JOEY LOGANO , No. 20 GameStop Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Finishing Position: 2nd Did you have a chance to win before what happened at the end of the race with Kyle Busch? "I had a great car for sure. The GameStop Toyota was good and we ...
, No. 20 GameStop Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 2nd
Did you have a chance to win before what happened at the end of the race with Kyle Busch?
"I had a great car for sure. The GameStop Toyota was good and we led a lot of laps. I felt like I had a really good shot of winning this thing. At the end I just screwed up. That's pretty much what happened. I got behind Kyle (Busch) on the restart and I finally had a good restart. He's been kicking my butt every restart -- kicking my butt through the first corner. I was trying to stay right up on him. I wasn't going to make the move right then into that corner. I figured he would just blow my doors in so I was going to stay with him through the first corner and try to make a move after that. I got right up on his bumper and he went into one and let up earlier than I thought he was going to and I hit him in the back and that was pretty much what happened. It's completely my fault. I was just surprised. There was no room for error where I positioned my car right behind him. As soon as he checked up a little bit and I was expecting him to drive in there harder that's when I got in the back of him."
Do you think Kyle Busch had a tire going down or missed a shift on that restart?
"I don't know. I tried to come over his radio when the race was over, but I don't think I had the right channel to talk to him on my radio there. He actually spun his tires on the restart and that's why he didn't have a good start and allowed me to get up on him. As far as the right-front (tire) down, I don't know. I thought by the time that I got off of him we were going forward enough that he should've been able to make the turn, but I'm not in his race car and I don't know exactly what happened."
Did you feel you had a shot at winning at the end?
"Oh yeah. Really, I thought my car was better on the short run. I'd take off pretty good and then I'd get really loose and that's when I lost it to a few cars and my car would start sliding back up and I'd start reeling cars back in. If it was a real long run I thought I'd have something. A 15- or 20-lap run I didn't have nothing for. The short run going into the last start, yeah, I really thought I had something for him. I thought we might've had something for him before that restart there right before we had the caution, I thought I had something for him, too. I got my fenders knocked in. Kyle (Busch) got his fenders knocked in. You're not passing them, you're dodging them. That's just what it comes down too. I don't know what happened to Kyle's car there at the end of the race, but I know he had a fender knocked in and I don't know if that was enough to cut his tire down and if it did or not."
Were you in any danger of losing one of your tires during the race?
"Yeah, I had a left-front fender knocked in on my left-front tire. I didn't even know it really. I know I knocked it in a little bit, but I didn't think I hit it hard enough to knock it into the tire. Yeah, it just rubbed enough on the side wall probably."
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