"He had a lot better handle on the bottom of the race track than we did, especially throughout the longer run," Busch went on to explain. "He could hold the bottom better than I could. There, when it's time to race, when a guy catches you, you've got to go somewhere else.
"You've got to go to the top, and you try to push and get sideways and hit the fence," explaining what it was that had resulted in the game-changing scrape against the wall. "There's no room to catch it up there. It was all I could do to push it as hard as I could."
There had been a total of three cautions during the race, two of them for debris on the backstretch on laps 31 and 106 respectively, the latter of which had helped Dillon tremendously by bunching up the field again after Busch had opened out a seemingly impregnable five second lead over the field.
The other caution was for a multi-truck wreck on lap 38 involving Tim George Jr., Ron Hornaday Jr. and Jason White. George and Hornaday mad the initial contact and collected White as they wrecked, and all three drivers were left heavily damaged and unable to continue after the accident, but there were no injuries to the trio.
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