DID THEY HAVE TO CUT THE WINDOW NET TO GET YOU OUT OF THERE? “Yes they had to cut the window net off with a knife, so that was a first but winning here at Talladega……that was a first too.”
JAMIE McMURRAY, NO. 1 BASS PRO SHOPS CHEVROLET – Finished 2nd:
ON HIS RUN:
“We had a another really good car. We rode around towards the rear at the beginning of the race and I really thought there would be a wreck with the way the spoiler is and the way the cars suck up. Not intentional, just guys getting into each other a little too hard, but everybody drove a really clean race. We were just able to put ourselves in a good position in the end. You're coming to the checkered flag like that, you only get to go one way and I really thought he would go to the outside, so I guarded that more. When he went to the inside, it really pulled my car around and you just don't have the momentum he has.''
TALK ABOUT THE RACING
“It was actually a lot of fun out there. We had such a good rules package with the wing here, you didn't know how this was going to work. They did a really good job of picking the blade and the right (spoiler) and made the cars racy.''
ARE YOU FRUSTRATED OR HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR MOOD NOW?
“I'm just glad that I finished. We've had cars close to that fast all year and haven't been able to finish. You want to win, but there's nothing you can do. I did all that I could.''
ANYTHING ELSE YOU COULD HAVE DONE AT THE END?
“No. You make your move there. You hope you go the way he does.
DID HARVICK PASS YOU BY GOING BELOW THE YELLOW LINE?
“I was racing the car. I was more concerned with trying to side draft him then I was where we were on the race track. I don't know. I didn't see it.
YOUR MOVE AND HIS MOVE
“You really only get one direction to go and I thought that I was low enough that he couldn't get underneath me so I was more guarding the outside and when swerved his car to the left, it pulled my car around. As soon as I realized he got underneath me, I was more concerned with side drafting to the start/finish line. I wish they could have crashed on the last lap when I got the white flag this time. I was thinking, surely they'll do it again. It's a good day for our Bass Pro Shops Chevy. I've got Johnny Morris here from Bass Pro Shops and his son and they're taking me turkey hunting in Missouri tomorrow. This will be a great race to talk about tomorrow.''
WHAT WAS FELIX ALL UPSET ABOUT?
“I think he think he's the 29 went below the yellow line and I don't really have a comment because I didn't see anything. I was more concerned with side drafting the 29 then where we were on the race track. You live for those moments, coming off of turn 4 at Daytona trying to get to the start/finish line and the same thing here, that's what every kid drams of getting to do.
IS THE SHOW WORTH ALL THOSE WRECKED RACE CARS?
“Well, we raced really smart today. I don't know if you guys watched, but we rode around toward the rear. Kevin and I actually rode together all day back there. I think everybody in the back of their heads thought that with the wing and the plate and everything that there were a lot of unknowns and that we were going to suck up too quick, because the cars did, they sucked up really well.
"We saw Ryan Newman get wrecked in practice and that was practice. I really thought in the first 40 laps we would have a wreck like that but everybody did a really good job. When it gets down to the end, you've got to get up there with 35 or 40 laps to go because if you wait that long the race is over because they're all running single file. If you're in the top five or six you have a shot. If you're 20, it gets three-wide or everybody gets to the top and you can't make a move.
ON THAT FINAL LAP
“I knew that Kevin was going to wait off of turn 4 and I watched the race last year. When I looked in my mirror, I'm like I think he's going to go high and so you guard high cautiously that way and when he swerved left, it just disturbs the air on the car so bad, it felt like it was going to spin me out and so as soon as he gets in there, I knew he was there, all I was concerned with was just trying to get to his door and I did it with Kyle Busch at Daytona a few years ago. He made his move a little early and he passed me and then I passed him back. I knew that Kevin was going to get in front of me. I was just hoping that I would get that run back on the outside.''
CO-OWNER FELIX SABATES