Talladega: Almirola post-race interview

ARIC ALMIROLA, No. 51 Billy Ballew Motorsports Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports Finishing Position: 2nd Do you feel like you should have been the winner of today's race? "I was at his (Kyle Busch) mercy. He could have went to my ...

ARIC ALMIROLA, No. 51 Billy Ballew Motorsports Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports
Finishing Position: 2nd

Do you feel like you should have been the winner of today's race?

"I was at his (Kyle Busch) mercy. He could have went to my outside, he could have went to my inside. I tried to do everything I could to try to protect as long as I could. I think NASCAR maybe should look at that. It looked like he went below the yellow line right there before the start-finish line. It was really close, but I hate to lose one like that. These guys work awfully hard on our speedway stuff. To lose one like that is bad. He's below the yellow line."

Were you planning to work with Kyle Busch in the closing laps?

"We had talked about it and we knew we wanted to stay together. We had good trucks and we saw that in practice yesterday. I knew I had a good truck yesterday. I pushed Johnny (Sauter) to the lead and I felt like it was time to go. It's disappointing if they give that win to him (Kyle Busch). I feel like I let these guys down, but I don't know what else I could have done."

What is your perspective of today's race?

"My perspective is that I won the race. NASCAR's perspective is that we ran second. I guess today we lose. I'm disappointed in that because I felt like we had a truck capable of winning. I knew we did all day. I rode around in the back and tried to be smart and take care of my stuff. When it was time to go - I went. I pushed Johnny Sauter up there to the lead and I took the lead myself. I felt like we had the truck to win the race. I feel like I let my guys down, but I really don't know what else I could have done. He (Kyle Busch) had shown signs of going high so I attempted to block high and as I was turning back low, he was back under me and it say plain as day in the rule book that you can't advance your position by going below the yellow line. Now I guess I have not seen the proper replay, but the one that I saw, I felt like he went below the yellow line to advance his position and he ran a shorter distance and he beat me by two one-thousandths of a second. Call it what you will - we finished second."

What were you told my NASCAR about the yellow line rule?

"I just went and talked to him and the reason that they gave me was that Kyle's (Busch) truck was sideways when he was next to me and that's what made him go below the yellow line. I didn't force him below the yellow line, they didn't tell me that I did. They said that he went below the yellow line because he was trying to regain control of his truck. I guess they're going to have to do a better job elaborating in the driver's meeting on what's acceptable and what's not acceptable. I guess if you get out of control and you go below the yellow line and save it and still gain a position that is okay. I'm still confused and I'm still disappointed. I probably shouldn't even be doing interviews right now because I'm obviously biased because I finished second."

-source: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Johnny Sauter , Kyle Busch