Loudon: Winning team interview

KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Toyota Tundra, Kyle Busch Motorsports Finishing Position: 1st How exciting of a finish was this win for you? "It was man, it was a close race. Myself and (Kevin) Harvick just battled it out all day long. I can tell you...

KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Toyota Tundra, Kyle Busch Motorsports
Finishing Position: 1st

How exciting of a finish was this win for you?

"It was man, it was a close race. Myself and (Kevin) Harvick just battled it out all day long. I can tell you what, it's nice to have a comfortable seat in the SFI Butler seat was comfortable today and going to have the same thing for tomorrow, so that's good. I can't thank these guys and this team enough. All they want to do is come out and win races and that's what we're doing. I'm so proud to have guys like Eric Phillips (crew chief) and Rick Ren (KBM competition director and general manager) and all the guys that work so hard on this team. They do such a great job and they gave me a good piece today. I tried messing it up, I couldn't go for the first 20 laps or so and then after that we could run away. It took that long just to get going. I knew if we were going to have a race with late cautions, it was going to be a pain in the butt. I can't thank Toyota enough and Traxxas, Flexco, NOS Energy Drink, Marquis Jets, Electric Sunglasses and Gillette -- I have a lot of people that have been on here this thing all year long and it's worth it for them. Hopefully we can get somebody to come on for next year, even if we have to peace it together, it would be nice to come back and return and have someone drive this piece again and be able to race it with me. Thank Camping World and also the fans, it was cool today."

Did you think James Buescher or Kevin Harvick had anything for you at the end of the race?

"I just had to get going.  It was like once I got going after 20 laps I could run away from those guys but my stuff wouldn't come in,
it was more of a long run truck.  We've been working on trying to get our stuff to go a little bit more in the beginning of these races
and we haven't quite found it yet.  We'll continue to work.  It's nice to get to victory lane."

How hard did you hit the wall on the final restart?

"On the restart before that, I kind of got washed up into the marbles and stuff. Unfortunately I got back there, behind the 31 (James Buescher). On that last restart, I knew I needed to have a good run through (turns) one and two. If I didn't clear him off of (turn) two, he was going to run all the way down the back straightaway and side draft me and get back alongside of me and get me loose in (turn) three. I knew I had to clear him regardless of what was going to happen, I had to clear him. I tried rubbing off on him and he was still there a little bit and it turned me in the wall. It was a hard hit, it knocked my helmet crooked. I wasn't sure what I had getting down into turn three but those guys got to racing back there and the truck felt fine through three and four. I was surprised really that it felt the way it did and we were just able to mosey around for the next couple laps and bring it home. I was glad that it was okay enough to drive. I'm sure after 30 laps or so it would get tight because it knocked the fender in pretty bad. Overall it wasn't that bad, but you have to do what you have to do in order to win the races coming down towards the end and the last restart on a green-white-checker, you got to go."

ERIC PHILLIPS, crew chief, No. 18 Toyota Tundra, Kyle Busch Motorsports

What was your view of Saturday's race from the pit box?

"The pit crew did a good job. The first stop was flawless, we beat Kevin (Harvick) out of the pits pretty easily. The second stop, we knew we had to make our truck better and made the decision to make a track bar adjustment and it probably hurt us a little bit on our pit stop. Kyle (Busch) behind the wheel got back in front on that restart and it was an important part of their day."

-source: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Kevin Harvick , James Buescher , Kyle Busch
Teams Kyle Busch Motorsports