Two Camry drivers earned top-five finishes in tonight’s All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway – Kyle Busch (second) and David Reutimann (third).
Denny Hamlin (seventh) and Kasey Kahne (21st) also competed in tonight’s non-points race at the 1.5-mile oval.
Busch started from the pole in tonight’s All-Star race -- his second pole in the 100-lap special event. Sprint All-Star Results
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 M&M’s Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Finishing Position: 2nd
How strong was race-winner Carl Edwards? “He (Carl Edwards) certainly had the best car tonight for sure. There were some areas that we got by him on some restarts, but then he was able to get a good one there on that last one and kind of got too far away from me. Just ran out of time catching him. I was getting there, but just didn’t get there soon enough. Can’t thank M&M’s, Interstate Batteries, Toyota -- all the guys on this team. They gave me a good piece. We just made a slight change and that slight change was what we were looking for, but we needed a lot more than that and we couldn’t do it out here on pit road in order to beat him.”
It made this a fun night for us.
Did you have a car capable of winning? “We sure did, but we finally finished one too. This was a good race for us. It made this a fun night for us. We came up a little bit short, but we got beat by a faster car. The best I could have done was something on a restart and I didn’t get a great one there -- that final one, but I still kept up with him (Carl Edwards) a little bit, but he was just too fast. He got away from me and spread the gap too far. By the time I was trying to run him back down on the top side there, it just took me too long to get back to him. A few more laps, maybe I would have got him, but all you had was 10 (laps).”
Where was Carl Edwards better than you on the track? “I think he (Carl Edwards) was just so good through the corner and once he got his car turned -- he didn’t even need to finish turning his car, he would kind of turn and he would hammer the throttle and it would just continue to turn and just drive up off the corner. That’s what we look for every week, but it would drive up off straight. It wouldn’t be loose. He could just keep the power down and stay committed to it where sometimes when we try to do that and go too hard on the pedal, it would kind of start stepping out and you kind of have to steer too much into it. Our car was really good. It was steady there the last 10 laps and like I said, just kind of ran out of time. Proud of my guys -- they gave me a great piece and something to come out here and finish the race with at least. Take home a second. It’s disappointing sure, but at least now we know what it takes to win one of these things. Maybe we can get it next year.”
What adjustments were made on the final pit stop? “We did everything right there at the end on pit road that we could. We just made some minor adjustments and those minor adjustments helped it and were good. I didn’t think we were a long run car, but there at the end we were a long run car. We were catching him (Carl Edwards) there at the end of that deal. He just got too far away from me. It’s great that we come out here and we finish second -- we finally finished one of these races. That’s a way in the right direction anyways and now we know what we got beat by. We’ll just come back here next year and try to do it.”
Was your car better on the longer run? “We definitely had a car that was coming there, but Carl (Edwards) just got so far out there on that last restart. It took me too long to find a lane that would really start helping me run him back down. I was trying to make sure I didn’t get passed from behind, but as soon as I got a gap behind me, I would move around and try to make some ground up elsewhere. I was making it, but not fast enough.”
Do you think you had a chance to catch Carl Edwards in the last 10 laps? “Yeah. I mean we definitely had a car that was coming there, but Carl (Edwards) just got so far out there on that last restart. It took me too long to find a lane that would really start helping me run him back down. I was trying to make sure I didn’t get passed from behind. But, as soon as I got kind of a gap behind me I would move around and try to make some ground up elsewhere. I was making it, but not fast enough.”
What happened on the last restart? “I wanted to stay with Carl (Edwards) a little bit better on that last restart. We just didn’t get it. He got a good restart. His car just took off. It was just so fast and he spread the gap on me so far that I just had no time to run him back down. I started to run him back down, but just couldn’t get there in enough time. Maybe if it was another 20-lapper I would have been there. But, it wasn’t -- it was 10. We finally finished one of these deals so we can learn off that and I can understand what I need to be better next year and try to win one.”
Is it a concern or coincidence that Ford has won at several 1.5-mile tracks? “Certainly, whenever you see a manufacturer come out with a new engine you’re going to be worried that they found something or obviously they wouldn’t come out with one if they didn’t. The Ford guys have done their homework. They’ve done a nice job. I’d certainly like to have a new engine. But, I don’t know that we’re going to be able to get one cause of fuel injection and everything coming. I don’t think we’re down tonight, but I’d certainly think it would help if we had more.”
What did you say to David Reutimann after the race? “He gave me some grace out there. He had a run on me coming down the backstretch and I kind of cut him off getting into turn three and he let me live and then I just thanked him for giving me the room there. We could have wrecked each other, but we ended up finishing second and third, and neither of us really had anything for the 99 (Carl Edwards). Although, I did start running him down a little bit.”
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 00 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing Finishing Position: 3rd
How did your car handle in the race? “We had a great Aaron’s Dream Machine all night. We were just so far back that you couldn’t really tell it. I was telling the guys that our pit crew might not have won the Pit Crew Challenge the other night, but they did it when it mattered and they got me out and made an excellent pit stop that picked us up a lot of spots. Rodney Childers (crew chief) and the guys made some really good calls on the Aaron’s Dream Machine to free it up a little bit. It was actually pretty good. That was just about as fast as we could get it there at the end.”
Why do you run well at Charlotte Motor Speedway? “It doesn’t seem like it sometimes, but I love this race track. It’s not so much me, it’s the guys on the team and everybody at Michael Waltrip Racing and Toyota Racing Development. We have good packages for these types of race tracks and it shows. It’s not anything the driver’s doing special -- it’s all my team.”
Was your car better on the longer run? “Our car was better the longer it went. The 600-mile race is going to be more of what we need and be more suited to what we had tonight. We kept making it better and better. We just missed it a little bit there at one point and got it tighter. I have to thank Sprint for putting on this event. It’s been a phenomenal experience and it’s a great event that they have. Short races like back when we were racing Late Models on Saturday nights -- it’s a lot of fun.”
...we didn’t have nearly enough speed...
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Finishing Position: 7th
KASEY KAHNE, No. 4 Red Bull Toyota Camry, Red Bull Racing Team Finishing Position: 21st
What happened to force you out of the race? “I just kind of entered the corner like normal and just had zero grip when I entered. I don’t know if (Greg) Biffle touched the back of me or if I got a flat or what it was, but it had zero grip -- it was gone. Then they said that Biffle was really close. I don’t know if that had something to do with it. We were maybe a top-five car, but we didn’t have nearly enough speed -- straightaway speed. We got through the corner pretty good, but we had zero straightaway speed to keep up with those guys up front.”
JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Finishing Position: 5th
BOBBY LABONTE, No. 47 Reese Towpower Toyota Camry, JTG-Daugherty Racing Finishing Position: 8th
BRIAN VICKERS, No. 83 Red Bull Toyota Camry, Red Bull Racing Team Finishing Position: 10th
CASEY MEARS, No. 13 GEICO Toyota Camry, Germain Racing Finishing Position: 12th
MARTIN TRUEX JR., No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Finishing Position: 13th
MIKE SKINNER, No. 60 Big Red Toyota Camry, Germain Racing Finishing Position: 15th
TODD BODINE, No. 66 Techsouth Toyota Camry, PRISM Motorsports Finishing Position: 17th
JOE NEMECHEK, No. 87 NEMCO Toyota Camry, NEMCO Motorsports Finishing Position: 19th
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