Talladega: GM - Harvick qualifying press conference

KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 GM GOODWRENCH CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: "It was a great lap for us. We were a little bit nervous. We had to go out second and really didn't know how everything was going to shake out. We ran a '40' (51.40 seconds). Usually, it...

KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 GM GOODWRENCH CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:

"It was a great lap for us. We were a little bit nervous. We had to go out second and really didn't know how everything was going to shake out. We ran a '40' (51.40 seconds). Usually, it picks up more than it did. But, I think everything slowed down a little bit and the wind picked up a little bit.

"RCR always has great superspeedway cars, so every time we go to Daytona or Talladega it's really exciting for us. We're looking forward to Sunday. Hopefully, it goes as good as it did at Daytona."

ON THE SPEEDS SLOWING DOWN AS THE QUALIFYING SESSION WENT ON

"We thought the pole was going to be a 51-flat or a high-50. We were a little nervous when we ran a 51.4. That, we didn't think, was going to be but about 10th or 12th. But, heck, if we could all figure it out, everybody would do it right."

ON BREAKING DEI'S DOMINANCE IN RESTRICTOR PLATE RACES

"Obviously, Dale, Jr., has had a lot of success here and Michael has had a lot of success at Daytona. They were pretty much on at Speedweeks. We started in the back at Daytona and worked our way up to fourth and felt that we had a car capable of winning the race or at least contending to win the race and we never got to prove it. But, heck, you can talk about trying to win. But, the biggest thing you've got to do is somebody has got to go out and beat them to end their dominance. I think that is the only way you're going to do it is to go out and just beat them head-to-head."

DID YOU HAVE ANY TROUBLE GETTING THROUGH TECH?

"Our car went through the first time. We made eight laps - two runs and two laps and that was it. It was the same car we ran at Daytona and it went right through."

IS QUALIFYING IMPORTANT HERE?

"It's always important to qualify. I'd have given anything to start where we qualified at Daytona and not have to start 43rd because it takes a while to get up through the field - not to say that it won't be done unless your car is completely dominant. I think qualifying definitely means something. Pit stalls are obviously key here, for as many pit stops as we're going to have to make. We'll probably practice more coming on and off pit road tomorrow than we will practice in the draft because there is more to be gained and lost there than there is anywhere."

ON TODAY BEING IMPORTANT TO THE CREWS

"This is all about them. This isn't about us in qualifying. This is all about your race team and your guys back at the shop working on the race cars. This is their baby. This is what they come for. They've got four times a year to completely shine - two at Daytona and two at Talladega - on qualifying day. That's the biggest thing is it helps those guys morale, more than anything."

WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE GOING FASTER HERE OR HAVE SOME KIND OF DIFFERENT RULES PACKAGE?

"I liked it when they had the roof fins and the wicker bills. You're going to run in a pack anyway. At least with those things on there, you could let off the gas pedal and you could move around. But, nobody has a better idea. If anybody has a better idea they need to speak up because right now there is a safety issue. Nobody can come up with something better than what we have right now. This is what we've got and I don't think there is any reason to complain about it. NASCAR had a meeting with all the drivers and this is what they came up with and this is what they wanted as far as a rules package. This isn't the way NASCAR wanted it. This is the way the majority in the garage wanted it."

-gm racing-

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