BEHIND THE HAULER CHAT WITH KYLE BUSCH, NO. 5 KELLOGG'S MONTE CARLO SS: ANY CHANGE IN THE GAME PLAN AFTER DISAPPOINTMENT LAST WEEKEND AT LOUDON? "All you can do is show up to the race track every weekend and do what you know how to do. That is...
BEHIND THE HAULER CHAT WITH KYLE BUSCH, NO. 5 KELLOGG'S MONTE CARLO SS:
ANY CHANGE IN THE GAME PLAN AFTER DISAPPOINTMENT LAST WEEKEND AT LOUDON? "All you can do is show up to the race track every weekend and do what you know how to do. That is to work on your race cars to the best of your ability and try to race like you know how and do what you can do. Last week was just one of those deals, one of those weeks that you will have. That was our mulligan, so we are done with that but we hate to use it up so early."
ON LAST YEAR TO THIS YEAR ON CHANGE IN MINDSET: "I don't know honestly how I would have reacted last year. Obviously it was a very devastating blow to all of us because we were wrecked on lap three and we were done. We had no chance of repeating our win there from the spring. We thought we were going to have a car capable of a top-20 finish. We had a good enough car and one that would run just fine but we got caught there a lap down and got it back.
"We kept making repairs to it and had to start at the tail. By the time we got all the repairs done, we were a lap down again, but were in the "Lucky Dog" position when we got wrecked a second time. It was just one of those deals where you just have to go on and be done with it."
ON MOVING FORWARD THIS WEEK AND BEYOND: "We have to pick up every week. "We can't have any more finishes outside the top-10 pretty much. We are going to have to be on our game plan every lap of every race. We will have to see if we can't turn it around somehow. This weekend, we like coming here to Dover and hopefully we can come out of here with a solid top-five or top-10 finish."
ON NECESSITY OF WINNING AT LEAST ONE RACE IN THE NEXT NINE TO WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP: "Probably if you are as far behind as we are, yes, it is probably going to take a win for us. For the other guys, Denny (Hamlin), (Kevin) Harvick or any of those guys, if they can finish top-10 from here on out, they will be fine."
ON WHAT RACING WILL BE LIKE AT TALLADEGA WITH NEW PAVEMENT "It is going to make everybody a little more aggressive probably because the place was so easy to get around before and now there will be more grip so it will be that much easier. There is nothing whatsoever that makes that place hard to drive at all. The cars handle well. The biggest factor there before that on a long run, whatever a full fuel run was, you were sliding around by the time you were ready to pit. You wouldn't be have to lift, but you would definitely be on the edge of your seat. Now it is just going to be too easy."
ON "HEAD GAMES" BEING PART OF THE SPORT: "I don't know, maybe they are all psyche-outs. The biggest thing is you just go out there and do what you know how to do and that is it. Whoever wants to psyche whoever out is psyching themselves out by thinking that. Have at it, have a good time, we are out here to do business."
ON RACING MEMPHIS BUSCH RACE: "Yes I am."
ON RUNNING ANY MORE TRUCK RACES FOR BILLY BALLEW: "Texas as far as I know. I don't know of any more for sure besides that. We are talking about Martinsville and Phoenix but I am not sure."
ON CHANGING RACE STRATEGY, NOT BEING AGGRESSIVE EARLY IN THE RACE AT DOVER: "Dude, it was lap three last week, I wasn't being aggressive or anything and I got caught up in that. Like I said, it was lap three and I was just riding around trying to figure out what my car was going to do and settle in and try to get single file and ride. We had been double file for the first three laps. Maybe I tried a little bit too soon to try and get single file and he was still out there. This week all we can try to do is qualify up front and keep yourself in clean air."
ON KANSAS RACE: "Last year we went there and qualified and finished 21st. We didn't have a very good run. But Kansas is a pretty cool place, it is sort of like Chicago. We run well at Chicago and we run well at Vegas, both similar type tracks to Kansas. The biggest thing for us going in to Kansas is to make sure we get a good finish. We will probably run the same setup we did at California or at Chicago and see if we can't rebound with a strong finish there and keep going."
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