KYLE BUSCH , No. 18 Farm Bureau Insurance Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Finished: 2nd How bad did you want to win this race? "We wanted to win here badly. Congratulations to the 20 team -- obviously that's three straight for their car. That...
, No. 18 Farm Bureau Insurance Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
How bad did you want to win this race?
"We wanted to win here badly. Congratulations to the 20 team -- obviously that's three straight for their car. That car is awfully strong and hard to beat every week anyway but that restrictor plate car is strong, too. I've got to say thanks to Farm Bureau, Toyota, NOS Energy drink and MAC Tools. I was pretty comfortable tonight and the guys gave me a great Butler built seat. All is well, I guess, finishing second. First Farm Bureau finish of the year so that's always nice to have as well instead of tearing up a perfectly good race car there."
What happened on those final two laps?
"I just knew that we got a green-white checker restart and the 5 (Dale Earnhardt Jr.) really, really hung back on us and we kind of hung back on the 20 (Denny Hamlin) but when we got a little run down the back straightaway I just pulled inline and did what a teammate would do. I'm glad we were able to get a JGR (Joe Gibbs Racing) car in Victory Lane and wish it was us but that 20 team is awfully hard to beat. That's three straight for them in restrictor plate cars so it's a special car."
Was there no where you could go when you made a move to the outside coming down the stretch?
"No, there's not enough momentum and that car is too strong. He (Denny Hamlin) could pull right up back along side of me, side-draft me and drag me back. I could've lost more spots going for that."
What are your thoughts on the race tonight?
"It was a good night for JGR (Joe Gibbs Racing) that's for sure. The 20 car (Denny Hamlin) being as strong as it has been all year long and of course that restrictor plate car -- that's three in a row for that thing this year. Just a tremendous opportunity there for us to capitalize on a good night and thankfully that was the first finish for Farm Bureau in the Nationwide Series for the JGR (Joe Gibbs Racing) camp. I'm glad we were able to give them that tonight. I felt like we had a good car and battled upfront all night long and stayed in position to win. I felt like I drove probably one of the smartest if not the smartest races out there tonight. I just kept my stuff on the bottom and had a fast car where I could stay out of trouble and didn't have to maneuver around too much and find something that would work for my car. My car just seemed to work on the bottom the best. Overall, a good night and the green-white checker made it a little more exciting for the fans but I knew there wasn't going to be much to get around that 20 (Denny Hamlin). He was just too much."
How unbelievable has that No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing car been this year?
"It is. In Daytona testing here that 20 car was so strong that we cut mine up and tried to make it a duplicate and just couldn't get it done for the February race and we cut it apart for Talladega and still didn't get it. Then we cut it apart again and still didn't get it tonight. It's the closest it's been but still not what the 20 car is. It's definitely really, really strong. For them to have the type of season that they're having it's just unbelievable. Whoever gets in that thing seems to win. Thankfully I was apart of that in a race earlier this year at Mexico City, had a shot at Atlanta and missed out there, and had a shot at Nashville and missed out there. It's been a good ride for that team, that's for sure."
What happened with the missed communication on the pit stops with Denny Hamlin?
"We were going down the back straightaway and it was 78 or 77 -- one of the two and we were either supposed to be on pit road on lap 78 or 79 -- I don't remember which one. But anyways, we were going down the back and it was one lap shy of when we were supposed to come in and Denny was waving like, I'm pitting this time, I'm pitting this time.' And so I figured if he was going to come this time then I'm just going to come with him and he came off of turn four and kept digging and I was slowing down so I don't know what happened there. I don't know why he was waving unless he was just saying hi. Somehow we just missed communication there. It didn't really matter much. I got out in front of him after the pit stops were over and he charged right back through the field and had one lap fresher tires, which really didn't make the difference. He just had a faster car and got by us all."
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