Loudon II: GM Racing qualifying notes

KEVIN HARVICK CAPTURES POLE AT NEW HAMPSHIRE INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY ALL CHEVY FRONT ROW TO LEAD START OF SYLVANIA 300 Loudon, NH: Kevin Harvick, No. 29 Reese's Monte Carlo SS, captured the pole for Sunday's Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire ...

KEVIN HARVICK CAPTURES POLE AT NEW HAMPSHIRE INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
ALL CHEVY FRONT ROW TO LEAD START OF SYLVANIA 300

Loudon, NH: Kevin Harvick, No. 29 Reese's Monte Carlo SS, captured the pole for Sunday's Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway (NHIS). It is his fifth NASCAR Nextel Cup Series career pole and his first of the 2006 season. It is the 10th pole of the 2006 NNCS season for the Bowtie brand.

Completing the all Chevy will be Jeff Gordon, No. 24 DuPont Monte Carlo SS. Harvick's lap of 28.893 seconds, 132.282 mph, was over one-tenth of a second quicker than Gordon, who sat on the fastest time for over half of the qualifying session.

A total of five Monte Carlo SS drivers will start in the top-10 of the 43-car field for Sunday's race. Denny Hamlin, No. 11 FedEx Express Monte Carlo SS will start fifth. Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe's Monte Carlo SS will roll off seventh and Robby Gordon, No. 7 Jim Beam Monte Carlo SS secured ninth in the starting order.

The Sylvania 300 is scheduled to start at 1:30 p.m. EDT on Sunday with live TV coverage on TNT. MRN Radio and XM Satelitte Radio will bring the action live to radio listeners.

JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT MONTE CARLO SS - Qualified 2nd:

"That lap was for Steve Letarte (crew chief). He is a local New England boy from up here. This is kind of like his home track. He has been doing an awesome job with this DuPont Chevrolet team. We are fired up about the Chase and being in it and running for the Championship. We missed it a little bit the last time we were here so the guys went to work on those areas and they gave me a great car to drive. The car just felt great. I didn't want to overdrive it. I got it in there deep but I was able to get back on the throttle quick and that is the kind of car I have had all day. I hope it continues like that all weekend. We are certainly going to work hard on it. It was a lot of fun and we put up a good number, so we are pretty pleased. We gave it everything we had and that is all we could ask for. It is a good way to get started in the Chase. I hope it continues all weekend."

KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 REESE'S MONTE CARLO SS - Pole Winner

"It was a good lap for our Reese's Chevrolet, but the driver didn't get it all off of two, I just kind of rolled in to the throttle and didn't put it down all the way. Good lap through three and four and the first lap wasn't too bad. I am just really proud of all my guys on this team. Hopefully it will stick. If I had it to do over again, I think I could do better. It is was a really good lap, I just didn't feel like I got it all but it is ok."

ON PUTTING A PIE IN DENNY HAMLIN'S FACE ON PIT ROAD: "Denny got me with a pie on the Regis and Kelly show when we were in New York the other day and I didn't say anything. I just waited until the opportune moment and I got even, it was pretty cool. I am all about this stuff. If it continues, we will just keep playing the game and try to stay one notch up."

ON NHIS SPEEDWAY: "Personally for me I have always enjoyed coming here. Always have, even when it was flat and before they re-banked it. It has always been a good place for us. Now we just have to play the pit strategy right and put ourselves in position for the end of the race."

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Kevin Harvick , Robby Gordon , Jimmie Johnson , Denny Hamlin , Jim Beam