BUSCH: Monte Carlo Atlanta qualifying notes

Kevin Harvick, No. 2 ACDelco Chevrolet Monte Carlo (qualified 2nd) who also drives the No. 29 GM Goodwrench Monte Carlo in Winston Cup: "We were on the pole there 'til the very end, but then got beat (by Ryan Newman) there at the end. I seen the...

Kevin Harvick, No. 2 ACDelco Chevrolet Monte Carlo (qualified 2nd) who also drives the No. 29 GM Goodwrench Monte Carlo in Winston Cup: "We were on the pole there 'til the very end, but then got beat (by Ryan Newman) there at the end. I seen the fenders fly off that thing, so we'll be okay."

(How has it been juggling the Busch and Winston Cup schedules the last couple of weeks?) "I tell you what, it actually hasn't been too bad. The Busch car I think has helped the Cup car. Like this morning, the comfort level getting into the Cup car really came over from the Busch car. It made it easy getting into the Cup car right off the bat this morning."

(Are the new motors contributing to the speed here?) "Yeah. I'd definitely say that the motors are contributing to all the speed. It's the same car we ran at Rockingham and the same car we ran at the end of the year last year. So there's nothing different with the car except the motor."

(How are the tires working out for you?) "We came and tested here so the tires actually have a whole bunch better feeling. Goodyear's done a great job. The feeling of the tires getting into the corners this year, they're a whole lot more comfortable than they were last year at a couple races. I mean it's comfortable to drive."

(Are the speeds to fast for a place like Atlanta?) "I don't think so. If you want to race the car then that's what you do is you drive fast around in a circle. If you think it's too fast, then maybe you should go race something else. That's just my opinion."

(With your crew chief, Todd Berrier suspended for two races, how has that affected the team?) "Like I said before, we came here and tested so we had everything we wanted to have in the car. Luckily when we unloaded today it worked out pretty good."

(Who's going to fill in while Todd's out of the action?) "We're just going to kind of be crew chief by committee I guess you could say. We'll just use a cell phone every once in a while to help us out if we need to, I guess. Darlington is a place where you just kind of drive and kind of save your tires. I don't think it'll be as big a deal there. I think the pit strategy thing is probably the thing that'll hurt us the most with Todd being off."

-GM Racing

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Ryan Newman