Mag Minute: Kevin Harvick, NASCAR driver

Kevin Harvick said of all his belongings, his sunglasses are the ones that are always with him. Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images

Kevin Harvick began racing when his parents gave him a go-kart as a kindergarten graduation present. By high school, he was racing part time on the NASCAR circuit.

Now 36, Harvick has raced in the Sprint Cup Series, the Nationwide Series and the Truck Circuit. He was the Busch Series rookie of the year in 2000 and Winston Cup rookie of the year in 2001.

With 2,096 points, Harvick is ninth in the Sprint Cup standings, 46 points behind leader Brad Keselowski.

What question are you asked most by fans?

"What do you do when you have to go to the bathroom?"

What is the biggest lie or misconception the media has reported about you?

That my wife and I were getting divorced -- just because we were selling our teams. That was great.

What is the one thing people consistently think about you that's just not true?

That I'm a total hardass. That's just at the track.

Who would you say is the most media-savvy athlete?

There are a lot of good ones in our sport. I'll say Dale Jarrett. He always has a fact to back up his opinions. I like that.

Which pro athlete would you never want to trade places with?

Dale Jr. The things he has to go through, with the pressure and the fans and being Dale Earnhardt's son.

If you were a talk show host, which celebrity would you want as your first guest?

George W. Bush. He and his father are interesting people, and I like how they handle themselves.

If you could go to dinner with one person, dead or alive, whom would it be?

Tim Richmond. I bet he has interesting stories, and I'd like to hear some of them.

Who is the one person you met that you wish you had spent more time talking to?

George Bush again.

What's one thing you always have with you?

Not my phone. Not my wallet. My sunglasses.

What is your most irrational fear?


What is the most embarrassing CD you own?

I don't own CDs, but there's a Paris Hilton song on my iPod. But it's a joke!

What is the best advice you ever received?

Rich Childress, on the day I signed my contract with the team, said "No matter how much pressure you're under, always be yourself, because that's who I hired."

If you had to pick one key to your success, what would it be?

Determination. Sometimes that gets interpreted as being an a--hole, but this is what I do, and I have a short time in which to do it, so I expect to get results.

What do you like best about your job?

That I get to do what I love, what I used to pay to do as a hobby. Now I get paid to do it.

What do you hate about it?

The travel.

What is your idea of a perfect day?

Wake up, work out, eat lunch, play a round of golf, come home, eat dinner, watch football. That's a typical winter day for me.

What is your guilty pleasure?

Starbucks. White mocha.

If you could go back and change one decision you made in your life, what would it be?

Spinning Coy Gibbs out.