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2014 Bristol II: Kevin Harvick NASCAR Sprint Cup Post-Qualifying Press Conference
Posted by: ASkyler on Aug 23, 2014 - 07:37 AM
2014 Bristol II: Kevin Harvick NASCAR Sprint Cup Post-Qualifying Press Conference


DO YOU THINK REMOVING THE GROOVES UP NEAR THE WALL WILL BRING THE SPARKS FLYING BACK TO BRISTOL? JEFF GORDON SEEMS TO THINK SO: "I don’t think so. The problem with the high groove is running into the back of somebody puts yourself in jeopardy when you have to go underneath them after they bounce off the wall. I hope it does. That would be great, but a bulldozer would probably bring it back to how it needs to be with how it used to be."

WHAT ABOUT YOUR LAP? "My guys have done a great job bringing fast cars every week. I knew we had a good car in practice and were able to get it pretty good in race trim and really unloaded good. Went into qualifying trim and felt like I didn’t get everything I needed to on the lap that I had in practice. I went out and the balance was really good and we were able to put down two solid laps and wound up with the pole. Anytime you can beat the No. 24 right now things are going okay."


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DO YOU SEE THE TRACK IS TRICKIER RIGHT NOW THAN IT HAS BEEN IN THE PAST? "I think it is just so fast and the line that you have to run to run fast is so easy to get out of the groove I think it’s very hard to hit it right every time. I hope Jeff (Gordon) is right and I hope that the race is really exciting tomorrow. We have had some good races here in the past it’s just the difference from the bottom to the top is three tenths of a second so you are going to have to be on top of the race track."

DID YOU LEARN ANYTHING ABOUT THE PROCESS OF BREAKING TRACK RECORDS AND THIS NEW QUALIFYING PROCEDURE EARLY IN THE SEASON? "It just took us a little bit to get our balance right on our cars that we needed for qualifying for what we were doing and the package and everything that we had going on. It took us six or seven weeks, but once they zeroed in on the balance number and the things that we needed to make the car go fast qualifying has definitely been a lot better. They make me look like a lot better qualifier than I really am because they put a lot of effort into it and have really fast cars."

IS PIT SELECTION AS CRUCIAL HERE AT IT IS AT A MARTINSVILLE? "I hope so because I’ve never been in pit stall one here. I’m hoping that it is better than everywhere else that we have picked before. This is going to be a track position game I believe just because of the groove and the way the tires don’t fall off and I mean we put a lot of laps on tires today and they didn’t really fall off at all. There is going to be a lot of strategy and restarts are going to be important because everybody is going to be fighting for the top of that track."


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