Martinsville: Pole winner post-qualifying interview

Kevin Harvick Will Start on the Pole at Martinsville as Rain Cancels Qualifying Martinsville, VA - NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points leader Kevin Harvick, No. 29 Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet will start on the pole of the Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500...

Kevin Harvick Will Start on the Pole at Martinsville as Rain Cancels Qualifying

Martinsville, VA - NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points leader Kevin Harvick, No. 29 Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet will start on the pole of the Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville as rain cancels qualifying.

The 43-car field will be set per the provisions of the rulebook. Five Team Chevy drivers will start in the top-10 for Sunday's race.

Four-time defending champion Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet will roll off third for the 500-lap/263-mile race.

Two-time champion Tony Stewart, No. 14 Old Spice/Office Depot Chevrolet, will roll of fifth. Jeff Burton, No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet has the seventh starting position. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., No. 88 AMP Energy Sugar Free Lightning/National Guard Chevrolet will start in eighth place.

Matt Kenseth (Ford) and Greg Biffle (Ford) complete the top-five starters.

Race six of the 2010 season is scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m. Sunday with live coverage on FOX TV, MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio.

KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 SHELL/PENNZOIL CHEVROLET -- Will start on the pole

ON STARTING UP FRONT AT MARTINSVILLE

"Obviously this is the place where if you're going to have that happen (qualifying canceled due to rain) and start up front, this is the place you want to do it. But this is a good place to have that happen and I'm looking forward to both races (Truck & Cup)."

CAN YOU ADDRESS THE HARD WORK YOUR GUYS HAVE DONE AND HOW IT HAS PAID OFF IN THE POINTS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS RAIN?

"I think for us it is obviously a lot of weekends a year that the points-leader gets to benefit from rain and I'm glad that for us, it was this weekend. But yeah, we've had a good solid five weeks and that's what we set out to do at the beginning of the year was to start well and run solid and run up front and lead laps and we've been fortunate to do that. Hopefully we can have 31 (weeks) more."

AT THIS TRACK, WHAT IS PIT STALL #1 WORTH AS A TEAM?

"Any time you can get the first pit stall, especially here because the timelines are so short and it keeps you from having to pull out from behind somebody, takes a lot of headache out of the day. That's probably the best part about being up front is you want to stay up there and that's the best way to do it is to have the first pit stall and not have to get your stuff to work on pit road."

DID YOU SEE ANYTHING WITH THE SPOILER IN PRACTICE?

"Come on, man, I told you what was going to happen. It ain't going to matter here."

THAT WAS BEFORE PRACTICE. WHAT ABOUT AFTER PRACTICE?

"My car was so loose; it was sideways. These things are going to be a handful. Out of control. No, I'm just kidding. The speeds are so low here, it's hard to tell. It's like I said earlier, I think that Texas is going to be the first place you're going to be able to tell the difference."

EVEN THOUGH YOU ARE HAPPY WITH STARTING ON THE POLE, IS THERE DISAPPOINTMENT NOT TO SEE HOW THIS WOULD PLAY OUT DURING ACTUAL QUALIFYING?

"Nope (laughter)."

YOU'RE GOOD?

"Yep. I'm perfectly happy with it (more laughter)."

JUST TRYING TO GET MORE LAPS ON IT, HOW CURIOUS ARE YOU BEYOND THE TWO PRACTICES?

"For me, they put that spoiler on the car and I've run more testing laps than I have in two years and its like, man we need to race so we don't have to test anymore. But that's just how I feel about it.

"You can test and test and test. But until you drop the green flag with 43 cars out there, that's really the only time you can tell what's going on because there's no way to simulate that. Even at Charlotte we ran and ran and ran and there's just no way to simulate what's going on until you put them all out there together."

-source: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Jeff Burton , Matt Kenseth , Tony Stewart , Kevin Harvick , Greg Biffle , Jimmie Johnson