JEFF BURTON, NO. 31 CINGULAR WIRELESS MONTE CARLO SS (Finished 2nd) AND KYLE BUSCH, NO. 5 CARQUEST MONTE CARLO SS (Finished 3rd) POST-RACE PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT: Q: Kyle, tell us about your run today. KYLE BUSCH: It was a real good...
JEFF BURTON, NO. 31 CINGULAR WIRELESS MONTE CARLO SS (Finished 2nd) AND KYLE BUSCH, NO. 5 CARQUEST MONTE CARLO SS (Finished 3rd) POST-RACE PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT:
Q: Kyle, tell us about your run today.
KYLE BUSCH: It was a real good fun for the CARQUEST Chevrolet. We deserved that kind of finish. The guys have been working awfully hard and doing everything that they've been doing all year long, so to finally come out of a mile and a half with a decent finish besides Las Vegas, the second race of the year, third race of the year, whatever it was, we came out of that with a 3rd, also. We just kept working on it all day.
We had a very loose car in the beginning part of the race and we tightened up, got a little too tight and then we got her back freed up there at the end just enough to where we could make some movement and pass those guys.
Q: Jeff, tell us about your run today.
JEFF BURTON: Kind of the same as Kyle's there. We took off pretty good, got too tight through the middle. We were a little too free on the axles and tried to fix both of them and just made it exceptionally loose, and then we were just trying to turn good enough all day. Never quite had it where we needed it, but we were close. We just never were right there, and in today's game, you can't be almost there, you've got to be all the way there if you want to win these races. A good day for us, and we'll certainly take it.
Q: Jeff, part A, do you think you would have had anything for the No. 24 once you got into 2nd place? If you had had a few more laps behind him would you have had anything for him? And second, if you had a view of what happened between the 24 and 17, what's your analysis of what happened there?
JEFF BURTON: I didn't have a view of it. I just saw it on TV, and I only saw one glimpse of it so I don't really want to comment because I didn't see enough of it.
The No. 24 was better than we were. We had an ignition problem and had to switch to the second box, and the second box most of the time it was different or something or on a restart so I couldn't go at all. I got a really good run on him, and as soon as I changed gears it just died. I actually thought I was going to run beside him, but again, we had an ignition problem and I couldn't go like I needed to.
But once we got going, unless we had a problem, I didn't think we had anything for him. We drove in there like I thought we might, but he had driven away from me before that and was actually running the 17 down. He had the fastest car at that point, and unless something strange would have happened because of a restart, we didn't have anything for him.
Q: Jeff, you have a really good barometer when it comes to fairness in NASCAR, and after Mike Helton's statements this morning, are you surprised he didn't do anything about Jeff Gordon or deem it rough driving? You saw what happened.
JEFF BURTON: Well, I really honestly didn't see it. They were exiting 2 and I was entering 1, so I can't look that far around the corner. I don't mind commenting, but I'm not going to comment if I didn't see it. I certainly can't make comment about whether or not it should have been a rough driving call because I've only seen one ?? as I walked in I saw part of a shot of it, so I'm not about to make comment on it because I don't have enough information to have an opinion on it.
I think if NASCAR doesn't handle it, then we need to handle it, and that's okay. There's such a thing as ?? the reason we have a bunch of nuclear bombs is to keep other people from bombing us. If somebody wrecks you, then they just need to understand they might get wrecked back. I'm not saying he wrecked him, I didn't see it. Again, the best defense is, understanding that somebody will come back and get you, and that's probably why we don't wreck each other every week, to be honest.
Q: Jeff, could you elaborate on the wince you just gave after seeing that shot again?
JEFF BURTON: Matt is a hard?nosed driver, and there will be retribution for that, I'm sure.
Q: Jeff, when is the last time you had a weekend quite like this?
JEFF BURTON: I mean, you know, I don't sit on very many poles, so that's very few and far between. But we've been running well this year. We haven't ?? obviously we haven't won in a long time. That's no big secret. I wish it was, but it's not. We're working really hard.
Because we finished 2nd today, everything is not right in the world; we still have a lot of work to do. There's a few guys that seem to be a step ahead of us. We've got to step our program up and I've got to step my program up as a driver to get that.
This was a good weekend obviously, sat on the pole and finished 2nd. That's really good.
We weren't as competitive today as I thought we were going to be. I really thought we would run better than we did, and that bothers me because I thought we would be better than we were. But that's always on my shoulders. I'm the barometer. I'm the one that tells them how we are, and I thought we were better than we ended up being.