Chicagoland: Kyle Busch - Friday media visit

Kyle Busch, No. 5 Kellogg's CARQUEST Monte Carlo SS met with members of the media and discussed his new team prospects, on the possibility of driving for Penske, how he feels he is being treated at Hendrick Motorsports, on participating in the HMS...

Kyle Busch, No. 5 Kellogg's CARQUEST Monte Carlo SS met with members of the media and discussed his new team prospects, on the possibility of driving for Penske, how he feels he is being treated at Hendrick Motorsports, on participating in the HMS team meetings, and the teams he's considering. An audio file of the interview can be downloaded by clicking the link below.

Select quotes from driver interview:

ANYTHING NEW ON THE TEAM PROSPECTING? "No, not much new. Just still working with some of the teams and organizations to see what's out there and to see what all we can work on further. There are no decisions and we're not quite to the point where we need to let anything out. But probably as soon as two weeks or maybe as far (away) as six weeks (before any announcements will be made)."

HOW DO YOU FEEL YOU ARE BEING TREATED AT HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS? "Oh, it's just been a difficult transition period from where I felt like there was a really good team chemistry going on between all the drivers and teams and everything was going really well. And since that transition came when Junior was announced he was joining Hendrick Motorsports, it's been real different. So I'm just frustrated in all of that and just frustrated in last week's results and the way it came down; and overall mostly, probably, just being able to have the chance to be in the record books for the last regular restrictor plate car winner and be the only driver to win in the same day with Busch and Cup. Being in that position, instead of complaining or whining about it I guess I opened up my mouth to another can. So, oh well."

YOU SAID IT HAS CHANGED. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE RELATIONSHIP NOW? "Well, it used to be where we would call each other and talk to each other and text message back and forth and I had a sit down with Jeff (Gordon) there before the Coca-Cola 600 and that went really well and then since all that's happened, I'm in the team meetings just sitting there listening. I don't even really talk about what my car does because they all seem to talk amongst themselves. I'm sort of just sitting there in the corner."

DO YOU THINK YOU'LL REACH A POINT WHERE YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO ATTEND THE TEAM MEETINGS? "It don't matter if I'm in them or not in them because I miss a lot of them due to having to get ready for the Busch race and going out for driver intros and getting in the Busch car. They have their meetings right at that point. I'm going to miss it this weekend. So, we still do well enough without them. My crew chief and engineer go in there and listen and talk about what my comments were and stuff like that. We've done that about 85% of the time anyway."

ON THE PERFORMANCE OF THE CAR, WOULD YOU HOLD ANYTHING BACK IF YOU FEEL THEY'RE NOT SHARING WITH YOU? "I'm not helping anybody but myself and this team for winning races. And I'm not helping Jeff Gordon. I'm not helping Jimmie Johnson or Casey Mears. They are able to go back and see what I run and that kind of stuff. But for me, it's just to go out there and to try to win races and keep winning with my name."

DO YOU THINK IT'S A WORKABLE RELATIONSHIP FOR THE REST OF THE SEASON? "We'll be fine. Everybody is making a big deal out of this for no reason. We're fine. Everything is going to be fine."

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR PERCEPTION OR IMAGE IS WITH THE FANS? "My perception has been horrible since I came into this sport, so it doesn't really even matter any more."

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Casey Mears , Jimmie Johnson , Kyle Busch
Teams Hendrick Motorsports