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Kyle Busch Races To Third Place Finish

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Kyle Busch came out of seemingly nowhere to charge to third in the green/white/checkered finish of the Duck Commander 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway. After the race Busch reflected on his day with the media.

How was the race? “It was a good afternoon for us. I felt like the second-to-last run I got Dave (Rogers, crew chief) and my guys a little bit behind on adjustments and we got really, really loose when the sun popped out. It kind of cost us a little bit of track position to the leaders and then the last stop after that we were really good. We mowed them back down about two seconds throughout that run, but I was just so far back. We were going to finish third and then of course the inevitable comes out with the yellow and you have to come down and get tires — just way too long out there on tires. I chose four just because I absolutely killed my stuff about three laps prior to that caution coming out so I knew that was our only chance. Interstate Batteries guys did a great job for me here today — good job there on pit road to get me out front. Just drove the hell out of it there those last two laps and got all she could and come home third. Good, deserving finish for us here today.”

How were you able to come from the back to the front in the race? “Yeah, I’m having fun that way. The Interstate Batteries Camry was good and allowed me to do that. I thought we were really good there. We took the lead and led there for a little bit. But, Jeff (Gordon) was definitely faster than us through the middle stages of a run and then I felt we could equal out at the end of a run. Man, the Penske guys just came out of nowhere – they were superfast. You know it was an interesting race. I can’t say enough about my guys. There on the green-white-checkered I thought we had a chance and was really hustling it trying to give it everything I had, I was just way too tight. Luckily we came home third. Third is about what we deserved, it was where we were at before the caution came out there at the end.”

-Toyota Racing PR