Martinsville II: Kyle Busch - Friday media visit

Kyle Busch, No. 5 Kellogg's/CARQUEST Impala SS, met with members of the media at Martinsville Speedway and discussed his outlook for the weekend, how the top teams are the best no matter what cars are driven, whether or not he races his teammates...

Kyle Busch, No. 5 Kellogg's/CARQUEST Impala SS, met with members of the media at Martinsville Speedway and discussed his outlook for the weekend, how the top teams are the best no matter what cars are driven, whether or not he races his teammates differently than other drivers, Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon battling at Martinsville in March, what he learned at Martinsville in March, the maturity he's shown this year, if he thinks the level of respect for him has gone up, if he compares himself to other young adults in sports, what he learned from the last Chase, racing at Atlanta, whether the points gap seems larger because Jeff Gordon is in the lead, Casey Mears letting him pass at Dover and if he's comfortable with it and how morale is for his team.

Select quotes from driver interview:

JIMMIE JOHNSON AND JEFF GORDON RACED EACH OTHER VERY HARD AT THE END OF THE LAST RACE AT MARTINSVILLE. WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THAT? "That's pretty cool. It's good to see the kind of stuff, to let everybody race the way they need to race or want to race. With this new car - luckily - Jeff was trying to figure out how to get by him and was beating on him a little bit. It looked like a Legend Car race at Lowe's Motor Speedway or something. Other than that, you just try to do what you can to pass a guy in front of you and in the old car he would have dumped him. So with this car you just try to push him hard enough to push him out of the way."

YOU'VE BEEN SHOWING MORE MATURITY THIS YEAR. ARE YOU CONCIOUSLY WORKING ON THAT? "I appreciate it, but honestly, I don't know. I haven't really changed much of anything of what's been going on around me and within me. Maybe having a little bit better surroundings has been the biggest thing, just a couple different people that I've got around me now that are helping out and doing some things differently for me. I guess that might be the thing that's sort of changed a little bit of ways but other than that, just trying to figure out how to grow up, I guess, has been the biggest thing."

ON CASEY MEARS LETTING YOU PASS HIM AT DOVER SO YOU COULD GET CHASE POINTS: "We asked. He wasn't told, we asked. We went to Casey and we were running around there towards the end of the race with each other and we asked if he would give us a break and give us a spot if it wasn't going to hinder him any and if it was okay that he could do it. He got asked that same thing by Jeff (Gordon) I think, at Kansas, and didn't lay over for Jeff at Kansas because he wants to finish the best he can. We had a team meeting about it and he talked about it and we agreed with him that it's not necessarily the best thing for him to do because he's battling a points deal too. He's trying to get to 13th. Luckily he gave us a spot and we were very appreciative of it. We talked after the race and stuff so it wasn't a team order, it was his decision, ultimately.

"I had to do (the same) two years ago for Jeff and I did it three years ago for Jeff too when we were at Charlotte, the fall race, when I was running the No. 84 CARQUEST car. Jeff was having a horrible day running 32nd, barely being able to keep the car on the race track and we were running 30th or something like that. So I had to come down pit road and sit there for two laps to give Jeff two laps so he could finish two spots further up. We did that then and I think there was a time the year before too because I was out of the Chase and he was in the Chase. You try to help out with what you can to try to get a guy a championship. If it's a teammate and you don't have a shot at it than why not? It will come back to you another way somehow. It's Karma, dude."

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Casey Mears , Jimmie Johnson , Kyle Busch