Kyle Busch, No. 5 Kellogg's/CARQUEST Impala SS met with members of the media to discuss racing at Dover, having teammates in the Chase, the Car of Today versus the Car of Tomorrow, the Kansas City track, M&M's sponsorship, the difficulty of...
Kyle Busch, No. 5 Kellogg's/CARQUEST Impala SS met with members of the media to discuss racing at Dover, having teammates in the Chase, the Car of Today versus the Car of Tomorrow, the Kansas City track, M&M's sponsorship, the difficulty of working with a team after announcing a move to another team, talking with other drivers, chasing the championship and more.
Select quotes from driver interview:
ON RACING AT THE MONSTER MILE: "It's tight quarters here and if you have a problem, and you get wrecked or something like that you're going to probably hit more than once. So you definitely can ruin your car and ruin your day pretty easily. The other thing about it is that I always tend to run well here. So whatever reason that is, hopefully that will lend itself to being able to have a good finish here on Sunday."
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES AND/OR DISADVANTAGES IN HAVING A TEAMMATE IN THE CHASE? "The advantages are that you know that you're going to be competing against those guys and you know that you're going to be able to race with those guys probably better than anybody else out there. But the disadvantage is that you've got to race against your own set-ups and your own cars and your own equipment and stuff like that. So it's going to be tough. Of course with names like Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon, it is extra tough."
NEXT WEEK, YOU WILL HAVE HAD THREE CONSECUTIVE CAR OF TOMORROW RACES. IS GOING BACK TO THE OLD CAR A TRANSITION? "It's not bad. We've done it all year long and it's something that probably the guys will be doing all year next year with the Busch cars. So that's why we get paid the big bucks, I guess, is because we are able to transition like that back and forth.
"I remember growing up and racing Legends cars and Late Models in the same night. So it's something I'm accustomed to and that I enjoy."
HOW FUN IS IT TO RACE AT KANSAS? "Kansas is a pretty cool place. The biggest thing about it is when you're able to run the top side. It's just pretty cool. It's like California. I would say it's probably about a seven or an eight."
WORD IS THAT M&M'S MIGHT BE ONE OF YOUR SPONSORS IN '08 "I have no idea. You know what? JD (Gibbs) never called and told me anything, so I don't have anything to announce. I wish maybe he would have given me a better heads-up so I would have more for you."
HOW DIFFICULT HAS IT BEEN TO CONTINUE RACING WITH HMS THIS YEAR WHILE TRANSITIONING TO JGR? "No, not at all. It's been a learning experience. It's been something that's been different. I'm still building on trying to make sure we finish out this year strong, and that we're able to compete for the championship. That's the ultimate goal right now."
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED? "Well, the biggest thing is that you grow as a person. Obviously, for me; I'm 22 years old, so I've got plenty of room to grow as a person and understand the dynamics of this world, I guess. That's just a part of it."
-credit: gm racing