Phoenix II: Kyle Busch - Friday media visit

Kyle Busch, No. 5 Kellogg's/CARQUEST Impala SS, met with members of the media at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) and discussed how the track races, how the points race between teammates Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson affects him, his thoughts...

Kyle Busch, No. 5 Kellogg's/CARQUEST Impala SS, met with members of the media at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) and discussed how the track races, how the points race between teammates Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson affects him, his thoughts on the track at Homestead, last weekend's race, how long it takes him to bounce back from losses, his determination to get a win in the Chase, Jimmie Johnson's win record and how it compares to his, his plans after Homestead, testing during the off-season, how a raised splitter would be beneficial for the new car, the positive comments on his improved demeanor and his feelings on having a rivalry with Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

WHAT IS HOMESTEAD LIKE? "Homestead is unique in its own right because it's got that variable banking and it really pays dividends later in the run or pretty much all the way through the race around the top side. You're going to see guys running up against the wall the whole time but you can go down to the bottom and try to make a pass and it's wide enough and it's groovy enough to where you can race all around that place. It's a fast mile-and-a-half but it's more so than traditional ovals, like the old Atlanta was instead of these quad- and tri-ovals.

HAVE YOU PUT LAST WEEKEND BEHIND YOU OR ARE YOU STILL FRUSTRATED? "It's frustrating but what are you going to do about it? You had two frustrating weekends in a row that you've had the capabilities of winning a race but we could have won the Cup race in Atlanta, we could have won the Truck race at Texas, the Busch race at Texas, the Cup race at Texas. It's the way it is when the race is over. You're not going to change anything; you're not going to put yourself in victory lane because you. you can say that you had a bad race and everything like that, you've just got to go out next week and try to do it right."

DO THE POSITIVE COMMENTS IN THE MEDIA LATELY MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD? "It does. It's nice to hear all that and just last night I had a conversation with Chad Knaus and we were just talking back and forth and he kind of said the same thing as other people have. It's good to have that and it's - I wouldn't say comforting but at least encouraging to hear it - that people do notice a difference and they see a change or whatever, which I haven't. I don't notice it or see it. I see it through other people, I guess, but not through myself. I'm just trying to become more relaxed, I guess. More easygoing, trying to figure everything out and not let racing take so much over in my life, I guess."

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Jeff Gordon , Jimmie Johnson , Chad Knaus , Kyle Busch