Charlotte: Winning team interview

KYLE BUSCH , NO. 15 ditech.com SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 3RD, RACE WINNER: POST RACE PRESS CONFERENCE TELL US ABOUT IT, THIS DEAL CAME TOGETHER AT THE LAST MINUTE AND YOU WENT OUT THERE AND PUT IT ON THEM: "It was amazing. We came out here ...

KYLE BUSCH , NO. 15 ditech.com SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 3RD, RACE WINNER:
POST RACE PRESS CONFERENCE

TELL US ABOUT IT, THIS DEAL CAME TOGETHER AT THE LAST MINUTE AND YOU WENT OUT THERE AND PUT IT ON THEM:

"It was amazing. We came out here and tested a few weeks ago and had a really good truck, it was fast. I asked Billy (Ballew, owner) and Ritchie (Wauters, crew chief) what it would take to get me in it and they said if you could bring us a few dollars, it wouldn't hurt. So, I called up ditech.com at the last minute, I think it was Monday, and they kind of fished around and thought about it for a little bit and then called us back and said 'Let's go do it, why not, let's give it a shot'. It was cool to put ditech.com on the truck; they are a long supporter of mine, from the ARCA series to the Busch series when I ran back in 2003 when I first joined Hendrick Motorsports. This is actually a firesuit I wore then in the Busch series. It is pretty cool to be associated with them again. Mike McCarthy and all the guys at ditech.com and Hendrick Motorsports for putting this on for me and also for just being able to come out here with the team and have a good showing. We wish we could have put it on the pole and win that $10,000 bonus but that's all right, we will just have to go after it another week."

DID YOU FEEL LIKE YOU HAD UNFINISHED BUSINESS WITH THE TRUCK SERIES SINCE YOUR CAREER WAS CUT SHORT WHEN THE AGE RULE CHANGED?

"Definitely. I wish I had been able to run that race there in California once they came up with that age requirement. But you know what, that was a few years ago and I probably would have really had a shot to break the record of the age win. But to come back here and do it now, at the legal age, I guess you would call it, is pretty cool. I won here last year in the Busch series and I won here in the truck series, tomorrow night would definitely be the icing on the cake. Just to go through the NEXTEL All Star Open, to lead the 20 laps and then lead the last 10 laps and get in the show would be pretty cool. We will see what we can do. We did learn a lot about the track tonight and all I can do. The cars are a little bit different but the main deal was just to kind of learn what the track would do over the long run with the tires."

WE KNOW YOU HAVE RACED WITH RITCHIE WAUTERS, CREW CHIEF BEFORE AND WE HEARD YOU GUYS JOKING ON THE RADIO, CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THAT A LITTLE BIT?

"Ritchie is a pretty cool guy. First time I ever met him was when we were looking for a ride to go race the Snowball Derby for late models. We were calling around and we got hooked up with Ritchie and he wanted some money to go run and Kurt (Busch, brother) was able to give us the money to pay him to go run his cars. The first lap, I think it was the Snow Flake race, I think it is the race before, the night before. The guy on the outside of the front row missed a shift and we qualified third and before we even got to the start finish line, we were turned around backwards in the inside fence. So we killed that car and the following day we went out in the big show and we ran around there and caught up with another guy about half way through the race, I think we were running third, and tore up our stuff again. But we get along great and it is cool to come back and run with him in the Truck Series and to get those guys their second win, their first this year. I hope that moves them up in the point standings. It is just kind of fun to go out there, you aren't racing for points or anything else, you are just racing for the pure pleasure of it and go out there and have fun. I have a ball racing anything, it is pretty cool. But especially when you get to victory lane, it makes it that much more special."

