KYLE BUSCH, No. 51 Miccosukee Resorts/NOS Energy Drink Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports Finished: 2nd Can you talk about how your truck was handling throughout the night? "In the beginning, it was just plowing tight and the front end...
No. 51 Miccosukee Resorts/NOS Energy Drink Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports
Can you talk about how your truck was handling throughout the night?
"In the beginning, it was just plowing tight and the front end wasn't hitting the race track. We have to have the front end down on the race track to get the most grip out of the truck and get the splitter down. If there's any air that goes underneath the truck, it just kills it. We had too much air underneath the truck at the beginning. We took some rounds out of the front, and got the front end to work better. Then, it was just sideways loose up off the corner. This tire, me not getting to practice on it, I didn't know if it was going to go loose or if it was going to go tight. We were sideways there in the middle of the runs, absolutely just barely hanging on."
Are you disappointed that you didn't win the race?
"We finished second for Billy Ballew. That's what matters the most. I know we lost points to Hornaday, I'm sure he led the most lost, but we'll take a good finish we can. We've struggled here in the past few weeks of getting finishes we need. Dover, we messed up. Charlotte, we messed up. Here, we lost a little, but we gained on a lot of other guys. So, we can go to Michigan and try to win there."
Can you talk about what the team had to do to make this truck handle for you?
"We fixed it and made the most of it. You have to give it to this team. They worked hard all day, I'm sure. They unloaded with a good base line and J.R. (Norris) did the best he could. But, man, it just wasn't for me at the beginning. We worked on it and made so many adjustments on it all night. Luckily, we made it home second. Congratulations to Ron (Hornaday). I just didn't get a good restart there at the end. I couldn't make a race out of it."
How hard was the truck to drive tonight?
"It's a testament to this team. They did a great job, but the thing wasn't my truck at the beginning. It was a piece of (crap). We worked on it and made it the best we could. It just wasn't a second-place truck at all. It was probably an eighth-place truck. We made the most of it tonight and came home second. All we have to do is go to Pocono and practice tomorrow and then go to Nashville."
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