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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Camping World RV Sales 301

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Stock Car Racing Topics:  Camping World RV Sales 301

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Camping World RV Sales 301

Kyle Busch
July 14, 2013


THE MODERATOR: We are joined by Kyle Busch who finished second in today's race. Kyle, talk a little about the race out there today.
KYLE BUSCH: Well, it was certainly a tough one. You know, our car was really good, super fast for the short one in the race and we could run up front we and we could make up some ground on the shorts run with people passing them and whatnot.
Once we got close to somebody, the aero effects really seemed to take over. After that happened, I was just over‑slipping the right front tire and then was just getting tired and tighter the more the run went along and really struggled to turn the car in the enter of the corner. Very difficult day for us, really proud of the effort and glad we come home second.
We kept our track position much of the day and we were able to stay up there. We made some passes when people took four, when people took two. It was kind of a typical, but I feel like worse, Loudon.

Q. Describe the last green‑and‑white checkered, the move you made and what kind of chances did you give yourself given that you were fighting your car all day?
KYLE BUSCH: Oh, we didn't have a chance. Vickers taking the outside was going to be the car to beat and Tony obviously running out of gas there; almost wrecked with him. Just wish the race was two laps longer maybe and Vickers would have run out and maybe we would have been able to win the thing.
Congratulations to those guys, it's great. It's cool to see 55 car in the victory lane and MWR for the relationship JGR and MWR have. Certainly we really wanted to win here but we know what we need to do to work on our race car definitely when we come back for the Chase race.

Q. I heard you say after the race that you thought you had the fastest car out there. Was it just hard to pass? Is that the big issue? Sounds like a lot of drivers were saying it was hard to pass today.
KYLE BUSCH: Yeah, it was, it was very hard to pass. Just struggling to get it done.
You know, the car's balances is so good by yourself and you're fast and everything, and once you get within five car lengths of the wake of the car in front of you, you can't do anything anymore. You start picking up the tight tendencies of the race car, and the closer you get, the tighter you get and you can't get there close enough. You don't have enough speed differential to get there to blow through that wake to past the guy and get out in front of them and let your right front tire cool off. You're just stuck behind him heating that thing up and just struggling.
So, you know, it's almost like we need something that will allow us to help us when we are behind cars, keep tires cool. So even Superman didn't pass today; or even if he did, he didn't make it up to the lead.

Q. Can you talk a little bit about inside lane, outside lane, and how that played into the race?
KYLE BUSCH: Yeah, the outside lane was definitely probably the better lane choice for restarts. Just seemed like you could roll your momentum a little bit better up there. Instead, when you were on the bottom, you would be down there and you would kind of get pinched a little bit by the guys on the outside. You really wouldn't know if they would run the middle lane or if they would run the high lane.
So you wanted to pinch yourself low, so you give them the room and give yourself the room that you need so you don't wreck. That's what happened on that one restart.
Montoya slid right up into us. You knew it was coming; you could expect that from him, so I just did what I could to get out of the way so I didn't get wrecked. Other than that, just typical restart stuff here. You're going to have that inside/outside lane stuff.

Q. What do you attribute to the aggressiveness out there? Is it just because it's so difficult to pass at this track?
KYLE BUSCH: Oh, yeah, for sure, you have to get all you can get in the first couple laps of a restart; if you have any chance to get side‑by‑side with a guy and be able to race him, you're going to do it.
Because like I said, I got side‑by‑side with a few guys, was able to make some passes on some restarts there in the first couple laps. And then Stewart had such a gap on me, I ran him down and once I got to five car lengths I started stalling out.
The closest I probably did get was about two car lengths and even then, it's like you're way to far back to try a dive bomb. I tried thinking about that once and I was like, that is the stupidest thing you can think about. That ain't going to work. So you just continue to keep chugging along and chipping at it and try to get closer.

Q. Early on, it seemed that you and Kurt were the class of the field leading laps, most amongst any drivers combined, I would say; did you think you could race him for the finish?
KYLE BUSCH: Yeah, when we were running first and third, Sir Burton was here in the middle of us and I was thinking he was going to ruin the Busch 1, 2 and keep it the Burton. Last time it happened was 2000 in Vegas, with these guys, with Jeff.
So, I don't know. I thought that Kurt had a really, really good race car today. I don't know what happened. I haven't seen any of that replay stuff yet, but I know he got caught up in that deal. I hate it for those guys.
He's fun to race against and it's cool to see that 78 bunch running like that and certainly they are contenders each and every week. They are just having some bad luck.
THE MODERATOR: Congratulations on your run today. Thank you for your time this afternoon.

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