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NASCAR Nationwide Series: Drive4COPD 300

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Stock Car Racing Topics:  Drive4COPD 300

NASCAR Nationwide Series: Drive4COPD 300

Kevin Harvick
February 13, 2010


DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA

KERRY THARP: We have our third-place finisher in the race, Kevin Harvick. He also had the winning car out there today. Tony Stewart's No. 4 car, driving for Kevin today.
Congratulations on both ends. You certainly had a strong car. Certainly that 4 car was very strong. Your thoughts on both accounts?
KEVIN HARVICK: Tony and I talked before the race. I told him if everything went right, I didn't think they could beat both of our cars as good as they were in practice. In the race it worked out to be the same way. Best car I've ever had here.
I think we worked a long time, a lot of hours put into our Speedway program. It all paid off today.
Things just went great all weekend. Obviously the car was a little bit -- my car was a little more tore up than what I thought it was, but it still ran really good. Just wasn't enough car to get that outside line really going there at the end. I thought the only car that could pass Tony would be ours. So it worked out pretty good.
KERRY THARP: Questions for Kevin Harvick.

Q. Kevin, your expanded role as an owner, does that create more stress on you or are you happy to have another car?
KEVIN HARVICK: Well, I think anytime you can put together the effort that we put together and have Tony drive it, that's the car I ran in all the Speedway races last year, so we knew it was a great car. Then you put him in it, your odds are pretty good.
Speedway racing, it really helps to have a teammate. I think that's one reason that we were excited, first time we had a teammate since, gosh, I don't even know when, probably last time we won here. It's just fun when you can have a couple cars.
Really no more stress. I just tell them what I expect, they do a great job at the shop. I don't have to do anything. I just put out orders, I guess (smiling).

Q. Obviously all you guys, especially at the front, are competitive individuals. How satisfying is it for you to win as a car owner versus winning as a driver? When you walk away, another one of your cars has won, is it kind of a mixed feeling?
KEVIN HARVICK: I think the competitor in you wants to win. Shoot, I'm just lucky that my car was still rolling. I hadn't spun out and not hit anything in about a year, so it was nice to have that happen.
You know, I felt like we had a chance to win the race. That's really all you could ask for as a competitor. Obviously, when you have that chance, you want to -- when you're behind the wheel, you want to make it happen, but it wasn't going to be at the detriment of the 4, both of us losing the race.
It's a little bit tough to make sure that you put both cars in the right position. I know Tony would do the same thing if he was behind me and if I was behind him. We're not going to push somebody else to win the race.
There's a little bit of responsibility that comes with that from the ownership side of it. But in the end, as a driver, you want to win. But when you have something to fall back on, your other car is in Victory Lane, that's all we can ask for at a Speedway race because you can't control the circumstances, such as things happened to the 33 today.

Q. You had a really good Speedweeks so far. How do you feel about tomorrow? Do you feel you have teammates that can help you up there tomorrow?
KEVIN HARVICK: I think for us, it's just about having your car handle good. Obviously having teammates doesn't hurt anything. I feel good about our track position. I felt good about our cars all week. We've had a chance to win every race we've been in so far.
Tomorrow isn't going to be any different. I'm looking forward to it. You go and race as hard as you can. You can't control the circumstances, but you can race hard all day. That's what we're going to do.

Q. When it comes to putting Tony in your car, do you count that as money in the bank, it's a pretty good bet on your part, good business, that type of thing, or... ?
KEVIN HARVICK: Well, you know, for me it's just fun. Saturday's all about having fun. It's a challenge to push the guys in the shop to build good enough equipment to give him a chance to win. You know, they've built really good stuff. Since he's been in our cars, it's night-and-day difference as far as the competitiveness of the cars. They were okay when he drove 'em before. He pretty much manhandled them to win a couple times down here. This particular time I think, you know, he manhandled it anyway. And the cars are quite a bit faster.
I enjoy having him in the car. I think it's fun for him. It's fun for me when the cars run fast enough that he has fun. You know, we're good friends, and that's what it's all about.
KERRY THARP: Kevin, thanks for putting on a good show and a lot of luck tomorrow.
KEVIN HARVICK: Thanks, guys.



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