Daytona II: Kyle Busch post-race interview

KYLE BUSCH, NO. 5 KELLOGG'S MONTE CARLO SS FINISHES 2ND "It was a good run for the Kellogg's/Cheez-It Chevrolet definitely, to come out of here with a second-place finish. We've never been able to finish here much, that's definitely a big ...

KYLE BUSCH, NO. 5 KELLOGG'S MONTE CARLO SS FINISHES 2ND

"It was a good run for the Kellogg's/Cheez-It Chevrolet definitely, to come out of here with a second-place finish. We've never been able to finish here much, that's definitely a big improvement. The biggest thing was just being able to make sure that our car was in one piece and keeping it that way through the whole night. Just like Kurt (Busch) said, there was a bunch of tight and loose conditions all over the board, really. It never felt like my car was superior to anyone else's, it was mediocre with everybody. We had a shot where we could make up ground and then we'd loose some ground. We could come back through a little bit. Never really a force to be reckoned with tonight, we were able to make it through some good passes towards the end and not get hung up anywhere and got in front of everybody except the No. 20 (Stewart) and finished second."

COMMENT ON BORIS SAID'S WIN:

"I think he thought this was a road course. He looked good out there. I never really saw him all that much all night but to prevail there at the end, he's got a good crew chief, one that's had some success here over the years, Frankie Stoddard. They made a pit call that really put them up front and gave him some track position. Pretty good run for them. Glad to see them come out of the Nextel Cup series with two top-tens in a row."

DID YOU FIND IRONY IN THE FACT THAT YOU HELPED PUSH STEWART THROUGH THE WIND?

"I knew he was a strong car and if I wanted to finish second or have a shot at finishing up front he was the car to go with. It doesn't matter who's driving the car, it's whoever's car is fast, that's the one to go with. I saw Kurt make a move to the bottom of the race track and I thought about going with it, but he was going to get bogged down a little bit too much and I wasn't going to be enough to push him through the hole. I kind of had to go up and around and get in front of him then fall behind Stewart. Once I was able to do that Kurt fell in and all three of us were able to go through the train and get up to the front and take the lead eventually."

WITHOUT THE CAUTION, DO YOU THINK YOU WOULD HAVE GOTTEN PAST TONY STEWART?

"I do, I think there was an opportunity there for the both of us. Kurt had a decent run built up coming from the back straightaway and I could see him closing in on me a little bit. As soon as he'd get to me through turns Three and Four then that would boost my car up a little bit and that might have been a shot coming down through the short-chute before the start/finish line. If there was any shot we probably would have been able to get side by side with them but I don't know if there was going to be anything as far as either one of us winning or not but there probably would have been some fireworks."

WAS THERE DISSAPOINTMENT HEARING THAT THE RACE WOULD FINISH UNDER YELLOW?

"I got the news through turns One and Two that there was a tire carcass in the groove through Three and Four. It ain't gonna move itself so we're either all going to go through it and run it over or they were going to throw a caution. I was pretty much counting on the caution. I think they were going to get us to our last complete second so if we could have developed a run half a lap sooner we could have something formed the back straightaway, they probably would have let it go a little bit longer. They had to do what they had to do, throw a caution in order to keep everyone safe and not have that problem of running it over and causing more damage to somebody or ruining somebody's night just coming to the checkered flag."

YOU'VE JUMPED IN THE TOP 10 IN THE POINT STANDINGS. CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THE MOMENTUM THIS GIVES YOU?

"Well it just wasn't this week. It had to do with last week as well with Sears Point Infineon Raceway there. Being able to come out of there with a decent finish and come into Daytona and try to run strong and have a decent finish in here. We can pretty much take care of ourselves on mile and a half and two mile race tracks so the biggest thing is trying to miss the big one which thankfully never came tonight. But also on the other hand was Sears Point and trying to make just a decent run and staying on the track and keep it on the asphalt all day and come out of there with a solid finish. Thankfully we were able to do that both weekends in a row. We weren't quite as satisfied with what we got in Sears Point but we'll take it and we'll come out of here with a second place and go on to Chicago and see if we can keep our momentum rolling a little bit better."

FOR A WHILE THERE ALL FOUR OF THE HENDRICK CARS WERE RUNNING TOGETHER. CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR SETUPS? ARE THEY SIMILAR SETUPS OR ARE THEY QUITE DIFFERENT?

"Honestly, I can't tell you. The only thing I really know for a fact is that the 24 (Jeff Gordon) had a different brake setup on it than any of us. Also the 48 (Jimmie Johnson) and the 25 (Brian Vickers) had five more horsepower than the 24 and the 5 did just due to the fact of being safe. The 5 and 24, we've got a shot at trying to make it into the Chase so we've got to be a little bit more conservative than the 48 has to or the 25 has to. As far as anything else really I can't answer that, I'm sorry."

-gm racing

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Jimmie Johnson , Brian Vickers , Kyle Busch