KYLE BUSCH , NO. 5 KELLOGG'S / CARQUEST MONTE CARLO SS - FINISHED 3RD EVEN THOUGH YOU ARE MOVING ON TO JGR NEXT YEAR, YOU GOT SOME ENCOURAGING WORDS FROM RICK HENDRICK TONIGHT. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN TO YOU? "Our year is not done. We've still got...
KYLE BUSCH , NO. 5 KELLOGG'S / CARQUEST MONTE CARLO SS - FINISHED 3RD
EVEN THOUGH YOU ARE MOVING ON TO JGR NEXT YEAR, YOU GOT SOME ENCOURAGING WORDS FROM RICK HENDRICK TONIGHT. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN TO YOU?
"Our year is not done. We've still got this year to battle out for a championship and we're locked in the Chase. So there are plenty of strong opportunities for us to go out there and be able to contend for wins and contend for this championship. So words of encouragement from Mr. Hendrick, I've had it every time I've been able to get in his race cars and every time I've ever talked to him. For me, it's no different really than when it began."
YOU LOOKED LIKE YOU WERE ALL OVER THE PLACE OUT THERE EARLY. WAS YOUR CAR REALLY GOOD EVERYWHERE, OR WERE YOU SEARCHING FOR A PLACE WHERE IT WOULD BE BEST? AND DID WHATEVER WORKED EARLY, EVENTUALLY CHANGE WHEN THE SUN WENT DOWN?
"My car would work for about three or four laps on the bottom or in the second groove there for a little bit. And then I would go all the way to the top and run around the top side. So I was all over the place because I was just trying to search and find somewhere that I could get some decent lap times out of it. I just didn't quite have the grip that I wanted within it. It was turning in the center, but it was just wanting to slide the back end out. On the exit it was getting a little bit loose too. So, you were just kind of having to pedal it and feel it out and searching around to find a better line in order to be more consistent and be smoother with the race car so you're not overdriving it and killing the tires and stuff. So for me, that's just basically what I was doing there for a bit."
DID IT CHANGE AT THE END?
"Yeah, it changed all the time. At the beginning of the race, I'd have to go to the top right away. And then toward the end of the race when the track got cool and there was more grip in it, I could go down on the bottom and run the bottom for probably three more laps at a time as we got every pit stop and just being able to get more grip out of the car when it got cooler. And that was the fastest way around."
DID YOU THINK YOU WERE GOING TO BE ABLE TO CATCH JIMMIE JOHNSON AT ANY POINT?
"I don't know if he was not using all his stuff and just waiting until he got a two-second gap or whatever it was and then went or what, but normally you're out there driving every lap 100 percent. So I don't know."
ON THE VERY HOT WEATHER:
"It was warm at the beginning but there at the end it was all right. I was actually comfortable in the car, to tell you the truth."
-credit: gm racing