TEAM CHEVY DRIVER PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT
APRIL 20, 2012
KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 RHEEM CHEVROLET, met with members of the media today at Kansas Speedway and discussed repaving Kansas Speedway, winning in 2012 and other topics: Full Transcript:
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE REPAVING OF KANSAS SPEEDWAY AFTER THIS WEEKEND’S RACE? DO YOU THINK THEY SHOULD DO IT? “No I’m never a fan of repaves. I think when you repave something it takes years for the racing to get back to the point of where things are. My understanding they have some issues; they hadn’t told me what they are, with the track.”
RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING (RCR) HAS YET TO GET A WIN AT KANSAS SPEEDWAY. HOW DO YOU THINK YOUR 1.5-MILE PROGRAM IS LOOKING?
“I think we have run fine this year. We went to what I felt was our worst race track last weekend in Texas and had good speed and wound up with a top-10. All in all you always want to be better. Clint (Bowyer) ran really well here last year and led some laps. It’s just a matter of putting a whole weekend together for us.”
IS THERE A POINT WHERE YOU AND YOUR TEAM WILL BE CONCERNED THAT YOU HAVEN’T BEEN TO VICTORY LANE? DO YOU FEEL IF YOU CONTINUE TO RACK UP TOP-10 FINISHES AND STAY WHERE YOU ARE IN THE POINTS THEN THAT WILL TAKE CARE OF ITSELF?
“I mean it goes in streaks. We have raced seven weeks.”
JIMMIE JOHNSON WAS TALKING EARLIER AND SAID HE HAD GONE TO NASCAR BEFORE AND GIVEN HIS OPINION ABOUT WHAT THE TRACKS SHOULD DO WHEN IT COMES TO REPAVING. HAVE YOU GONE TO NASCAR OR HAS NASCAR COME TO YOU IN REGARDS TO THAT TOPIC?
“No, NASCAR hasn’t really asked our opinion on anything. The guys from Bristol last week said that they were going to come and talk about the track, but I never saw them. I guess if they want to keep repaving them they can keep having their own ideas.”
LOOKING AHEAD TO RICHMOND, THE TERM ‘RACER’S TRACK’ HAS BEEN USED TO DESCRIBE THE TRACK. WHAT DO YOU THINK THAT MEANS?
“Richmond is just one of those places that is a short-track style race, but it has enough speed to where it has that 1.5-mile feel to it because the front straight-a-way is so fast. The great thing about Richmond now is the tires fall way off. The cars slide around a lot. You have to really work on the mechanical set-up of the car.”
BACK-TO-BACK 1.5-MILE RACE TRACKS LAST WEEK AND THIS WEEK. DO YOU CARRY ANYTHING OVER FROM TEXAS THIS WEEK?
“There two pretty different tracks. Aerodynamics wise we will bring the same style of car, mechanically this track slides around a little bit more. Obviously you still had tire fall off last week at Texas, this place is a little bit flatter a little bit different style of the way that you drive it. There are drastic differences, but aero wise we will bring the same car.”
WITH YOU AND JEFF BURTON BOTH WORKING WITH NEW CREW CHIEF’S THIS YEAR; HAS THERE BEEN MORE OF AN ADJUSTMENT FOR YOU GUYS AT RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING (RCR) IN GENERAL THIS YEAR OR HAS IT BEEN BUSINESS AS USUAL?
“I can’t speak for the other two teams. I know for us it has been business as usual. Everything has gone well. We have made some mistakes, but the thing I like about the No. 29 car is the cars have been fast. Last week we were fast. We had a little bit of a mistake on pit road and didn’t keep up with the adjustments to the race track. All in all we have had speed every week. We have qualified a ton better than we have any other year. It’s just a matter of time before we put it all together.”
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