KYLE BUSCH , No. 32 Hass Avocados from Mexico Toyota Camry, Braun Racing Finished: 3rd Can you talk about the struggles you had today? "It was a struggle, that's for sure. We had a handful there in the beginning and in the middle part of the...
, No. 32 Hass Avocados from Mexico Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Can you talk about the struggles you had today?
"It was a struggle, that's for sure. We had a handful there in the beginning and in the middle part of the race. Trent Owens (crew chief) and all these guys on this Braun Racing Toyota - Hass Avocados from Mexico car gave me some great adjustments on pit stops and they just kept working on it and we kept fighting it. Luckily, there towards the second-to-last pit stop we came in and got tires and I was able to drive through some guys and get some track position. Our card was to come and pit there at that last caution and grab tires again. Great job by these guys here. We didn't have the best car, but we got a third-place finish, which is what counts."
What did you say to Steven Wallace at the end of the race?
"Basically, he's a boy trying to play in a man's sport and I don't take those games. We're going to fight if it comes down to it and if he wants to play that kind of game, then that's how we're going to play."
Did he intentionally get into you?
"He might have got a better run off of turn two, but when you get a better run off of somebody, you pull low and you pass. You don't drive into the back of them and try to spin them out on the straightaway. He knew I was going to wreck him in turn three and he moved up out of the way and he didn't get dumped."
How much did you have to work to get a third-place finish tonight?
"That's why I get paid the big bucks. That's what it's worth here in this sport is just going out there and not giving up and keep digging in and doing what you have to do to finish."
Can you talk about the race tonight?
"We didn't have a very good car tonight, but we made the most of it there. We were just soldiering on there through the beginning and middle part of the race -- just doing what we could to make adjustments on it and make it better to try to get it up through the field. Fortunately, there at the end , we got a couple runs there where we got some fresh tires on it and got it handling better where we could drive it and race up through the field and pass some guys. We came home third tonight -- a reasonable finish, something we probably didn't deserve, but we'll take it."
What happened after the race?
"It all started there on the last lap coming out of turn two -- Steven Wallace got a better run off the corner than I did and instead of pulling out and passing, he hit me in the back end and jacked me up and jacked me sideways. Luckily, I was able to straighten it out and get into turn three behind him. He probably knew I was going to spin him out so he moved up the track and let me go by him. We came home third and instead of him passing me clean -- we ended up third and he ended up fifth. Just being an idiot and I went up and told him that you mess with the bull and you're going to get the horns. I didn't appreciate what he did so I told him what I thought about it and he can get hurt very easily here."
What happens after this -- do you both talk and forget about it?
"That's Rusty Wallace's kid so I'm not sure you're going to be able to talk to him much and get through his head, but we'll see. Probably I won't and he's probably not even driving Ritchie Wauter's Super Late Models anymore either. We've got a lot of things that go on, but this is just a little piece of the pie. I race in the Sprint Cup Series and my main goal is to get that M&Ms Toyota running up front."
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