KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Z-Line Designs Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Finishing Position: 1st How excited are you to win this race after not being able to practice in your car today? "It's pretty phenomenal the race cars these guys put out. This is...
No. 18 Z-Line Designs Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 1st
How excited are you to win this race after not being able to practice in your car today?
"It's pretty phenomenal the race cars these guys put out. This is my 54th win in a Toyota -- can you believe that? There's been an awful lot of them. I'm real proud of those guys and I can't thank them enough. Z-Line Designs -- Jim and Monica (Sexton, owners), of course NOS Energy Drink, Combos, Marquis Jets, Gillette, the fans, man -- what an awesome turnout this week. It was phenomenal. It was really, really cool."
How impressed were you with the adjustments Jason Ratcliff made tonight to give you a race-winning car?
"On that restart there when Trevor (Bayne) and I were side by side it was probably like the third or fourth one and I was able to get by the 99 (Trevor Bayne) and kind of check out a little bit. I was like, 'Ah, well the adjustments we just made worked, that was pretty good.' I'm real proud of Jason (Ratcliff, crew chief) thinking about how to make this car better. I didn't think we had it. It was the same feel as we had last year and I was like, 'Man, it's just not coming off the corner the way I need it to be.' And we were able to dial it in and get it to where we needed it. So, I can't thank these guys enough. Jason, Brad Coleman (practice driver) did a great job for me -- the pit crew gave me awesome stops all night. I was worried there with (Kevin) Harvick taking two tires. I was like, 'Man, same thing as last year. I'm going to get beat by two.' But, I got into my rhythm and I got going and just started clicking laps and got up to Harvick there and beat him. So, hopefully he waits for me so I can get my ride home."
How special is it for you that this is your 75th NASCAR victory tonight?
"It's pretty big. Man, it's a lot of them, but it's not quite where I want to be. The big number is 200 so hopefully I can get there. We're 25 away from cracking halfway there and I might be able to get it here in the next two years so that would be pretty cool."
How was your run?
"Starting out it was just a little edgy with the sun still on the track and the track real hot it was a little slick. Trevor (Bayne) was really good there in the beginning. Our car was just a little bit too tight. Late center and exit of the turns I couldn't get it to where I could get the power down the way I wanted. The sun started going down, the track started cooling off and we started freeing up the car and the car was really good. I can't say enough about Jason (Ratcliff, crew chief) and these guys just giving me an awesome race car. Coming out here with Z-Line Designs and NOS Energy Drink, Combos, all the people that make this program special. Jason and Brad Coleman did a good job working on the thing for me, getting it to where it was a race-winning car tonight. We were fast last year but came up a little bit short, but this year was really good being able to lead that many laps and run upfront like that. (Kevin) Harvick scared us a little bit there at the end putting on two and having a good jump there on us on the restart there, but we ran him down and were able to pass him so I was pretty happy about that."
What is it about your driving style and the cars in this series that makes you successful?
"I really like these cars. I didn't like it so much when NASCAR went to the COT on the Cup side. I was just getting used to these cars over there. They had more horsepower and they had a couple different rules, but ultimately about the same thing. When I got to Joe Gibbs Racing I thought I was just hitting it, I was just getting ready to get going. And then we had the new car over there in the Cup stuff. This car, I really like. It's fun, man. I've really grown accustomed to these things and learned how to drive them. You can really drive the Nationwide cars hard because they don't have a whole lot of horsepower so you can really try to make up a lot by being able to get more out of the car driverwise versus a Cup car you'd have to slow it down and finesse it a little bit more."
-source: toyota motorsports