Atlanta II: Winners post-race notes, interview

Kyle Busch Captures Third NCTS Win of 2005 Victory Clinches Sixth NCTS Manufacturers Title for Chevrolet Silverado With Kyle Busch's victory today in the EasyCare Vehicle Service Contracts 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Chevrolet Silverado ...

Kyle Busch Captures Third NCTS Win of 2005
Victory Clinches Sixth NCTS Manufacturers Title for Chevrolet Silverado

With Kyle Busch's victory today in the EasyCare Vehicle Service Contracts 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Chevrolet Silverado clinched their sixth NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Manufacturers Championship. The title makes a clean sweep for the Bowtie Brand in 2005 NASCAR competition.

The win is Busch's third NCTS victory in 2005 in just eight starts. His record included six top-five and seven top-10 finishes with three races remaining on the schedule.

KYLE BUSCH , NO 15 EARL SMALL'S HARLEY DAVIDSON/KRUD KUTTER SILVERADO,
QUALIFIED 5TH, FINISHED 1ST

"It was pretty wild there at the end. I am not sure exactly how I squeezed through it but we did and I saw the hole to make it to the start finish line so I kept going for it.

"The first part of the race was pretty uneventful. I was battling back and forth there with Mike Skinner having a good time there up. It stayed pretty calm there for a while but then later on in the race everybody started leaning on each other a little and dicing back and forth so it got a little more exciting.

"Then that last lap is one that no one will forget for the rest of the year. It is a shame to see my favorite Chevy Silverado torn up and the guys will have to fix it for Texas. I am hoping they are able to do that.

"I think that last lap pass by Jack Sprague was a little rough out there. He knew he didn't have a shot to win because with my fresh tires, I got up to him that quickly and I still had one more corner. There was no way he was going to be able to hold me off for one more corner. I faked going to his inside through the corner which drove him a little bit low and then I was going to go around the outside of him. He got a little bit loose and started sliding up the race track, then he drove up the race track and right into my door. By then it was too late for me to turn back underneath him and to his inside. I had already committed to the topside; he forced us up into the outside wall. It bent up a pretty good truck there. I looked in my mirror and saw all the stuff happening and I saw that there was no one around me, that I was going to come across first and that was all that mattered at that point in time.

"I figured more guys would come with me when we came in for that last stop. I think there was eight or ten and I thought there would be at least 12 or maybe even 14 of them coming with me down pit road so I was going to restart possibly about fifth or sixth at the worst. I figured some of the guys that were struggling there farther back would come so they could try and come up and get some track position there at the end. I really did expect more guys to come with.

"I think for tomorrow's Cup race, it will really depend on how many are on the lead lap, how many laps are left in the race. But since we had one more lap than a green white checkered and I went from ninth to first, I think tomorrow you could see pretty much the same thing. With the tire allotment there in the Cup series, I think pretty much everyone would come to pit road. In the Truck Series, we only had one set left. There were probably some guys that didn't have any left because they used them up in practice is probably why some didn't come.

"I do have to go to the NASCAR trailer because I unplugged my radio before they could tell me they wanted me to go straight to victory lane because of the wreck on the front straight, they didn't want me to do a burn out. But I did a burnout, so I will go and plead my case and whatever happens will happen.

"I will be in the No. 15 for the rest of this season but next year I am committed to Hendrick Motorsports for more Busch races, and that will be my total focus.

"We didn't have any issues with the mandated tire pressures. And on that last run we ended up bumping them up there because you wanted to make sure you had the tires up there at the last second. The right rear wore out during the race, not a problem with air pressure, just being hard on it."

-gm racing-

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Mike Skinner , Jack Sprague , Kyle Busch
Teams Hendrick Motorsports