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Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing - Q&A

Just side drafting each other. It's hard racing, but it's also dirty sometimes, but you are going for the win. So it's nothing I'm sure other people wouldn't do to me. It's just a product of -- I guess clean racing is when you're just running each other hard and you're separated down the straightaways, you're trying not to slow each other down and bring the third car back there into the fray. But it looked like there through 3 and 4 that Joey went to the bottom but didn't quite get all the way down there and knew that Denny was going to have the run on the outside and slid up a little bit. I'm not sure if he lost his front end or not, but they got together a little bit, and then it turned Denny sideways and then somehow Joey got into the fence, too. But that's just from the minimal replays I've seen.

I did win the race today, by the way, so that might be a story. But I'm sure it's not. (Laughter.)

Q:
To that effect, I mean, how big is this for Toyota? Toyota has wanted to win at their home track for -- since they got into the sport, and you came on the radio afterwards and talked about the teamwork that it took and how your guys have stood behind you and how you were happy now that you could do something for them. Can you talk about the magnitude of this win even though it's going to be overshadowed in the short-term by what happened?

Kyle Busch:
Yeah, it's -- I mean, we just -- we worked so hard last year, and we missed the Chase by three points. And then it sort of defines your season as missing the Chase. And then we go off and rattle off great finishes throughout the Chase but we never win.

That weighed on both Dave and I's shoulders, and of course being able to realize or understand if we could do this together or not. And then again this year we started out the season and we were running well at Daytona, we had a little issue there, and then Phoenix we had to start in the back. I tried to carry the deal on my shoulders and I messed up. And then we go to Vegas and run up front, we lead some laps, we just didn't have a good long run car.

And then last week at Bristol we had a good car, we sped on pit road and got back in traffic, never really made our way back up to the front on good tires, and then here this weekend, again, we had the best car, we led the most laps, and felt like it was our race to win, but in reality it was our race to lose when all those guys kept pitting behind us and putting on tires. We felt like track position was the best for us, although tires were worth a lot of speed.

So it's just -- we finally had a little bit of luck on our side that we didn't have all last year and it seemed like we weren't quite having this year. But we've had some good runs and some strong runs, it's just you've got to keep working, you've got to keep digging in, and Dave and I talked a lot in the last few weeks about what we can do to try to help each other and put our program on the map where we're a bigger force to be reckoned with.

Q:
Dave, he was saying that you've worked hard on the car. Do you think the Gen-6 was helpful in getting you to be more successful again, run better? Has it been an asset? How much of an asset has it been this season?

Dave Rogers:
I think like Kyle said we missed the Chase but we performed really well. We strung off a lot of top 5s, we contended for wins, we just didn't capitalize on them. But we picked up right where we left off. We're running top 5 week in, week out. Unfortunately we picked up right where we left off, were running top 5 and not capitalizing.

Today we finally capitalized on it due to some great driving by Kyle.

But to answer your question about the 2013 Camry, I think it's an advantage because you've got a lot of motivated and dedicated people at Joe Gibbs Racing, and I'm certain that there's no team in the business that works harder than the guys at Joe Gibbs Racing. They worked really hard this winter. Our goal was to come out of the box really strong, show our fans what we're made of.

Every team in the business started from scratch. We all started from ground zero, so it was a design competition, who could build the Gen-6 or the 2013 Camry the fastest and the best, and right now as an organization JGR has two wins, so really proud of that. My hats off to all the guys back at the shop.

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