BUSCH: Bristol: Winning team interview, part 2

Continued from part 1 CAN YOU COMMENT ON HAVING TO GO DOWN TO 4 TEAMS BY 2010 AND WILL YOUR PARTNERSHIP WITH FENWAY SOMEHOW ALLOW YOU TO KEEP WHAT YOU'VE GOT NOW? JACK ROUSH: "We're on a strategy with an agreement with NASCAR that by 2010...

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CAN YOU COMMENT ON HAVING TO GO DOWN TO 4 TEAMS BY 2010 AND WILL YOUR PARTNERSHIP WITH FENWAY SOMEHOW ALLOW YOU TO KEEP WHAT YOU'VE GOT NOW?

JACK ROUSH: "We're on a strategy with an agreement with NASCAR that by 2010 we'll be down to four teams. The arrangement that I've got with John Henry and his involvement with the team has no bearing on that. I am looking for a host arrangement with another owner to take one of my good programs by 2010 and then I hope, like Bobby Ginn came into the program and took Mark Martin as seed corn to develop his program, I hope to be able to help another Ford team be able to do that with one of my programs in 2010. I have the same enthusiasm towards seeing success there as I've had for the other things we've done. But John Henry doesn't pose any opportunity to do anything different than what we already had strategized."

IS THERE A RULE AS TO HOW CLOSELY YOU CAN BE ASSOCIATED WITH ANOTHER TEAM?

JACK ROUSH: "To boundaries, the word is affiliation and I've had discussions at length with Mike Helton and with Brian about what kind of affiliations that they want the teams to have. I guess what they want is they don't want somebody to come into the business and to be able to buy all the engineering and all the cars and all the engines and everything it would take -- they really want people, in spite of the fact they don't want you to go out and do things different than anybody else -- they want the owners to have an intellectual involvement with their teams. That winds up being the tough part. How much do you help somebody before it's too much. They're trying to work with us and give us encouragement as they are the Hendrick organization and Gibbs and everybody else that's got the wherewithal to help other people. They're trying to tell us how to do it so it will be good for the sport going forward."

DOES HOST ARRANGEMENT MEAN YOU HAVE TO SELL THE TEAM?

JACK ROUSH: "I'll have to sell it. I'll won't be able to have a vested financial interest in it even though I'll have a spiritual and emotional attachment to it. I feel the same way about all the Ford teams. My heart is out there for the Wood Brothers on a tough day. I'm there with them when they do well. I've been frustrated with Robert Yates' problems and look forward to his success. I certainly enjoyed the way he was able to run at Daytona and I hope that gave that organization good things for the sponsor, so, yeah, there's an opportunity here with plucking a team off of our five down to four and then make that branch bear fruit for another owner in the years to come."

HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHICH ONE?

JACK ROUSH: "That is a really tough question. Happily, I don't have to make that decision for another several years."

DO YOU WAIT UNTIL THE DEADLINE TO SELL THE TEAM?

JACK ROUSH: "I'll wait until I'm ready."

MIKE HELTON ADMITTED THE MISTAKE ON PIT ROAD. DOES THIS GIVE YOU HOPE THAT THE NEXT TIME YOU MAKE AN APPEAL IT MIGHT BE LOOKED UP MORE FAVORABLY?

JACK ROUSH: "They're altogether two different subjects and I'll answer them separately. Everybody was aware, from listening to the radios, Kyle Busch's team saw the red flag and understood that it was closed, and Carl saw the red flag and understood that it was closed and the people behind them realized that it was open as they had made the switch or made the communications work. So there was a mistake that had been made. Carl told me privately, 'I was so mad.' I tried to give him confidence and I said, 'When they make a mistake like that, you can hope that they'll fix it.' If they recognize they've made it, they'll fix it at that time and if they don't believe they've made a mistake, they won't fix it and maybe apologize tomorrow or something if it becomes clear. But they try to do the right thing and it was clear that a mistake had been made and they corrected as they should once they recognized it. As far as the whole appeal process for matters involving inspection, I've been to the trough, I think four times -- maybe five -- and I've come away empty handed everytime and on two or three of those occasions I've taken the people that were involved on my side to the lie detector and we figured out exactly who said what and how it worked and we had it all documented. It didn't matter what the truth was. They made their decision and that's the way it was."

MATT THOUGHT YOU MADE A COMMITMENT LINE VIOLATION, BUT DID IT MATTER SINCE THEY REVERTED TO THE LAST CAUTION?

CARL EDWARDS "I think what happened there was I looked over and the flag was red and the light was red. And then somebody screamed in my ear that pit road was open or something, so I kind of turned down and then I just thought, 'Man, it's red, I can't come in here. So it was kind of in a transition from being closed to open. I kind of think it was a debacle there, so I'm glad, like I said, it's really awesome that NASCAR did what they did. Jack told me they would fix it, but that was a pretty big fix for something right in the middle of the race and I just, once again, can't say how awesome that is. I've been racing for 10 or 12 years now and I've been to a lot of race tracks and it's really rare, even at your local dirt track, somebody that will hold up the race and put everybody right where they really believe they belong and that's pretty cool."

HOW FAST DID YOU JUMP OFF THE PIT BOX WHEN THAT HAPPENED?

JACK ROUSH: "Pretty quick. The spotter was telling that pit road was closed. I got information from the official in the pit that pit road was open, so I was the one screaming in his ear that the pits were open. It got pretty confusing pretty quick. After we figured out that we were stuck out, then it was time to go lobby to make sure the right decision is finished. As far as that goes, NASCAR did a great job in lining everybody back up and finishing it how it should have been finished. I was told on pit road that pit road was open. The spotter is telling him it's closed. Carl made a good call staying out. I don't exactly know the exact events because we're all the way on the other end of that to see where the flagman was or what the lights were, but they took care of it correctly."

THERE WAS A DUST UP A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO WITH TEAMMATES BATTLING FOR THE LEAD. WERE YOU WORRIED ABOUT THAT?

JACK ROUSH: "You're speaking of the problem that the Ganassi organization had with Pablo and with Scott Pruett? I hope that our guys will race clean. I hope that they'll race everybody on the race track clean, but, certainly, I expect them to race one another clean. If they make a mistake and run wheel to wheel and wind up creating a problem for both cars or one car, it will be sad but we'll get over it. I don't think there was an intention that Juan Pablo had to turn Scott Pruett. If he had been saying, 'Watch me turn him. I'm gonna get him,' on the radio and then he turned him, then there certainly would be an issue with that and a very hard meeting for the people involved, but there are no rules. There are no team orders. In fact, I look forward to the day when we'll be lined up corner to corner or wheel to wheel coming off the final corner and spin both of them across the start-finish line in a photo finish to see who wins."

-credit: ford racing

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Scott Pruett , Robert Yates , Mike Helton , Kyle Busch