Dover: Kyle Busch post-race interview

Dover International Speedway Kyle Busch - ...

Dover International Speedway Kyle Busch - #5 Kellogg's Chevrolet
2nd position

PRESS CONFERENCE EXCERPTS

WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED THAT'S MADE YOU SUCH A GOOD COMPETITOR HERE?

Pretty much I just had to learn that a loose car here is fast. You're just trying to get the car setup all weekend, even the Truck to the Busch car to the Cup car, we just try to get them all the same. You know, it's cool when you can get them driving the same, pretty much. It makes it easier on yourself, just on the fact that you can run the same line and the same way, everything like that. On restarts, our car was really good on the outside for about two laps. You'd get right back down to the bottom, and it's kind of a shame to see this place.it's spread a lot, don't get me wrong, it's just that my car wouldn't really work anywhere else except the bottom on long runs when I got tight. It was cool to be able to run up there with all the rest of the veterans like Mark Martin and Elliott Sadler and Greg Biffle. It was really neat to race with those guys-and my teammate Jimmie Johnson. And they all gave me great room. We all had fun, we all had a blast.

HOW MANY MORE LAPS BEFORE YOU COULD HAVE CAUGHT GREG?

There was no catching him. He was checking out. It was all about how many laps I could hang on for Mark Martin. You know, if we came in and took four tires, we probably wouldn't have finished second. We probably would have been about fourth-maybe third. But, that was about it. We just thought all about track position and trying to get out there. You know, I knew as soon as I looked up in the mirror and we had the lead that Greg was too close and I wasn't going to be able to hold him off. I was hoping that I would be able to hold off second place and it was definitely a great call by Alan Gustafson. He came on the radio and asked me what I thought and I said, 'Well, we'll think about it and when the leaders are pitting here and what not.' And I saw Greg Biffle come in and I said, next time we're coming, we're doing two (tires), let's do it. We ended up making that change.

YOU SAID EVERY RACE HERE HAS BEEN A LEARNING EXPERIENCE HERE AT DOVER. WHAT DID YOU TAKE FROM LAST NIGHT'S RACE TO TODAY?

The biggest thing was just throttle control about what you need to do with your race car and how you need to run it. Especially in the beginning part of the race and on fresh tires you can run really, really hard for a few laps. About never lift all the way out of the gas. A few laps after that, you really have to stick it to the bottom and use a lot of throttle control to keep it there and hopefully not too tight coming up off the corners.

-gm racing-

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Greg Biffle , Jimmie Johnson , Elliott Sadler , Kyle Busch , Mark Martin