Kyle Busch, No. 5 CARQUEST/Kellogg's Impala SS, met with members of the media at Darlington Raceway and talked about Hendrick Motorsports' success with the Impala SS, on racing the Impala SS at Darlington, his feedback on repaving Darlington and...
Kyle Busch, No. 5 CARQUEST/Kellogg's Impala SS, met with members of the media at Darlington Raceway and talked about Hendrick Motorsports' success with the Impala SS, on racing the Impala SS at Darlington, his feedback on repaving Darlington and more.
ON HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS SUCCESS WITH IMPALA SS: "We have worked really hard and sort of have gotten ahead of the game a little bit I guess. Just proves that Hendrick got a bit of a head start on everybody else and have worked a little bit harder to get further ahead."
ON DALE EARNHARDT, JR. LEAVING DEI: "It was kind of surprising but when stuff doesn't go quite the way you want it to go or would like for it to go, then it is time to make a change. I guess Junior felt that way. I can't speak for him but whatever he feels like is in his best interest that he needs to do for his career is pretty much what happened."
ON WHAT KIND OF FIT HE WOULD BE FOR HENDRICK: "I am not so sure he is coming here. We have drivers that are locked in for a few years so if he is coming here, it probably isn't until 2009 or 2010. I think he would be just fine. I think Hendrick is already a pretty big powerhouse and to have Junior's name would be just that much more."
ON DARLINGTON WITH THE IMPALA SS: "You have a car that doesn't have any grip already so I am not sure. It is going to be will be wild and crazy. Jeff (Gordon) came here and tested and had a pretty decent test that went well he thought so we will see how it goes. All in all, it is probably not going not going to be that fun race for me because these cars are so hard and this track is even that much harder. You are definitely going to make your money this weekend."
ON RACING HERE AT NIGHT: "No, no different preparation. This track in general is just different. There are going to be a lot of differences that come out this weekend."
ON THE CHARLOTTE ALL STAR WEEKEND: "The two weeks in Charlotte are nice cause you are home. This race here is close to home so you can drive home after the race and be at home and sleep in your own bed and have Sunday off. That is nice. Then next weekend, I am running the truck race, then the All Star race and have another Sunday off. Just being at home is nice. You can just hang out at home the morning of the race and then come in early before the race to beat the traffic. We still bring our motorhome in case there is times we can go hang on in that or whatever.
"It is just fun to race at Charlotte. It is one of my favorite tracks but the tire isn't. It is just really hard, not a whole lot of grip and slides around a lot."
ANY ADVICE ON WHAT TO DO WHEN DARLINGTON IS REPAVED: "Well, I understand they want to keep the same character about this place. I don't think it is wide enough for these cars, they are two inches wider tread width than what are other cars were. I would make it a little bit wider for us so we have more room to race, especially so we can race two wide off turn two and make the exit off turn two a little bit easier, like I said, you have to give and take so much over there you can't run side by side over there. So if you make it a little bit wider, the entries and exits to the corners, I think it would be pretty good."
ON WHAT HE WOULD DO TO CAR OF TOMORROW: "I think we were pretty good with the car we had but I don't think we are going to be going back to that car, I think this car is here to stay. We have done so much work with that other car and all the safety advances came with that other car, I think it is pretty safe. We can do all the same things to that one we have done to this one. They want to take all the aero out of equation, they want to take the aero grip away. That is what they did with this car and now they think they did too much so they want to give some front aero grip back. They are kind of battling a double edge sword I guess. There are too many issues to deal with, when they go to fix one, they screw up another.
"Slower is faster with car so actually being able to just slow it down and to calm down and get through the corners smooth is what it makes it better. It is what makes this car faster. That is what brings the competition also close together. You can drive a car easier, you can't drive a car harder. That is something you can't do with this car, you can't drive it any harder to make it go faster. It is just a tough deal for me because anytime I want to go faster, I try harder."
-credit: gm racing