Kyle Busch, No. 5 Kellogg's/CARQUEST Monte Carlo SS, met with members of the media at Kansas Speedway and discussed whether or not the non-Chase drivers need to race Chase drivers differently, if the top-35 rule is adding to on-track...
Kyle Busch, No. 5 Kellogg's/CARQUEST Monte Carlo SS, met with members of the media at Kansas Speedway and discussed whether or not the non-Chase drivers need to race Chase drivers differently, if the top-35 rule is adding to on-track aggressiveness, whether Chase penalties should be less than regular-season penalties, what he would do if another driver reached in his car and smacked his helmet, if Kyle Petty went too far, if he's flying under the radar right now, if his position gives him respect, racing at Talladega with the new car, on bump drafting there, on Jacques Villeneuve attempting to qualify for Talladega, on trying to avoid the big wreck at Talladega, if someone can gain a commanding lead there, on what changes the car needs to make it better, what it's like racing at Kansas, how he evaluates himself two races into the Chase, what he thinks of the situation between Kyle Petty and Denny Hamlin, advice for Hamlin and racing a Truck at Talladega and how it may help fo r the Cup race.
Select quotes from driver interview:
ROUSH RACING CLAIMS THAT THAT THEY SHOULD BE PENALIZED LESS THAN THEY WOULD BE IN THE REGULAR SEASON BECAUSE IT IS THE CHASE: "That's Roush Racing for you. It's pathetic. It's the same thing as any other time of the year. We got that penalty so they can suck it up and deal with your penalty."
WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF A DRIVER REACHED INTO YOUR CAR AND SMACKED YOUR VISOR DOWN? "I wouldn't be too happy about it either. I think that Denny said what he felt like was right and that you want to be able to just talk to somebody and while somebody's inside their race car I don't think that's preferably the spot. It would rather be outside - behind the hauler or even inside the hauler - just go inside somebody's lounge and just sit down and talk to them about it. Or even in the NASCAR hauler but not like that."
BASED ON THE TALLADEGA TEST, WHAT DO YOU EXPECT NEXT WEEKEND? "I don't know. I hope it's going to be an exciting race. I think it will be. I hope that guys keep their heads on their shoulders and we don't wreck each other. You need the bump draft more now than you ever have and when you do bump somebody they get squirrely. That's not too promising right there, but we're just going to have to see. You can't have four guys deep bumping each other because somebody's going to come spitting out of the middle."
JACQUES VILLENEUVE WILL ATTEMPT TO QUALIFY FOR THE CUP RACE AT TALLADEGA - YOUR THOUGHTS? "He's doing what? Holy cow, that's not good. You've got to start somewhere but the Cup Series at Talladega definitely isn't the place to start. I think he ran his first Truck race and did alright, ran well, and I think running more Truck races through the rest of the year - which I'm sure they're planning on doing - is going to be good, but to get ready for next year. I guess Talladega is the first test to get ready for next year."
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