Harvick Happy With Second

Most drivers figure finishing second as being the first loser.

But Kevin Harvick had a different view after his runnerup finish to Jimmie Johnson in Saturday night's NEXTEL All-Star Challenge at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

"The main goal coming here was for us to finish," Harvick said. "We were zero for five here. We weren’t part of the wreck-fest tonight and were able to give ourselves a shot there at the end of the race. All-in-all it was a great night for us. Hopefully the car we have for next week is just as good."

Harvick led 22 laps in the middle segment of the three-part race Saturday night before giving up the lead to Johnson. As the Lowe's Chevrolet sped to its second win in the annual event, Harvick was able to keep his GM Goodwrench Chevrolet solidly in second for the runnerup finish.

"The 48 had a great car, but it was a good night for us also," said Harvick after the race.

"I let him clear me getting into turn one and I needed to stay up beside him to keep him from getting down there. All in all it was a good night. First time we've ever had our GM Goodwrench Chevrolet rolling at the end of one of these things. It's definitely good momentum, got a good car. Some pretty aggressive adjustments, gave ourselves a shot and that's all we can ask for."

Many feel like the all-star warm-up would help figure out things for next week's Coca-Cola 600. But Harvick isn't so sure there's much to be transferred from the shortest race of the year to the longest.

"I don't know that you learned a whole lot other than you can put two tires on and be competitive," he said. "We were geared up to run 15 or 20 laps there and next week you're going to have to run forty."

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