BUSCH FINISHES SECOND IN INDY BARNBURNER; NOS ENERGY DRINK DRIVER GOES FROM 41ST TO SECOND CLERMONT, Ind. (July 25, 2009) - Kyle Busch's NOS Energy Drink Toyota wasn't the perfect car on Saturday night, but Busch and crew sure made it look ...
BUSCH FINISHES SECOND IN INDY BARNBURNER; NOS ENERGY DRINK DRIVER GOES FROM 41ST TO SECOND
CLERMONT, Ind. (July 25, 2009) - Kyle Busch's NOS Energy Drink Toyota wasn't the perfect car on Saturday night, but Busch and crew sure made it look formidable.
Busch engaged in a thrill-filled battle with eventual winner Carl Edwards in the closing laps of the Kroger 200 at O'Reilly Raceway Park and brought a tight-handling race car home in second-place. The runner- up finish adds to what is already an impeccable record at ORP for Busch in Nationwide Series competition (he has two wins at the facility) and a sterling 2009 Nationwide Series season which includes six wins and now six second-place finishes.
The podium finish wasn't necessarily an easy find for the 18 team. Starting 41st due to Busch's travel obligations between ORP and Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Busch made quick work of the field, slicing his way through traffic and putting himself in the top-ten in the running order on lap 50. Busch continued his ascent through the field, but a blistering-fast pit stop from his NOS Energy Drink pit crew after a lap 90 caution provided the power shot needed to propel Busch into the lead.
Busch led a total of 32 laps on the evening, which included the side-by-side battle with Edwards for a nine-lap stretch before a tight-handling condition that had plagued Busch for the majority of the evening kept the Las Vegas native from making a final charge to the front.
Busch now leads Edwards by 192 points in the NASCAR Nationwide Series standings.
Do you think you had a winning car tonight? "We just didn't have a good car today. We fought it in practice. That's a good way to come home second with everything we faced. We should've fell back to fifth or sixth or something like that. We didn't give up there. We made one more stop than Carl (Edwards) did and tried to make our car better on adjustments but just didn't have it today. I feel like I know a couple of things that we missed on today and Jason (Ratcliff, crew chief) and I will try to make it better."
Are you proud of your team for having such great pit stops today? "The guys on pit road have been flawless on pit road all year and it comes down to that sometimes and this year it might come down to that. We've got such competitive cars and we're both talented drivers but sometimes it will be pit road and other times it might be contact on the race track."
What were those last laps like when you were battling with Carl Edwards? "It was a tough, hard fought battle. We had what we had and we gave it all we could and we came up short. He (Carl Edwards) was better than us all night and he proved it driving by us on the run before and just getting to my inside all of the time and if my car was as good as his I should've been able to stay ahead of him or drive away."