KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 NOS Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Finishing Position: 3rd What was your view at the end of the race? "(Brian Vickers) hung on my right rear quarter panel all the way down the front straightaway and gave the win to the ...
No. 18 NOS Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 3rd
What was your view at the end of the race?
"(Brian Vickers) hung on my right rear quarter panel all the way down the front straightaway and gave the win to the 88 (Brad Keselowski) car. He slowed us down so much - he had no idea the 88 (Brad Keselowski) car was coming and the 88 (Brad Keselowski) just drove right by both of us on the outside because Brian Vickers was trying to slow both of us down. It was just stupid. If he would have ran his own line up at the top of the track and I would have won my own line down at the bottom of the track it could have been a battle between us two. Unfortunately, you race with id iots and I guess you'll have that sometimes, but the NOS Energy Drink Camry was good today, just not good enough. I felt like we had a good handling race car on the long runs but unfortunately there we didn't have long runs at the end of the race. I'm sure I'm complaining and I'm whining and I'm a cry baby but that's uncalled for. It's just stupid. I would have ran my own line instead of just giving it to the third place car in order to battle it out between the top-two, who deserved the win and deserved to battle the race out at the end. He didn't deserve to win."
Can you talk about your race today?
"It was a fine run. The car was fast, just not fast enough. Unfortunately there we had to race with the 32 (Brian Vickers) too much today and there at the end of the race when we did our final pit stop on pit road we had a great pit stop and got off and got out and we were leading. If the race would have went green, I think we would have had it but unfortunately there at the end of the race we were racing too hard with the 32 and I don't think he knew the 88 (Brad Keselowski) was coming and blew by both of us."
Did you feel like you were racing each other clean all the way up to the incident at the end of the race?
"During the race it was fine. We were having a good battle up front, sometimes my car would be good on a few laps and his (Brian Vickers) car would be good on a few laps and then he'd kind of check out there on a long run. There at the end he bobbled in three, I got under him coming off of four and got all the way down to the grass trying to get away from him and he just hung on my right rear quarter panel side-drafting me and wasn't paying attention to the mirror that the 88 (Brad Keselowski) was coming. I knew the 88 was coming and man, I was stuck - I had nowhere to go. If I would have moved up I would have been into him, if I would have gone lower I would have been in the dirt so I had nothing to do. It was just unfortunate there that the side-draft played that big of role and lost both the winning cars a chance to win the race."
Can you move on from this incident?
"I don't know. Ever since Richmond, I've had a problem with him (Brian Vickers) racing with him on the race track. This is just another escalation of that. He'll be upfront tomorrow and I'll be in the back so we won't have anything tomorrow."
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