BRIAN VICKERS, No. 32 Dollar General Stores Toyota Camry, Braun Racing Finishing Position: 2nd How was your race today? "It was a good run. I don't think we were ever -- there was one run where we got out there and led for a while towards...
No. 32 Dollar General Stores Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Finishing Position: 2nd
How was your race today?
"It was a good run. I don't think we were ever -- there was one run where we got out there and led for a while towards the end of a run. We were better on the long runs than we were on the short runs. We had a good car. Probably the two best cars were the 18 (Kyle Busch) and the 20 (Joey Logano). They just had a little bit more and that's kind of been the trend with those guys. Don't get me wrong, I'm so proud of the effort by Braun Racing, Dollar General and Toyota, TRD -- the whole group of guys on the team for the resources and what they have. I think they do a tremendous job with them. Obviously, battling two Cup- affiliated teams with programs that are run like Cup teams, it's difficult, it's challenging. Obviously, those are two really good cars and they show it every week. I think we fought them hard. We had a good run, we raced with them all day long. We took a chance there at the end and pitted and we figured more guys were going to come in behind us and they didn't so we kind of had an uphill battle to get our track position back. By the time we got there at the end of the race, starting fourth, I felt like we had a good shot at it even though I felt the 20 (Joey Logano) car was a little bit better. I thought having newer tires would be better off, but I didn't realize until after the race was over that they told me he pitted two or three laps or six laps I guess prior to that caution (before we pitted). Some of those laps were caution, some were green flag but, nonetheless, he had fairly new tires. The difference between him and I wasn't significant. I went down in turn one right behind him and I wanted to go to the outside, that was my first reaction, thinking he had older tires because I figured he'd wash out and I'd get under him and pass him coming off the corner. He just booted on through there and we got tight and he got away from us and that's that."
Why are these races so wild?
"I think its two things. One, these tracks have a bad rap because as you saw today, they can produce amazing races. You have a race track where we can run all the way against the wall, we can run on the white line and we can run everywhere in between. There was one stint there where we were running practically four and five wide for the lead, all picking different leads going through the corner and then coming back together in the straight aways. I think it makes for great racing. When the tracks wore out and slick than you can move around and find grip. The double-file restarts to the next point adds a lot to that. It basically puts you side-by-side and puts you back on even playing field instead of single-file dealing with aero issues. I think that adds a lot to it as well."
Did you have something for Joey Logano at the end of the race?
"I felt like we did. I didn't realize he had tires as well. I thought he was on the same tires as the rest of the guys that didn't pit when we came in. Knowing that, I probably would have picked the outside, or I would have tried to pass him on the outside instead of running behind him. I figured with older tires he'd ride down in there and have to slow down or slide up the race track a little bit and I'd get under him coming off like I did a lot of the other guys. That was my fault, I should have known that, I should have asked at least. I just didn't think he had tires and obviously he already knew he had a good car but I felt like us having tires would have made the difference, but like I said I didn't know he was in the same boat."
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