JOHNNY BENSON , No. 23 Toyota Certified Used Vehicles Tundra, Bill Davis Racing Finished: 1st How does it feel to be in 'Victory Lane' tonight? "This is awesome, awesome. Trip Bruce (crew chief) is the man. He just really built a great truck.
, No. 23 Toyota Certified Used Vehicles Tundra, Bill Davis Racing
How does it feel to be in 'Victory Lane' tonight?
"This is awesome, awesome. Trip Bruce (crew chief) is the man. He just really built a great truck. It was tough. Have to thank TRD and Toyota for the great bodies and the great horsepower. It ran good, but it wasn't easy today. It may have looked easy, it was just a little slick out there today. We had great pit stops. We played a little strategy because we had a loose right front tire -- which I'm glad that caution came out. These guys continue to do a great job "
How does it feel to be pack in the lead in the point standings?
"The race was great. We were in the points lead for those two races which was great. I made a mistake at Memphis and over- revved the engine. We were running second (at Memphis) and had a great run and I felt we would have continued to run well. Trip Bruce (crew chief) and the guys -- time and time -- have done a tremendous job on our Tundra. It's just a pleasure to go out there and race with these guys and have an opportunity to win races. Our goal is to try and win the championship. Man, everybody that has got up there in the points has definitely had issues. If you would back up the last two seasons -- with the amount of issues that we all have had -- there's no way that any of us should win the championship based off the last two years. It's been amazing on that aspect. It's great for Craftsman to have a points battle that's just unbelievable. It's a lot of fun to be a part of, I can tell you that."
How did you make that pass in turn three to take the lead?
"It was pretty cool on my end. There are a couple other guys that didn't like it. We got such a great run off turn two. We started fourth and there were some lapped cars in there. They got tied up just a little bit and I had a tremendous run off turn two. I got alongside the 18 (Dennis Setzer) and I thought; "We're in pretty good shape here.' I figured I would hold him up a little bit and we both had a good run on the 22 (Michael Annett). I knew it was going to be -- obviously, a 50-50 shot -- whether he was going to get off the gas and push him a little bit or turn left. He turned left like I expected him to so I had to turn left. So, it was a mad dash down to the corner. It was just a mad dash down the corner. I went into the corner straight. I stayed as low as I could. Hopefully, I gave those gave those guys more than enough room. At that point in time I' m sure I had the best spot. I'm glad the 22 (Michael Annett) was able to come out of there in second-place and have a one-two finish for Bill Davis Racing."
Does this win give you some momentum?
"I think we've been good all year. We had our problems at Atlanta which kind of hurt us there. We had problems at Martinsville. Of course, last week (Memphis) we had the engine problem. That was probably the huge hurt because that was preventable and the other ones may have not been. Just week in and week out Trip (Bruce, crew chief) gives me something that is capable of winning the race, or at least running in the top-five, for sure. If we can see the front and get there, I'm clearly confident that if we work hard, we'll get there. Bill and Gail Davis gave me a great opportunity to have fun. This is way cool for us."
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