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Harvick happy to finish, Gordon loose in loss

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Steve Byrnes

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2nd place) Kevin Harvick

Steve Byrnes: "Kevin, I heard you say your car was fast, but just not quite fast enough I guess." Kevin Harvick: "Yeah, the 48 (Jimmie Johnson) had a great car. They just were about a half a tenth (of a second) better than we were, and the only chance I had was to keep beside him there getting into Turn 1. Keep him pinned on the bottom, but they just kind of got hooked up there — the 48 and the 24 (Jeff Gordon) — and just kind of beat us down into Turn 1. The 48 cleared us, and I was able to drive back around the 24. "But a good night for our GM Goodwrench Chevrolet. It's still rolling. We were 0 for 5 before this (in the all-star race), but any time you're that close to winning, you want to win. But (crew chief) Todd Berrier and all the guys gave us a shot to win. Put two tires on, and the car still handled good. Got a good car still at the shop so we're ready to go."

3rd place) Jeff Gordon

Steve Byrnes: "The 48 had a great racecar, but you guys weren't bad either."
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Jeff Gordon: "No, we weren't. You've got to have track position, and we couldn't get track position early in a run because my car was so good on the long runs but so loose to get there. We'd lose positions at the beginning of the runs, and we finally tightened the car up there at the end. We got lucky. We had a flat right rear — I think a right rear tire — and we got lucky (that) the caution came out. "The guys on the DuPont Chevrolet team, Steve Letarte and all those guys, did an awesome job to come home 3rd. We had a really good racecar, but there at the end, unfortunately, we had to tighten it up too much to be good on the short run. And it got too tight there at the end."


NASCAR on FOX and SPEED host and reporter Steve Byrnes has covered racing for more than 20 years, and he gives kids a close look at a real stock car and its driver with Ryan's Racecar, a 30-minute video/DVD. For more information, go to RyansRacecar.com

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