Kyle Busch, No. 5 Kellogg's / CARQUEST Monte Carlo SS met with media to discuss the last race for the Monte Carlo SS, his last race with Hendrick, his state of mind, the success of Hendrick Motorsports, how Rick Hendrick runs his organization, on...
Kyle Busch, No. 5 Kellogg's / CARQUEST Monte Carlo SS met with media to discuss the last race for the Monte Carlo SS, his last race with Hendrick, his state of mind, the success of Hendrick Motorsports, how Rick Hendrick runs his organization, on Jimmie Johnson's chances to win the title, what it takes to win at Homestead, on driving for JGR next year, his admiration for Rick Hendrick, and on the most memorable things about the 2007 season.
WILL YOU MISS THE OLD MONTE CARLO THAT'S FUN TO DRIVE? "Yeah, the old car is a blessing in disguise to have it here in Homestead to put it in its final race. We're going to miss it. But we'll still get to go out and run some Busch cars and Late Models and I guess I've got to go back to ARCA in order to race this thing. I'm not sure I want to do that."
ANY NOSTALGIA OR SADNESS ABOUT LOSING THE OLD CAR? "Yeah, it's a good race car. It's what we've raced for the past 20-some years. Now we'll go to the new one, which nobody is really a big fan of. It's kind of discouraging, I guess."
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR LAST RACE WITH HENDRICK? "Yeah, it's the last race for a lot of things. It's the last race of the year, the last race with Hendrick, the sponsors, and the team. We'll go on in the next year and see what it all entails. But we've still got this final weekend here to make the most of it to try to get a final win if we can."
WHAT'S YOUR STATE OF MIND? ARE YOU EMOTIONAL? "It's time to move on, basically. Last week people were saying I was emotional in victory lane. I don't remember cracking a tear. It's just a part of racing. You've got bigger and better things that come about sometimes and like I said, it's time to move on and experience that."
SO FAR THIS YEAR, HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS HAS EARNED 18 CUP WINS. WHAT'S THE KEY TO THEIR SUCCESS? "If I knew that, Joe Gibbs Racing would win that much too. I think it's got a lot to do with people and personnel and Rick. But the drivers, I think you've got two of the best in the sport, which they've won all the races this year. So, Jeff and Jimmie have got it going on and they know what they're doing. And it shows every weekend. So, it's been tough being on the No. 5 and No. 25 side and not being able to run as well as they have. But we've been consistent. We just can't close our deals. We can't win as often. That's probably the most frustrating point when we can see your teammates doing it, yet you can't."
WHAT CHARACTERISTICS DOES RICK HENDRICK HAVE IN GUIDING HIS ORGANIZATION? "People always say that he's a great leader and he does what any man would do to make his company succeed and that's to be a bigger part of it and make sure he's there and knows what's going on. He's always wanted or has been there for everybody and he always wants to be around to make sure everything is going right."
IS THIS A ONE-MAN RACE? "It's pretty much a one-man race. It's Jimmie's (Johnson) to lose. Jimmie will have to crash out or blow up or something like that in order for Jeff (Gordon) to win the thing. You're not going to see Jimmie Johnson run 30th and Jeff win the race in order for him to win this championship. It's going to take a lot for that to happen and hopefully there is no bad luck on either one of their sides. They can just race it out to the end. But we're all going to try to race and beat him and beat him out. It's the championship that they're going to go for. We're not going to do anything, just like we never have in order to jeopardize their finish or their battle for the championship."
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