MATT CRAFTON , NO. 88 MENARDS/MCGUIRE-NICHOLAS SILVERADO, FINISHED 2ND: IN THE CLOSING LAPS, DID YOU THINK YOU COULD CATCH HIM (KYLE BUSCH)? "I thought I could catch him or at least get fairly close to him but I was saving fuel for so long ...
MATT CRAFTON , NO. 88 MENARDS/MCGUIRE-NICHOLAS SILVERADO, FINISHED 2ND:
IN THE CLOSING LAPS, DID YOU THINK YOU COULD CATCH HIM (KYLE BUSCH)?
"I thought I could catch him or at least get fairly close to him but I was saving fuel for so long throughout that run, I had been told we were going to be really, really close. So, I mean, with 30 to go, I started part throttling it like Ron (Hornaday) was saying. At the flag stand, we were rolling out right there and run three-quarter throttle down the straightaway and you roll in the corner and run half throttle through the corner and just kind of stabilize in there with Kyle (Busch). Then with like 12 to go, they said see what you can do and chase him down. We made up ground on him without a doubt, I just wish we had a little more fuel and just ran hard the whole run."
DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU HAD BASICALLY HAD NOTHING TO LOSE AT THIS POINT TRYING TO CHASE DOWN RON FOR THIS CHAMPIONSHIP?
"Yes, the championship is one thing. Definitely it would be great to win the championship. I know we have a lot of points deficit to make up there. All we are looking for right now is wins. That is all we want to do it go out there and would have loved to have won the last three. We came up a little short tonight. I love going to Phoenix. It is probably one of my favorite race tracks we go to. I am from the West Coast. Raced a lot there. We'll have a really good truck there. Hopefully we will knock us down a win there."
DID YOU FEEL LIKE YOU HAD THE BEST TRUCK OUT THERE?
"I honestly felt like I had the best truck tonight. In clean air, tire for tire, think if that was my truck in front there at the end, I think I could have driven away from Kyle. Really, truthfully, I know I would have driven away from Kyle. I feel that deep down inside that I had the best truck tonight. On the first run it showed how good our truck was. From the time we rolled that thing off the trailer, first lap on the race track, that truck has just been awesome. Credit to the guys not giving up. That truck finished second at Las Vegas to our teammate (Johnny Sauter). They went back to the shop and cut it up and saw some stuff where the No. 13 was better than ours bodywise so we cut our truck up. We finished second at Vegas and brought it here and they improved on it and made it that much better."
THE LAST FIVE RACES KYLE HAS ENTERED HE HAS WON...
"I am just going to get a key to his motorhome and lock him in it and duct tape the whole thing...I mean something. That is exactly what I told him, I was going to have to lock him up in his motorhome, that is all there is to it. Just take him out of the equation."
IS IT MORE FRUSTRATING TO FINISH SECOND TO A CUP GUY?
"No. It is just very frustrating to finish second to anybody. Finished second here in June and I said it then, we had probably one of the best trucks here that night and led laps and there at the end of that deal, we came down pit road and we had to put fuel and tires on. With the pit road rule the trucks had to do. We had to put tires on and we had to put fuel in.
"The Toyotas just had to come in and just take tires and not get fuel and we came out seventh because we had to do both of them. We drove back through everybody and ended up finishing second there. We were running the leader down just like we were tonight, same deal. Came up a little bit short then. We are there. Everything just has to line up and you have to have a good night."
DO YOU GUYS FEEL LIKE YOU ARE AT A DISADVANTAGE WITH THE CHEVROLETS AND THE FUEL MILEAGE?
"He (Ron Hornaday, Jr.) said it best. We pick our manufacturer and I am not complaining because we have plenty of horsepower and I don't think we would be better. They have always had good fuel mileage and you can't shame them for that. That is just one of those deals."
TALK ABOUT YOUR THOUGHTS WITH TWO TO GO AND TRYING TO ERASE THAT POINT DEFICIT
"I mean, honestly, I haven't even looked at the points. All I wanted was to be where Kyle Busch was. And if we broke even at the points at that point..........I mean I wanted to win tonight. That was the main thing we came here for and the next two after this is to win races. Then the points will shake out after that and see what it is from there.
"But we just dug ourselves in a hole. We hit a piece of debris on the back straightaway on that first yellow and the guy wrecked on the back straight. The pace car actually ran right over the bumper and I was following the pace car and it kicked the bumper up and I ran the bumper over and it cut my left rear down on that very first yellow and I knew I hit it hard so we came in on that first yellow and thankfully we did when we did because we had actually had chords hanging out of it where we ran that bumper over. "
-credit: gm racing