Kevin Harvick (Finished 8th) "We had a great car today, but just lost it there at the end. I was loose up off and my rear tires were spinning so I couldn't get going towards the end of the race. When I was up front leading my car was handling ...
Kevin Harvick (Finished 8th)
"We had a great car today, but just lost it there at the end. I was loose up off and my rear tires were spinning so I couldn't get going towards the end of the race. When I was up front leading my car was handling great and it would stay on the curb perfectly. It was tough out there today because there wasn't a second groove which made it hard to pass. My guys gave me great stops all day which helped me to stay up front. I just hate that we couldn't capitalized on all the laps I led today with a victory, but we will definitely walk away from here happy with 8th."
Dale Earnhardt Jr., No. Budweiser Chevrolet (Finished 33rd)
ON WHAT TOOK HIM OUT OF THE RACE: "It was mostly out of our control. It wasn't really a stupid mistake any of us made. You can't do much about it. We had a good car yesterday in practice. Just during the race it had been really tight and hadn't ran good, hadn't turned good, didn't drive good. We worked real hard to try to get it to turn. We changed a lot of things during the pit stops and nothing helped. We finally had a bunch of vibrations. I thought Kyle (Petty) was staying low but he spun. That's just an insult to injury really. It's just a tough day. We couldn't really do much about it. It was one thing after another."
IS THIS YOUR ONE MULLIGAN FOR THE POINTS DEAL?: "It's number one. I hope there ain't any more than this. I think that a guy can win a championship with not having any problems. We didn't really need this. I don't you think you can go ahead and say 'yeah we're going to have one and this is it.' We didn't need this. This is a track we run good at."
HOW ARE YOU DOING TO REBOUND?: "Well we can go to a race track and drive it real good. That's the only thing you can do. That's a pretty generic question with a generic answer."
DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH NOT ADJUSTING TO THE NEW TRACK?: "We were good at practice yesterday. We weren't up on the sheet but my car ran 19.90s like twenty laps in a row. I didn't see anybody that could do that. When you put the sheet down and look at everybody's times, I was happy. I don't know why I was tight. Maybe that gear was messed up and made us pull in the rear end or something. The car was awful and it fell apart out from under me today."
ON THIS TEAM DOING WELL WHEN THEY ARE DOWN: "Hopefully we'll go to Atlanta and win and do good. I think we'll have a good run next week. We usually do this kind of thing - go have a bad week then have a good week. It's unfortunate about the championship with the points. Hopefully those guys don't gain too many more slots and it won't be a terrible day for us. It could have been a lot worse."
ON THE FIRST INCIDENT THAT TOOK HIM TO THE GARAGE: "We just never really got the car to turn all day long. The rear wheel was skipping all day. Then finally we took it in and get it out of it. I don't know. Every once in a while you just get a bad batch of parts or something like that. We normally don't have these type of problems. We weren't that good anyways. We tried to get the car to turn. We just never really could. We were just real tight all day."