Phoenix II: Winning team post race interview

Kevin Harvick Ernie Cope TELL US ABOUT TONIGHT. HARVICK: "We just had an awesome truck tonight. I was pretty frustrated after qualifying because I did such a bad job. Just getting out of one car into another I just really under estimated the...

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Ernie Cope

TELL US ABOUT TONIGHT.

HARVICK: "We just had an awesome truck tonight. I was pretty frustrated after qualifying because I did such a bad job. Just getting out of one car into another I just really under estimated the center of the corner speed and how much throttle I needed too. Luckily we overcame that part of it and just had a great truck all night. We were able to be in the right spots at the right times."

KIND OF AN UP AND DOWN SEASON AND ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU'RE IN VICTORY LANE TWO WEEKS OUT OF THREE, TELL US ABOUT HOW EVERYTHING HAS TURNED AROUND.

COPE: "We made a couple of changes. These last four weeks have been really good. We just kind of changed the chemistry around it a little bit and it's been really consistent, really well. Even last week I think we were going to have a good run and got in a little mishap right at the get go. Other than that it's been smooth these last four weeks."

ON THE FINAL RESTART.

HARVICK: "I think I held of Todd (Bodine). I never even saw Kyle (Busch) but I knew I was a little bit better than the No. 30 on the restarts and they told me that Kyle was about seventh at that particular moment. I knew I needed to get as much ground as I could because he had made so much ground up there. I was just hoping we didn't have a green-white-checkered. That's the only thing we didn't need at that point with the shape that his tires were in and our tires. The truck was really good all night and in clean air it got better. We just raced hard and everything worked out good."

CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THE POINTS AND HOW MUCH WERE THEY TELLING YOU ABOUT WHAT WAS GOING ON AND HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT RON'S CHANCES NEXT WEEK?

HARVICK: "I feel good about their chances. I'm just glad they both pulled a bone head on the same night. (laughter) That's pretty much what it boils down to. They both could have had opportunities to put daggers in each other and it seems like one week one does good and the other does bad and then the other will do bad and the other will do good. So luckily tonight they synchronized their bad nights there. I told them there's got to be a lot easier way to shave three points off the lead than that because from the drivers seat watching your truck wreck that's racing for a championship on lap one and the other track still running around the race track is not good. Luckily it worked out the way that it did. Things happen. That's why those guys, I can speak for Ron for sure, that's why he is where he is because he races hard every lap and really lays it all out there. Sometimes things happen and that's just the way it goes."

DID YOU THINK WHEN YOU SAW THE NO. 33 WRECKED THAT IT WAS OUT THE WINDOW?

HARVICK: "Well I saw them get everything back rolling and I saw the points were like 40 points up on the monitor. The cautions were a killer. I had time to watch the monitors and think about what was going on. This deal is just never over until its over. It's going to come down to three points apart in Homestead. After the week that we've had this week with everybody it's like oh my goodness, what do you do? It's racing and just glad that Ron drives as hard as he does and I know he'll be flustered that it turned out that way but that's what makes Ron Hornaday fun to watch."

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Kevin Harvick