Kevin Harvick Races Press at Dan River Grand Prix
Posted by Tom on 04/05/2011
Dan River Grand Prix - DANVILLE, VA

NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick got to take on some of his toughest critics Wednesday: Reporters. Not at a press room, but on the track.

A go-kart track to be exact.

Harvick headlined the Martinsville Speedway's media event at Dan River Grad Prix in Danville, leading up to the Sprint Cup race in a few weeks.

Martinsville Speedway president Clay Campbell also took part in the racing fun.

Harvick has an edge. In addition to being a professional race car driver, Harvick has a paved go-kart oval in his backyard.

"We do have rules at our track, but not very many," Harvick said. "It's really just for fun, but in the winter there is nothing you can do in the gym that takes care of your neck (for racing) other than the go-kart. The go-kart helps with that.

"And for the most part it's just about getting your mind off things for a half of a day or a whole day and you get to hang out with your friends and neighbors and have fun," Harvick added.

About the real race coming up at Martinsville, Harvick has a Nationwide Series and a Camping World Truck Series win at the track, and hopes he'll finally get that Sprint Cup victory.

"We've run well at Martinsville a lot, but you wouldn't know it by a lot of our stats. Last year we ran well at Martinsville, and led laps, and did the things we needed to do. Hopefully we can do the same thing this year. We just have to keep doing the same things we've been doing and putting ourselves in that good position and eventually we'll get the win," Harvick said.