KYLE BUSCH , No. 18 Z-Line Designs Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Finishing Position: 2nd Did you have anything for Joey Logano at the end? "It was unfortunate there we had to settle for second. Congratulations to Joey (Logano) and those guys.
, No. 18 Z-Line Designs Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 2nd
Did you have anything for Joey Logano at the end?
"It was unfortunate there we had to settle for second. Congratulations to Joey (Logano) and those guys. It's another Joe Gibbs one-two and it seems like it's always this way anyways. Second best is just that. We weren't the best car out there tonight and Joey (Logano) was better than us."
Was clean air the difference for tonight's winner?
"It was just clean air. We just saw it tonight -- it was a product of clean air. Even us on newer tires, if I could have gotten to Joey's (Logano) outside there that one time on the second lap on that restart, I would have had him . But I couldn't get there and he was able to get the clean air and pull away. That's what I did earlier in the day until you catch lap traffic then you start slowing down and those guys slow you down that much and everybody else catches up. It's just a product of what it is."
How was your race?
"Joey (Logano) had a better car than us tonight. We worked all through practice trying to get the thing to where it would tighten up into the corner and never really found that balance. It was always loose getting in, so you just can't cha rge the corners and that's where I felt I was getting beat. Overall, it was a good night and we led a lot of laps.
"We still ended up getting beat there. Lapped traffic was a pain in the neck tonight. This track is just so aero-sensitive that you get around anyone and you slow down a half-second then the guys behind you catch up. That one run I got through traffic just barely before Joey (Logano) did, and then he got stalled in traffic and I pulled back away. It is just a product of the way the cars are with the race track tonight. There really wasn't an outside lane. I tried going out there a few times and it was even looser up there. Unfortunately, we just didn't have what it took and settled for second."
Did you think taking your final pit stop was the right call?
"We had two (tires) and I felt like those two were going to be good enough in order to be able to beat him. I might have been able to if I was able to get by Joey (Logano) on the outside of turn two there with like two laps after the restart. I was just right to his corner and he closed the door on me. I wasn't able to get up there.
"I felt like they (No. 20 team) made the wrong call there and we were going to all go right by him because when you run laps on these tires they slow down about a second in eight or 10 laps. We never had a restart where anybody was in on the same tire so we didn't know how they were going to restart. They restarted running the same lap times if they were four brand new tires. With the product of him being out front in clean air and the tires restarting at a good lap time then that made all the difference."
Did the long green runs affect your race strategy?
"It was good to see a good, clean race out there and nothing really get torn up. I don't even know what the caution was for in the middle part of the race there but NASCAR is famous for that. We've got a car in one piece and those restarts weren't that bad tonight so I thought about what I needed to do on the restart and I needed to beat the 32 (Brian Vickers) or the 60 (Carl Edwards) up the lead but we never got there. The 20 (Joey Logano) was just that strong."
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