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Kevin Harvick, Richard Childress Racing - Q&A

Kevin Harvick answered questions from the media after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Coke-Cola 600 race under the floodlights at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday night.
Kevin Harvick might be in the final months of his contract with Richard Childress Racing before switching to Stewart-Haas Racing at the end of the season, but that hasn't damped his thirst for victory in the time he has left with RCR in 2013.

After winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Coke-Cola 600 for the second time under the floodlights at Charlotte Motor Speedway at the end of nearly five hours of gruelling racing, Harvick was joined by his crew chief Gil martin and car owner Richard Childress to answer questions from the pres in the CMS media centre.

Q:
It was quite a race here tonight. Had a little bit of everything in it. Just talk about how you were able to get that 29 Budweiser into Victory Lane.

Kevin Harvick:
You know, coming into this particular race, it's going to be a long night, you're going to have to survive. We had some strange circumstances with the cable. With this particular car, obviously you don't know where the balance is going to start with the temperature being a little bit lower this week. I think the swing was a little bit less than what it normally is.

Just a great night. Gil made a great call at the end, we were able to put ourselves in position and survive until the point of when it was time to go.

Q:
Gil Martin, a big call there that last caution going down pit road. Talk about the thought process and maybe how the 29 seemed to get better and better as the race went along.

Gil Martin:
At the end of the race we probably had 12 different scenarios that we were trying to play out. Everybody started getting on a different sync as far as we were going to have to pit around the 368 mark. Cautions kept happening, we new some were going to be able to go later. We had scenarios for that trying to get two.

When the final caution came out, I thought we needed to come. It was a no-brainer. I know Kevin did, too, because of the fact that the cars were going to be better on the restart, especially getting through the first couple corners, being able to run wide open with cold tires. It worked out good.

Q:
Richard, certainly this race team has put on a great show here today for one of our biggest races, Memorial Day weekend. I know how much the military means to your organization. But talk about winning this race.

Richard Childress:



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