Loose wheel derails charge to the win
Stewart-Haas driver Kevin Harvick came in second in his number 4 Folds of Honor Chevrolet. Here is a transcript of his post-race interview:
You just came up a little short trying to defend that championship.
KEVIN HARVICK: Yeah. We had a fast car all night. Just kind of fumbled again on pit road. Got behind, got a lap down. We needed a 700‑mile race to get back to where we needed to be.
All in all, they're doing a great job of putting cars up on the track. We just have to clean up on pit road.
I suppose y'all figured Jimmie (Johnson) was going to get one (win) sooner or later. Do you look at that team and say, they're back?
KEVIN HARVICK: I look at it as we let them slip one in front of us by shooting ourselves in the foot.
You knew that was going to come. They've won championships and done a great job through the years. They were solid all weekend, didn't make any mistakes, kept themselves up front all night and won the race.
In the end you're going to have to beat them in all ways, shapes or forms, just not on speed.
Can you elaborate as far as shooting yourself in the foot. You also said if this was a 700‑mile race, talk about that.
KEVIN HARVICK: We needed longer to pass the car in front of us, and we had a loose wheel.
Kevin, thank you and good luck next weekend at Dover.