. So you didn't know if it was going to be one green-white-checkered, two green-white-checkereds. You had to go and be as aggressive as you thought you could be without taking yourself out of the race.
Fortunately we were able to have it all line up for us tonight. So you just kind of have a plan in your mind and try to play it out.
Clint and Joey earlier were talking about the Gen-6, how it's been fun to race again. Do you feel like it's put more in the driver's lap, make it more fun for you to drive a car again as opposed to a few years ago?
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