BUSCH: Mexico City: Race winner interview

Truex Jr. Wins Busch Mexico City MARTIN TRUEX JR., NO. 8 BASS PRO SHOPS CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO "It's been an incredible week. I'm so proud to be the first winner here. There were so many drivers in the race -- some of the best in the world. To...

Truex Jr. Wins Busch Mexico City

MARTIN TRUEX JR., NO. 8 BASS PRO SHOPS CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO

"It's been an incredible week. I'm so proud to be the first winner here. There were so many drivers in the race -- some of the best in the world. To beat those guys makes me really proud. Everything that we've done down here in Mexico has been beyond expectations -- from the hospitality of the hotels we've been at to the amount of race fans that turned out. It's just been an incredible weekend for everybody."

ON THE TRACK AND POSSIBLE RETURN TO MEXICO

"First of all, I love the chicane. It make the racing better and a lot more challenging with that in there than with just a straightaway. It makes it harder to pass and I think that's great. Other than that, everything has been great. I think for sure we'll be back next year. The turnout of the fans -- even for qualifying -- was just great. It's just been fun to be here. I know I'd sure love to come back."

ON HIS RACE STRATEGY

"We kind of planned it out last night. We wanted to be out front in the end and in order to do that we felt that we had to pit early and wait for everybody else to pit under caution and stay out to get back to the front. As long as we had enough gas in the car to go the last 40 laps, that was our plan. We wanted to have a full tank of gas with 40 laps to go -- no more, no less. That worked out really good for us."

ON THE TRACK

"I've had a little bit of experience on these types of road courses, but this one is different than any other one I've ever been to. I think not having a lot of experience on this type of track kind of hurt me when we got here. I think we were behind when we unloaded. But we stayed focused throughout practice. Every time we made a change in the car, we went faster. If you just keep doing that, you're car gets better and you get more comfortable. By the time the race started, I felt like I could run up front all day long. But my goal was just to stay on the race track all day. If we were up front at the end, I was hoping it would be able to stay there until the end, and it was."

ON RACING WITH THE MEXICAN DRIVERS

"I really only raced with Adrian Fernandez today. We got into Turn 1 one time and he had a little bit of a run on me and dove inside on the brakes and slid in there and we about both crashed. And then I passed him back. But it was a lot of fun to race with him. He really did a good job driving the car considering he's never been one of these cars before this weekend. He looked comfortable and was driving it as hard as anybody else. But he was the only one I raced with and I actually learned a few things, so it was cool."

DID YOU DO ANY SIGHTSEEING WHILE YOU WERE IN MEXICO?

"To be honest, we didn't get to do much. The days were long and I was getting up early. So I was in bed early. So, no, I didn't get to do much away from the track. But it was neat to see how different things are here. That's why I was excited about coming here and it's cool to see different things."

ON THE CAUTION COMING OUT RIGHT AFTER YOU PITTED

"As soon as we went to pit road I thought that was perfect. It wasn't planned. I didn't know the caution was coming out. We planned on pitting on that lap some five or 10 laps prior to that. We caught a break there and got a little bit lucky. But when we got in the front, we had a good enough car to stay there and that was the key today."

WERE THE PIT STOPS IN THE RACE A GAMBLE IN GENERAL?

"It always is -- especially on road courses in general. You try to pit under green if you can. It's just hard sometimes. You're getting ready to pit and the caution comes out and there's a guy on pit road and he'll end up leading the race and you'll be 20th. We just made a strategy and stuck to it and it worked for us today. If we tried to do it again, it might not work for us."

IS THIS WIN MORE SPECIAL THAN SOME OF YOUR OTHER WINS?

"I'd have to say definitely. This is a huge win. To be the first time the series has raced out of the country and the first time NASCAR has been in Mexico. To beat all these great Mexican drivers and road race drivers makes it one of the biggest wins in my career."

ON THE CROWD AND THE ATMOSPHERE DURING THE RACE

"You could really feel the enthusiasm of the crowd in driver introductions, and especially when you were driving around the track. These are the kinds of fans that race car drivers love to race for. I'm sure we'll be coming back to race for them again. They were great."

-gm racing-

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Adrian Fernandez