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2014 Atlanta: Kevin Harvick NASCAR Sprint Cup Post-Qualifying Press Conference
Posted by: ASkyler on Aug 30, 2014 - 07:21 AM
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2014 Atlanta: Kevin Harvick NASCAR Sprint Cup Post-Qualifying Press Conference


KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 4 BUDWEISER CHEVROLET SS - POLE WINNER:

ON THE DAY:

"The first round wasn’t very good due to the driver not doing a very good job. But luckily they bring fast enough cars to where even with the big mistake that I made, that we were able to make it to round 2. The next two laps were fairly close on time and felt very close in the way that the car handled. I didn’t think I had gotten everything out of the car the last run so I was nervous as to whether that was going to be good enough. But in the end, it was."

DURING QUALIFYING, TONY STEWART SAID TO GIVE YOU INFORMATION ABOUT THE LINE HE HAD CHOSEN. DID THAT HELP YOU WHEN YOU WENT OUT? HE TALKED ABOUT SPLITTING THE MIDDLE:

"Yes. He told me to go doing what I had been doing and I felt like I had made a mistake the first run. And then never really got in the rhythm of doing exactly what he was doing and he told me to go back to the way I was practicing and used to going around the race track. So, I just felt like my car was probably going to be better down there. But in the end, it was definitely the right decision. But yeah, he was definitely a big help in making sure that he already run, knowing that he was going to be better lower."

 

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IT’S A RELIEF TO HAVE TONY BACK. SIX POLES AND 11 CAREER ALTOGETHER, THAT’S JUST MIND-BLOWING WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT:

"Yeah, you know the qualifying stuff has obviously been a major focus on what we’ve done and I think it’s kept us in a lot of races where we were off a little bit and gave us an advantage on pit road and I feel like we were still in contention to have a top three or top four finish last week if it wasn’t for the speeding penalty and the pit stall had a lot to do the that. So Rodney (Childers) and the guys focus a lot on qualifying and I think that when you are able to push the cars, and feel comfortable with it, like you can right now, obviously gives me a lot of confidence. It’s been a lot of fun. It’s not something I’ve done in my career. So I think that matches my whole career. So, I’m just proud of them. But it is good to have Tony back. To be able to communicate and talk to him about racing and just see him start that first step of getting back to normal, as his friend, is exciting to me."

WHEN WE COME TO ATLANTA, WE TALK ABOUT TIRE WEAR OVER A LONG GREEN-FLAG RUN. DOES THE TIRE WEAR, OVER THREE ROUNDS OF QUALIFYING, AN EXTRA BIT OF STRATEGY THAT PLAYS IN YOUR MINDS AS WELL?

"The unique part about this today was the sun kept going down so the race track kept getting faster. And for us, we ran the same speed in the last two rounds and three-tenths faster than we did in the first round with the mistake. So, I think that everybody always thinks that and you go out and practice in the heat of the day and you feel that and the second run seems slower. But when you have time to sit and get the tires back cool, I feel like we’ve kind of all surprised ourselves in running the speeds that we’ve run here and in California and Texas and those places where we thought there would be more falloff. Our second and third round were about the same speed so it was a little bit surprising to tell you the truth."

HOW IS YOUR CAR FOR SUNDAY NIGHT?

"We did run some in race trim today. I think we ran about 18 or 15 laps of something like that. I feel that the car is comfortable and that’s really the main thing that I try to focus on here to make sure that the car is comfortable and we’re able to drive lap after lap and be able to do the same thing. So, it’s a lot of fun."

TALK ABOUT TONY STEWART BEING BACK IN THE CAR AND WHAT THERAPEUTIC VALUE THAT HAS? DOES IT FORCE A DRIVER TO BLOCK OUT ALL THE THINGS FROM HIS MIND? HOW DO YOU THINK HE’LL RACE?

"I think once you get in the car your mind kind of turns off and you can focus on what you’re doing and how you’re making laps and that’s really all you think about. The hardest part is getting out of the car and having to deal with everything else and your mind wanders. But inside that race car, there is just something about being in there and being in that zone and not having to listen to anybody else. The only people that are talking to you are talking about racing and how your car is handling and you get inside this zone that you stay focused on and you don’t have to think about anything else. It is therapeutic. It’s relaxing and it’s what you know. It’s what he knows and to be inside that car cures a lot of problems for a short time."

ON RACING AT CHICAGO:

"Chicago is a great place to kick off the Chase. It’s a huge market. I did my Winner’s Circle there and the Chicagoland Speedway has an amazing staff and we hit every major new outlet in the city. It’s a great place for us and the staff at the race track does a phenomenal job in putting on a great event. It’s definitely one of my favorite places to go and not only celebrate, but just know that this portion of the year and getting the Chase kicked off; it’s just a nice relaxing couple of days."

WHAT WAS THE POST-QUALIFYING CONVERSATION YOU HAD WITH TONY STEWART?

"It was just congratulations, good job, and just talking about what each other did with our cars and where we drove them. It was all racing."


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