Charlotte II: Kyle Busch - Thursday media visit

Kyle Busch, no. 5 Kellogg's / CARQUEST Monte Carlo SS met with media and discussed his mindset coming into the weekend, unexpected things that happen at LMS, whether or not he can win the title, on working with his teammates, the relationship ...

Kyle Busch, no. 5 Kellogg's / CARQUEST Monte Carlo SS met with media and discussed his mindset coming into the weekend, unexpected things that happen at LMS, whether or not he can win the title, on working with his teammates, the relationship between Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon during the Chase, how much drivers want to win championships, on keeping the balance of competition versus friendship, on racing the CoT at Martinsville, his overall thought on the CoT, on driving Late Models en route to NASCAR Cup, his fondest Late Model memory, on the influx of international drivers to Cup, how a good finish at Charlotte can help him in the Chase, having the dark cloud move off him, and how he stays upbeat.

Select quotes from driver interview:

WHAT'S YOUR MINDSET COMING INTO THIS WEEKEND? "I'm just trying to get back in the Charlotte form. I'm looking forward to Lowe's Motor Speedway. I like being able to run here. It's a good track. It's a fun track. It's been pretty good to me in the Trucks and Busch cars, but we've had some tough luck in the Cup cars. So I'm just trying to turn that around this time around."

SOMETHING WEIRD ALWAYS SEEMS TO HAPPEN HERE. DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT TO EXPECT SATURDAY NIGHT? "No, not really. It's always different. But I think it'll be a pretty cool race. We'll be able to move around a little bit. You'll see guys running the bottom and guys running the top. It just kind of depends where their car likes to be and where it runs better and where they feel more comfortable. So, it should be a pretty good race."

CAN YOU WIN THE TITLE? "I think there is still a chance there. We've got an opportunity to do so, it's just going to be really, really hard with the way Jeff (Gordon) and Jimmie (Johnson) run week in and week out and with them leading the points. So, there's a chance. We'll see."

WHAT ARE YOUR OVERALL THOUGHTS ON THE COT? "The same as they've always been."

IF YOU HAD NASCAR'S EAR, IS THERE ONE THING THAT YOU WOULD CHANGE? "It needs a whole new makeover."

THERE ARE TWO RACES REMAINING THIS YEAR FOR THE COT. IS THAT GOOD OR BAD? "It don't matter. We've got a good enough program here at Hendrick Motorsports where we've run good in all the races. So I think our worst finishes have been due to either bad preparation on our part of being involved in a wreck. The only time that we ran bad was in Richmond, where we finished 20th. All the rest of them I think have been top 10's."

IS CHARLOTTE AS GOOD A PLACE AS ANY TO CLIMB OUT OF THE HOLE YOU'RE IN NOW IN POINTS? 'It is. We've run well here in the past. We've been fast. We just haven't ever been able to finish well, for whatever reason. We get caught up in a wreck here or there or wherever and we wrecked while leading, we wrecked while running third, and we wrecked just after changing a battery. It just doesn't seem to matter what we do; we always seem to wreck. But it's a fun place. I love this track. It's my favorite track. We're just trying to turn things around here and get going in the right direction."

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Jimmie Johnson , Kyle Busch