Bristol II: Kyle Busch post-race interview

KYLE BUSCH, NO. 5 KELLOGG'S MONTE CARLO SS - Finished 2nd "It was a good run for us, we are proud of that effort. It was a good strong effort by the entire Kellogg's Chevrolet team. To be able to come out second here at Bristol, it was ...

KYLE BUSCH, NO. 5 KELLOGG'S MONTE CARLO SS - Finished 2nd

"It was a good run for us, we are proud of that effort. It was a good strong effort by the entire Kellogg's Chevrolet team. To be able to come out second here at Bristol, it was definitely a great effort. Everybody who is on this team did an awesome job for me and we were able to come out of here with a second. You can't ask for more than that especially out of Bristol. We had a mishap there toward the middle part of the race, on a pit road incident. But we had a strong enough race car where I realized I just needed to settle in a sit back, and let the race play out and let it come to me. We were able to drive up through there and get some positions. When we came down pit road, the guys were flawless the rest of the night and we were able to get good stops. That was all good. Then battling this cat here (Dale Earnhardt, Jr), it was pretty cool to me; he let me go. That was awesome of him, so I didn't have to waste much time on him or use a front bumper so I could go challenge the 17, but could never get to him."

YOU ARE 48 POINTS OUT OF 10TH PLACE. HOW COMPETITIVE MIGHT THE NEXT TWO RACES BE AS THE DRIVERS JOCKEY FOR POSITION LEADING INTO THE CHASE WITH THAT 5-POINT DIFFERENTIAL BETWEEN EACH POSTION?

"That's pretty tough - especially knowing that there are only 11 guys capable of getting in right now. That's probably the biggest deal right there. From third place all the way back to 10th place is pretty tight. Kasey (Kahne) is the only guy who is outside that we have to battle with to get in. You always want to position yourself as high as you can in the Chase because those five points may come down to make the difference at the end of the year. But we feel we are enough of a caliber team where we can stay up there and challenge for the top 10 spot and solidify, hopefully, come Richmond."

HOW MUCH OF A RELIEF IS IT TO COME OUT OF BRISTOL STILL IN PRETTY GOOD POSITION?

"It's very nerve-wracking coming into this place and having 43 cars jumbled up on top of each other and anything can happen.

Especially last night, I was running around minding my own business (in the Busch race) and a few guys in front of me got together and I got trumped from behind and spun out. So the biggest thing for us is to just try to stay out of trouble and do the best you can. Definitely when you're done and you finish this well, it's a relief to get out of here. If you would have asked me this question if I had finished 32nd or 30th, or 25th, or whatever just running around all day, I would probably be more frustrated."

IS IT MORE SATISIFYING TO RUN SO WELL HERE - A PLACE WHERE YOUR BROTHER HAS DONE SO WELL AT?

"I was hoping I was going to be able to win because I wanted to hear everybody go, 'Boo', you now - that would have been awesome. But I wasn't quite able to get there. But for as successful as Kurt (Busch) has been here, that's pretty cool. I don't know for what reason it is that he always runs well here, I can't answer that. I don't know. Why I ran well this time, we've been getting better cars every time we've come here. We finished eighth here in the Spring and second here this time. We don't even want to mention last year. But we just tried to come into here having a good mindset that we could run well and that we could do well. That was probably the biggest thing. So all in all, it was just cool to run as well as we did."

WITH MATT KENSETH WINNING THE PAST TWO WEEKS, AND ONLY BEING 7 POINTS BEHIND POINT-LEADER, JIMMIE JOHNSON, IS HE STARTING TO LOOK LIKE THE CHAMPIONSHIP FAVORITE ON THE CHASE?

"I think anybody is, really. You never know when somebody can hit on a stride. We saw Tony (Stewart) do it in the middle of last year. You saw the Roush gang do it two years ago. Last year, early, they were really strong. Sometimes they run well, but (Greg) Biffle has had terrible luck. He just hasn't had any luck whatsoever. So you might see Junior go to California and win and go to Richmond and win and be third in the points. So you never know. The biggest thing is just to keep in mind what you're doing and try to keep on task with it."

-credit: gm racing

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