All-Star: Pole winner interview

KYLE BUSCH , No. 18 M&M's Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Starting Position: 1st Was your qualifying run a great team effort? "It definitely was -- I'm surprised. I thought I got busted speeding there. If it wasn't it was that close -- very ...

KYLE BUSCH , No. 18 M&M's Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Starting Position: 1st

Was your qualifying run a great team effort?

"It definitely was -- I'm surprised. I thought I got busted speeding there. If it wasn't it was that close -- very close. Man, I can't thank these guys enough at Joe Gibbs Racing. Steve Addington (crew chief) and all these guys that work on this do such an awesome job for me. That thing is humming this weekend. If (Kevin) Harvick thought the Toyota had motors before, watch out now because we're coming big time. This stuff's nice. We just keep clicking them off and keep going. It's obviously paying off really, really well. I just have to thank M&M's, Toyota and everybody that's been involved on this whole deal."

Does the All-Star race lend itself to your style?

"I don't know about the race, but qualifying I was as nervous as I've ever been in qualifying for anything. That was pretty nerve wracking. This race, it lends to my style and I'd have to say yes, being able to start out front and hopefully get some clean air and see what these guys behind us have for us. We know the 99 (Carl Edwards) style, but we know he's going to come from a long ways back."

How important was your crew in qualifying?

"This M&M's team and everybody at JGR do such an awesome job. They gave me a great race car that ran three laps phenomenal and gave me great pit stops -- they were solid on pit road and that's all you need in this kind of deal. I was nervous as I ever was today. I guess it's probably because if I knew, I would have screwed up just a little bit, which I thought I did coming to pit road, I would have got busted. Proud of the effort."

Can you talk about your entry to pit road?

"I don't know, it was awfully, awfully close. I knew that if I could get it to the maximum limit and I had a spot in turn four where I was going to start braking at. My car was so much faster than it was in practice. We ran over a second faster lap time, so I was going faster. I just misjudged by a little bit. I guess I didn't over misjudge, so it was pretty good."

-credit: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Carl Edwards
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing