Coca-Cola 600 Pit Note #18
Coca-Cola 600 Notes:
Kevin Harvick (Winner, No. 29 Budweiser/Armed Forces Chevrolet) – “Today, we were lucky. I told them at the beginning of the race that we hadn’t fixed this thing in two weeks; no way we’re gonna fix it tonight. To be in Victory Lane says a lot about this team. I griped and griped and griped all day long about how terrible we were.”
David Ragan (2nd Place, No. 6 UPS Ford) – “We did luck into it. Our car was fast, a top-three or top-four car. I thought we kind of screwed up when the last caution came out. We were very fortunate not to get caught up in a wreck; our spotter did a nice job. I’m happy to get a top-five, but when you’re that close to a win, you really want to win. Thought it was gonna get ugly up there at the end, which it did for everyone else but us. That last caution came out; we knew we were gonna be short [on fuel]. We were running fourth or fifth at the time, and I thought [crew chief] Drew [Blickensderfer] made a gutsy call to come in. When you’ve got four fresh tires and fuel, it’s pretty easy to get through there. That’s the finish we deserve; we just went about doing it the hard way.”
Joey Logano (3rd Place, No. 20 The Home Depot Toyota) – “The beginning was terrible. The car was doing everything but the right thing. We worked on a lot of different things. It feels like it was about a day and a half ago, but they got it better. We didn’t have a winning car, by no means. Everything worked out just as planned. Planned it just like that. Good call taking fuel; it seemed like the whole inside lane stopped. Kasey stopped in front of me, everyone was running out of gas, and we came through it. We’ll take it. [How did you get through the last lap?] I relied on my spotter so much. Saw one on the left side slowing down, the spotter said, ‘Keep your foot in it.’ I just followed David; he went through there first.”
Dale Earnhardt Jr. (7th Place, No. 88 National Guard/AMP Energy Chevrolet) – “We weren’t supposed to make it. We were gonna run out of gas, and we knew it. I tried to save a ton of gas. I didn’t save enough, but I tried to save as much as I could. I’m disappointed we didn’t win, but if we would have won, it would have been a gift. We ran good tonight. I’m proud. We’ll be around for a long time. I would have loved to have won this race. We’re lucky to get out of here with anything after running out of gas on the straightaway.”
A New Car! – Adam Wing, of Prescott, Ariz., is the lucky winner of a 2011 Toyota Camry given away during Sunday’s pre-race festivities at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Fans qualified for eligibility to win the new car by texting, and 52 semi-finalists were selected from that pool. Those semi-finalists competed to “stuff the Camry” with a cooler full of Coca-Cola, grill, charcoal and groceries; put on their Toyota Racing gear; jump in the driver’s seat and start the engine prior to the start of the Coca-Cola 600. The four fastest competed again, with Wing besting the competition.