7 October 2013
Kevin Harvick, Richard Childress Racing - Q&A
After claiming his third win of the season with victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas on Sunday, Kevin Harvick is right back in the thick of the Chase for the 2013 title...
After winning the Hollywood Casino 400 at the 1.50mile Kansas Speedway on Sunday afternoon, Kevin Harvick met with the press along with his car owner Richard Childress and crew chief Gil Martin.
We now welcome our race winner Kevin Harvick, driver of the #29 Budweiser Chevrolet. You called it after qualifying; you said your stats were going to speak for themselves.
I said, I hope the stats speak for themselves. Don't start that.
First of all, congratulations on your win today. Your 22nd victory in 460 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. Obviously winning from the pole, and of your six career poles you have now won three of the corresponding races including each of the last two, your third victory of 2013, your first victory here at Kansas. Talk a little bit about your win out there today.
Yeah, we definitely don't need to say that we said that because we don't want the karma police to come get us. I talk about the karma police a lot. We don't want bad karma to overwhelm us at any point.
It was an interesting weekend to say the least. Obviously everybody was battling the tyres and the track, and I think it was like driving on a razor blade. I told them yesterday, we've just got to try to get some kind of consistency because that was the thing that for me stuck out the most was our lap times; one would be good, one would be bad, one would be good, and that's always our strong point where you have that nice curve of lap times.
We just talked about a lot of adjustments that we wanted to make, and kind of eliminated a few things here and there overnight. It was like driving two different cars. Out front it was not even close, and in traffic you were just another one of the cars and had a lot of trouble, so that made the restarts really important. Everybody would get really aggressive on the restarts and try to make up spots because that was the place that you had to do it.
To sit on the pole and win the race is obviously a great weekend, and controlling our own destiny by doing that, putting ourselves closer to where we need to be with the championship race. We'll just keep having fun and keep doing what we're doing.
Also joining Kevin is crew chief Gil Martin, climbing to third in points, only 25 behind Matt Kenseth. Talk a little bit about your strategy and moving ahead with four races down in the Chase looking towards Homestead.
I mean, obviously the only strategy you can have is do what we did today. It's very hard to do. But coming into this weekend, we knew we had a test day. We brought a brand new car and we knew we had a lot of things to put to bed on Thursday and thought we had a pretty good handle on it, but the track completely changed on Saturday, so we had to undo a lot of that stuff.
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