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What drivers said following the Good Sam 500 at Phoenix

Dale Earnhardt Jr. was on the front row in the inside lane on the final restart, but he wasn't able to keep pace with Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards and ended up finishing fifth at Phoenix.

Here’s what drivers had to say after the Sprint Cup Series’ Good Sam 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, won by Kevin Harvick.

Kevin Harvick, 1st: “I think as drivers and as a sport, that’s really the benefit ‑‑ one of the benefits of the low downforce package and the tire situation. The tire situation being the biggest thing is so you have those different strategies with the late cautions to where you have two tires, you have no tires, you probably have four tires, I’m sure, to have the comers and goers and the exciting finishes.”

Carl Edwards, 2nd: “I didn’t want to wreck (Harvick). Those guys earned their spot. I moved him and it just was a drag race and we just lost it. It was just an awesome race. We had an opportunity to win it. Before that final caution, we didn’t have an opportunity. That’s going to be a tough one to swallow but it was a lot of fun.”

Kyle Busch, 4th: “You could be happy with top five and you could be happy with running up front and doing those things. Those are the things you’re supposed to do, but, ultimately, we’ve got to get to victory lane. We’re close. We’ll see if we can hit one here on the West Coast swing.”

Dale Earnhardt Jr., 5th: “I would have loved to have had the top (on the final restart), so I could get them guys on the bottom and hold them down, but I had the bottom and new tires on the outside of me. But, we finished really good. I don’t dislike the call to stay out.”

Austin Dillon, 9th: “Solid day. We ran right there (near) 10th all day. At the end (crew chief) Slugger (Labbe,) made the call to stay out. It was a gutsy call. I think right there at the end (Dale Earnhardt, Jr.) kind of spun his tires and didn’t get going. (Kyle Busch) put me three-wide, so glad to come out with ninth after that. We gained a spot overall. We probably could have had, maybe two more spots really, just a fun race.”

Kyle Larson, 12th: “We were able to be the first car on four tires on the last restart and I was surprised it wasn’t really an advantage at all. (Aric Almirola) got into (Martin Truex, Jr.) and shuffled a few cars out of the way for me so I was able to sneak by on the bottom to finish 12th. So, we finished a lot better than we ran. I’m happy about that. We needed a day like this after the last couple of races.”

Aric Almirola, 13th: “We fought balance all day and just struggled on pit road. That has been our Achilles heel all year and again it was today. We can’t lose five spots on pit road, especially at a place like this, it is too hard to make it up.”

Joey Logano, 18th: “We just didn’t quite get the luck on our side today. We created our own luck as well. We need to clean it up a little bit. We need to clean up the mistakes we have had here at the beginning of the season on everybody’s front. We still have speed. We were close today. At times it felt like we were a third-place car, and we were running up there around third.”

Kasey Kahne, 22nd: “We had a right front tire go down. It happened earlier in the race but a caution came out and I thought it was the engine at the time because of the way it kind of vibrated and changed the tone of the engine. Come to find out it wasn’t the engine and it was the tire. We’ll look at what we are doing since it happened a couple of times. We had a car capable of running in the top 15 and we were really good early. The longer the race went I felt like I got looser. I used a lot of brake during the entire the race, which I was surprised about. Yesterday in practice I didn’t have to use the brake hardly at all and today with different grips I used it so much.”

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