Bank of America 500 Pit Note #19
Bank of America 500 Post-Race Quotes
Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M’s Toyota, second place) – It was a really great race for us. The car was phenomenal all night, one of the best cars we’ve ever had. This was a great run, a surprising run. It was a great feeling there, up to about 20 to go when we got a caution there and then got beat on the caution and on the ensuing laps to the end. Just very, very frustrating. I apologize to everybody at Joe Gibbs Racing for not being able to bring it home tonight. Apparently, just didn’t have the right adjustment in the car at the end, two nights in a row, didn’t quite find what it took here from last night into tonight. (Are you more upset about the caution or the restart?) Both. I don’t know what the caution was for, but apparently there was a mouse that ran across the track or something. And then, on the restart, tried to get going there, Jamie got a good restart, and I don’t know if he got a push from Jimmie (Johnson) or not but he had a good head of momentum going into turn one. I got there and my car pushed up the race track, and I got back to the gas and he was already gone. Nothing I could do.
Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, third place) – The finish was great, but man, the first half of the race was a disaster for us. (Are you happy or frustrated with your run tonight?) I’m so relieved. I’m glad to be sitting in here in third spot still leading the points. It’s amazing what goes through your mind when you’re sideways sliding down the backstretch of the speedway; I saw all my hard work for the year and all the dreams of being five-time champion going away. Kind of scared me straight. I thought, ‘Okay, I can salvage a good finish out of today, maybe won’t win, but I know we can get a good finish out of this.’ (What’s your magic to overcome so much?) Tonight is a night that reminds me of the last four years and what made this team champions. I hope that tonight leads us to a championship. I hope we look back and say Charlotte was a key point in the championship battle for us. We kept our composure. We just couldn’t give up. I’m kind of proud of the fact I didn’t hit anything. We just never gave up on it tonight. We knew the track would come to us; it was just a matter of waiting.
Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota, fourth place) – It was a battle. We were stuck from third to fifth all day and just couldn’t get quite right. There was some stuff that we put in our car that we just needed to fine tune; we just didn’t have enough time to work on it during practice. We kept them in our sights, but that’s all we could do. We were a little bit off today. But it’s important to get top-five finishes like this.