BRIAN VICKERS, No. 32 ABF Freight Toyota Camry, Braun Racing Finished: 2nd How was your run today? "It was a good run. To be quite honest with you, you don't want to come across greedy but at the same time I'm getting sick and tired of not...
No. 32 ABF Freight Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
How was your run today?
"It was a good run. To be quite honest with you, you don't want to come across greedy but at the same time I'm getting sick and tired of not winning one of these races. I feel like every race that we've been in we've led, we just haven't led the right lap. I'm really proud of the ABF Toyota guys. We had a great car all day. I feel like on new tires at the beginning Carl (Edwards) was a little bit better than us. I could run around there almost wide open and I don't know if it was the power difference between the Ford and the Toyota's having that new plate. When you're running around there practically wide open around the bottom there's really not much else you can do. As the run continued and the tires wore out I felt like the handling of our car really came into play more and we could move up to the top and keep the engine wound up, which the Toyota's have always liked. And I think it's even more important now with the smaller plate on the Toyota. When I could get up to the top as the tires wore off we could really get good runs and really had a good car to compete for the win but we just ran out of time. The car got too far ahead of us on the last run and just didn't have enough time to catch him."
Did you expect more from the tires after your pit stop midway through the race?
"Trent (Owens, crew chief) said that -- made that comment (that he expected more from the tires) -- and I agree with him. Obviously, we felt the tires were going to make a bigger difference than they did and they didn't make as big of a difference as we thought they would. I think mainly because the cars have so much down force -- so little power -- you're almost running wide open anyway, even on old tires. So, that's why I didn't think it made that much of a difference. I think tomorrow during the Cup race it will be a completely different story and I think you'll see tires make a big difference."
How tough was it to pass Tony Stewart and Greg Biffle late in the race?
"It was tough to get by those guys. They were running us hard. They had a good car, as well. We were better on top on old tires than we were on the bottom, and that's how they got by us the first time. Then, once I got up top and the tires were older we got back by them."
Are you starting to wonder when you'll win a Nationwide race?
"It is starting to wear on me a little bit. Especially, when you lead every race you are in, and you just haven't won one -- given the circumstances. It's exciting the fact that we lead just about every one of these races that we run in the Nationwide Series, we're just not leading them on the right lap."
Was Carl Edwards better than you today?
"I think we had a better car, but with the new Toyota restrictor plate NASCAR pit on us he definitely had us beat on power There's not a lot we can do about that."
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