Talladega II: Kevin Harvick post-qualifying interview

Kevin Harvick ...

Kevin Harvick #29 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet
2nd position (see note)

I know I feel very fortunate to drive the cars that I drive when we come to these superspeedways. They're always really fast and they have a lot of tricks up their sleeves for qualifying. It's a lot of fun. I enjoy it. I know some people don't enjoy it and sometimes you wreck. But it's still pretty fun to go out and go around.

DO YOU FEEL YOU ARE OVERDUE TO WIN A RESTRICTOR PLATE RACE?

We've been really fortunate to run well and finish well here and I think we've finished second a few times here. We haven't quite had the luck on the superspeedways that we've had over the past couple of years. I think we've wrecked every race this year. But luckily we've wrecked late and still finished okay. So hopefully it'll come soon. But we can't make it happen. We've just got to keep trying.

WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR IN PIT SELECTION HERE?

I think this place is a little bit different just for the fact that you're probably going to do some green flag stops and you want to be able to get your car up to speed by the time you get to pit road.

BEING OUTSIDE OF THE CHASE, WHAT ARE THE GOALS FOR THE LAST 10 RACES?

There are some good goals. I think a lot of people read too many Lee Spencer columns and don't really know what's going on. It's one of those things where we have a good goal to battle for 11th and I think it's realistic and we can go forward.

WITH TALLADEGA BEING PART OF THE CHASE, IS THERE MORE EMPHASIS PUT ON DEVEOPING YOUR SUPERSPEEDWAY PROGRAM?

We develop our superspeedway programs year round. We constantly build new cars. We constantly wreck cars. So we have to build new cars. It's an evolution process. The engines get better. The cars get better. And ever time it seems like you find a little bit here and there to make everything better. It's something that never ends. Most of the teams have full time dedicated people to just the restrictor plate stuff. So if this race was in or out of the Chase, it doesn't matter. We'd still put the same effort into it.

USING DOVER AS AN EXAMPLE, DO YOU GENERALLY FAVOR A STRICT FOLLOWING OF A RULE BOOK? OR IS NASCAR DOING THE RIGHT THING TO HAVE A COMMON SENSE APPROACH TO FACTOR LOGIC INTO THE RULE BOOK?

The frustrating part of this is the car that won the race last week (No. 48 Johnson) has already been through this issue once. It was pretty obvious (reference to Dover). You could stick your whole head inside the left rear fender. You could go around the race track and the things were two or three inches higher than the rest of our cars.

Note -- NASCAR spokesman, Jim Hunter, addressed the media following qualifying with the following comment:

"The No. 29 car's qualifying time has been disallowed. He (Harvick) will start Sunday's race from the rear. There were a couple of things in the rear area of the car did not comply with post-qualifying inspection. The trunk area was not sealed properly. It was not vented to the outside as prescribed in the rulebook. The shock doors inside the trunk area were opened and not secured. So there were several violations in the trunk area of the car. So there will probably be penalties coming out the first of the week. But that's why."

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Jim Hunter