By: Pete Pistone – @PPistone on August 23, 2015 | 12:22 A.M. EST
“I’m not frustrated at all because I’ve been on the other side of this fence, and you’d give everything in the world to finish second every week because it’s not easy.” (Photo: Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick finished second for the 10th time this season when he followed race winner Joey Logano across the finish line Saturday in the IRWIN Tools Night Race.
Harvick was the runner-up for the second straight week despite making a valiant charge at getting by Logano for the win.
The run was made more impressive by the fact Harvick had to come from the rear of the field after a pair of penalties earlier in the race.
“We went to the back twice and passed a bunch of cars,” said Harvick. “I think all-in-all, it’s just a huge credit to our Budweiser Chevy team. They just keep bringing fast cars to the racetrack, and we’re able to overcome a lot of things. Obviously you want to win races, but we’re in position, and feel like we can get that momentum swing at any point, if it just starts going our way. But it’s fun to be able to come to Bristol and be competitive.”
The final 63 laps of the 500-lap race around the Tennessee short track saw Harvick do his best to rundown Logano and make a pass for the lead. Harvick was thwarted every time he tried to get a run and admitted traffic around the tight track played a huge role.
“He was just one step ahead of me in traffic,” Harvick explained. “I couldn’t get my car to rotate across the center like I needed it to, and every time I tried to force it would snap the back out.
“He was able to go in really high and before the center of the corner drive down the corner and I was just having to wait just a split second to be able to put the throttle back down, and I couldn’t do that, that huge diamond all the way to the bottom like he could, and that was really beneficial for him through traffic, and I kind of had to just part throttle it through the center and grind the tires away through the center to the corner and just hope that they were going to lift, but he was able to get those huge runs up off the exit of the corner and just stayed one step ahead of me through traffic I felt like, and in clean air we probably were a little faster, but it didn’t really matter. I had to be in front of him to show that. All in all, he was just one step ahead of me in traffic.”
Despite being forced to settle for yet another second place finish, Harvick insists he’s not frustrated and enjoying the opportunity to again run for a second straight championship once the Chase begins.
“I’m not frustrated at all because I’ve been on the other side of this fence, and you’d give everything in the world to finish second every week because it’s not easy,” he said. “This is a hard sport, and to go to all these different types of racetracks and see the success that the team has, I couldn’t be prouder of all the guys on my team and to drive the cars because I know that at any moment you can rattle off two or three wins in a row at any type of racetrack, so it’s fun.”