Thursday, February 10, 2011

Who is Kevin Harvick afraid of?

   Budweiser, Kevin Harvick's new sponsor this season in the Sprint Cup Series, is hosting a roast of the driver on Tuesday night in Daytona Beach, Fla.

   Among those planning to speak about Harvick are fellow driver, Tony Stewart, Harvick's driver in the Truck series, Ron Hornaday, Harvick's driver in the Nationwide series, Elliott Sadler, Mike Dillon from Richard Childress Racing and Harvick's wife, DeLana.

   I asked Harvick during Thursday's Media Day activities who he was most afraid to hear speak at the roast. The answer may surprise you.

   "I am pretty much going into it knowing I am pretty much going to get slammed. The thing they all have to remember is, I get the last word," Harvick said. "So, as many good stories as they have on me, I have on them.

   "I know better than to completely demolish my wife, so she's probably going to get away with a lot more than the rest of them. Mike Dillon, I have no worries about whatsoever because I have the ultimate story on him.

   "I think Hornaday is the one that worries me the most. I've been around him so long. He's probably got ..."

   And then another reporter interjected, "Polaroids?"

   "Yeah, he's got stories, pictures," Harvick said. "The ones he can't remember, I'm sure Lindy (Hornaday's wife) does."

5-time champ gets new pit crew

   Jimmie Johnson may be a five-time Sprint Cup Series champion but his pit crew this season will be looking for its first championship.

   During Thursday's media day activities at Daytona International Speedway, Johnson said most of the people in the shop will be the same but his over-the-wall crew "will be much different."
   "We're in a very fortunate situation in making big changes that we have a very young crop of guys coming along and guys are earning their way on the team by participating in a series of competitions," Johnson said.
   Johnson said he witnessed the final day of competitions and was uncertain who exactly got all the positions.
   "What I saw was a very strong first and second-string group of guys," he said. "That's our plan - to have depth. If someone is having a bad day we can make changes and not lose anything on pit road."
   In last fall's race at Texas, Johnson's crew was a having problems on pit road and after his Hendrick Motorsports teammate, Jeff Gordon, wrecked out of the race, Gordon's pit crew swapped places with Johnson's.
   The change remained intact for the remainder of the season and Johnson won his fifth consecutive Cup title.