Winston: GM Racing qualifying quotes

KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 SNAP-ON/GOODWRENCH ENGINES CHEVROLET (qualified 3rd): "Looks like they just penalized Rusty, so I guess we're still on the pole. But a good run for the GM Goodwrench and Snap-On Chevy. It's awesome for these guys to have...


"Looks like they just penalized Rusty, so I guess we're still on the pole. But a good run for the GM Goodwrench and Snap-On Chevy. It's awesome for these guys to have the pit stop they had. They had a great one last year and we didn't perform on the racetrack. This year we performed on the racetrack and had a good, smooth great pit stop and it makes it a lot of fun. We'll see what happens and hope that holds up."

YOU SEEM TO HAVE A LOT OF SUCCESS IN THESE NON-POINTS EVENTS. "We just seem to have a good feel for everything. We get pretty aggressive on the motors and the bodies and everything, and it's just a lot of fun. There's nothing on the line, so it's win or wreck."


WHAT DO YOU THINK OF A NON-PONTS RACE LIKE THE WINSTON? "I like it. The reason we're here is probably those people in the grandstands up there - I mean, that's why we're here. It's a different format. The qualifying deal's neat because it involves the whole team. You have to have a good pit stop and I have to do my job as a driver. Tomorrow night's when it really counts for these people. Tonight with the pit stops, it creates an added bit of excitement that they don't get on a regular qualifying night, and then tomorrow night's the night they really enjoy. I'm not worried about any points tomorrow night. If it leaves bent up because you were trying a little too hard, so be it, and I don't think the team worries about that. They want you to race hard and bring some of the Saturday night short-track style back into it. Guys that did that raced to make a living, not to worry about points this week, so it's nice one week out of the year to be able to race like that."


"It was a good night until I tried to get in the pits, and then when I tried to leave the pits. I came so close to getting a lot out of my car. I had two key points that I had in my mind that I had to make sure that I did properly. The first one was getting in. I had a technique that I was going to use to get in, and I messed that up. The other one was leaving, and the technique I was going to use to leave, I messed that up. So, oh for two. But still, we obviously made good time everywhere else. Good stop on pit road, and also getting to the speed line, and leaving in first gear you can lose a lot of time spinning your tires, and we didn't do that so bad. We'll end up missing the pole by just a couple of tenths, and I felt like we left a lot more than that out there."


WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR CHANCES FOR THE WINSTON? "The race car's been really good, and the pit stops have been good, so this thing's all about the whe team effort and getting yourself in position for that last segment. We've been there before and pulled it off, and I think if we get there again we've got a great shot at it. It's very exciting. It's nice when there's no real points on the line. It's more prestige, and it's all about the money and all that. Winston does so much for our sport, it's awesome to come here and be a part of this."


"We made a couple of little mistakes, but it was a good effort overall. I can't believe we came that lose to the "8" but that's the way it goes. We're happy with it."

WHAT KIND OF RACE ARE YOU EXPECTING TOMORROW NIGHT? "It's usually pretty crazy. You've got to survive the first two segments to be there in the last one. Of course, now it's 20 laps instead of 10 like it was a few years back, so that's a little bit different. It gives you an opportunity to pass people, but it's still pretty difficult to pass. The key to the whole deal is going to be this 30-minute practice that we get following the truck race. That's not a lot of time for a race setup, but it's going to give you a couple of opportunities to go out there and run. You'd like to go out and run a 20-lap ru if you could, if your car's that good. But I don't think we're going to have time to do that. We're just going to have to be smart in practice."

DO YOU LIKE THE CAR YOU'RE RUNNING? "This is a great car. I've run this car twice and it's run good both times. I wanted to bring it here for this event. We've got anoter one that we think is a twin to it that's just as good a car as this one tht we might bring next week, but I think this one's a good car."


YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE WINSTON. "There's a lot on the line. I don't think any of us needs motivation. We're all wanting to carry that trophy home, but I'd be kidding you if I told you I didn't care about a million bucks. That's quite a lot of incentives well."

DO YOU HAVE CONFIDENCE IN THIS CAR? "This car's the car we finished third in the Coca-Cola 600 last year. We're still working through all of that, all the Pontiacs that we built during the off-season. I've got a lot of confidence in each of the cars, but also specifically the people, the people that are working on the Tide team and have been with us for more than two years now. That's very valuable."


WHERE DID YOU MAKE UP YOUR TIME? "I don't know. We might've got on and off pit road better. It was real exciting and this is a real competitive car. I was just trying not to make too many big mistakes. Maybe give up a little bit being a little conservative, but just try not to make a big mistake that can cost us a lot of time. I didn't expect that to be the pole. It's kind of a crapshoot with the pit crew deal and coming on to pit row. There's too much margin for error there. But it will give us a decent spot, better than we've been starting for The Winston. It's just a little bit disappointing.

YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE WINSTON. "Yea, we're just chillin' out there. This is kind of an off weekend, not racing for points and just racing for a lot of money. Considering what you win for first, second doesn't quite pay that well. We're just trying to race for the win and do the best we can."


FROM PIT ROW - QUALIFIED 1ST "Change is good. I hadn't been this excited and this relaxed to come to the racetrack in about a year and half. A lot has happened in the last seven days, and I'm just really happy to end up where I'm at. I'm just real thankful about Richard (Childress) giving me the opportunity to drive the AOL Chevy and I'm just real pleased. I was telling the guys that I can't remember everybody's name on the radio, but I just want to thank everybody. I'm just getting used to the race team and (crew chief) Mike Beam. Mike's been awesome. He's great to work with and he's on the same page as me. It's nice to be able to see that. He's about a half a step ahead of me every time I want to make a change in the car, and it's the same thing. That's what we need to have, the continuity between the driver and the crew chief, plus all the team too.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO GET OFF TO THIS KIND OF START WITH THIS RACE TEAM? "It's awesome. Just to work with Mike, I mean I've been watching him win races for years and to get a chance to work with him is great. And all the guys on the team. Richard Childress led Dale Earnhardt to numerous championships, and it's just great to have a mentor in him and to have the opportunity to work with him, and America Online. What a great sponsor. They're here this weekend and we're having a great time. We're having fun, we're racing fast and we're just excited. I can't wait for the rest of the year.

HOPEFULLY TWO MORE RACES FOR YOU TOMORROW NIGHT - HOW DO YOU LIKE YOUR CHANCES? "I like my chances. Somebody told me in the garage that The Winston pays a million bucks, so we're going to go back and work hard on the AOL Chevy and try to make that a car that can win both races."

NOTE: Driver Mike Wallace is substituting for the injured Jerry Nadeau in the No. 1 U.S. Army Pontiac Grand Prix.

MIKE WALLACE, NO. 01 U.S. ARMY PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: (QUALIFIED 4TH ) "I don't think that will stand up, but this is a great U.S. Army team. I just want to say I'm just keeping the seat warm for Jerry Nadeau. We hope Jerry gets well quick - we're thinking about him."

-gm racing-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jerry Nadeau , Mike Wallace