BEHIND THE HAULER CHAT WITH KYLE BUSCH, NO. 5 KELLOGG'S MONTE CARLO SS: ON HOW POINTS FELL OUT AFTER TALLADEGA: "I feel like it brought everybody back in to the playing field. We were 230 some points and Kasey (Kahne) was 270 some back and now...
BEHIND THE HAULER CHAT WITH KYLE BUSCH, NO. 5 KELLOGG'S MONTE CARLO SS:
ON HOW POINTS FELL OUT AFTER TALLADEGA: "I feel like it brought everybody back in to the playing field. We were 230 some points and Kasey (Kahne) was 270 some back and now we are both 185 out. It brought the field a little bit closer. It didn't do exactly what they thought it was going to do. It hurt Jeff (Gordon); he didn't have a very good day. We probably could have come out of there a little bit better than we did, but it was what it was. We go on from here. Try to win this weekend here at Charlotte."
ON MARTINSVILLE BEING ANOTHER RACE THAT CAN SHAKE UP POINTS: "Any one who is in the top-10 will be fine there. Jeff is always good there, Harvick, Burton are always good there. We are decent. Junior is always good there. It will be a tough day, again. Everyone that is in the top-10 runs well everywhere at these last 10 or have this year. If you were racing two or three guys for the championship like what happened in 1992, five races to go Allen KulwIcki came from 250 points back, but he was racing two other guys. It is too hard to race nine other guys."
ON WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN HERE AT LOWE'S SATURDAY NIGHT: "I have no idea what this race track has in store for us. It is the same right side tire, a little bit softer left side, not as soft as they could have gone. It is open for everybody. Those guys who did the tire test here, that was three months and we have done different stuff since three months ago. It is pretty much open game."
ON LEARNING ANYTHING IN COCA COLA 600 THAT WILL BE USABLE THIS WEEKEND: "Not really. It is just a cluster on pit road. NASCAR made that what it is with the small fuel cells. It is going to be tough, you are going to have coming down pit road that aren't going to change tires, some will take four tires, some two tires. It is tough. You struggle with that. You can be running third, have a great race car, you need two tires or whatever, or no tires, so you change two and go back to 12th or 15th. If you change four, you go back to 30th. If you change none, you can hold your spot, then you are on the same tires for 60 laps or something. It is tough to know exactly what to do. Everybody also mixing job, you go from the front to the back to the front to the back to the front to the back, it is just a mixed up race. You kind of have to plan it out to be up front at the end, but you never know what everybody else is going to do."
ON KEEPING UP WITH WHAT OTHER TEAMS WERE DOING IN THE 600: "You can't keep up with everybody else. It is just a guessing game it is just so hard to do because of that."
THOUGHTS ON WHAT HAPPENED AT THE END OF THE TALLADEGA RACE: "I will give you my opinion, I am glad it isn't me. That is really all I have to say. It is a tough position to be put in. Brian and Jimmie were going for the win and trying to pass Dale, Jr. they got a little too close together and ended up hitting and spinning out. It is nothing different except that it was two teammates, which make it extra special and turns out to be an ordeal. What went on at Talladega was just hard racing in close quarters, Brian was trying to go for a win and so was Jimmie and Dale, Jr. was trying to protect a win. Just a tough break for all involved."
ON THOUGHTS OF REACTION OF FANS AT TALLADEGA: "When you wreck a guy that has 80% of the fan base, you are going to have a tough time. From what I saw, he was pushing Jimmie along, then when Jimmie made the move, Junior moved to block and Brian was going to go around the outside of them both cause he still had a head of steam going. He ended up hitting Jimmie one final time when he was turning up and ended up turning him sideways. He didn't' mean to do it, he didn't want to do it, I know that. It happened and it is something he had to deal with and I get to talk about.
"He wasn't going to follow Jimmie, he was going to try to win the race. You can look at it a million different ways, I could be wrong about what I think he was doing, that is just what I saw but I haven't talked to Brain, so I don't know."
ON CONSIDERING BRIAN A TEAMMATE: "Of course, he is part of Hendrick Motorsports, he is still a teammate. There is a bunch of guys over on that team that have worked their hearts out for five plus years, on that No. 25 car, from the beginning of it that are still here that want to see it do well. They are part of Hendrick Motorsports, we shouldn't think of them as outcasts just because their driver is leaving or not."
ON EXTRA SECURITY ASSIGNED BY LOWE'S FOR BRIAN: "I think it might be a little overkill."
ON GETTING BACK IN GOOD GRACES OF THE FAN AFTER AN INCIDENT LIKE TALLADEGA: "Don't ask me that question. I don't know - I haven't gotten there yet. (Laughs)"
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