KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Pizza Ranch Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Finishing Position: 2nd How would you describe that battle at the finish? "It was a good battle, but the Pizza Ranch Toyota wasn't good enough today, I guess or I wasn't good...
No. 18 Pizza Ranch Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 2nd
How would you describe that battle at the finish?
"It was a good battle, but the Pizza Ranch Toyota wasn't good enough today, I guess or I wasn't good enough , probably me. We fought tight off all day and then there at the end we were loose off. I don't know what to do to win these races. Very, very disappointing, very, very frustrating and I guess I just come here to finish second in these deals."
What do you think of the first Nationwide race at Iowa?
"It was a good race hopefully for the fans with (Brad) Keselowski and I battling it out there at the end. Unfortunately we weren't quite good enough there to beat him even though we came in and we took two tires. We thought we were going to have what we needed in order to beat him but we were fighting tight all day, center off the corner and there at the last run I was loose. Apparently I don't know what I need in my race cars in order to win these races at the end of them. It's a frustrating day. I really want to thank Pizza Ranch and Toyota, all the guys that worked on the car and worked awfully hard to fix our problem all weekend but we were just never good enough really to keep up with the 88 (Brad Keselowski). He passed us every run and took off and checked out. We knew we had a second-place car today but when you're that close and you have fresher tires than the other guy you should be able to beat him."
What does it mean to tie the series record for most consecutive top-two finishes?
"I wish they were all first, that'd certainly be nice then we'd have broken another record - we'd have the most wins in a single season. Man, I should be so grateful and so happy to finish second but I am not. When you finish second 12 times in a year, I'm sorry guys, but when you finish second (this many) times it just gets to you and gets to you really, really bad because there's only one car in front of you that you needed to beat that day and you didn't get the job done. Whether it's me, the car - I have no idea. I put all the pressure on myself to come out here and win these things, and when I don't get the job done I feel like I let my team down."
Were you surprised Brad Keselowski was able to pass you at the end?
"Not really, I had been fighting tight center-off all day and we made an adjustment there on that final stop and we finally got it loose. Then I was just loose, I was chattering the right rear of the last five, eight laps, whatever we had that last restart. It was just a matter of time. He had such good drive off the corners and good turn-ability that he was just able to have the best car out there today and I felt like the tires were going to be the right call to win the race and it looked like they were. If we could have went green the rest of the way I might have been able to hold him off. When you start on fresh tires and go a whole run, (tires) are better than if you get a caution. When we got that caution it just brought his tires back to my tires, so we were basically even after that. You go out there and you run eight laps, you come in and work on your car, you go back out there and your car is fast for three or four laps. It's the same if it was on new or old tires for the first four laps. Tires were so hard today, I wasn't a fan of them at all that I feel like that was a product of not better racing than what we had here today, too was a hard tire."
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