Kyle Busch scored a second-place finish in Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at Watkins Glen in the D'Hondt Motorsports No. 92 Zippo Toyota Camry in the team's first start of the season. Joey Logano (seventh) and Jason Leffler ...
Kyle Busch scored a second-place finish in Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at Watkins Glen in the D'Hondt Motorsports No. 92 Zippo Toyota Camry in the team's first start of the season.
Joey Logano (seventh) and Jason Leffler (eighth) also finished in the top-10 Saturday for Toyota.
Camry drivers David Reutimann (15th), Mike Wallace (18th) and Denny Hamlin (34th) were also in the field.
Busch led twice for 12 laps, Leffler led once for three laps and Reutimann headed the field once for two circuits in Saturday's event.
KYLE BUSCH, No. 92 Zippo BLU Toyota Camry, D'Hondt Motorsports
Can you talk about the race today and your incident with Jeff Burton? "It was a great race for us. I can't thank every one at D'Hondt Motorsports enough -- it wasn't really a last ditch effort, but it wasn't something that we were able to go test and do a full blown out effort on. I really have to thank Zippo Blu and all the guys at Dietz and Watson and Toyota and JGR (Joe Gibbs Racing) for letting me drive this thing. It was fun out there -- we were battling. I didn't know if the 29 (Jeff Burton) could make it the rest of the way or not, and judging by the way that he couldn't make it the rest of the way, then he shouldn't have raced me that way. I got on his inside and he chopped me, we wrecked. It killed my left-front fender, it killed my tow and everything else. People would say that if you knew that then you should have backed off and just waited for him to pit -- I didn't know -- none of us knew. He was the only one that knew."
What happened to your car as a result of the incident? "When we spun out there it must have pulled the bottom radiator tin out because I saw the front valence chunked out a bunch of dirt spinning across that curb and busted the bottom radiator tin loose. Then you don't have the air flow that you need to go through the radiator. I have to thank TRD (Toyota Racing Development) for this engine because it ran oil pegged and water at 280 (degrees) for the last 18 laps or whatever it was when I got together with (Jeff) Burton. It lasted the whole way."
JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 GameStop Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
How important is it to stay clean and on the track during these road course races? "It's big. The team deserved a better finish than where I finished. They did a great job on pit strategy to get us out there. It was a decent car, I just learned a lot during the race to make it faster. I'll take that with me for when I come back next time. It's just part of it when you come here for the first time -- you don't really know what to expect. I'll take a seventh-place finish, for sure, but I just need to hand it to the guys on the team."
Can you talk about the differences between this track and last week's race at Montreal? "Forward bite didn't seem to be as big of a deal as Montreal. Montreal seemed to be a drag strip, a chicane and another drag strip. Here, you have to be able to turn, too. They are both totally different race tracks. I'm glad that we ran decent at both of them. I'm looking forward to going back again to take back what I learned these last couple weeks."
JASON LEFFLER, No. 38 Great Clips Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
MIKE WALLACE, No. 7 GEICO Toyota Camry, Germain Racing
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 32 Dollar General Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
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