Ford drivers Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth and Jamie McMurray are all in the top 12 of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings and each held separate Q&A sessions after Friday's two-hour practice session at Richmond International Raceway. *** JAMIE...
Ford drivers Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth and Jamie McMurray are all in the top 12 of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings and each held separate Q&A sessions after Friday's two-hour practice session at Richmond International Raceway.
JAMIE MCMURRAY -- No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion
WHAT HAPPENED WITH KEVIN HARVICK LAST WEEK? "The unfortunate part of what happened with Kevin and I is the only reason Kevin was mad is because he felt like I caused the incident with the 38 car and, afterwards, he realized that I didn't. First off, I bought a go-kart from a guy who works with NASCAR at the NASCAR Institute. When I went in to talk with him about buying it, he asked me if I talked with (John) Darby and I said, 'Why would I talk with Darby?' And he said, 'Well, I think you might have got in trouble at Talladega.' I said, 'Well, no, I didn't get in trouble. I didn't do anything.' And he said, 'Oh no, I don't think, I know you got in trouble. You probably need to talk to John.' So I didn't even think that anything happened bad enough that would result in a penalty or a fine. I've been involved in a couple of altercations that you kind of know at the time, you're like, 'Man, that's gonna be a penalty,' but what happened with Kevin and I, I didn't think was really that severe. So when I spoke with John he showed me the tapes of everything that happened. I had already called Tony on Monday. I actually sent Tony a text message because his voice-mail was full, and Tony was like, 'Hey, I'm not mad. It's no big deal.' I called Kevin and he didn't answer. I actually called the wrong number initially, but I said, 'Kevin, I just want to know why you're all fired up.' Sometimes when you cause an accident on the track, you know and you're prepared for, 'he's probably gonna be mad when he catches back up to me,' but I knew that Kevin didn't have any reason to be mad at me. So when Kevin ran into me I'm like, 'I just want to know why you're fired up.' Well, I didn't get Kevin's correct telephone number until I had already spoken with John Darby. When I called Kevin back I said, 'What are you all mad about?' And he's like, 'Oh, I'm sorry. I thought you caused that wreck and I just got hot-headed and just lost it for a second. It's no big deal. I'm not mad at you now. I realize the 38 car did it.' I said, 'Well Kevin, it cost us $25,000 a piece for you to get hot-headed and then me not do anything.' Of course he was like, 'No way.' And I'm like, 'Oh yeah. It's real. I'm positive. I just spoke with John and it's gonna cost us both $25,000.' The deal that happened with Matt Kenseth and I, you kind of know that's coming, but what happened with Kevin and I should have been avoided and shouldn't have ever happened."
WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED? "Well, what happened is Kevin ran into me going into the tri-oval -- like side-swiped me -- and initially when he did it I didn't know if he was joking around like, 'It's over and kind of laughing' because, like I say, when you run into someone earlier in the race and they come up and do that, you're like, 'OK, I know why he's mad,' but I hadn't done anything to Kevin and he was like 10 car lengths behind Tony when he wrecked. I kind of knew where he was at and I thought he had no reason to be mad at me. So I'm trying to get in front of Kevin after he runs into me, I'm trying to swerve up and get in front of him basically so I can put my hand out the window and just kind of be like, 'What are you doing?' When you view the tape, I think if you heard my side of the story and viewed the tape, you would say, 'Oh, OK, he's trying to get in front of him.' If you hadn't heard my side of the story, which NASCAR hadn't until after they had already viewed the tape, it looks like I'm swerving back at him. Basically they told me, 'Well, if you hadn't swerved back, you wouldn't be penalized.' Well, I'm like, 'I'm not even mad at him because I haven't done anything to him. I'm trying to get in front of him and everytime I move over to get in front of him, he's swerving away from me and not slowing down enough for me to get in front of him.' It was just one of those deals where Darby told me, 'We've penalized everybody else for this and what's done is done.' So I just kind of agree to accept that."
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