Bristol: Winning team interview

KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 NASCAR.com 'RaceView' Toyota Tundra, Kyle Busch Motorsports Finishing Position: 1st Can you talk about your race tonight? "It was a really good night. We unloaded and we were pretty decent in practice. It seemed like the...

KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 NASCAR.com 'RaceView' Toyota Tundra, Kyle Busch Motorsports
Finishing Position: 1st

Can you talk about your race tonight?

"It was a really good night. We unloaded and we were pretty decent in practice. It seemed like the tires threw us off just a little bit, but we were able to overcome that. Eric (Phillips, crew chief) made some good calls in practice and we changed the truck around a little bit. Overall, it was a fast ride, the NASCAR.com RaceView Tundra. I'm really proud of the way the guys worked all day. Unfortunately, we had a miscue with the engine. We qualified on the pole but it let us start at the back of the field and drive up through everybody and get up towards the front. We had the right pit strategy. Fortunately, Eric made a nice call to pit when we did. We saved fuel for the rest of the day. I wasn't 100 percent aggressive on saving fuel, but I was 92 percent and we were able to prevail and get up front. I think we led the most laps and ultimately get to victory lane. Being in victory lane at Bristol is pretty cool."

Were you nervous about running out of fuel?

"We were. I was. It ran out on the second-to-last restart and then it ran out again on the last restart coming right there to the line. I didn't know if I got the white flag or not. Man, that was close. I can't thank NASCAR.com Race View, Trackpass, Toyota, M&M's, Z-Line Designs, Interstate Batteries. NOS is what's powering me to victory this week. It's going to be a lot of racing. Of course Electric Sunglasses, Camping World -- great series -- and of course the fans for coming out here and supporting Bristol on a Wednesday night. It's pretty awesome. Our other partners on board -- Flexico, Toyota and don't forget you can win my Tundra, go to winkylestundra.com and we're giving away a free Toyota Tundra. It's for the (Kyle Busch) Foundation."

Were you worried about having to come from the back?

"It worried me a little bit just having to start back there and try to come through traffic really unsure. Some guys, they qualify and do their race adjustments and go for the start of the race and sometimes you can get it too loose and you never know what can happen in front of you. This is Bristol, anyway. It turned out everything was all right. We got up through there. We were passing guys one at a time, just kind of biding our time getting our way up there. I think we were as high as maybe 12th or 14th when we decided to pit on lap 30 or 31, whatever it was. It was a bummer deal that we didn't get to start from the pole and kind of lead the laps and play our strategy out a little bit, but it was still cool coming from the back I guess. I wish there was an award for it or maybe a bonus for sitting on the pole, then starting in the back and coming up through there and winning. That's just me."

Can you win all three races this weekend?

"I was very close last year. I won the Truck race, didn't win the Nationwide race, got wrecked there. Then won the Cup race so I don't see why not. I feel like my chances are pretty good. I love racing here and Bristol is always so much fun. I can't wait to get going. Again, Race View, NASCAR.com, you get 18 percent off the rest of this weekend on the purchase of a TrackPass subscription."

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ERIC PHILLIPS, Crew Chief, No. 18 NASCAR.com 'RaceView' Tundra, Kyle Busch Motorsports

Did you make adjustments to the truck during your pit stop?

"We didn't make any adjustments all night. We pitted so early that we didn't run enough green to make a good decision on what to do so we left it alone. We were a little free all night, but Kyle (Busch) did a great job. The guys did a good job and he saved gas. That was the biggest key."

-source: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Kyle Busch
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