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Kevin Harvick, Richard Childress Racing - Q&A

The winner of Saturday night's race at Richmond International Raceway talks about his first victory of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.
Richard Childress Racing took its first win of 2013, thanks to Kevin Harvick's outstanding restart into the final green-white-chequered of the Toyota Owner 400 under the floodlights at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday night.

Q:
We will go ahead and get started with our post-race press conference. We welcome Kevin Harvick, the winner of tonight's race.

Kevin, this is your first victory of 2013 and 20th victory in 439 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. Talk a little bit about those last few laps out there tonight.

Kevin Harvick:
Yeah, you know, Gil will tell you the same thing, we've been on the wrong side of those decisions a few times this year. To be sitting there seventh on four tires and the only other guy on four tires sitting on the outside, felt like if I could get by the row in front of me and felt like the guys on no tires were sitting ducks.

It all worked out. We were fortunate to have it all line up. I drove it in there, hoped for the best. Figured #4, #8, #12, whatever was on the outside tire-wise would be plenty to lean on and by the time we got to the backstretch, everything had cleared out.

Q:
Kevin, before the caution came out, you were creeping in on Montoya's lead. Do you think if it stayed green you would have been able to get him?

Kevin Harvick:
I don't think so. My car had lost drive up off the corner. I think one thing that led to being so confident in my car on that last restart was our car had been really good on restarts for four or five laps, which is kind of what we lacked last night. Tonight, the car would turn, do all the things I wanted it to. I could be really aggressive with it on the restarts.

I think I had a better shot to win starting seventh. I don't think I was going to catch Montoya because he had a little bit better drive up off the corner at that point.

Q:
How big is this win for you looking at the psyche of you and the team?

Kevin Harvick:
We've had speed and we were frustrated. I think all of us were frustrated, not just myself and Gil, but I think everybody on our team. You can talk till you're blue in the face that your car is running good. People like you guys look at the results on Monday and the points, and they weren't where we thought we should be. I think a win goes a long ways.




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