BEHIND THE HAULER CHAT WITH KYLE BUSCH, NO. 5 KELLOGG'S MONTE CARLO SS On Casey Mears joining Hendrick Motorsports: "I'm sure it will be good. He's got plenty of friends here at Hendrick Motorsports already with Jeff and Jimmie and Brian as ...
BEHIND THE HAULER CHAT WITH KYLE BUSCH, NO. 5 KELLOGG'S MONTE CARLO SS
On Casey Mears joining Hendrick Motorsports:
"I'm sure it will be good. He's got plenty of friends here at Hendrick Motorsports already with Jeff and Jimmie and Brian as well. It will be neat to get the opportunity to work with him and see what exactly he's like."
Do you have an idea of how your crew will be structured?
"There's a few guys in the shop that have come off the road the last few years I'm not so sure they're looking to get back on the road. They've got families. I'm not sure exactly what they're going to do but as long as my No. 5 seat stays intact I'll be all right with whatever."
You would be sharing a shop with Casey, right?
"I'm sure they're going to keep it the same way. The No. 24 and No. 48 have developed their relationship; they No. 5 and No. 25 have theirs."
On building relationships:
"I've been able to work with a lot of people over the years. It's all about trying to learn and create a relationship with that other person and try to figure out how they go about and see if they're capable enough to work together as far as setup and things like that. I've made some mistakes on my part but I'm willing to learn from those and get over those and keep going down the road."
Anything surprise you about Casey?
"No, not really. Everybody's got their own typical way. They go about things different than you, I mean, no two people are exactly the same so it's hard to try and understand a person."
Talk about your father:
"Father's day is coming up this weekend and happy father's day to all the fathers out there but especially mine. He's taught me so much of the ropes that some sons never learn and things like that. Especially the aspect of working as a team and working with people and things like that. Being able to achieve your goals and everything he's ever done for us as far as racing and things like that. As we were growing up, he worked with us as drivers, driving race cars and learning them trying to figure out what we could do in order to make ourselves better by learning the cars."
On testing Busch car at Sonoma:
"We went up and tested the Busch car and had a very successful test. I don't think we're allowed to take that Busch car and paint it with Kellogg's colors on but if they could I wish they would. I'm looking forward to it; we had a good test up there. I feel like I learned quite a bit in Mexico City from Adrian Fernandez and I'm looking forward now to Sonoma and try to learn a little bit more for practice and what-not. It's probably going to be shortened a little bit on Saturday but we're going to make it there in the morning so hopefully we can get it all done in the morning."
What's the difference between Sears Point and Watkins Glen?
"Sears Point has a lot of switchbacks and elevation changes. Watkins Glen is more of a high-speed kind of superspeedway road course with not a whole lot of switchbacks. There's a lot of speed to it and not a whole lot of tight corners to slow you down. Relatively everything's pretty fast. There's a lot of braking in both of them but that's just like any other road course."
Biggest challenge on road courses?
"For me it's probably not over-charging the corner."
"I've always been able to run pretty well here. For some reason I haven't been able to finish too strong here. I won my Busch series race and finished second in my Truck series race here last year. Had a chance to lead but last year we finished ninth. Overall I'm excited about this weekend. I think we've got a strong car; it's a brand-new one so I'm looking forward to get out there."
How much time do you spend with your teammates?
"Well, there's times here or there when we do. What we've been changing as far as getting with the team after practice, all four crew chiefs, all four drivers talk about practice and qualifying. I missed last weekend's because of Nashville and I'll miss this weekend's because of Kentucky. Next weekend I'll miss because of Milwaukee. I'm might be a little bit behind the eight-ball but I try to catch up with the guys on Friday or early Sunday. Talk to them and see how the meetings went. As far as being able to work with any different teammate on the racetrack, it doesn't much matter. We all try to make sure we get some time in with each other."
Talk about going back and forth to different tracks during a weekend:
"It's tough. Time schedules have to be created, how are you going to get there, how are you going to get back. The private air transport really makes it easier."
On having four premier drivers at Hendrick:
"You can look at it any way you want to but No. 24 (Gordon) is the lead horse and will be until he's out of there, until he retires. No. 48 (Johnson) is always going to be second string and it's a toss-up between the No. 25 (Vickers) and No. 5. I don't care where I am. I don't mind. I'm just there to do my job and win races for Mr. H (Hendrick)."
On going back to Daytona:
"I think we did relatively well at Talladega. There was that really big pile-up early on in the race. That kind of stuff is hard to swallow. You try to go to Daytona and do some stuff a little differently. I'm not sure what to do. I have yet to finish a restrictor-plate race. It's a tough decision to make, whether you want to ride around in the back or whether you want to ride up front. You can wreck running third so it doesn't matter where you're at really. You can get hit from behind running 42nd so it's difficult to understand. I guess it's all about luck."
On difference between a 400 and 500 races:
"Not much difference. It's just a little bit shorter race. Overall everybody's got the same scenario. They know how short it is; they know what you have to do. It doesn't change that much."
Are all four Hendrick cars where they should be?
"Well, I'll tell you, the fourth team the No. 25 team, they're clicking on all cylinders. They ran well at Richmond, finished third there, second at Talladega, again last weekend they ran well. There's no team in our stables that have given us any setbacks or will."
People are already wondering whether you and Casey can get along. Is that blown out of proportion?
"Yeah. I've never been able to get a chance to work with Casey or even really know him or understand him at all. Jimmie, he grew up with him over the years and knows more about him than any of us. I'm looking forward to the opportunity to be able to meet with him and talk with him. I don't have any ill feelings towards him; I think we can put the past behind us and get along. Do what's best for Hendrick Motorsports."