Kyle Busch , No. 5 Kellogg's/CARQUEST Impala SS - Finished Second ON THE RACE: "It was a good car, a good run for us. Our Kellogg's/CARQUEST Chevrolet was decent there most of the day. We came through the field and got up towards the front....
Kyle Busch , No. 5 Kellogg's/CARQUEST Impala SS - Finished Second
ON THE RACE:
"It was a good car, a good run for us. Our Kellogg's/CARQUEST Chevrolet was decent there most of the day. We came through the field and got up towards the front. Once we got up near the front, we were just kind of picked them off one at a time and steadily made our way towards the front until you get up and run with the leaders. It was kind of a quiet day, thankfully and we were able to come out here with a second place and just run as well as we needed to. Hopefully we gained some ground on the points."
A LOT OF DRIVERS SEEM TO HAVE TROUBLE IN THE CORNERS. WAS IT HARD TO TURN?
"I think it's the new car and the way it just doesn't want to turn through the corners very well. With our old cars we could get them to steer a little bit with the back and you could use the throttle a lot more. With these cars you're just waiting on the front tires to finally grip before you can go. You're turning the wheel to the left and it's just not gripping. It's just kind of sliding that tire and everything kind of slides and builds heat. That could have been a product of it. It could have had a little bit too much camber here. I'm surprised we really haven't seen more tire failures then we have. At Martinsville there was a few because of brake heat and tire. they were starting to pop beads. Here it's another place where you're really hard on the right front brake so that's probably a reason. It's just getting too much brake heat in it and popping the bead. When the things don't turn you've got to use the brakes. We're maxed out on our cooling. We left ours all the way open because we knew that if we had any tape on it we would just burn the brakes up. There's some areas of improvement we could make on these things, definitely."
YOU HAVE FIVE TOP-FIVES IN FIVE CUP RACES HERE. WHAT GIVES YOU SUCCESS HERE?
"I think it's just this track, for some reason. It took the new car to get Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson back on track here. We were pretty decent here for the past three years or however long I've been running here. Jeff and Jimmie tend to have a better feel for the new car then I do but I kind of came into a rhythm there in the beginning and towards the middle of the race that I knew what I needed to do. Still, towards the end I was screwing myself up by driving in too far. These things really like to be babied into the corner and stopped and turned and drove off. I made a comment on the radio that's kind of funny - the driver's going to go broke racing these things because they're dropping corners every corner trying to get the thing to stop and turn."
HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS IS DOMINANT AND MAKING IT LOOK EASY - IS IT REALLY THAT EASY?
"It's not easy, that's for sure. I think Denny (Hamlin) alluded to it pretty well. We've got great race teams and I'd say that it's four of probably the best 10 or 12 drivers out there. It's hard to beat the best drivers and the best equipment with the best teams. You just have everything all pieced together correctly. Today Jeff and Jimmie started up there at the front and we had to battle all through the field so it was a tougher day for us, I believe. At times we had a pretty good car. At times Denny said he had a pretty good car. The No. 2, he came roaring through the field and blew by all of us so Kurt (Busch) looked really, really good there for a while. I'm not sure what happened to those guys. We just steadily ran our own race today and were able to finish second. If it was easy to win I'd be in the winner's circle every time, talking about how great it was I'd won the race. But I'm talking about second."
ON THE LAST RESTART DID YOU THINK YOU HAD A CHANCE AT HOLDING JOHNSON OFF?
"I knew he was coming; I knew he was a little bit stronger than I was. I wasn't quite sure how long it would take for him to get by me but I figured he would. He just had a little bit better car there than I did at the end of the race. I was a little bit too tight through the center of the corner. We were trying to work on the drive-off - the drive-off was better but it was just killing me through the center. We were battling back and forth with that for the past two runs. Still too tight through the center and too loose off the corner but Jimmie was a little bit better than I was. I tried doing what I could. The second-to-last restart I got a really good jump and I felt like my car was the best right there. I was actually surprised at how fast it went and how big of a gap I got on Jimmie back there but that caution came out and slowed us all back down. It caught everybody up and I just overdrove turn one a little bit too much. I wasn't able to get the car turned quite quick enough and Jimmie was able to turn underneath me and battle his way by."
DID YOU LEARN A LOT FROM THE TEST HERE?
"I was 34th in practice so we were the same all weekend. I qualified 34th. Nothing we seemed to do helped it get a quick lap. I don't know what it takes to get a quick lap out of these things. Those guys can go out there and swipe a lap time for some reason where I can't. When the race turns around and we get a long run going, we seem to pass everybody. I don't know what the deal is with that. It's probably me, not necessarily the car. I've still got some work and some learning to do on it. Maybe I've got to talk to (crew chief) Alan (Gustafson) about going to test some more and get a better feel for these things."
DID YOU SEE ANY PROBLEMS AS A RESULT OF THE RAIN DELAY FROM LAST NIGHT?
"No. I didn't really notice any big problems out there. I'm not sure. there's a problem with the No. 25 car there, he got spun out or something. I don't know what transpired there. Our car seemed to run pretty well all day long. The brakes stayed with us; the carburetion was good. Nothing I could tell you."
DID YOU GO THE LAST 140 LAPS ON THE SAME SET OF TIRES?
"It was at least 100. I'm not sure about any more than that."
WERE THERE CONCERNS WITH THE TIRES?
"There was so many cautions, so no. We got caution after caution there. I think we ran, in the last 100 laps, we probably ran 30 caution laps. Everybody was kind of skeptical about making it on fuel and on that last stop we were like 'okay, here - we can't go the rest of the way so just do what you've got to do'. All of a sudden we've got all our cautions and we're staying out with 40 to go. I'm like 'we're not coming in anymore?' They're like 'no, you're done. We can make it now.' Okay. There were just too many cautions."
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