KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 21 PAYDAY CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO (3RD): "We led the first 50-some laps, I think, so we had a pretty good car, but we just made a mistake and left the catch-can in the car. That pretty much put a big dent in the way we...
KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 21 PAYDAY CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO (3RD):
"We led the first 50-some laps, I think, so we had a pretty good car, but we just made a mistake and left the catch-can in the car. That pretty much put a big dent in the way we were trying to go. But, all in all, it was a great day for what we're trying to do with the whole RCR organization. We just made a mistake. When you're dealing with the caliber of cars that you're racing up there with, it's hard to pass the leader. Unless the outside groove comes in, it's probably going to be that way tomorrow. But, everything was great all. The car was fast right from the get-go, and was probably fun to watch when we had to start dead last. You just can't make a mistake and expect to beat the best of the best."
ON WHY TURN FOUR WAS SO TOUGH TODAY "The wind was blowing that direction. That's what I think it was. Most of the time my car would go through there great, but on the last lap when Matt got under me my car pushed really bad getting in the corner. I actually had to go all the way up the racetrack and let off the gas.
"It felt like that was probably the problem today with turn four, plus it was a lot hotter."
WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO GET A GOOD ENOUGH RUN TO PASS OR HAVE PEOPLE GO WITH YOU TO MAKE A PASS? "Put an '8' on the back of your car and they'll follow you. He's got a really fast race car and everybody knows that. It really makes it fun for him to drive. I kind of got to experience the same thing coming back up through the pack. I was able to get a run and pretty soon, I had five or six cars just following me up through the pack. We were able to drive inside, outside and do whatever we wanted. But, when you get up there, something has got to happen or he has got to make a mistake because that's just how it is. It doesn't matter who it is. Unless you've got five or six cars and you know they're going to follow you, you might as well just stay on the bottom because as soon as you go out, they're going to drive by you."
WILL TOMORROW'S RACE BE EASIER BECAUSE OF TEAMMATES? "I don't think so. There are five Roush cars. There are three DEI cars. There are three RCR cars and it will be really hard to get them all lined up together, unless you get to the front of the pack. If we can get to the front of the pack and line our three cars up, you probably won't see them come undone because I'm willing to finish third in the Daytona 500 and have one of them win. If you can stay out of the mess that could happen and you can take a top three and go on because, I'll tell you what - a 41st doesn't get very much momentum going for the rest of the year.
"I experienced that last year. If that is what it comes down to, I think it will help. But, all 43 cars tomorrow are competitive, so it's going to be a little bit different style race because of that factor."
ON THE MECHANICAL DIFFERENCES BETWEEN A BUSCH CAR AND A CUP CAR "My car was quite a bit tighter. My Winston Cup car is quite a bit better behind cars and in traffic. It's probably just the body style and the front downforce that it has on the front of that car.
ON THE COMMENTS DALE JR. MADE EARLIER THIS WEEK ABOUT THE UNITY AT RCR "I think you saw today that everything was fine. Dale, Jr. and I talked before the race and he explained to me what he said. Unfortunately, for you guys (the media), it wasn't exactly what he said. It was twisted and turned and unfortunately it got turned into something bigger. He apologized that it got out of hand. Everything is fine between the two teams. It should be fine. We're looking to work with our three RCR cars and they're looking to work with each other. But, I think as you saw today that is the way it's going to work out. You just work with who is around you and all the stuff that has been written, I believe has a little bit of 'false' to it.
"We directly appreciate everything Richard (Childress) has done for us. He appreciates everything Richard has done for him. Richard Childress made RCR what it is today with Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt made DEI what it is because he was at RCR with Richard Childress. We all understand that, we all respect that, we all have very strong relationships with Richard and that's the way it is."
ON THE DIFFICULTIES OF COMING UP THROUGH THE PACK "Fortunately, when you get back there and you get seven or eight car lengths back, you get a hell of a run at the pack. If you've got some holes you can carry that momentum up, down, all around and pretty soon, I had five or six cars behind me. I never had to slow down. I was just fortunate that nobody ever pulled up and I had to hit the brakes, so I didn't have a whole lot of a problem. But, it's the same way in the Winston Cup car, but usually somebody sees you coming and you have to stop."
ON THE YELLOW-LINE RULE "It's kind of like the restrictor plate question. Nobody has a better answer. The restrictor plates are going the thing they're intended to do and that's 'keep the people in the grandstands safe.' I think that might be part of the reason why everybody is on the bottom because you know you can't go below the yellow line. But, heck, I don't know. If somebody has a better idea I wish they'd tell us. It's just the way it is. It's still a good race, and if you get enough cars you can go to the top and do what you need to do anyway. Right now, it's like a wall."