Solid Day For Harvick
July 27, 2010 | 6:21 A.M. EST
The Richard Childress Racing driver and former winner of the race followed winner Jamie McMurray across the finish to maintain his spot atop the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings.
"Well, it was a good day," Harvick said. "We had a solid top-five car. We took a gamble there at the end to take two tires. On the first restart, it took off great. We were able to run Jamie down and pass him. Second restart, it didn't take off so great. Just got tight. He drove around the outside of me."
Harvick felt his car wasn't as good with the fresh rubber as it was prior to the day's final trip to pit road.
"I guess just the first cycle on those new right side tires carried us through. We were just tight the whole second restart," he said. "But still a great day. Took a chance to try to win the race. All but capitalized on it and came up one short."
Harvick's weekend started out on a nervous note with a mechanical problem that didn't materialize during Sunday's race.
"We actually had an issue in practice, decided to just roll the dice with the transmission," he said. "I've had trouble with third gear. We knew if we changed it, we would have to start at the back.
"We left the transmission in. Everybody looked at it and decided that would be okay. I've had trouble with it the whole day in the race. That time I actually missed the shift. I thought I had broke a valve spring or bent a valve or something and it started missing. Within about three laps, the ignition box went out. I flipped the ignition box, luckily that was it."
Despite not scoring his second career Brickyard win, Harvick is pleased with his team's overall effort and place in the standings. But he tipped his cap to McMurray, the Earnhardt Ganassi Racing team and owner Chip Ganassi for their win and accomplishment of winning the Daytona 500, Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400 all in the same season.
"I think as race teams and race drivers and owners and sponsors, you come into the year, if you're in the IndyCar Series, you want to win the Indy 500; if you're in the Cup Series, you want to win here and you want to win at Daytona," Harvick said. "To win all those in one year is remarkable. It will probably never happen again."