Charlotte II: Race winner interview

KYLE BUSCH , No. 18 NOS Energy Drink Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Finished: 1st How does it feel to win tonight? "It's definitely pretty awesome to be back in victory lane especially at Lowe's Motor Speedway, one of my favorite...

KYLE BUSCH , No. 18 NOS Energy Drink Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finished: 1st

How does it feel to win tonight?

"It's definitely pretty awesome to be back in victory lane especially at Lowe's Motor Speedway, one of my favorite tracks. Really got to thank NOS Energy Drink, Z-Line Designs, all these guys on this Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. It was just phenomenal tonight. It was a lot of fun out there to race those guys and have a great win for us. You know, to be back in victory lane feels awesome."

How good was your race car?

"The car was phenomenal.  It could go anywhere you wanted it to.  I could run the top.  I could run the bottom.  I managed to
stay on the bottom just so I didn't burn up the right front tire.  Really want to thank the fans for sticking around tonight.  I know
it was a long show with the rain delays and whatnot.  I'm glad they all hung out. And, of course, the ones on TV, as well."

Did you have some issues on the restarts?

"You know, you're not supposed to leave any room behind you, or in front of you I should say on (Jeff) Burton's part. He was back there about a car length, a car length and a half, or so. And I could see him carrying up to my rear bumper and he had the momentum and I wasn't going to let him have the momentum on the restarts cause he'd pull low and pass me getting into (turn) one. So, I waited until he got to my rear bumper and then I went. He had to stop and I went. That's what jumbled up the field back there and everything. I apologize to those guys back there, but I got a race to win, too."

What does it mean for you to win again at Charlotte?

"It was a phenomenal night for us. That car was pretty strong -- we didn't think it was that strong yesterday. We felt like we had some motor issues with it so we changed the ignition and some stuff -- the distributor, carburetor and all that. It seems as though it all ran well today so thankfully it all worked out and that NOS Energy Drink Toyota was just fast. It was pretty phenomenal to drive -- a lot of fun and a great race car to be able to run on the top, run on the bottom and pass cars any which way we needed to. Fortunately, it was pretty hard to make a mistake on pit road on what to do with it -- we could take two tires or no tires and just pretty much stay out front. The car was fast enough that it could hold its own pace."

Do you think you should have competed for the NNS championship?

"No -- it's a lot more fun to not have to worry about points and just go out there and race for wins. I was thinking about that while I was out there -- where I would be if I just gave myself a 10th-place finish in the races that I missed -- that I could calculate the points and see where I was. I don't know where that would put me. It's a lot easier to go out there and race everybody and all the competitors for wins instead of having to concentrate on a particular guy or a particular couple guys and seeing what they do week in and week out. It's probably no different in the ‘Chase,' but at least this year I don't have to worry about racing for the championship anymore -- we can just worry racing for wins and getting up there to get a couple more before the year's out."

-credit: toyota motorsports

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