BUSCH: Milwaukee: Leicht - Ford Saturday interview

After his first NASCAR Busch Series victory in Kentucky, Stephen Leicht, driver of the No. 90 CitiFinancial Ford Fusion, looks to bring that momentum to The Milwaukee Mile. Leicht finished 13th at The Mile last year and currently sits in 11th...

After his first NASCAR Busch Series victory in Kentucky, Stephen Leicht, driver of the No. 90 CitiFinancial Ford Fusion, looks to bring that momentum to The Milwaukee Mile. Leicht finished 13th at The Mile last year and currently sits in 11th place in the points standings.

STEPHEN LEICHT -- No. 90 CitiFinancial Ford Fusion

WHAT'S LIFE LIKE AS A RACE WINNER? "It's great! I'm just so proud of my entire team, the CitiFinancial Team and Robert Yates Racing, everyone back at the shop and everyone on the road crew and the pit crew. Everybody has worked so hard for this they really deserve it. The past five weeks we've been putting ourselves in contention to win and have had no luck. And last week finally went our way; we didn't have any bad luck and it all worked out right."

IT WAS YOUR FIRST WIN, IS HARD TO THING ABOUT THE STEP OR WHAT YOUR FUTURE MY HOLD? "Not really. As a team right now, we're really focused on what we are doing in the Busch series and we're focused on getting ourselves point, owner point wise, in the top-10 and driver points, I'd love to get in the top-five by the end of the year. That's all I'm really focused on right now. I'm not worried about Cup or anything in the future, that will all work itself out. Right now, we're just really focused on running well each week."

YOU FINISHED 13TH HERE IN MILWAUKEE LAST SEASON, TALK ABOUT COMING BACK HERE AND YOUR CHANCES TO IMPROVE ON THAT FINISH. "Yea, I think after last week, we can capitalize on the momentum that we've been having over the last few weeks. We ran well here last year. I like the track. I lived up here for two years back from '03 to '05 and I raced for Waltom Racing in the ASA series and I raced here twice in ASA and once here last year in the Busch series. I'm familiar with the track. I'm very comfortable with the track. I've run good here when we come, so I don't think we'll have a problem. I think we should have a good run here."

DOES IT MEAN SOMETHING TO YOU TO WIN AGAINST SOME OF THE CUP GUYS RUNNING IN THE BUSCH SERIES? "It does. Even last week, I was disappointed when Carl [Edwards] got in the accident like he did. I really thought we had a car capable of winning the race over everyone, especially him. I was looking forward to racing him. Maybe we'll get that chance this week because you know Carl is always fast and he'll be good here, too. Our CitiFinancial Ford is good enough that we can beat these Cup guys. It's just taking us time; we're finally getting closer and closer to it. Yes, you really need to measure up against these Cup guys because they are the best drivers in the world; they have the best teams in the world and drive the best cars in the world. When you run up against those guys, you've won a real big race."

HOW HAS IT BEEN BACK AT THE SHOP? "It's been great. I saw Robert and Doug [Yates] Tuesday and they were so happy to finally get that first Busch win and a win in the last year and a half. It's good to see them smiling. It's been a rough road these past couple of years and to see them guys happy again and excited about coming back to the track as much as they are, it's great to come back a winner and wear Robert Yates Racing proudly now."

ESPECIALLY FOR ROBERT, I WOULD IMAGINE, THERE'S NO SECRET ABOUT WHERE HIS EMOTIONS ARE. "Yes, he is a very emotional person. Robert is a great, great owner to work for and probably one of the best. You'll never see someone with so much passion about him and Doug when it comes to racing. To see how happy they were, it really meant something to the entire team."

WERE ROBERT AND DOUG THERE IN KENTUCKY? "No, they were both in Michigan but they were watching. You can imagine, my phone was blowin' up with the race was over. They were very happy and very excited and wished they could have been there. We were all cheering for them."

-credit: ford racing

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Robert Yates , Stephen Leicht
Teams Yates Racing