FONTANA, CA - Kevin Harvick, piloting the No. 21 RCR Chevy, will roll off from the top starting position for Saturday's NASCAR Busch race. Harvick, who was fastest in this morning's practice running a lap at 183.739 mph, improved on his time ...
FONTANA, CA - Kevin Harvick, piloting the No. 21 RCR Chevy, will roll off from the top starting position for Saturday's NASCAR Busch race. Harvick, who was fastest in this morning's practice running a lap at 183.739 mph, improved on his time clicking off a lap of 183.941 mph during qualifying.
"It was a really good lap," said Harvick. "The car was great. I am really glad to be back up. We ran faster than we did during practice. My feet were a lot better than they were on Monday. I have blood blisters on the back of my feet. I am going to wrap them in Styrofoam.
"The weather was a factor from the get go. The body changes helped my car. Our engine shop is working really hard. We knew we had a pretty good car coming into qualifying."
That lighting-quick lap broke the track qualifying record set by Bobby Hamilton, Jr. in 2001 whose speed was 179.198 mph; eighteen other drivers also broke that record during Friday's qualifying session.
Michael Waltrip in the No. 99 Aaron's Chevy will start on the outside pole, and Harvick's teammate Ron Hornaday starts third.
"If you see our (he and Harvick) practice times, we shared a lot," said Hornaday. "I felt really comfortable qualifying. The third qualifying spot is a good place to be. I run well here at home. It makes you feel really good."
Rounding out the top five are Dave Reutimann and Stacey Compton.
"I felt like I should have done better," commented Reutimann. "I wanted to at least back up what we had done at practice. We did not do that.
"We missed it by quite a bit. The car was just tight. That hurt us a little bit. The top five is the top five. I am not complaining about that. Other than that, it has been a great day. We have a great program and a great car."
Hermie Sadler in the No. 54 Chevy was the last car to qualify on time; all- in-all ten cars did not manage to make the field on time. Of those, three went home, Brad Teague, Greg Pursley and Jason Hedlesky.
Chad Blount is this week's highest starting rookie, Blount in the No. 19 Dodge starts seventh.
"We did pretty good," said Blount. "Maybe I should have held my breath like these guys."