Atlanta II: Kyle Busch - GM Top-10 interview

BEHIND THE HAULER CHAT WITH KYLE BUSCH, NO. 5 KELLOGG'S MONTE CARLO SS: ON JUST FOUR RACES TO GO, STILL BEING IN THE CHASE: "Realistically, no. Mathematically, yes, we are still in it so that is the way we are looking at it. We need to have...

BEHIND THE HAULER CHAT WITH KYLE BUSCH, NO. 5 KELLOGG'S MONTE CARLO SS:

ON JUST FOUR RACES TO GO, STILL BEING IN THE CHASE: "Realistically, no. Mathematically, yes, we are still in it so that is the way we are looking at it. We need to have some good finishes and every time we are in position for a good finish, something happens. Last week we were minding our own business throughout the whole race, didn't have a mark on the car, the No. 06 got spun out in front of us, I went to avoid it, got into the marbles and the thing went straight in the fence. It killed the toe and everything else. Stuff happens to us, stuff you don't normally expect."

ON CHANGING STRATEGY TO PLANNING FOR 2007: "We just keep going out doing what we know how to do. Try to make the cars the best they can be, try to make them handle the best they can in order to win races. So we haven't changed anything. We have restructured anything, moved anybody around. We have kept everything the same for the rest of this year.

"We didn't change anything coming in to the Chase so I don't think we learned anything significant that we should change. Our cars have been better the second half of the year and I believe we have been better at most places we have gone. To have that, it some of the greatness of the Chase. Yes, being in, is cool but we have run really well, we just haven't had the finishes at all. That has been the bad part of it.

"I have confidence in the guys, the team, the organization that we have cars that are capable of running up front and winning races. Jeff (Gordon) and Jimmie (Johnson) both have been running up front lately, Brian (Vickers) got his first win so everything is just coming together as a whole.

"You have teams that come in and are on a hot streak like Roush did two years ago and last year that were really good and Tony Stewart last year was really good, two years ago and last year, RCR struggled. Nobody really said much about us. Hendrick Motorsports, thank goodness, knock on wood, is always on a plateau, we are always just there. We can run top-five, top-10, we are always just there. If we can win, then we win. We are not always the dominant team, we won't be a dominant force like Roush was or Tony was, or RCR is now, we are always just right there being contenders."

ON QUALIFYING RAINED OUT AT ATLANTA: "I think it is awesome, Ryan Newman didn't win his seventh straight pole or something like that and the Kellogg's Chevrolet crew gave he a great, awesome car to qualify 10th, so we are pretty pleased with the day's efforts. (SAID IN JEST, LAUGHED). We got the night off, come in tomorrow morning to do some happy hour hopefully and I have tomorrow night off too, I don't have to go to Memphis, so I am happy this weekend."

ON BEING A ROLLER COASTER CHASE: "It has been. We are just looking at it as going on race to race. We can't just quit now, pack up and wait for next year. We have to keep going and finish out the year. It is no different than anybody else outside the Chase has been doing. They have been trying to run well and win races. Tony (Stewart) was successful at that at Kansas. We need to try to get as much as we can the rest of this year."

ON THE PRESSURE HE FEELS NOW: "I think it was off after Loudon, no it was Dover. Especially Dover, nobody expected us to come back and win a championship. If we could finish in the top-five in points, that is what we really want to do and what we are really working forward to. We will just take what we can get out of this year and go in to next year having a better feeling and trying to start further up in the Chase."

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Tony Stewart , Ryan Newman , Kyle Busch
Teams Hendrick Motorsports