KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 SHELL-PENNZOIL CHEVROLET, FINISHED 7TH – POINT STANDING LEADER: YOU GUYS SHOW UP TO WIN AND TODAY YOU GOT 7TH, TELL US WHAT THAT MEANS FOR YOU GUYS IN THE BIG PICTURE “Yeah, I think in the big picture it fits well for us because everybody knows that Darlington, Charlotte, and Dover are probably our three biggest struggles and the month of May has always been tough for us and so far we have got three top-tens in (May). So we just have to do that one more time in Charlotte and then we can go back to being comfortable at the race tracks that we like going to. Everybody on the Shell-Pennzoil race team is doing a great job and they know that coming in that my mindset is to try and be more focused and more positive on these types of race tracks and knowing that our cars are better and that we are going to have better days so all-in-all its worked so far.”
KNOWING THAT THESE AREN'T YOUR BEST RACE TRACKS AND YOU FINISHED IN THE TOP-TEN DOES THAT HELP MAKE A TOP-TEN FEEL LIKE A WIN? “Yeah, it does feel like a win. We ran up front for most of the day and got up as high as third there just racing and for us its just one of those things where we just have to keep doing what we are doing. Every week you run good at somewhere that you don't think you should it gives you a little more confidence.”
HEADING INTO THE ALL STAR RACE AND THE COKE 600, IS THERE ANYTHING THAT YOU AND THE TEAM HAVE DONE TO IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES THERE? “I think our cars are just way faster. We have got to get a little bit better on pit road and obviously you still want to continue working on your set ups and things that you need to do to go forward and to make your cars faster and better, but our cars are just a 180 from where they were last year and it just makes my job a lot easier and you can adjust on them on pit road good and do things you need to do to get competitive.“
YOU SAID YOU DIDN'T LIKE THE RACES IN THE MONTH OF MAY, BUT ANOTHER SOLID RUN: “So far we have had all top-10s and that says a lot about our cars and where everybody is on our Shell-Pennzoil team is right now to come here and run as well as we did. With a little bit of track position, we could have run in the top-five so all-in-all it was a great day. It has been a good month, just have to get through Charlotte. We just have to keep doing what we are doing. If we keep that up, everything will take care of itself. You can't win one week and be inconsistent the next so we have to keep taking advantage of chances to win and when you can't get solid finishes.”
JEFF BURTON, NO. 31 CATERPILLAR CHEVROLET – FINISHED 2ND: ON THE RACE: "We were good. We had one run there where we were the fastest car, but the No. 48 (Jimmie Johnson) was the fastest car of the day and the No. 18 (Kyle Busch) got dialed in there at the end. But we did a nice job today. I'm real proud of everybody. This team is really strong and we're getting there."
HOW MUCH WERE YOU HOPING FOR THAT CAUTION TO COME OUT TO CLOSE THAT GAP ON YOU AND KYLE BUSCH IN THE CLOSING LAPS? "Well, the way things have been going for us late in the race, I don't know if I wanted a caution or not (laughs). The track is so rubbered-up that if you ever got out of the groove you'd just all but wreck. It was just crazy how much rubber was on the track. It really made it hard to pass. So, he was better than we were there at the end, so I was just probably just wanting the race to get over."
YOU GUYS HAVE BEEN ASKING FOR EXECUTION OVER THE LAST FEW RACES. DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU EXECUTED TODAY? "Yeah, I think we did. I think we got everything we could today. There was one run there when we had a really fast car. We were faster than everybody. But for the majority of the race, the No. 48 (Johnson) was better than us. And then the No. 18 got dialed in there late in the race. So we weren't quite as good as those guys. With a little luck we could have won. But we probably got a little more than we deserved. But second, to fourth to fifth is what I thought we should have gotten and we got second. So we're on the good side of it."
TONY STEWART, NO. 14 OFFICE DEPOT CHEVROLET – FINISHED 9TH: TODAY WASN'T A WIN, BUT DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU'RE HEADED IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION? "Well, it's slowed the bleeding down a little bit. But we still had one run in the race there when we came into the pits third or fourth there on a caution, put four (tires) on and all of a sudden we go back out and we go to the last car on the lead lap. We raised the track bar and eighth of an inch and that doesn't make it that bad. But it's definitely it's a step in the right direction with our run today. It's not a perfect run by any means, be we're going in the right direction."
ON GOING TO NASHVILLE TO HELP "Yeah, we're doing that for NASCAR and because of great people like Office Depot and Old Spice and Coke and the Army and all those people that believe in giving back, and that's something we're really big into also. I'm excited to go to Nashville and I'm all in favor of doing anything we can do to help our own country. I'm all for helping the world, but we've got our own country we need to look out for first, so I'm all for that and looking forward to going to Nashville."
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S CHEVROLET – FINISHED 16TH: YOU LED 225 LAPS, TAKE US THROUGH WHAT HAPPENED ON PIT ROAD