|Harvick proud as both an owner and driver|
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|Saturday, 20 August 2011 13:41|
``Owning the stuff, we've seen the stuff start to finish,'' Harvick said. ``It's gratifying, but in a different way, but when you're driving it, it's twice as gratifying just for the fact that the competitive instinct is fueled by the driver in me. It's not Sunday, but any trophy you can bring home is a good thing.''
Harvick, who qualified 24th for Sunday's Sprint Cup event, won his second consecutive Trucks race on Saturday.
Harvick races on the Sprint Cup circuit for Richard Childress Racing, while Kevin Harvick Inc. has cars in the Nationwide and Truck series. Harvick isn't tempted to expand his operation to include NASCAR's top level.
``I can tell you, you will never see this company at Cup, as long as I'm driving,'' Harvick said.
BUSCH DEPARTS: Kyle Busch had to quit early during Saturday's Trucks race after another driver's side window got caught up in his radiator.
Busch said he realized he was in trouble after running the debris over.
``We were running third, biding our time and seeing if there was going to be a late yellow to come out to get ourselves track position back,'' Busch said. ``Somebody's side window went through our lower radiator duct and went through the radiator and knocked a hole in it. I saw it when I ran it over.''
Busch leads the Sprint Cup standings going into Sunday's race. This was his 10th start of the year on the Trucks circuit, and he's won five times.
He settled for a 25th-place finish Saturday.
``It's going to hurt us in the owner's championship,'' he said. ``I just hate it for all our guys. We really worked hard and thought we had a good truck and thought we were going to have a decent day out of it. We were just waiting for this caution to come out and get our track position back to see if the changes we made were better because it seemed like our truck was better.''
NEWMAN ON SAFETY: Ryan Newman poked a little bit of fun at himself when asked if he's seen the new HANS device.
``I have heard of it,'' he said. ``We're going to get one just to try it on to see if it fits my head and neck because I am not exactly in the 50th percentile.''
The HANS is a head and neck restraint collar that went largely ignored in NASCAR until Dale Earnhardt's death in 2001.
Driver safety has become an issue again lately after a couple big wrecks at Watkins Glen. Denny Hamlin zoomed at high speed straight through a turn and slammed head-on into a tire barrier that bordered a paved runout area.
``I've never really felt the HANS do all of its work,'' Newman said. ``I'm not bashing the HANS. I've never had like a Denny Hamlin-style impact from last week to feel all of that. I've been unfortunate to have cars land on top of me. ... In those two instances, the HANS wasn't necessarily the saving grace, but it's something that I've had to get used to. For instance, even last week at the road course, I kept getting my right HANS clip caught in my padding, basically, on my head rest. It was kind of catching, and it's something you aren't used to.''
FUEL THOUGHTS: Matt Kenseth, who is fifth in the Sprint Cup standings, says drivers might not have that much control over their cars' performance if Sunday's race comes down to fuel strategy.
``I think everyone is smart enough to save fuel, but you have to have the fuel mileage to start with to be able to do that,'' he said. ``It has so much to do with what you have going on in your car and the tuning and all that stuff. ... You always want to get the best fuel mileage you can. When we go to road courses we talk about it more.''
June's Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway's oval appeared headed for a fuel-mileage finish, but a late caution enabled drivers to make pit stops before Hamlin won a frantic closing sprint.