Sears Point: Harvick post-qualifying interview

KEVIN HARVICK , NO. 29 GM GOODWRENCH MONTE CARLO - Qualified 3rd: ON HIS RUN It was a good run, obviously. The car has been good since we unloaded it. It's hard to qualify here just for the fact that you don't really know. Last year we under...

KEVIN HARVICK , NO. 29 GM GOODWRENCH MONTE CARLO - Qualified 3rd:

ON HIS RUN

It was a good run, obviously. The car has been good since we unloaded it. It's hard to qualify here just for the fact that you don't really know. Last year we under drove it and this year we probably over drove it a little bit. It's a fine line. But I enjoy coming here and have a lot of fun and I enjoy road racing.

DID THE TRACK GET BETTER TOWARD THE END OF THE DAY?

I think the track definitely got better. As the session went on and as hot as it was today -- this place is pretty weather-sensitive -- in the mornings and the evenings it seems to be a little better. Usually we don't qualify like that. Usually they wait and try to make it as fair for everybody as possible. I think the guys at the beginning probably suffered a little bit.

DOES THIS QUALIFYING EFFORT CHANGE YOUR PLAN FOR TOMORROW? HOW MUCH PRACTICE TIME WILL YOU PUT IN TOMORROW?

We're going to practice the first session. You sound like Clint Bowyer -- he was trying to talk us into staying for the second session tomorrow (laughs). We made a plan a couple weeks back and looked at all the schedules and it's just going to be better to stick to our plan. We'll run the first session and as soon as it's over, we'll head out. That gives us some time in case we have some problems.

HOW DO YOU THINK YOUR CAR WILL RUN ON SUNDAY?

I know just by watching practice, that this place is going to be slick. This place is pretty notorious for getting slicker as the weekend goes forward. That's our main focus is to make sure that the car goes straight and to work on forward bite.

ON DAVID GILLILAND'S BUSCH WIN AND MAKING THE CUP RACE HERE:

All I would tell him is to ride the wave and enjoy it. They've run a few races and have done a good job every week, pretty much, that they've been in a race. They've had trouble in the pits or a few things go wrong, but nobody has really paid attention -- that wasn't the first time that they'd run good. They've done a good job with the stuff they have. They have a good group of people over there working on the car. To do what they did last week is great for the sport and for David --- just for the fact to know what he did growing up and that he came from the west coast and worked on his own cars and crew chiefed his dad's car and did a lot of things out here. So it's great to see and hopefully he can take it further.

ARE YOU SURPRISED THAT KURT BUSCH TOOK THE POLE AND THAT THE TWO FAVORITES, TONY STEWART AND JEFF GORDON, WERE NOT UP THERE CLOSER TO THE FRONT?

I don't think so. We went to VIR and tested and he (Kurt Busch) was a second faster than everybody there. His car was really good there and we knew coming out here that his car was going to be fast. Rusty always ran really well on the road courses and I think with the guys they have working on those cars that the crew chiefs are a little bit more road-course educated than a lot of guys in the garage.

IS THERE A REASON WHY WE'RE SEEING MORE WEST COAST DRIVERS IN THE SPORT?

I think there are a lot of good racers out here and it seems like an untapped market and I think there is that group of guys who are 25 - 30 who kind of got overlooked when all the 18 and 19 year-old guys were coming up through there and there's been that gap. Now, it's that generation right there of age group and I think the owners are taking notice because there is such a short amount of good drivers. There seems like there are more good cars than drivers it seems like. That generation and age group is looked at now.

AS A VETERAN OF THE WEST SERIES, WOULD YOU RATHER BE RACING OUT HERE TOMORROW THAN GOING TO THE BUSCH RACE?

I'd be out there if I didn't have to go to Milwaukee. Next year, if they run them out here, we'll run the race.

-gm racing-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kurt Busch , Clint Bowyer