Kyle Busch, No. 5 Kellogg's/CARQUEST Impala SS, met with media members at Bristol Motor Speedway and discussed preparations for this weekend after a long stay in Michigan, returning here as a winner at this track, Chevy's strong performance with...
Kyle Busch, No. 5 Kellogg's/CARQUEST Impala SS, met with media members at Bristol Motor Speedway and discussed preparations for this weekend after a long stay in Michigan, returning here as a winner at this track, Chevy's strong performance with the Impala SS, the impact of the Car of Tomorrow in the Chase, if he's changed his opinion about the Car of Tomorrow, if he feels more relaxed after finalizing his plans for next year, if there's anything new to be learned about this track surface, if he has a chance to make it two consecutive Cup wins here this year, if there is anything he's learned about this track from Kurt, what he learned from last year's Chase, changing numbers next year and if he would have had any apprehension about running the No. 8 if he went to DEI.
Select quotes from driver interview:
ON RETURNING HERE AS A PREVIOUS WINNER AT THIS TRACK: "It's cool but it's a whole new surface here and everything with that. I liked the previous surface and it was a lot of fun there and then the new surface is really nice. You know it'd probably take a little time to be a huge fan of it. I ran a truck race (here). It's still a one groove race track but you can run side by side a lot better but now you can't complete the pass because the guy on the inside just doesn't have the room that he needs and the guy on the outside gets a big run off the corner. It's just a tougher place to pass. It's harder for some guys to make some mistakes so it's going to be harder to get underneath them."
ON IF THERE'S ANYTHING NEW TO BE LEARNED ABOUT THIS TRACK SURFACE: "Well there's plenty to be learned. In the Busch race tonight you'll see guys all the way up to the wall. We're going to be running all the way around the top side so it's definitely going to be a different race track, just learning the new grooves and trying to figure out how exactly you can man-handle the car around here is going to be one thing and trying to win is going to be another."
ON WHAT HE LEARNED FROM LAST YEAR'S CHASE THAT WILL HELP HIM THIS YEAR IF HE QUALIFIES: "Well you need to finish races, you know. We got wrecked out in the first one. We blew up in the second one. We had problems in the third one. I think there's only about two that we had no issues with and we finished seventh and sixth. If we could just keep the problems to a minimum then hopefully we can run up front and be just fine."
ON HAVING TO CHANGE NUMBERS NEXT YEAR AND HOW ATTACHED HE IS TO HIS CURRENT NUMBER: "A number's a number. I came into this deal and been driving the 5 car which is Rick Hendrick's number. It's been that way since the beginning with all star racing. The 8's just been a part of the Earnhardt family, with Ralph (Earnhardt) driving it years ago and I think Dale (Earnhardt) had it a little bit in his Busch Series career, I'm not sure. And of course Junior, he stepped into that Cup ride and had it since then. It's just a part of who wants it worse or whatever but Teresa's got it so it's hers. It's really not that big of a deal. Slap an 81 on the thing and be happy and go."
-credit: gm racing