Fontana: Race winner interview

KYLE BUSCH, No. 51 San Bernardino County Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports Finished: 1st Can you talk about the battle you had out there with Todd Bodine? "Todd Bodine got going pretty good during one run, but this San Bernardino...

KYLE BUSCH, No. 51 San Bernardino County Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports Finished: 1st

Can you talk about the battle you had out there with Todd Bodine?

"Todd Bodine got going pretty good during one run, but this San Bernardino Toyota Tundra was awesome today. I've got to thank all of these guys, Richie Wauters (crew chief) and everybody that works back at the shop. We had to do our switch over the winter and it was pretty tough, but the guys made it. They gave me some awesome trucks. We had a great one in Daytona and another great one here today. I can't wait to get to Atlanta. Here is the start to hopefully a three-peat this weekend."

As you took the checkered flag you said three things over the radio. You said 'awesome truck, thank you guys, this is so much fun.' Is that how you feel about racing this truck?

"It is how I feel racing in general. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is a great stepping ground and a great stepping stone for everybody to go through. It is just so fun to run with these guys. Todd Bodine, Mike Skinner and Ron Hornaday Jr. -- they are all of the heroes of this series. This win here probably means the absolute most, because here in November 2001 I got kicked out of this race track and I wasn't able to run in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. I probably could have sat on the pole and won the race that weekend, too, so this is pretty bittersweet here."

How was your truck handling at the end of the race, and what were you telling your crew?

"I was telling them that when I slow down, I get looser, so I needed to keep going. I almost wrecked there a couple of times. That's just how loose you need to run these things in this series. We got it a little bit tight there at the end and we had to back it down a little bit. It's pretty cool to leave here today with the points lead. I know we can't carry that throughout the year because we aren't running all the races, but we wish we could."

-credit: toyota motorsports

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