Atlanta II: Kyle Busch - Saturday media visit

Kyle Busch, No. 5 Kellogg's / CARQUEST Monte Carlo SS met with media and discussed practice, on the Carl Edwards / Matt Kenseth situation at Martinsville, Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson in the Chase, Monday & Tuesday COT test at Atlanta Motor ...

Kyle Busch, No. 5 Kellogg's / CARQUEST Monte Carlo SS met with media and discussed practice, on the Carl Edwards / Matt Kenseth situation at Martinsville, Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson in the Chase, Monday & Tuesday COT test at Atlanta Motor Speedway, how he runs on Atlanta Motor Speedway, on NASCAR overturning the penalty regarding a manifold in his Busch car, and how Texas Motor Speedway changes from day to night

Select quotes from driver interview:

HOW WAS PRACTICE?

"Our car today was pretty good. We made some pretty good laps and we felt we were comfortable. We're always good here in practice or we feel like we're good and then the race rolls around and we're horrible. Hopefully we can change something this weekend to not have that happen. But I'm pretty happy with it right now."

ON THE CARL EDWARDS / MATT KENSETH INCIDENT AT MARTINSVILLE:

"You're rather just have peace in the garage really, and everybody get along. We have to race each other out there on the race track and if they have trouble, they'll get somebody else caught up in it and hopefully not yourself. You just wish they'd all get along. I think Carl is showing his fiery side and I'm actually kind of proud of him."

ARE JEFF GORDON AND JIMMIE JOHNSON RUNNING AWAY WITH THE CHASE?

"They're pretty good. They're having a great Chase so far. They haven't had much bad luck. They've been solid running up front doing their own deal and not getting wrecked by future teammates of their own and getting caught up in something that's a mishap at Talladega. So we've been right there with them."

WHAT'S A GOOD TEAMMATE?

"Somebody who is personable that you can talk to, that isn't two-faced and that you can go up to and ask for advice and they're giving it to you straight-up. And somebody that you can see yourself being a friend with."

DO YOU HAVE TO LIKE HIM?

"Well, yeah. Like I said, If there are all the characteristics where you don't what them to be, then you're not going to like them. So yeah, you've got to like them."

DID THE INCIDENT WITH MATT KENSETH CHANGE CARL EDWARDS' REPUTATION?

"It might change it a little bit. It might keep it the same a little bit. People might actually like it because they've actually seen something different from Carl Edwards. But for me, if I would have done that, I would have just gotten more hate mail than what normally comes in every week, I guess. Besides that, it's something that he did and he'll go through it and he'll be fine. I'm sure people will forget about it here in the off-season."

IS IT HARD TO TAKE THAT FIRST STEP AND TALK WITH SOMEBODY YOU'RE MAD AT?

"It's pretty hard because you're mad at 'em, you know? So you want them to come to you, but yet they're mad at you so they're not going to come to you so they want you to go to them. We're all a bunch of egotistical maniacs -- at least that's what Days of Thunder says. I'm pretty much having to believe it now."

WHAT THINGS WILL YOU BE LOOKING FOR DURING THE CAR OF TOMORROW TEST AT ATLANTA ON MONDAY AND TUESDAY?

"How it's going to drive and what it's going to be like in traffic if we ever get around other guys and how fast can you run by yourself out in front. Working with a new team is going to be pretty good to do. If we unload good and we don't make any progress, there is nothing to learn. Maybe we need to unload bad, or not that good, and make a lot of progress where at least it will feel good to do that with a new team. It's better to move forward than to move backward. That's what I'm looking forward to."

DO YOU LIKE RACING AT ATLANTA?

"I'm horrible here. I'm terrible. It's fun to run and it's cool. It's fast and you're really on edge all the time. It's white knuckle racing. It's kind of crazy sometimes I guess. We don't really run that great here for whatever reason. We'll have two tires runs that we'll be fast and we'll be running everybody over and going to the front and after that, it's just like what happened? We adjust something and we don't make the right adjustment or whatever, something happens."

THE TEXAS RACE STARTS IN DAYLIGHT AND ENDS UNDER THE LIGHTS. HOW MUCH DOES IT CHANGE?

"I've never run a full race or been that good the whole time, so I'm not sure. At the end of the race, it changed a little bit last year and it got a little bit quicker and a little bit more grip. Aside from that, it made it a little bit easier to keep control of the car. It was still really, really fast but it made it easier and gave it more grip."

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Matt Kenseth , Jimmie Johnson , Carl Edwards , Kyle Busch