KYLE BUSCH, No. 51 Miccosukee Resorts Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports Starting Position: 3rd How was your qualifying run? "Our run was good for the Miccosukee Toyota. It was pretty good so I'm happy with a third-place there. I wish...
No. 51 Miccosukee Resorts Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports
Starting Position: 3rd
How was your qualifying run?
"Our run was good for the Miccosukee Toyota. It was pretty good so I'm happy with a third-place there. I wish we were a little bit better. I felt like our truck was better than that. I knew it was going to be hard to beat the 2 (Cale Gale) and the 33 (Ron Hornaday Jr.). Fortunately we beat the 33 but the 2 was right on. Congratulations to Rick Crawford -- that was pretty cool that he stole the pole out from under us being his sponsor's home state. Overall for us the truck stuck real well. I held it wide open and hopefully we can expect some of that tomorrow night."
What happened with the hauler fire and how has your team worked together to get the truck ready for today?
"That's the primary truck (I ran today) that was in the hauler that got burned up. Fortunately, that's truck (chassis) 11 -- that's our baby. The backup truck got smoked. It's a good thing it didn't happen in the trailer going down to Atlanta because 11 was our backup for Atlanta so we probably would've lost her. Twenty-seven is a truck that we ran at Atlanta. It got smoked. I say smoked as in 'burnt up' and pretty much destroyed. The rest of the hauler, from what I've seen pictures of and from what I've heard, the only thing that made it out of it was the pit box which is pretty scared up which is over in the garage area and the truck 11. Everything else is pretty much gone and a waste. It's unfortunate for Billy (Ballew) and his financial situation. I'm sure the million dollars in insurance isn't going to cover what was lost in that trailer. It's a pretty big devastation to all of us and luckily we've got a great surrounding with NASCAR and all of the fellow competitors where the Germains have stepped up and they're going to loan us a trailer to use for the rest of the year. So hopefully we'll be able to continue on with our good success. Tomorrow night hopefully we can show that we're still as strong as we've always been here at Texas and run up front and try to win this thing. It's always come down to coming out of the pits on the last stop and unfortunately for me I've never been the first one off pit road on the last stop here. I've always had to come from a ways back and I don't expect it to be any different tomorrow. We've had some scrubs on our pit crew this year that have been terrible so we've got some recruiting to do."
Was the truck that you are using here this weekend on the hauler that burned?
"Yeah, the truck that we're using here today was on the hauler. It was the primary so the fire didn't quite get to it. It was all smoked out and the inside doesn't smell too pretty. It was all full of black soot. You couldn't even read the door number on it this morning."
Could you tell while you were driving it besides the smell of the truck that it had been in a fire?
"No, there was nothing wrong with it. Everything was good on it fortunately. I guess they came in here last night at 12:30 (AM) or one o'clock and the motor guys -- the fire guys that took the back door down and they were just spraying water on that truck and there was so much water that was in it that it filled all of the cylinders and the intake manifold all the way up to the carburetor. When they pulled the carburetor off there was just a pool of water sitting there at the top of the intake so they pumped all of the water out of it last night and shot it full of lubricants in order to try to oil up the cylinders so the motor wouldn't cease up when they fired it. They ran it for an hour last night and everything ran well with it today. It seems like everything is just normal with it."
How bad does the inside of the truck smell?
"It's not terrible. I guess I'll put a car freshener in it in the morning -- hang it from the mirror and let her eat."
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