Kurt Busch - ESPN2 interview

ESPN2's First Take Transcript: Kurt Busch at the start of the Chase for the Sprint Cup September 17, 2009 Jay Crawford: Won first Chase in 04 didn't make it last year emotions of being back in it? Kurt Busch: "What it's all about is like...

ESPN2's First Take Transcript: Kurt Busch at the start of the Chase for the Sprint Cup
September 17, 2009

Jay Crawford: Won first Chase in 04 didn't make it last year emotions of being back in it?

Kurt Busch: "What it's all about is like making the playoffs you can be a good football team all year, end up finishing 8-8 and you're not going to make it. And then there's the good years that you have when you're 12-4, then you go in as the favorites and you're the guys to beat. So sometimes you make the playoffs, sometimes you don't, but all it takes nowadays is to get locked into the Chase, and now we have a perfect shot at the championship, we're 30 points behind."

Jay Crawford: Kyle not making it?

Kurt Busch: "I was devastated for him, I couldn't believe it that he didn't make it, he won four races so far this year, and the way that their team has been running. They just didn't put that consistency together throughout the summer run. And so him outside looking in right now is tough. But hey, I'll be the Busch brother to carry the banner for this year's Chase."

Jay Crawford: How much of a rivalry is there between you?

Kurt Busch: "It's a fresh one and it's a strong one. It's something we grew up with, always racing each other hard. He's the first guy at the end of the day that I check to see if I beat. But at the same time, we race each other out on the track like teammates, whether it's drafting together at the big racetracks, or helping each other pass on the short tracks, we're there to help each other."

Jay Crawford: How would you deal with that disappointment?

Kurt Busch: "It's tough, but I think they see that they can work on their program, get it a little better, get some more wins by the end of the year, and make a name for themselves. They're out there racing for Coach Gibbs and their sponsors, I've got my jobs to race for Miller Lite and Penske Racing, so we want to get out there and get a win for Dodge and make sure we get up to the top."

Jay Crawford: Jimmie Johnson going for four straight what's it going to take to unseat him?

Kurt Busch: "That's where we, as the other drivers, have to knock him off the top. He's been on his game flat out all the racetracks, the big ones, the little ones, you name it, the 48's up there leading laps and running up front, and he has luck to go with it. So it's up to the rest of us, and we need a quantity of guys to go in there and have a shot at it week in and week out. And I think Talladega is going to be the big breaker in this Chase because it's only three races from the end. If you survive Talladega and you have a shot at it, that's when you've got to go and attack."

Jay Crawford: You're a big Chicago Bears fan in three words or less, describe Jay Cutler's Bears debut.

Kurt Busch: Looked like 'Bad News Cutler' is what I thought. There's still time. They can fix it. I hate to see Urlacher out too. It's a rough start.

Jay Crawford: You work on a team how do you, as a team, the most important cog of the machine is out. What has to happen for these guys to be successful?

Kurt Busch: There's a support system. Lovie Smith will take care of guys. You go through the different ranks of players, whether it's the quarterback, whether it's the ball boy, whether it's the linebackers or the wide receivers, everybody now has to have communication what went wrong in that first game, let's get better. And it's not easy when you go into Lambeau and you're playing the Packers for your first game. We'll see how it shakes out.

-credit: nascar/espn

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kurt Busch , Jimmie Johnson
Teams Team Penske