KEVIN HARVICK , NO. 4 LONGHORN SILVERADO, RACE WINNER: HOW WAS YOUR RUN TONIGHT?: "We made it entertaining in the beginning, that's for sure. I don't really know what happened other than I spun out. I went into (turns) one and two and pushed...
KEVIN HARVICK , NO. 4 LONGHORN SILVERADO, RACE WINNER:
HOW WAS YOUR RUN TONIGHT?:
"We made it entertaining in the beginning, that's for sure. I don't really know what happened other than I spun out. I went into (turns) one and two and pushed the front tires like there was something on the race track and go to (turns) three and four and just lost it. We came in and we left that set of tires on and Ernie (Cope, crew chief) said that they were down to the cords on the right rear. We overcame that and we didn't hit anything and they did a great job on pit road. It took me a little while to get my confidence back up to dive the thing in and get up underneath another truck and know that it was going to stay underneath me. The truck was great the rest of the night and we made up spots on pit road, we made up spots on the track and once we finally got track position back and from there it was good."
HOW WAS THE TRUCK HANDLING TONIGHT AS THE TEMPERATURE CHANGED?:
"The handling was really loose in the beginning, much looser than what we had at any point during practice. We came back in and changed the tires after we ran the first 35 laps or whatever it was and the truck was right back to where it was. The characteristics of the race track seemed to stay pretty much consistent through the night. Our truck didn't change a lot from practice until tonight except for the first little bit of run there. All in all I think the track stayed pretty good."
DOES IT STILL MAKE IT SPECIAL FOR YOU WHEN YOU BEAT KYLE BUSCH?:
"Yeah, I think we've run like five races and it seems like we're racing Kyle (Busch) every time we're on the track.
That makes it a lot of fun and its cool that it came down to a couple green-white-checkers, I think that was the biggest chance that he had to make up some ground there and we were able to hold him off. It makes it fun. Kyle (Busch) and I get along really good and I like the way he races. I like the way he goes about things, I like his attitude. Even though sometimes you get mad, he gets frustrated, I get frustrated the same way too. Both of us aren't very good about keeping our tempers to where it needs to be so it's fun. I just like the fact that he likes to race so that makes it a lot of fun. He says a lot of dumb things sometimes, but we all say dumb things, right?"
DID YOU FEEL ANY PRESSURE TONIGHT WITH RON HORNADAY RACING TO WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP?:
"I felt like those guys are pretty much in control of their own destiny, they just need to go out and be smart. Obviously, anything can happen and we came in pretty focused on going out and trying to win the race and I felt like they could handle what they needed to from their standpoint."
HOW MUCH AS YOUR TRUCK AND NATIONWIDE TEAM BOOSTED YOUR SPIRITS THIS SEASON?:
"Every time we get in the truck, we have a chance to win the race. Nationwide car runs in the top-five and won races all year. I tell people all the time that if it wasn't for these two things and being competitive that I feel like I would put a hole in my head or feel like it anyway. Its just one of those things where it hasn't been fun on Sunday and this is a lot of fun to come over and win races, run in the top-five every week and it makes you still know that you remember how to do it from the driver's seat. Those guys have done a great job on Sunday, we were absolutely terrible at the beginning of the year and the last eight to 10 weeks, our cars have been very competitive. It hasn't been a small project for Sunday. When you start off the year and build 30 or 40 cars that you think it's the right road to go down and you have to start over in the middle of the year, I can respect that from an owner's standpoint. You don't like it from a driver's standpoint, but they've done a good job in getting it turned around."
ERNIE COPE , CREW CHIEF
WHAT WAS YOUR VIEW OF THE RACE TONIGHT?:
"The biggest thing was that we never give up there when we spun out on lap three there. We knew those tires were worn out from spinning, but we couldn't put a set on at that time. He just had to tough it out and ride it out -- didn't have no grip. Might have over-adjusted on it, but came back for that last set and took another shot at it. Then pretty much had a dominant truck."
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