Martinsville II: Harvick post qualifying interview

Kevin Harvick, No. 29 Shell / Pennzoil Impala SS Qualified 3rd, and met with media to discuss his qualifying run, the remaining races in the Chase, and having bad luck in the Chase. Select quotes from driver interview: YOU BATTLED RAIN THIS...

Kevin Harvick, No. 29 Shell / Pennzoil Impala SS Qualified 3rd, and met with media to discuss his qualifying run, the remaining races in the Chase, and having bad luck in the Chase.

Select quotes from driver interview:

YOU BATTLED RAIN THIS AFTERNOON AND DIDN'T GET A LOT OF PRACTICE TIME. CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THE TRACK AND THE CONDITIONS?

"For us it was not too big a deal just for the fact that we ran really well here last time, so we had good notes to go back on. We spent the first four or five laps of practice kind of with the splitter on the ground, so we didn't get to practice but about three laps. We got what we needed to and they made some good adjustments based upon what we did the first race here and everything worked out."

WAS THERE ANYTHING FROM THE FIRST RACE HERE WITH THE CAR THAT WORKS FOR THIS WEEKEND OR ARE YOU BASICALLY STARTING OVER?

"No, it's pretty close to exactly how we raced here the first time, other than the door foam won't catch on fire so we moved that up off the exhaust pipe so hopefully we don't have any smoldering flames coming out of the right side door this time (laughter)."

WITH FIVE RACES LEFT IN THE CHASE, WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO ACCOMPLISH IN THE REMAINDER OF THE SEASON?

"Oh, you should have been at my house last night and you'll see why they call us racers. We raced go-karts at my house and you would have thought we were racing for a million dollars. We just like to race. We just like to go out and that's what drives us all is the thrill of the competition and pushing yourself to beat the next guy and that's really what drives me. Everybody talks about points racing and this and that, but you just go out there and you race just as hard as you can to get the best finish that you can every week and anything less than that you're disappointed with. So, for us, we've had a miserable Chase -- not performance-based by any means. Last week we had three flat tires. At Loudon we had two flat tires. We had a flat tire at Dover. Those things, well, we just laugh about them now because you just don't know why that happened at the particular times that happened. Maybe we've stepped the performance of the cars up getting into the Chase. The first few race s we've run well at tracks we normally don't run well at; we just don't have anything to show for it."

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Kevin Harvick