Phoenix: Race winner interview

Kyle Busch , No. 51 Flanders Beef Patties Silverado, Qualified 8th, Finished 1st: GIVE US YOUR THOUGHTS ON A GREAT WIN TONIGHT: "It was a great win. This Flanders Beef Patties Chevrolet Silverado was awesome. Ritchie Waters and these guys on...

Kyle Busch , No. 51 Flanders Beef Patties Silverado, Qualified 8th, Finished 1st:

GIVE US YOUR THOUGHTS ON A GREAT WIN TONIGHT:

"It was a great win. This Flanders Beef Patties Chevrolet Silverado was awesome. Ritchie Waters and these guys on the fifty-one team do such a great job and were great in the pits tonight and had solid stops both times we came in. I thought that last one was way early but it paid off. We had a little bit fresher tires than Mike Bliss and to beat guys like Mike Bliss and Ron Hornaday here is quite the accomplishment because this is their house, so it really means a lot.

"We had a great truck. The whole Billy Ballew Motorsports team. Richie Wauters and the guys brought a great truck out here. We just kept working on it the whole time and got the front end to turn really good for me this weekend. All we had to do was just keep working on the backend of the race track. We were real loose in practice then we got it tightened up but I couldn't drive it as fast as I needed to in the corners. So we loosened it up and I just had to finesse it out there. It was a difficult one, definitely not easy.

THE LAST FEW LAPS OF THIS RACE HAD A LOT OF CAUTIONS AND A LOT OF RESTARTS. WHAT WERE YOU THINKING YOU NEEDED TO DO TO HANG ON TO THE LEAD WITH THOSE GUYS BEHIND YOU?

"I guess I got bigger rear springs than they got because they could get better restarts than I could because I didn't have any forward bite and I would just spin my tires all the way down the front straightaway. So I just had to hold it up against the wall and would have to bring it off the wall at the start/finish line to force (Hornaday and Bliss) to the outside because I knew I could beat them to the bottom.

IS IT DIFFERENT WHEN YOU RUN IN THE NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES PARTICULARLY WHERE YOU DON'T HAVE POINTS BATTLES OR ANYTHING IS IT DIFFERENT FOR YOU WHEN YOU RUN OTHER RACES ON ANY GIVEN WEEKEND?

"I race the same Friday, Saturday or Sunday. I'm always going to the outside in the Busch Series or the Cup races and I don't know if guys don't like that or what but its all about trying to get myself upfront. Even if I don't have quite enough car or truck I still want to pass them so that I can still spend enough time up there in front, and they might pass me back later. All-in-all I've got to thank Chevrolet and all the sponsors on this truck like Vans Electric Sunglasses, Ogio Bags, and all the guys that make it possible for these boys and of course Red Top Auto Auction and Flanders Beef Patties."

ON IF THIS IS THE REAL RACER KYLE BUSCH:

"I think I race the same in pretty much every race. There is my spotter, ask him, he is the one that watches all the time. Pretty much I feel like I have always tried to drive the same way, drive the wheels off of it, that is pretty much it. For me to come out here and win in Phoenix again, we won in the Cup race, now in the truck race so all I need is a Busch race, I have finished second a couple of times, so maybe that will be here tomorrow."

ON THIS WIN EASING FRUSTRATION OF LOSING FOUR STRAIGHT RACES:

"Not really because I don't I have the trophies at home on my mantel, they are on somebody else's. It is a plus, it is great to be able to come out here and win a race, any race that you get to. Even if I win tomorrow night at the late model, that is something I want to do, when you participate in a race, you want to win it and that is what I am here for. To go the past couple of weeks without getting the wins was a little frustrating. This might ease the pain a little bit, but the trophies aren't on my mantel."

ON BEING THE PARTY CRASHER IN TRUCKS;

"It is cool because I finished in front of both of them, so me winning the race doesn't matter, the points pretty much equal out. If I finished in between them, that would suck. Harvick finished in between them so he was the crasher tonight. For me, I just take their wins away, that is all I want. They can have their points battle."

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Ron Hornaday Jr. , Mike Bliss , Kyle Busch