Kyle Busch - ...
Kyle Busch - #5 Kellogg's Chevrolet - 2nd position
TELL US ABOUT YOUR RUN
Our run was decent, it was about the same as Rusty's there. We really struggled in the beginning of the race. A real tight race car. It took the guys a long time to get it where I needed it to be able to drive right. It was all the way up to about the second to last pit stop where it was finally a little bit looser where I could drive the thing. Made up some ground and was able to get up to about third or fourth or something like that. You know the last pit stop, or caution, came at a perfect time for me. Not so much my brother or some other guys, but still it was good for us with the Kellogg's Chevrolet to get our four tires, get it down pit lane and made it out under that caution period instead of under green. Came out and just racing Jimmie. I know he's a Chase factor, but it doesn't much matter to me. I'm trying to race as hard as I can to win. Jimmie, I could see he was getting just a little bit loose because I was trying to make him loose and we were having to pedal a little bit. I didn't want to wreck him or anything, because that wouldn't be quite the right thing to do. Still it was a good run for us and Hendrick Motorsports as a whole.
THERE WERE NO TEAM ORDERS AT THE END OF THE RACE? DO YOU WISH YOU WOULDN'T HAVE TOLD THEM EVERYTHING WITH WHAT HAPPENED AT YOUR TEST?
Well, that's one of the factors when you have teammates-what happens. You give them as much information as they'll give you-which is all. And you just try to make them as good as you can be. And that's what teammates are all about. Especially here at Hendrick Motorsports. It's one of the things that you fight though-when your car is good enough to win, your teammates' car is good enough to win too. It's a tight spot to be in, but as far as the team orders or anything, there was none of that. It was go out and get it. Any team that wins, it's a bonus for that team. It doesn't matter what team is in victory lane, whether it is #48 or #5 or #25.
ELABORATE ON WHAT WAS GOING THROUGH YOUR HEAD DURING THE LAST FEW LAPS VERSUS JIMMIE
Well, the second-to-last restart there, we got a little bit better run on the restart than he did. And I pulled low on him but he pulled down to block me a little bit. There was a bunch of trash and dirt and stuff down there on the bottom groove, so I knew if I got down there and actually got beside him it wasn't going to be a pretty sight. So I just fell back into line and got a good run off the top. He got an awesome run off the bottom and was just able to pull away from me. That last restart was pretty cool because I got a good enough jump on him again and he went to protect the bottom and I just kind of stayed up next to the wall to get my right trajectory getting into the corner there and I stayed right there on his rear bumper there for the last two laps to see if I couldn't get him just a little bit loose enough where I couldn't get him to move up the race track just enough for me to squeeze through, but he's a good enough driver where I knew it was going to be tough for me to do that and I did not want hit him. I wanted to make it as clean of a win as I could have for myself and I'm glad Jimmie was able to get it as a 1-2 for Hendrick Motorsports.
DO YOU THINK YOUR BROTHER IS OUT OF THE CHASE NOW?
Let me ask you, where did he finish? 23rd? Alright. It's tough. Last year he was so dominant right there in the beginning part of it. Being able to win at Loudon and then he came here and I think finished third or fourth. You know, it was all the way up until Atlanta where he blew his motor that he had a bad run. There's still an opportunity to get back in it, it's just all up to these guys to have a couple of bad runs all the way from tenth to 15th. I'd have to say that he's probably looking toward a top-5 in the points standings even though I'd love to believe that he could still get the championship.