KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 SHELL-PENNZOIL CHEVROLET
ON THAT WILD FINISH
“We were really tight on gas there toward the end of the race and was able to save enough gas for all the green-white-checkereds and we wound up in a position exactly where we wanted to be, right up against the car in front of us coming to the trivial and he made the one move to the right and I went left and it just worked out really good.
"We knew we needed to be the second car pushing coming to the start-finish line because you can make that one swipe pass there coming to the finish line. It was just a matter of timing. Our day worked out really well for us. We planned on riding around in the back to miss the wrecks and racing with about 50 to go. All of that worked out and we were able to work our way there and have the move that we planned on trying to be in position to make at the end of the race.
"I think the package NASCAR brought here worked out great. It is very forgiving. You can let out of the gas. You just don't want to be the very last car in the pack. While you are in the middle of the pack, you can do what you need to do and push and shove. It is more fun when they let us race the way we want to race."
DESCRIBE THE RACING
“I think it was very typical Talladega. I think there was a lot of pushing and shoving, two and three-wide. The spoiler made it so you could pull back up on somebody if you made a mistake. You just didn't want to be the very last car. It was very interesting day and it played out perfect for us.''
HOW DID YOU DECIDE TO MAKE YOUR WINNING MOVE?
"He made the move to the outside and I jerked left, so I was going the opposite way that he was going. It's kind of like that old theory, if you're the car leading the race, you don't want to be the one that makes that call. He made the move to the right and I just went left.''
WERE YOU WAITING ON HIM TO MAKE A MOVE?
“I was waiting on him to make a move.''
DID YOU HAVE THAT IN YOUR MIND THE WHOLE TIME?
“I was really waiting for him to make a move, but I knew I couldn't make it more than halfway through the trivial and he made the move going about halfway through the trivial and I made mine the other way. It worked out perfect. You couldn't have scripted it any better.''
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU?
“I think it's great karma with everything that has happened this week with the sponsor and everything. I think it's kind of funny in itself. I think, all in all, it was really good for our team, good for all the cars that have been running well all year and we've been really close to winning races, but the karma thing is the best part.
IS THIS MORE MEANINGFUL THAT MANY OTHER WINS?
“The best win is always the last win.
YOU MADE THE CHOICE TO TAKE A CHANCE ON THAT LAST LAP, WALK US THROUGH THAT LAST LAP “Yeah, I tell you what. Everything just played out just right for us. We had a plan to ride in the back….wait till 50 laps to go and then push forward after that. This Impala was great. I have to thank Jimmie John's, Reese's, SKF, Coke-Cola, Champion, Sherwin-Williams, Shell-Pennzoil, Team Realtree and everybody who helps us on this car and the fans that come out to support us every week and get to see finishes like that so………and Sprint for everything they do for this series and we broke that drought. “
ALL THE WINS ARE SPECIAL BUT WHEN YOU HAVE THE CONTROVERSY AND THE STRUGGLES THAT YOU GUYS HAVE HAD TO GET BACK TO VICTORY LANE, HOW SPECIAL IS THIS? “Well, I think the best part of it is that our sponsor is leaving….and the best part of it is that they can leave while we are winning so that is the best part of the whole thing.”