Some NASCAR drivers like to be buddy-buddy with one another, spending time hanging out together and even discussing how their cars handle – even if they're not on the same team.
Kevin Harvick isn't one of those drivers. Harvick said recently that given all the investments made by race teams, he doesn't think it's right to talk racing with non-teammates.
"I don't really communicate with too many people outside of our team, because I just feel like we put so much effort into trying to make our stuff right," Harvick said. "A lot of guys are friends. ... It's just hard, because there are millions of dollars spent. I just don't think it's right that everybody sits around and talks about it. There's a lot of them that talk about it, and it drives me crazy. But not me."
Harvick said he has "a couple pretty good friends" who are drivers, but they typically don't talk about racing because his friends share his belief that information should be kept among teammates.
Which driver does Harvick consider himself closest to in the garage? That would be Tony Stewart, who has always gotten along well with Harvick.
"All he does is race, and that's pretty much all we do, too," Harvick said.
The Richard Childress Racing driver said part of he and Stewart's friendship involves participating in each other's charity functions – except Harvick won't be part of Stewart's "Prelude to the Dream" this year.
"I retired from dirt racing," said Harvick, a lifelong asphalt driver. "My dirt racing career is over. I told him I'd come wave the flag or something."
Why didn't Harvick want to keep racing on dirt? Because he got too frustrated with it, he said.
"I just don't like it," he said. "I got to the point where I wasn't having fun with it, so I just said, 'The heck with it.'"