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2013 Texas NASCAR Cup: Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing - Q&A

Kyle Busch completed a sweep of races at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday evening underneath the floodlights.
Considering how impressive Kyle Busch was at Texas this weekend as he raced to victory in both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide races, it's surprising that he's not won here before in the senior championship. But Saturday night certainly saw the Joe Gibbs Racing driver set that to rights.

After the race, Kyle Busch was interviewed along with crew chief Dave Rogers and car owner Joe Gibbs.

Q:
Kyle, you finally got the monkey off your back winning here in Texas. Talk about tonight's win?

Kyle Busch:
It feels good, especially, Dave just mentioned this is my 300th start. So not a bad way to celebrate it, of course, sitting on the pole with a new track record and going to victory lane. Man, it wouldn't be possible without such a great team, led by Dave Rogers, and everybody back at the shop that does such a great job working our stuff, building our cars and making it to where we've had really good equipment.

And I say that the expense that Joe put in out of his own pocket this off-season to build us some really cool cars, we appreciate. But tonight it was all about staying up front, keeping it clean, and running as hard as we could. This was a fast race, man. I'm telling you. There was a lot of speed out there and being able to carry a lot of speed throughout the turns and down the straightaways tonight throughout the whole race. I mean, I ran 100 per cent much of the race. So it was a tough day there for a little bit, getting loose, trying to slide around, trying to find grip, being able to move to the middle or move to the top.

Then chasing Truex there, I thought that second to last run I had a chance. I was just trying to maintain with him. I didn't want to catch him because any time that I was gaining time on him in the previous runs my tires would get hot and I'd start fading worse than just riding with him or trying to maintain a pace with him.

So I felt like I was doing a better job at that, and then that caution came. As soon as that caution came, my boy stepped up to the plate and hit a grand slam. So that was really, really cool that they hit an 11.7 on Dave's watch. It's a crew chief's watch, so it's a little fast. But it's still a pretty good stop for my guys.

But we're used to those guys. They're just so great. They won me the race getting me off pit road first, being able to dictate the restart and just run a hard pace there for the last 20 laps as hard as I could.

We're joined by winning crew chief Dave Rogers. Dave, as Kyle alluded to, a key pivotal pit stop there at the end. Talk about the team moving forward with a win like this?

Dave Rogers:
Yeah, this is just a great venue to win at. It's a total team effort. The guys worked really hard on this Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry all week. We came off the truck. We didn't have the speed or the bounce we needed. All the guys kept working hard. The engineers worked hard. The mechanics executed really well, and Kyle drove a brilliant race. He's got a lot of experience. He's pretty witty behind the wheel.

We just got behind and lost track position there. Got behind on my adjustments, and the pit crew came through with a phenomenal pit stop at the end and put us back out front. At a track like Texas, they give every crew member a nice cowboy hat in victory lane. So it means a whole lot to the team to win here. So really excited. A good night.

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