After a fallow season last year, Joe Gibbs Racing's Kyle Busch seems firmly back in a winning groove in 2013, with the second of two back-to-back victories in the Nationwide Series leading to Sprint Cup success on Sunday at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California - breaking a 31-race winless streak stretching back to last April.
We have been joined by our winning team. Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota and crew chief Dave Rogers have joined us here in the infield media center. Kyle, what a wild finish to that race. Take us through the last couple laps there, that winning move, and what went down.
Well, those guys went to racing each other really hard, which is what this sport is all about and what's great about NASCAR. But unfortunately it got a little dirty there at the end, and it was just running - those guys were running each other really, really hard, especially down the straightaways, just side drafting one another and slowing each other down.
That was the easiest time for me to gain time, just being able for me to run my own race right there and to run around the top. I finally got my momentum going and got a little bit of the tight that was in the car out of it, and we ran those guys down, and then was able to pass them there in 3 and 4 before the big wreck ensued.
Just hope everybody is all right. Hope Denny is all right. I heard he had some issues there, but we don't know all the facts right now. That's all we can really say about that.
To get Joe Gibbs here in victory lane in California, that's special. To get TRD and Toyota in victory lane here in California, of course that's great, too. It's their home. They're not from too far from here. And for Dave and I. We've been working really hard, and everybody at Joe Gibbs Racing has been working really hard. But to finally seal the deal here today feels good.
Didn't look like we were going to be able to seal the deal. But sometimes you've got to have a little luck on your side, and fortunately we had that today, and it worked in our favor, so that's good.
Dave, the 18 car was strong all day. Can you talk about the race from your point of view?
Yeah, the race was pretty good. Kyle did a fantastic job yesterday of predicting the direction the track was going to go, gave us really good feedback, sent me some texts last night, today I think the track is going to do this, this is where I need help. So great feedback, and the guys on the Interstate Batteries crew prepared a great race car. I just decided to make it interesting on Kyle there staying out and letting him go on those tires. We kept getting a lot of two laps, then four laps, and cautions kept coming out, and every time a few people would dip down on pit road and get tires. Before you know it the whole field had tires except for us and the 22. Kyle just did a great job of moving around and figuring out how to get the most out of his car with what he had and capitalize when the 22 and the 11 started racing hard.
Kyle, you said it got a little dirty there at the end. Can you elaborate on what you saw and how that all transpired that allowed you to take the lead?