Loudon II: Pole winner interview

KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 REESE'S MONTE CARLO SS - Pole Winner (5TH Cup career pole) ON QUALIFYING LAP: "It was a good lap - but I actually came on the radio and told the guys I was sorry because I didn't get everything I needed to get in one and...

KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 REESE'S MONTE CARLO SS - Pole Winner (5TH Cup career pole)

ON QUALIFYING LAP:

"It was a good lap - but I actually came on the radio and told the guys I was sorry because I didn't get everything I needed to get in one and two when I got back in the throttle. Turns three and four were extremely good both laps and felt like our car is really good. I told Todd (Berrier, crew chief) and the guys that if they can make me qualify good, they are doing something really right, because I am not the world's greatest qualifier. It has been a really good weekend so far. The car unloaded really well and was really good in race trim. When we put it in qualifying trim it ran really well there too. We are looking forward to Sunday."

ON BEING JUST FIFTH CAREER POLE:

"I really don't care about qualifying to tell you the truth. I should put more emphasis on it and I don't. It doesn't seem like it really affects what we do. To start up front here where it is tough to pass is good. It always seems like track position means as much as anything and is really important. To have the first pit stall and have the track position right off the bat, hopefully will be an advantage.

ON SEAN CAISSE DRIVING KHI BUSCH CAR NEXT WEEK:

"We are looking forward to having Sean in the car next week. I think he has potential to make it in this sport. He has a swagger to him and I like that. He has a little bit of an attitude and I think that is what you need to be good is to know you are good and he has that."

ON INCENTIVE TO QUALIFY WELL HERE:

"I think there is just a lot on the line right now. We are out there racing for a championship. We sent Richard (Childress) hunting this week so I figured since we sent him hunting, I need to at least step up and try to qualify. Not that I don't try, I just overdrive or under drive the thing. It just doesn't seem like I can find a good balance to have to do good qualifying. The guys built me a brand new car to come here and race and we went and tested. So when it is comfortable and you can drive it, you can do good things. It is nice to overdrive it and have it sticks."

ON SUCCESS IN BUSCH CHANGING ANYTHING IN CUP CAR:

"This week, I have been really bored and I don't have anything to do so I have been over aggravating (Ron) Hornaday and those guys on the truck. I drag Todd (Berrier) with me and others to find something to do. I think I have heard Mark Martin say this a lot, the Busch car running good is probably one of the reasons I have been able to keep my job so long. When you run good on Saturday, you don't question yourself in the seat. You know you can run good, you know you can be competitive, you know you can beat a lot of the same guys you race with on Sunday. The competition level is a little bit steeper on Sunday, but it is a definite confidence builder when the Busch car runs good on Saturday."

ON TEAM TURN AROUND WITH ADDITION OF MORE GINEERING STAFF TO INCLUDE KEVIN BUSKIRK:

"I think the biggest thing he brings to our team is experience from the engineering side of it. We have a couple of engineers now on our team. He is a good one for Todd to bounce ideas off because he has been a crew chief and understands the pluses and minuses of things. He is good for me because he doesn't beat around the bush. He will tell me where I am at, where my corner speeds are and he will be honest with me and I like that. He thinks he has added another element to what we are doing and I think that is really good for us."

ON BEING ON A ROLL RIGHT NOW:

"Right now things are just going really well and when you have momentum on your side, it is something you can't buy. You can't necessarily figure out how you got it, where you got it, it is just one of those things. The performance of our cars has been really good all year. In the beginning of the year, we had things kind of not go our way. We crashed but the performance of the cars kept us up where we needed to be. I have been on both sides of this deal, I have ridden the wave as it is crashing down and as it is going up. I have learned to enjoy it while you can, to try to take advantage of what you have.

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Mark Martin