BUSCH: Mexico City: Harvick post-race interview

KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 21 PELON PELO RICO CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: Finished 2nd, retained points lead "I'm a little bit disappointed. We wanted to come to Mexico and win the first race here. It's the third race in a row that we've finished second. The...

KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 21 PELON PELO RICO CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
Finished 2nd, retained points lead

"I'm a little bit disappointed. We wanted to come to Mexico and win the first race here. It's the third race in a row that we've finished second. The car war really good all day. The No. 8 car (Martin Truex Jr.) just happened to catch the caution coming in there in the pits, but it was still a good day for us."

ON THE CROWD AND MEXICO IN GENERAL

"I've had a great time here. The hospitality has been great. The race track was a lot of fun to race on. The crowd is a lot of fun. It's a different atmosphere than we're used to in the United States. The crowd starts whistling and whooping and hollering and that's what it is supposed to be like."

ON THE CAR AND ADJUSTING IT FOR THE TRACK

"The temperature was a little bit different. Our car pushed the front end a little bit through the corners. We had to make a few adjustments throughout the day. As we got to the end of the race, Carl (Edwards) and Shane (Hmiel) were racing to win. So they were looking at the big picture and I was looking at the itty bitty picture of Mexico. So we did what we could do and just came up a little bit short. But we had a lot of fun."

DID YOU THINK YOU COULD CATCH MARTIN TRUEX JR.?

"I thought he was too far out to get to him. If we had a caution or a green, white, checkered, there wouldn't have been any question -- or there would have been a big wreck or whatever. Who knows? But I think we had a good car and we did what we could do. We stuck to our strategy and that's all you can ask for. You can go back and play Monday morning quarter-back when you get home. But the circumstances are something you can't control and our pit window was the next lap. So that's what we stuck with and it just worked out one spot short."

ARE YOU SICK?

"No, I'm not sick. I feel a lot better today. I got whatever they call that Montezuma's Revenge yesterday. I was up all night. I hadn't eaten in 24 hours and so when you have a good race car it makes it feel a lot better."

HOW CHALLENGING WAS IT TO RACE AGAINST MEXICAN DRIVERS?

"They did a great job this week. There's an experience factor that comes into play with these heavy stock cars and I think Adrian and Michel did a good job. Our experience came into play later in the race as the tires wore out and the cars didn't handle as good. I think with a little more experience they can run fast, but it's all about being able to run fast for a long time."

ON THE WILD COURSE

"I think we're all just a bunch of lunatics, to tell you the truth. I think everybody was just trying really hard and trying to get everything they could. It's one of those places where it really doesn't hurt to run off the course a little bit because it's flat and it's just dirt. No harm, no foul. You can run off anywhere on the race track and not get in trouble. Other places we go to like Watkins Glen is a pretty big transition."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Martin Truex Jr.