KYLE BUSCH, No. 32 Beringer Vineyards Toyota Camry, Braun Racing Finished: 2nd How strong was your car today? "This Beringer Toyota was pretty awesome today. The guys with Braun Racing, Trent Owens (crew chief) and all the guys at the shop...
No. 32 Beringer Vineyards Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
How strong was your car today?
"This Beringer Toyota was pretty awesome today. The guys with Braun Racing, Trent Owens (crew chief) and all the guys at the shop were great. We had a seat fiasco -- we had to go through and get a seat in this car, but everybody dug in and worked hard and got this thing prepared. We were pretty successful when we unloaded here in practice, but we didn't quite have enough for that 20 (Tony Stewart) car. I don't know if it was down the straight-away or not, but this motor was definitely down a little from the 99 (David Reutimann) because he was pretty stout. Hopefully we can figure something out with TRD (Toyota Racing Development) on what we can do to make ours better." How was the battle with David Reutimann early in the race?
"It was and there at the beginning of the race I think we were racing a little too hard. He side-drafted me and doored me getting into turn one, which is what spun me out with my brother (Kurt Busch) at the All-Star race and I didn't appreciate that. I was pretty upset there, but we cleaned it up and got it back going. We had to come down pit road and fix a chassis adjustment that went the wrong way on us. Again we passed the most cars this weekend, but they don't pay passing points so we need to change that."
Did you feel like you would have had something for Stewart in the closing laps?
"Tony (Stewart) was pretty much in a league of his own all day for some reason. I felt like we were down on motor from what the 99 (David Reutimann) was -- I never got a chance to race around the 20 to see what his was like. It was just frustrating to have to battle down the straight-away with a guy that had more motor behind you. I felt like we had the best handling car through the corner for much of the day. Overall, having to come back from the back a couple times -- it was a good race out there. These cars are hard to pass in and hard to make up ground in because everyone is so equal under the hood or close to that you can't make up ground exiting the corner because you're all just wide open. Whatever you car has underneath the hood is about all it's got."
How focused were you on the possibility of leading the points in all three series after this race?
"The biggest thing we try to do is to get results and get wins -- that is the optimum thing that you want to do it to get your team to victory lane. We weren't able to capitalize on that today with either car, but the truck series we were able to. It just means that either I have more work to do or whatever to get my stuff a little bit better to get to victory lane. It's been a good weekend for me. You can't really complain coming out of two weekends off and all six finishes in the top-five."
Do you feel like you're pushing your teammates at Joe Gibbs Racing to perform better?
"Not really. I think if you ask Tony (Stewart) that, he already said that. He felt like me coming on board was going to elevate Joe Gibbs Racing and make those guys have to drive harder. For me, I just go out there and do what my car can do. If it's a 20th place car, then I finish 20th on those days and if it's a 30th place car then I normally wreck it. With a top-five car, I can finish up there and on a bad day, then it's a top-10. It's more about what your car will give you and today Tony didn't have quite the car that he wanted in the Cup series, but he was able to come home seventh. Here he was the class of the field and was able to lead the most laps and win the thing."
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