Michigan: Ickler post race interview

BRIAN ICKLER, No. 15 Samsung Instinct Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports Finishing Position: 3rd What do you learn in today's race? "We learned a ton. We were just too free there at the end. We tried to tighten up all day long. Learned a...

BRIAN ICKLER, No. 15 Samsung Instinct Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports
Finishing Position: 3rd

What do you learn in today's race?

"We learned a ton. We were just too free there at the end. We tried to tighten up all day long. Learned a lot -- a lot about air -- you're going fast at this place. Just happy to finally have a good run for Samsung Instinct and everybody at Toyota."

Could you challenge the leaders late in the race?

"Once we got out of the draft there and we finally got by (Matt) Crafton it just takes so long to suck back up to Kyle (Busch) and Colin (Braun). Maybe if we had a restart I think we'd have been pretty good. But, without a restart it was pretty spread out."

How excited are you with your finish today?

"We had a pretty good truck all weekend - great qualifying effort by the whole team. We started off our run a little free and just tried to learn everything with all the air - aero on these trucks around this two-mile race track. We got shuffled to the back a little there and had some help from Kyle (Busch) to get back to the front. Just a great finish and a great momentum booster for next week."

Can you explain your relationship with Kyle Busch?

"I ran the NASCAR Camping World West Series - had the opportunity to move back east, which I did. I moved to Mooresville (N.C.) with my own team. I rented a shop down the street from Kyle (Busch) and he just kind of followed my racing career along and gave me the opportunity to go run the Snowball Derby in one of his Late Models. I have run a Late Model race for him twice and have just become good friends. He is the one responsible for putting me in the 51 truck when he's not in it."

What do the truck races teach you for moving into the next level of NASCAR?

"The two biggest things are the race tracks we run at. Everything else, you don't get the experience on big two-mile and mile- and-a-half speedways. The second I would say is radial tires. All the other series seem to run bias-ply tires. Getting on the radial going this fast with all the air is what makes you ready for the next step."

How does it feel to finish third in only your fifth NCWTS race?

"We've run good - we ran good last week at Texas and had a sway bar bolt break. Just small things keep biting us since we started this thing and we're starting to make it click with both trucks. It's big for not only myself, but the whole team. It picks up all their spirits racing every week, working as hard as they do."

-credit: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Kyle Busch