KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Z-Line Designs Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Finished: 3rd How was your car during the race today? "The Z-Line Designs Toyota was able to bring home a third and not a mark on it. Fortunately, that was the first time in a...
No. 18 Z-Line Designs Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
How was your car during the race today?
"The Z-Line Designs Toyota was able to bring home a third and not a mark on it. Fortunately, that was the first time in a few races that we haven't crashed once so that was good. We'll take it and go on to the next one. Fortunately today we just got beat out by track position. Those guys took fuel only and on that last stop we decided to take four and came up through there somewhat and just got mired behind them there. We got too tight and couldn't get by them. Once you start getting strung out in single file that far into a run everybody is just kind of at the mercy of their car and running the same pace. You can't really pass that well and that was about it. Thoughts and prayers are out to the Braun family this weekend. I finished behind Denny (Hamlin) there and that heavy hearts on all of us."
Was taking four tires the right decision on the last pit stop?
"Obviously track position was much more important. You had a winner who just got fuel. That's the most frustrating part is now with this restrictor deal you just can't really pass and everybody gets strung out and they all start running at the same speed. You can't catch up to nobody and you can't pass anybody. That's more frustrating than just getting beat on track position and stuff like that -- just not being able to pass."
Have the Toyotas reached the point of being unstoppable in NASCAR in general?
"I don't believe so. I think that anybody out there is capable to win a race. It's just the matter of the right teams and the right equipment. Denny (Hamlin) was in a Braun car and they've always been fast on the flat tracks and stuff. The 38 (Jason Leffler) won last year at ORP and we've been fast this year everywhere with the JGR (Joe Gibbs Racing) stuff. I think it's pretty much anybody's game. The Hendrick cars seem to have the most power from what I've seen -- qualifying lies on the ticker and racing out there on the race track with them. Besides the Hendrick cars and the Fords, we're probably tied for second or about third- best motor-wise."
How difficult is it to take four tires and not gamble coming down the stretch of a race?
"I didn't know it was going to come down to be a track position race. I was upfront most of the day and wasn't back in traffic trying to pass and trying to do all of that stuff. If I would've known how bad it was we probably would've taken two or even just gassed it. Unfortunately, we got out strategized there at the end and tried to come back through there but just wasn't able to do it. I think we were the furthest progressor of the guys that took four tires. Now that we know what happened today I'm sure that will happen tomorrow and we'll have to play the track position game there, too."
Was it frustrating to not be able to get upfront?
"Yeah, it's frustrating, but I'm happy for JGR (Joe Gibbs Racing) and Toyota and all of the guys on that 20 team. They are pretty much the dominate force this year -- they have been. They got upfront when it mattered the most and kept their position. I came from eighth or seventh, something like that, and got to third so I passed a few guys but once Tony (Stewart) and Denny (Hamlin) got strung out too much. I tried running them down, got to them and then got stuck behind another lap car and fell another straight away behind so it was just to hard to keep up with them."
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