BRIAN VICKERS, No. 32 Dollar General Stores Toyota Camry, Braun Racing Finishing Position: 2nd What happened between you and Kyle Busch on the final lap? "We were racing hard. He (Kyle Busch) was on the inside and I was on the outside. We...
No. 32 Dollar General Stores Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Finishing Position: 2nd
What happened between you and Kyle Busch on the final lap?
"We were racing hard. He (Kyle Busch) was on the inside and I was on the outside. We were racing and 88 (Brad Keselowski) took the high line and got around both of us. I'm frustrated for the Dollar General guys because we should have had a win. I didn't see him (Brad Keselowski) coming. Kyle (Busch) was crying like a little girl after the race and he came up and was whining because I was racing him so hard. I thought this was racing - I thought this was what we were supposed to do. We raced fine the whole race - I caught him and he let me go, he caught me and I let him go. Then at the end of the race we were racing for the win and he's crying about it. I don't know what he wants."
What is your response to Kyle Busch saying what you did in the closing laps was 'stupid'?
"I am so sorry - I forgot it was the 'Kyle Busch show'. I thought we were racing for a win. I am really sorry for the Dollar General guys. We had a great car. We were too loose on the start of the run - he (Kyle Busch) was better. I thought it was my job to hold him off - apparently not. He came over to the car after we came in and knocked our fender in, which was unnecessary and then started crying like a little baby. I asked if he would just give me a minute to get out and we could talk about it like men. If he wanted to fight - that's fine with me. As soon as I got out he ran off. It's a shame that it went down like that. We were racing hard and I thought it was a good race. Congratulations to the 88 (Brad Keselowski), he snuck around both of us and I didn't see him coming. I let my guys down - we should have been able to win this race. Last I checked it wasn't the' Kyle Busch show' - it was a Nationwide race and I was supposed to race him for the win."
Did you expect Brad Keselowski to make the pass on the final lap?
"I didn't know he was coming - I didn't know he was that close. We went down into turn three coming to the white and 18 (Kyle Busch) got me loose and I chased it all the way up the race track. By that time the 88 (Brad Keselowski) caught us. Once he got to my outside - I was already too loose anyway by myself and then with him on the outside I couldn't hold him off."
How was your race car today?
"We had a good car. We were better on the long run, on the short run we were too loose, the 18 (Kyle Busch) was better. We had a good race all day back and forth throughout the runs and then there at the end we were just racing hard for the win and the 88 (Brad Keselowski) snuck around both of us on the outside. We were really loose there at the end and at that point my focus was trying to hold off the 18 for the win and got really loose down in turn three, getting into turn three. I'm not sure how close the 18 was to me, if it was aero-loose or just got out from under me and I chased up the track and by that time the 88 caught us. I thought I could race him back down to turn three but I was just way too loose at the bottom. Whoever had the outside groove had the advantage pretty much most of the day. That's why all the leaders took the outside lane on the restarts, I feel like."
Did you feel like you were racing each other clean all the way up to the incident at the end of the race?
"We had good racing all day. I don't know why he (Kyle Busch) was so upset after the race. I thought it was good, hard racing. I didn't realize it was my job to let him go and win the race. At that point coming to the white flag, whether the 88 (Brad Keselowski) was coming or not was irrelevant - my job is to try to win the race. It's a last lap and at the point the greatest threat was the 18 (Kyle Busch). I was side-drafting him just like he was side-drafting me all day, that's what we do, that's what we race for. My job is to win the race and that's what I was trying to do. I didn't hit him and I didn't move him. I didn't do anything dirty, we raced down the front stretch. The 88 got into my outside and him and I raced down the back stretch. I didn't think nothing of it until he hit me in the pits."
Can you move on from this incident?
"I race everybody the way they race me. The Richmond incident that he (Kyle Busch) was talking about was he got to me and the first turn he got to me, he raced me up the race track and I moved him back up the race track the next turn. After that, we've been fine. I don't know what else to do. I race people the way they race me. We were racing for the win. Kyle, if you're going to be upset about that, I mean I'm sorry. That's my job is to try to win the race. If anyone else disagrees, if anyone else thinks I should have just rolled out of it and let Kyle (Bush) win, then please raise your hand. I don't know what else I'm supposed to do. I'm fine, the only thing I'm mad about was the way he handled it after the race. I'm sure we can get past that. I want to have a good race tomorrow. But there again, I'm always going to race everybody the way they race me."
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