DAVE BLANEY , No. 87 AccuDoc Toyota Camry, Braun Racing Finishing Position: 3rd How much fun did you have in tonight's race? "It was fun. I haven't got to race much all year. That was big fun from start to finish. Billy Wilburn (crew...
, No. 87 AccuDoc Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Finishing Position: 3rd
How much fun did you have in tonight's race?
"It was fun. I haven't got to race much all year. That was big fun from start to finish. Billy Wilburn (crew chief) and the Braun guys, they had a really good car. Last night in practice I thought it was really good, but I just haven't run these things enough to know the feel from the start of the run to the end. I thought it was good, but then it took right off. I about ruined it right off the bat and hit the wall and had to fix it, but it kept coming."
What did it feel like to run the entire race tonight?
"I haven't had a chance to race much this year, be in Nationwide, Cup or anything. Loving getting the chance in a really good race car. They told me that was actually the same car I won with in 2006 -- the same roll cage anyway. That car has a little age on it. Billy Wilburn crew chiefed it and came in at the last minute and the guys at Braun put it together. AccuDoc is a really good sponsor that has helped Braun Racing out a lot this year. It was fun, the racing was great. The car was good right off the bat. I clipped the wall early, really early and then we had to pit on that lap 15 caution to fix it and that ended up helping us as far as we had fuel to stay out when a bunch of guys got caught pitting and the yellow came out. That got us closer to the front, but we were going that way anyways."
Was it hard to give feedback on the car when you haven't been running full races?
"It is hard and the lucky thing was that our car was really good right from the start in practice yesterday. I even told my guys that I'm not even sure how loose I should feel early in the run and how tight at the end. I wasn't sure what I should be feeling too much, but I thought I was okay and the times showed I was okay so we just kind of left it. It kept coming good all night and it would run with about anybody except one guy all night. It was cool tonight, no problem with a long race -- if I would have been running 30th it might have been a long race, but as it was it was good."
Did you have anything for Kyle Busch on the final restart?
"I just could not stay on his right rear. He could slow the restart way down and squirt away from me real quick and I just couldn't stay with him to stay on his right rear going into turn one. Even if I could have beat him off of turn two and into turn three, I don't know if we could have stayed in front of him. He looked like he was as fast as he wanted to be -- just fast enough. We were hanging with him time-wise on the long run a little bit, but I don't know. We were doing all we could do and you never know what's going to happen."
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