KYLE BUSCH, No. 51 Miccosukee Resort Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports Finishing Position: 2nd What happened when you lost the lead to Colin Braun? "I screwed up - the guy (Norm Benning) didn't hold his line. I tried to go low on him...
No. 51 Miccosukee Resort Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports
Finishing Position: 2nd
What happened when you lost the lead to Colin Braun?
"I screwed up - the guy (Norm Benning) didn't hold his line. I tried to go low on him and just messed up. I hate it for the team - they deserve to win this race. I think we could have held them off if we were out front. The Miccosukee Tundra was the best its ever been here. Another second place, but very frustrating. We'll go on to Kentucky now and finish second to Joey Logano there."
Were you frustrated about losing the lead?
"It was just a mistake by the driver. I saw a lapped truck running a lane up off the bottom and I had been liking to run on the bottom. I went into the corner underneath him and he kept coming down and coming across. Unfortunately, I lost all the momentum and all the speed that I had. Colin (Braun) just drove right by on the top. I lost the race for us - my fault. The team deserved it - they had a great Tundra out there. The guys did an awesome job preparing this thing. It was the fastest I have ever been here and the most laps I've ever led here in a truck. It was fun while it lasted."
Did you have any chance to catch Colin Braun after he passed you?
"Clean air was it. I knew that if I could have held him off then I would have been the same way. It seemed like after about 30 laps - 25, 28, 30 laps on tires, the other guys behind us would just continually falling back and that's all I did. I drove my tires off trying to keep up with him and pass him back, but didn't have anything."
What is your opinion of Colin Braun?
"He's done well - he's done well in the Nationwide Series too. Last year, he ran at ORP (O'Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis), qualified second, ran second to me much of the race. I don't know if he ended up second or third or something like that. He's been impressive. He's had some tough ways though - it was my fault at Charlotte he crashed out and then two weeks ago he had a tire problem at Dover - same as us. He's shown some speed, he's shown some potential. It hasn't been week in and week out, but it seems to be getting better more with experience."
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