Phoenix: Kyle Busch post race interview

KYLE BUSCH , No. 51 Miccosukee Resort Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports Finishing Position: 2nd How was your race tonight? "We weren't as good as the 4 (Kevin Harvick). We did the best that we can and that's all that we could come home...

KYLE BUSCH , No. 51 Miccosukee Resort Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports
Finishing Position: 2nd

How was your race tonight?

"We weren't as good as the 4 (Kevin Harvick). We did the best that we can and that's all that we could come home with. He (Kevin Harvick) kicked our butt pretty bad last year and we got a gain on it this year and that gain right there, we need another one and we'll be able to keep up with them or try to at least beat him. We kept up with him tonight but needed a little more."

Did you feel that you had a race-winning truck tonight?

"We didn't have enough for the (Kevin) Harvick trucks tonight. (Ron) Hornaday kind of battled for a championship, played it smart and (Kevin) Harvick was really fast like I said before. We came home second. It was a good day for the Miccosukee Toyota Tundra. We gained from last year. (Kevin) Harvick whooped our butt pretty bad last year but we gained on it a little bit. If we had another gain like that we probably would be able to keep up with him or win."

Did you feel like Kevin Harvick had a big advantage over you?

"It wasn't bad, it was about what I expected. I expected the 4 (Kevin Harvick) truck to be really, really good in which he was. I guess he wasn't driving in the beginning of the race. He was just holding back seeing what everybody had. Our truck was good. We made a gain on it from last year to this year distancewise from (Kevin) Harvick. Harvick was just stupid fast last year. This year I felt like we made a gain. If we can make another one of those gains next year then we'll be right on him. Overall, the Miccosukee Tundra was good. We led some laps and tried to go for the win but just didn't quite have enough on those restarts there."

Do you think the 51 truck has a chance at winning the owner's championship next weekend?

"I can't close the gap, I've got to take that gap. They're going to race next week hard as ever. They're going to go and try to win the race. That's going to be the plan. They've got the driver's championship locked up so if they go out there and try to win the race and are successful at that then we can't catch them. But if they go out there and try to win the race and have problems by having issues whether it's a wreck or engine or a tire -- it could be anything. That's why we race races. Hopefully we can battle it out and have a good, strong run and see if we can't beat them. Sixty points, I don't know how many spots that is but I take it that it's probably 17 or so. So it's going to be hard to do."

-credit: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Kyle Busch