Michigan II: Kevin Harvick press conference

KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 GM GOODWRENCH CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: Finished 2nd: CAN YOU SUM UP THE DAY FOR US? "It was a great day for the GM Goodwrench Chevrolet. We had a dominant car all day and as you know from yesterday (Busch race) the dominant...

KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 GM GOODWRENCH CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: Finished 2nd:

CAN YOU SUM UP THE DAY FOR US?

"It was a great day for the GM Goodwrench Chevrolet. We had a dominant car all day and as you know from yesterday (Busch race) the dominant car doesn't always win. Ryan (Newman) had a better car at the end of that last run. There was no doubt about it. He got around me and just got too far out in front of me for me to catch him. The car was a little bit freer than it had been all day. It was really strong at the end of the run but it was just a little bit too late. But we'll take it."

HOW CONSERVATIVE DID YOU HAVE TO BE ON FUEL AT THE END?

"We were good to go on fuel. The car was just a little bit loose at the end of the run and Ryan Newman) was just on rails and he got away from us. The car came around to us there at the end of the run. But it was still a good day for the GM Goodwrench Chevrolet to come home second and beat all the guys we needed to beat in the points is what we need to do week in and week out."

ON THIS BEING ANOTHER FUEL MILEAGE RACE

"Some of those guys gambled. I don't know if they thought there would be another caution or that they would just gamble and make it. We couldn't afford to do that. We waited until we knew we could make it and came in and pitted and put four tires on it. That turned out to be the right decision."

TALK ABOUT THIS BEING YOUR THIRD CONSECUTIVE WEEK WITH A TOP FIVE FINISH

"I think we're probably a little bit better than we were in 2001 right now. I'm just excited to carry on throughout the year and excited for everybody else."

DID THE MULTITUDE OF INCIDENTS CHANGE YOUR STRATEGY TODAY?

"I think that's why everybody shows up to watch these races. You can't predict when the cautions are going to come out. You can't predict how many cars are going to stay out or how many cars are going to break or how many cars are going to wreck. So you just play it as it comes and that's what puts all those people in the grandstands."

WERE YOU SURPRISED AT HOW BIZARRE IT WAS OUT THERE?

"It was pretty wild. I just like the fact that tires meant something today. Michigan is so fun to race on - especially when you have a car like we had today and it works on the bottom and in the middle and up top. The guys who didn't pit were really struggling because they didn't have tires and we had tires and were able to go wherever we needed to go."

WHEN KURT BUSCH RAN OUT OF FUEL, DID YOU EXPECT RYAN NEWMAN TO BE THE NEXT ONE TO RUN OUT?

"No, I was pretty sure he had enough to finish. He pitted either one lap before us or the same lap. When he passed me, it was kind of like at Loudon. I thought that was going to be the end of the race. I thought that his car would fall off because his car had fallen off all day."

IN HINDSIGHT, WOULD YOU CHANGE ANY OF THE STRATEGICAL DECISIONS YOU MADE TODAY THAT MIGHT HAVE GIVEN YOU A CHANCE TO WIN THE RACE?

"I don't think so. Ryan came out right in front of me and he won the race. I got around him and was just too loose. His car was just better at the beginning of that run and our car was better at the end of the run. I don't think we made any wrong decisions today. I don't think we can afford to take a chance to run out of gas."

DO YOU THINK THIS TEAM IS NOW SHOWING MORE MOMENTUM THAT IN THE POST-EARNHARDT ERA?

"We're every bit as good as they were the last five years. We're winning races and we're in the top five every week. I feel right now that this is part of my team. It's Todd (Berrier) and Gil (Martin) and all the guys from my Busch car. Obviously there is a respect factor from Dale's point. He built our organization up to what it is today and had a big part to do with that with Richard (Childress). But it feels good to go get in the car and know that I've been a part of building something. Right now I think we're better than we were in 2001 by quite a bit and I think that's starting to show. It's a lot of fun."

-gm racing-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Ryan Newman