October 7, 2001
POST RACE QUOTES FROM THE UAW-GM QUALITY 500 AT LOWE'S MOTOR SPEEDWAY
KEVIN HARVICK FINISHED EIGHTH IN THE GM GOODWRENCH CHEVROLET, HIS 14TH TOP-10
OF THE SEASON. HARVICK IS EIGHTH IN WINSTON CUP POINTS, 21 BEHIND SEVENTH
PLACE DALE EARNHARDT JR. HE WAS THE HIGHEST FINISHING RAYBESTOS ROOKIE IN
MAY'S COCA-COLA 600, WHERE HE FINSIHED SECOND TO RACE WINNER JEFF BURTON.
"It was a topsy-turvy day. The transmission was broke; we only had third and
fourth gears. We got caught in the pits under green once. We were fighting
back all day but it was a good run for us. We were better by far on a longer
run. After 25 or 30 laps, we had the best car but we were so far back we
never got to show it.
HARVICK HAS BEEN THE RAYBESTOS ROOKIE OF THE RACE IN 17 EVENTS SO FAR THIS
SEASON. WAS THIS THE TYPE OF SEASON THAT YOU EXPECTED ONCE YOU GOT IN THE 29
"First off, we didn't expect this season. A lot of us would give everything
back for the way this season started but we can't. For everything that we've
gone through as a team, from missing practices to missing qualifying and
starting in the back of races and things like that it's been a good year for
us. Next week it will end the back and forth stuff so we'll be done with it.
Next year we will be able to race for a Winston Cup championship and put our
full efforts toward it."
KURT BUSH, SHARPIE/RUBBERMAID FORD, 22ND.
"We were able to run real fast lap times toward the end of a run. We were
probably the fastest car on the racetrack from lap 40 on to the end of the
fuel run. We got to work on getting the car better at the beginning of the
run so we don't loose as much track position. An oil fitting broke, it
didn't come loose it broke. It's a two-dollar part and that's what's plagued
us all year long. The engines have developed a bad swing and we just keep
getting further and further behind. Hopefully, we'll end this so it doesn't
carry on to next year."
CASEY ATWOOD, DODGE DEALERS DODGE, 24TH.
"We had a pretty rough day. I was real excited about the race. We were
really good yesterday. I guess it's the weather change. We didn't have any
sun yesterday and it was pretty cold. Our car was pretty good. Today we had
sun on the track and the track temp was up more than yesterday. We were just
loose, loose all day. We couldn't get it tightened up all day. We were
lucky to hang on to 24th place."