Ford 300 winner Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 29 ESGR Chevrolet "Our car was dominant all day. Jimmy Spencer got into the left-front fender there with 15 or 20 laps to go, and the car got really tight. From then on, it was a matter of...
Ford 300 winner Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 29 ESGR Chevrolet
"Our car was dominant all day. Jimmy Spencer got into the left-front fender there with 15 or 20 laps to go, and the car got really tight. From then on, it was a matter of fending him off. It's a good thing we had all those restarts, or we would have probably been second or third. To hold him off and do what we had to do was great. It was a lot of fun racing with Jamie (McMurray). He got under me a couple times. He got me the first time, and I'm going to put a big doughnut there, right in the middle of the 66 so Rusty (car owner Wallace) will have to put new numbers on it. Jamie would get underneath me. I knew coming in to the checker that he was going to drive it in for all that it was worth coming into Turn 3, so I just backed off and made sure that I was able to get a good run coming off the corner. He was outside there in the center of the corner, but I got a good drive off the corner. We did what we had to do."
"It didn't matter if it was a long run or short run before the fender got caved in. It was like driving a Cadillac. We could go out there and run as fast as we needed to run. We put a bunch of cars a lap down. It was a pretty awesome day. We came down here a couple years ago and did this when the track was flat, and blew up with 25 laps to go. For whatever reason, we've run great with the new configuration. We came down here and tested one day and had a great test. We came back, and hardly turned a screw on the car. It was a great way to end the season, and a great way to represent our ESGR people and everything they've done for RCR this season. It's been a lot of fun. Being able to win the last race is a great moral booster for everybody."
Second-place finisher Jamie McMurray, driver of the No. 66 Duraflame Chevrolet
"With about 20 laps to go, I was able to get up behind Kevin (Harvick) and I could get up on his right-rear corner and get him real loose. He couldn't get through the corner like he needed to, and I was able to get a good run up on the outside. I really thought I had him passed. But one of those cautions came out. On the last lap I tried to do the same thing, just drive it in way over my head. I was able to get up beside him, but I drove it in so far that the front tires started chattering, and I had to get off the gas to let the front end catch before I could get back in it. It was a lot of fun, though. That was one of my favorite races that I've run in a long time.
"We really weren't that good at the beginning. We were a 10th place car, an 8th place car, but we kept making adjustments, and our first adjustment went the wrong way. Rusty helped me out a bunch today. He was on the radio, and we worked together throughout the race. He had some real good suggestions. After our second adjustment, we were tremendously better. Then on the long run we were really good."
Fourth-place finisher Reed Sorensen, driver of the No. 41 Discount Auto Tire Co. Dodge
"We were able to get alongside Kyle a few times, but we just weren't able to make the pass. It got a little loose when I got underneath somebody. I'm not sure what Jimmy Spencer was doing late in the race - we weren't leading the race and he couldn't get his lap back - and that cost us a spot. But that's OK, we got a top-five spot and a good start towards running for Rookie of the Year next year. I think we showed this year that our team's capable of running strong next year."
Fifth-place finisher Todd Bodine, driver of the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Ford
"This Whelen team did a great job. The car was tight that whole race. We missed it on the setup. We were really bad in Happy Hour, and Teddy and I took a guess for the race. It was close. They made a big difference, but it was still too tight. We kept working on it. The radios were messed up. I could hear them, but they couldn't hear me, so if we had to pit, talk through the window, give hand signals on the race track, so it made for a long day, but the guys did a great job. They made a lot of adjustments, a lot of pit stops on the Whelen team and got it home in fifth."
Ninth-place finisher and 2004 NASCAR Busch Series champion Martin Truex Jr., driver of the No. 8 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet
"I was cool coming here with no pressure and not having to worry about getting into an incident like we had today. We really wanted to come here and win the race, and show that we still have cars that win races, and not just win championships. I think we had the car to beat, but we got into trouble on pit road.
"I think we showed them why we are champions today. We came back from a lot of problems and came back and finished ninth, we came back from a lap down. We really showed them what this team is all about. It showed why we are here, and how we got here. It was a good day for us.
(on the pit road incident) "One of the cars that wasn't running too good was pitted in front of us. They dropped the jack and I go - that's what I do - and he was coming into his pit box as I took off and we hit. It tore my right-front fender all up and messed up our day. It was a shame, we had the car to beat."