Race Winner Kyle Busch to Dave Burns on his seventh victory at Bristol: “This is home. This is where I am supposed to be. I wish I was here on Wednesday night, so we could continue the sweep.”
Chris Buescher to Mike Massaro on pushing his fuel to the limit and ultimately finishing eleventh: “I wouldn’t change it if we could. We are not here to just roll over and finish eighth every week. We are here to try and win races. I think it was the right call.”
Jeff Burton on Kyle Busch’s turn of events win: “This is the worst race track to have low fuel. There is so much banking, and you are going so slow under caution. We have seen it before and we saw it again tonight.”
Bristol, Tenn. – August 21, 2015 – NBCSN presented NASCAR XFINITY Series Racing from Bristol Motor Speedway this evening. The twilight race at “The World’s Fastest Half-Mile” track culminated with a fuel mileage showdown between Chris Buescher and Kyle Busch. Busch succeeded in conserving fuel and was able to pass Buescher to secure his seventh XFINITY win at Bristol and 73rd career XFINITY win. Busch successfully swept Bristol in 2010, winning an extraordinary three national races in one week.
Friday evening’s festivities began with the Countdown to Green pre-race show, hosted by Krista Voda alongside analysts Kyle Petty and Dale Jarrett. Features reporter Rutledge Wood added to the broadcast, exploring the high-banked, quarter-mile track and tasting the much discussed moon pie burger. Once the green flag dropped, race announcer Rick Allen, Daytona 500-winning crew chief Steve Letarte and 21-time Sprint Cup winner Jeff Burton called the race, while pit road reporters Marty Snider, Mike Massaro, Kelli Stavast and Dave Burns contributed trackside.
The following are highlights from this evening’s XFINITY pre-race and race coverage on NBCSN.
Last week’s Mid-Ohio winner Regan Smith to Stavast before the race: “You are only as good as your last week. You have to go out every week and try to prove yourself and race hard.”
Jarrett on Ryan Blaney’s potential going into tonight’s race: “This is a young driver that is really getting the best opportunity of all those young drivers out there because he is running all three series. The Wood Brothers are giving him a great opportunity in the Cup car. I think that is making him a better driver all the way around.”
Letarte on bringing new tricks to the race track: “This sport is constantly evolving. If you think you are going to bring what you always brought to the race track and continue to be successful, you are not.”
Burton on Kyle Busch’s pit road stall: “When the jack falls, that is the driver’s cue to take off. It looks easy but it is not. You see drivers stall several times a night.”
Letarte on Bristol’s track chaos: “I’ve been coming to Bristol for 21 years. It is chaotic. It is busy. When pit road opens everything happens in a hurry. I wish I could have called all the races from way up here, above the race. From up here it looks so calm. But I know down there, on top of the pit box, it is chaos and behind the wheel it is way more exciting.”
Burton on the importance of quick decisions at the “Last Great Colosseum”: “It is amazing how quickly things happen. You have to make instant decisions; you don’t have time to think about them. You just have to respond to whatever is going on around you.”
Burton on driving in the pack: “It is much harder running back in eighth, ninth, tenth and 11th. It is a dog fight. The guys out front, although they are driving hard, it is not the same. The further back in the pack you get, the harder it is for the drivers and the easier it is to crash.”
Burton on Buescher leading the pack with 50 laps to go: “If anyone can stretch fuel mileage this No. 60 of Chris Buescher proved at Dover he has great fuel mileage. Any race can be a fuel mileage race. Anywhere you burn fuel, fuel is part of the strategy. It really helps when you have as fast of a car as Buescher does.”
Burton on Roush Fenway Racing’s young team with potential: “Giving Chris Buescher a chance, that is Jack Roush’s style. You think about Jack Roush and the drivers that he has hired, he has typically hired young drivers and given them the opportunity to excel. That is what he has done here.”
Letarte on fuel cells going into the final laps: “On these slow laps they have to be very careful. The fuel will go to the left side of the fuel cell and away from the pickup. The car can either run out of gas or even worse, pick up just enough air that when Chris Buescher steps on the gas it stumbles and misses acceleration. It is not about ‘do they have enough fuel for the finish,’ it is ‘do they have enough fuel for the restart?’”
Burton on Kyle Busch’s turn of events win: “This is the worst race track to have low fuel. There is so much banking, and you are going so slow under caution. We have seen it before and we saw it again tonight.”
Buescher to Massaro on pushing his fuel to the limit and ultimately finishing eleventh: “It is unfortunate. I am mad… but I wouldn’t change it if we could. We are not here to just roll over and finish eighth every week. We are here to try and win races. I think it was the right call.”
Race Winner Kyle Busch to Burns on his seventh victory at Bristol: “This is home. This is where I am supposed to be. I wish I was here on Wednesday night, so we could continue the sweep.”
NBCSN’s NASCAR coverage from Bristol continues tomorrow with NASCAR America presented by DraftKings at 5:30 p.m. ET, followed by Countdown to Green, Served by Sonic pre-race show at 7 p.m. ET and Sprint Cup Series Racing from Bristol Presented by No Escape at 7:30 p.m. ET.
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