KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Z-Line Designs Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Finishing Position: 1st Did you think you would have the opportunity to pass Joey Logano late in the race? "I didn't think I really had an opportunity. We just kept adjusting...
No. 18 Z-Line Designs Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 1st
Did you think you would have the opportunity to pass Joey Logano late in the race?
"I didn't think I really had an opportunity. We just kept adjusting on our car all day. Normally when we're out front we don't adjust on it. Today we didn't have the winning car, we made the winning car. That's just what seems to be the different thing about our cars sometimes. Sometimes when we're out front we're content with what we've got and we end up getting beat in the end -- the show is stolen from us. I can't even speak right now. This is great. (Jason) Ratcliff (crew chief) and myself talked this past week about what we needed to do in order to get better, in order to take this team to victory lane instead of finishing second week in and week out. This is a good step in the right direction. I'm really proud of Jason (Ratcliff, crew chief) and all of these guys here."
How concerned were you about Joey Logano at the end of the race?
"I was very concerned. I ran out of battery there about halfway on my number one battery. Unfortunately, we had an alternator problem or something like that under the hood. So I went to battery two and didn't run any fans the rest of the race so we won that race with no brake fans. That's pretty cool. Joey (Logano), he's a great racer and really has a lot of potential and he's showing it for sure in this Nationwide Series as well as what he's been able to do in the Cup Series. We're proud of him and he'll be here a long time as well as I am here at Joe Gibbs Racing, hopefully."
How was the race for you today?
"It was a really good race for us. It was a smart, well thought-out race. We worked our way through the field there one at a time and just took our time getting up through there. Really the car wasn't exceptional there in the beginning - it was just really tight all day. Made changes to it all day on the pit stops. Jason (Ratcliff, crew chief) made some really good calls for it. We just kept working on the car and just kept trying to make it better and get up there to fight with those guys. At the start of the race everybody kind of went crazy. I knew how slick these cars were with these tires the first couple laps on restarts so I just took my time on the initial start and let the other guys go and then worked my way back by them. Fortunately, we had great pit stops all day. We gained some ground there and Jason (Ratcliff, crew chief) made some good calls where we passed some cars. There at the end we were just a little bit better than Joey (Logano) and we were able to beat him. It was definitely pretty special there to get a win for Z-Line and everybody at Toyota, all the guys on this team and Jason (Ratcliff, crew chief). It's good to bring home another Joe Gibbs Racing one-two."
What do you think about being the 23rd different winner at this track in 23 races?
"That's pretty cool - not a lot of race tracks can say that. This was definitely one of those races that just does not suit me for some reason - I don't know why, I don't know what it is. Just can't seem to get around here very well and I've won here in a Cup car. I've had some decent finishes in Nationwide. We're not winners here every time we come here. We're not the threat to win every time we come here. We're working on it and I'm trying to get better at this place - I'm trying to understand what it takes to get better at this place. Fortunately, we were able to make it the best there at the end and win this thing."
How was today's race different for you regarding not leading all the laps?
"That's what we do - we get out front and we get content at leading all those laps and seeing the scoreboard and just watching that we're leading all those laps. We don't make any changes. If I go out there and I try to push my car the whole time - you're scared to lap the field because then NASCAR will throw a caution. You take your time out there and you run a pace so then you don't have to lap so many cars. When it boils down to time to go at the end of the race and run fast lap times with the guys that are now behind you - it's harder to do because now those guys have worked on their cars all day long. That's what we did last week at Milwaukee - we got out front on that one restart, we checked out and left and Carl (Edwards) ran me down a little bit and was right there when the caution fell. We didn't make that big of a change to the car - I didn't ask for that big of a change to the car. Carl (Edwards) went right by me and checked out. He was working on his car all day when he was back a little further. Really, sometimes that's what it boils down to is just being able to get your car better and better."
Will you continue to be as frustrated about second-place finishes 20 years from now?
"Here's what people don't understand - today when were coming up through the field, if I would have stalled out at second - I would have been fine with that second-place finish. We worked to a second-place finish and that's what we got. The rest of these races, the reason I get so frustrated is because we're out front, we lead all these laps, we're the car to beat and we get beat at the end of the race because we didn't make our car or everybody else just got their stuff better than ours. We didn't make ours good enough. That's why it's frustrating finishing in those weeks. Today I would have been perfectly fine finishing second or third because I thought that was all we had. We just kept working on it and we had one more stop and we got through that stop and made a two-tire change and the car came to life."
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