KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Toyota Tundra/Z-Line Designs Toyota Tundra, Kyle Busch Motorsports Finishing Position: 2nd How did your truck handle in today's race? "It was normal Martinsville, just don't know how to find speed when you need it. Overall,...
No. 18 Toyota Tundra/Z-Line Designs Toyota Tundra, Kyle
Finishing Position: 2nd
How did your truck handle in today's race?
"It was normal Martinsville, just don't know how to find speed when you need it. Overall, just a good day. Ran real competitive. We were right behind the 2 (Kevin Harvick) and the 33 (Ron Hornaday Jr.) for most of it trying to make our way back up to the front. Once getting there, just too tight. We just couldn't get the thing to roll the center of the corner the way it needed to roll the center of the corner the way it needed to. Just got beat. We'll go on to next week I guess."
Was the racing just as hard up front as there was toward the middle of the pack?
"There was enough rooting and gouging and bumping and banging up front as there was anywhere else. It's a short track - everyone runs the same speed so you're trying to get any position that you can and when you're all running the same speed, the only way to do that is to run in the back of somebody and move them out of the way. I don't necessarily call that racing, I just call it mayhem I guess. Just disrespect and you'll see the same thing tomorrow. We all run the same speed and it's hard to pass so guys will be running over each other and especially coming down toward the end of the race. Just all hell breaks loose so the same thing will happen again."
Were you surprised that Ron Hornaday was scored ahead of you on one of the last caution flags?
"No, (Ron) Hornaday was in front of me when the green flag came out. I was actually surprised that they gave it to me and then they reverted it back. That's the way it should have been. He was ahead of me so they got it right."
Were you surprised that Todd Bodine raced as hard as he did today?
"It's very unfortunate when you have to go through circumstances like that in any person's family. I give the Bodine family my thoughts and prayers of course and knowing that it's not just Todd (Bodine), but it's Geoff (Bodine) and Brett (Bodine) as well too. We've got a championship on the line and Todd did the best he could. He stayed out much of the race and I'm kind of surprised that his tires were that good judging how long he was out there. He was still racing as hard as anybody else would have and trying to block and cut across my nose and stuff like that just to try to keep his position, which you have to do in the closing laps I guess. No different than you would expect from anybody else."
Why did you take the outside lane at the start of the race?
"I took the outside on the start and (Matt) Crafton gave me a break and let me fall in line so instead of him having to work at the outside and fall back, we kind of worked that out amongst ourselves. Then the last restart, I just didn't get a great restart to begin with and kind of fell back a little bit from (Ron) Hornaday there before we even got to turn one, he was already clear of me. I tried the best I could to get to the bottom so I didn't have to fight the 33 (Ron Hornaday Jr.) or anybody else for that matter. Just didn't have enough. I would get in the corners and on the brakes and be too loose and then it would shove the nose in the center. That's the produce of what happens with the trucks or cars when you start overdriving and you just start trying to get everything you can out of it and those were the feelings that I had."
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