KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Z-Line Designs Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Finishing Position: 3rd How was your race car tonight? "It was a good, solid run. The Z-Line Camry was decent, but unfortunately just didn't have enough for the front guys. The...
No. 18 Z-Line Designs Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 3rd
How was your race car tonight? "It was a good, solid run. The Z-Line Camry was decent, but unfortunately just didn't have enough for the front guys. The 60 (Carl Edwards) was real strong and the 33 (Kevin Harvick) was real good. The 88 (Brad Keselowski) was running us down there at the end and we barely beat him. These guys have all picked up some grip. Unfortunately, they've caught up to us and they're catching us competition-wise and everything. We're behind the eight ball a little bit and hopefully we can still win a couple more before the year is out."
What did you learn in tonight's race that might help in the Sprint Cup race?
"It's going to slow down an awful lot and you know the center of the corner speed -- these cars, I was surprised at how slow we had to get so tomorrow I can't imagine how slow it's going to get."
How did you feel about your race tonight?
"It was a good night, but unfortunately not good enough where we were competitive enough to win. I felt like we were always going to be a third or fourth-place car tonight. The 20 (Denny Hamlin) was really good, the 33 (Kevin Harvick), the 60 (Carl Edwards) and the 88 (Brad Keselowski) -- we almost fell to fifth. Unfortunately the 20 (Hamlin) had some problems there and had to come down pit road. That gained us a spot sort of. Third-place was all right -- we'll take it. We've got to battle the points and look at that I guess more than trying to get wins. You still like to get wins, it sure would be nice."
What happened to your race car when Jason Ratcliff (crew chief) made a significant change?
"It really didn't change the handling characteristics of the car that much, it just slowed down. That's when everybody just went by me. The 20 (Denny Hamlin) got by me, the 33 (Kevin Harvick), the 60 (Carl Edwards) -- we were just hanging on. It was kind of like a bad adjustment on a Cup car, the way that looked you would go back to 25th in the Cup series. We were just trying to learn some stuff for tomorrow night. Normally those are the changes that help us on the other car for tomorrow night so I don't know what exactly I did or didn't learn about that. We'll see what happens and transpires for tomorrow."
What do you think about the Nationwide Series adding a Chase format?
"To be honest with you, it would have been nice in 2006 for the guys that were 600 or more points behind (Kevin) Harvick at this point in the year. I think it would be fun for the series. The top-10 drivers get a shot at going for the championship. It would definitely shine some light further on those drivers that are further back in the points that are chasing for that 10th spot. Get some recognition, get some TV time instead of it always being about the 18 (Busch) and the 60 (Carl Edwards) and the 88 (Brad Keselowski) going for the championship. You would have other guys that are in the mix or trying to get into the top-10 for the Chase and then the top-10 would race it out in the final 10 races of however they would like to do it."
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