NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES
FEDEX 400 BENEFITING AUTISM SPEAKS
DOVER INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY DRIVER PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT
MAY 31, 2013
KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 JIMMY JOHN’S CHEVROLET SS, met with members of the media at Dover International Speedway and discussed racing this weekend at Dover, if the No. 29 team can win the championship this season and other topics. Full Transcript:
TALK ABOUT BEING HERE AT DOVER THIS WEEKEND:
“This has been obviously an okay track for us in the past. We haven’t got to Victory Lane, but feel like we’ve definitely closed that gap over the past couple of years. Should be hot this weekend so it should be nice and slick and the groove should move around. Should be a fun weekend, this is a race track you can be really aggressive with the car getting in the corners and have to be aggressive with the car throughout every lap to make time. It’s a fun place to drive.”
YOU’VE GOT SOME EXCITING NEWS COMING UP WITH THE KEVIN HARVICK FOUNDATION AND OLLIE’S BARGAIN OUTLET TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THAT PROMOTION YOU’VE GOT:
“Yeah, Ollie’s has been a huge supporter of not on the race teams, but the foundation. In year’s past we have seen the big sea of yellow up in the top of turn three there and this year they will have everybody in red shirts. They will have some in-store promotions going on to donate some money to the Kevin Harvick Foundation with each purchase that you have. We are giving away a new Tahoe to the person who is selected to win that Tahoe within the Ollie’s organization. It’s a great promotion and Mark Butler has always been a big contributor to the foundation and we really appreciate it.”
CAN THE NO. 29 TEAM THIS YEAR WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP?
“Right now we are just racing on a week to week basis and the performance of the cars has been good. We have been able to get to Victory Lane four times, two points races, so I think we are in a good position to contend for it. Everybody is focused on the job and task at hand to be able to put ourselves in position to try to do that. I don’t see why not.”
DO YOU REMEMBER THE FIRST TIME YOU RACED AT DOVER AND WHAT YOU THOUGHT?
“Yeah, my first experience here was the only pole we have ever had here. We sat on the pole in the Nationwide race and we were able to have a pretty good day if I remember right. We got a flat tire, but I had a pretty good first experience here.”
IT WASN’T HARD AT ALL AND YOU DIDN’T FIND IT LIKE EVERYONE HAD TOLD YOU IT WAS GOING TO BE DIFFICULT?
“It got harder when you started racing on Sunday (laughs). That is when it became harder.”
HOW WAS THE TEST AT POCONO THIS PAST WEEK?
“It was good. The test was fine obviously we raced there next week. With the new pavement and a lot of speed I think hopefully that will apply to not only two Pocono races, but two Michigan races and Indianapolis. That is what we are banking on so hopefully it was a productive test. I know we ran a lot of miles and the track still has a lot of speed. Even with the new cars it doesn’t have quite as much speed as years past. The asphalt has turned several shade of gray. It should be a fun race. The track took rubber and didn’t have any tire issues or anything like that. It should be a good weekend.”
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