Talladega II: Kyle Busch post-qualifying interview

Kyle Busch ...

Kyle Busch #5 Kellogg's Chevrolet
14th position

Well, it was a good day for us. It was very uneventful really. You go out and make your laps in practice and then you go out and make your laps in qualifying. You kind of see what you have. I wasn't expecting to be that good really, honestly. The guys did an awesome job with the Kellogg's Chevrolet. It's been kind of hard on those guys to come back to every restrictor plate race and build new cars. This is our fourth new restrictor plate car this year and it's the best one so far this year, too. I'm looking forward to the race on Sunday. It's just going to all come down to patience and having everyone play patience and being able to be there at the end and just riding around for 450 miles or so and then racing for the last 50. Keep your nose clean and stay out of trouble and everyone always talks about the Big One. Hopefully there isn't one or we stay out of it. So, we just want to run up front if we possibly can and help out our #48 teammate.

HAVE YOU TAKEN ANY ADVICE HERE FROM JEFF OR YOUR TEAMMATES REGARDING HOW TO FINISH AT RESTRICTOR PLATE RACES?

Well, it's not really the advice that's going to help out. You can use that to try to make yourself better but the main way to run well here is to have drafting partners out there and have friends and stuff like that. I've tried to use Jeff before and he dumps me off after about two laps with me getting him up with a couple of spots. And then Jimmie and I worked a little bit together but it's so hard to find your teammates out there and be able to work with them. So, at Talladega I didn't have anybody with me. At Daytona in July, we were running with Jeff there a little bit and like I said, he dumped me off. And then we found Jimmie for a little while and I ran with him. But it's so hard to run together in these races because you're trying to get yourself forward and not necessarily go backward. So you have to find some cars that you're able to run well with.

RE: ON THE TECH BULLETIN THAT'S COMING REGARDING THE SHOCK, SUSPENSION SETUP FROM LAST WEEKEND

I have not heard of a bulletin coming out, I have not seen one, so honestly I cannot comment about what exactly is in the bulletin or what exactly is supposed to be in the bulletin because it's not out. It's just one of those deals that everybody has to go through. It seems as though the DEI gang..this is a perfect scenario. The DEI gang has found something that really helps them on the restrictor plate races and they're able to dominate and do so well here and at Daytona. Probably three years or so they've been able to use whatever they use and win races and be the most dominant force. And know that we've caught up a little bit on our aero package, I'm not necessarily sure we're still as good as the DEI guys, but the downforce races, which plays most of the season, we've found a little bit of an advantage there. It's not necessarily that the other teams don't have the opportunity to find that,, it's that they haven't worked as hard as we have in order to find that. For any advantage to be taken away from me is honestly silly and I wish that they wouldn't come up with a bulletin. The reasons, whatever they may be, are plenty within the rules. Every shock piece that was in the body was legal. I have actually say there with them and watched them build it, so I know what's in it. I know the process of going through it. It's a pretty cool process. Nobody else is smart enough to figure it out.

RE: HELPING YOUR TEAMMATES ON THE TRACK. WHEN DOES THAT STRATEGY END AND WHEN DOES IT BECOME KYLE BUSCH'S RACE?

It becomes Kyle Busch's race when there's ten to go and I'm leading. That's how it happens. The #48. You know, trying to win my race at Dover last weekend which in essence, Jimmie was able to get the victory there. Of course, congratulations for him. I wanted to win that race for everyone on my team. But, it's cool to have Hendrick Motorsports finish one-two in any time. You want to help out your teammates as much as you can, especially since we have one car in the Chase. It's not necessarily a disadvantage, we just didn't have the opportunity to have the other three cars in the Chase as well as the #24 ran last year. But, I'm out there to help the #48 this week. This is one of those places where you can help somebody more so than you can at Dover. So that's the main reason I'm saying that-being able to get in behind Jimmie or maybe in front of him, however our cars work together. We'll try to pull each other up to the front and help each other out in some respect.

RE: YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH THIS RACE AS OPPOSED TO IMPOUND

Impound races on a speedway are thumbs up-that's the way to go. This procedure here is not necessarily a favorite of mine. There is a disadvantage of that. If you're out there in the pack and drafting around and stuff like that in practice in an impound race and something happens and you bang up a race car and you're not able to get back out with enough time, you won't have any practice with it. That's the only downfall to it. The same thing can happen to tomorrow in final practice. You can get banged up and have to pull out your backup. In all respects it's a better procedure on a superspeedway than a place such as a Michigan or California or even a Charlotte or Texas. Those places are pretty difficult to qualify on in an impound procedure. Because you don't have the car feel you need in order to rip off a fast lap with comfort.

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Kyle Busch
Teams Hendrick Motorsports