Sunday's race at Michigan International Speedway saw Kyle Busch score his fourth victory of the year, making him the first driver locked into the 2011 Chase for the Sprint Cup.
While Busch was enjoying the win and having momentum on his side, others battling to make their way into the Chase recognized with three races left, time is beginning to run out.
Here is what some of the drivers had to say after Sunday's Pure Michigan 400:
Kyle Busch on tying brother Kurt on the all-time win list with 23 victories:
Certainly it's pretty cool to tie your brother, being a Sprint Cup Series champion and having won 23 times in the sport. He's always still got that carrot over me till Homestead, then we have the same if I don't win again.
Crew chief Dave Rogers on his relationship with Kyle Busch:
We have a lot of checks and balances, a lot of respect between Kyle and I. If I get off base, I know Kyle is going to put me back on track. If Kyle gets off base, I'll put him back on track. That's what we've been doing all year. We've got to continue doing that throughout the Chase.
Kyle Busch on his chances of ending Jimmie Johnson's title run:
Certainly it's going to be a run down to the end, a run to Homestead. The points are tight. With any bad day it seems to hurt you so much, you really have to concentrate on battling back, getting yourself back up in the points.
For us it's going to come to being about minimizing those bad days and keeping our heads on straight.
J.D. Gibbs on Denny Hamlin's disappointing day:
I feel like Denny and those guys, if anyone has the confidence and the ability to come back and finish strong, it's those guys, the tracks coming up we're going to.
Greg Biffle on his 20th-place finish after a strong run early:
I don't know what happened. I am not sure. I have a feeling we kinda got a bum set of tires and then we got off on our adjustments. It was really really tight and we adjusted on it and then I think I was too loose the rest of the day but I really don't know what happened to be honest with you. I really don't know right now.
Ryan Newman on gaining points after his fifth-place run:
That is one thing. We gained on the guys behind us too and that is the other part of it. We're as far into the Chase right now as we were out last year and we only have a few races left. We're in a good position. We'll try to get a good next few races and then we'll have a better shot at the championship.
Clint Bowyer on his day and his chances of making the Chase:
We just didn't gain enough points. That is the biggest problem. We gained, but not near enough. We're running out of time, but if we keep digging, who knows what is going to happen.
Denny Hamlin on his chances of making the Chase:
We have to get this ship up and pointing back in the right direction and it's going to take a lot of hard work to do it. A lot of communication and obviously we have some stuff we have to work on but we'll get through it and we'll try to get in there these last three races.