TALK ABOUT WHAT IT MEANS TO BREAK RICKY HENDRICKS RECORD OF BEING THE YOUNGEST WINNER IN THE SERIES:

"It is special, but it is also a little heartbreaking. You obviously want that record to stay for Ricky and his sake, but I am sure he wouldn't want it to be broken by anyone else but myself. He probably would have been cheering us just as hard here tonight, than he would have hoping I wouldn't have won so I wouldn't have broken his record. But, it is pretty cool to go out there anytime you do get a win. I am not sure, but I think I am the youngest winner in the Busch series and now the Truck series. I wished I could have gotten the pole in the Truck series this weekend, maybe we can get it in Dover or in Michigan, that would make me the youngest to win a pole in all three NASCAR touring series. Overall it is just cool to come out here and run so well. Like I said, we tested a few weeks ago so that made it that much easier just to be able to get the track time that we had then to get the truck setup to come out here and know what we had instead of just coming out here cold turkey."

HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE THE YOUNGEST WINNER IN THE NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES?

"I think Kurt got here when he was about 20 or 21, something like that. DOES ANYONE KNOW HOW MANY RACES THIS IS FOR ME THAT I WON IN? THIS IS MY EIGHTH RACE? COOL! I beat him I think, because he (Kurt) was 14 races I think. So that is pretty neat. I got bragging rights now so come on! (Chuckle). It is definitely neat to win out there any time in any series, especially here at Lowe's Motor Speedway. I love this place; this is my favorite race track. I watched races here a long long time ago, I say a long long time ago. The biggest memory I have was the T-Rex car that Jeff (Gordon) drove in 1997. I have a few fond memories of it before then with Darrell (Waltrip), Rusty (Wallace) and guys like that. This is a really fun place, and I have watched it grow for a few years to into what it is today and it is just an amazing facility. I am still mad at Humpy though for grinding it. He still hasn't gotten me on his good side."

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST THING YOU LEARNED ABOUT THE TRACK?

"The biggest thing we learned is what the track would do on the long runs. Some guys would run the bottom on the short runs and then you would kind of move up toward the top if you would get loose off of turn two. That was kind of my biggest deal. I would be running around there and then get loose off of two and I wouldn't be able to put the power down, so I would move up the race track a little bit to get into that fresh stuff up there and then you could put it down and you would be just fine. You would keep the momentum running around the top of the race track. Three and four you could run the top but it just isn't that much quicker around there. You definitely want to get the thing loaded and pointed and headed off the bottom side. That is kind of the things I learned here tonight that will help me out tomorrow. In the Cup car we have practiced and tested the whole time just trying to work off the bottom and seeing what we had there. Watched a bunch of guys in qualifying today and Kasey Kahne ran like a 29.20 or something like that in qualifying which is amazing and he was running the top side. So it is going to be curious to see who exactly is going to sit on the pole for the 600 here next week and see whether they are running the top or the bottom. But definitely a few different grooves out there and the side-by-side racing will be good. You didn't see much in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series just due to the fact that the trucks move around so much and they push so much air and they get loose then they get tight. The Cup cars are just a little more stable but I think it is going to be a pretty good show. Humpy has done a good job. "

HOW DOES IT FEEL WHEN YOU ARE HAVING AN UP AND DOWN SEASON IN THE CUP SEASON TO COME DOWN TO THE TRUCK SERIES AND WIN A RACE RIGHT OFF THE BAT?

"I wouldn't call it coming down or stepping down to a series, I would call it stepping over. The Truck Series is right next to the Busch Series which is right next to the Cup Series and the competition is tough in each of those. You have to have the right truck or car in order to do well and I had that tonight in order to run up front and do as well as we did. It is cool when you can step into different vehicles and run just as well in those. We have had some decent success in the Cup Series this year. We have run really strong; we just haven't had the finishes to prove that. Still, this weekend has been good. I was fastest in truck practice and qualified third. Ran fastest in Cup practice and finished up qualifying second so looking forward to running the Cup race tomorrow night. The first 20 laps we are going to try and hang out for a while. I think you will see guys staying out on tires but I don't think that is going to be the key. I think you are going to have to have come in and get at least two and maybe even four in order to make those final 10 laps for the dash for the cash in order to get in the big show. I know I don't have the fan votes, so I better win it."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Kasey Kahne
Teams Hendrick Motorsports