Kyle Busch quick in Daytona testing

Kyle Busch quick in Daytona testing

How does the NASCAR Nextel Cup series Rookie of the Year top a great 2005 season? By charging out and charting some of the quickest times in the second round of Cup testing at Daytona International Speedway. Kyle Busch leads the ...

How does the NASCAR Nextel Cup series Rookie of the Year top a great 2005 season? By charging out and charting some of the quickest times in the second round of Cup testing at Daytona International Speedway.

Kyle Busch leads the field.
Photo by John Dunagan - Fastlines.
Busch had the top morning speed on Monday, the top afternoon speed on Tuesday and the best overall lap based on speed for day two's session with a 188.119 mph.

"All of the success we had at the end last year has definitely rolled over into this season," said Busch. "Coming down here to Daytona with a great race car and having a really great test, working with the guys again, didn't have any turnovers, so it great to have everybody back with us. Looking forward to a great year hopefully and being able to get the season started in Daytona is going to be a good season."

Busch racked up two wins and a pole in his rookie Cup series effort with the Hendrick Motorsports No. 5 Chevrolet. If their test is any indication, Busch looks to make a strong impact out of the box in 2006 and be a threat to challenge for wins.

"Coming out of the end last year being able to get into the off season and get a new standard started here, we have a lot of work that we've had to do throughout wintertime." commented Busch. "But we've also been fortunate as far as not having to reorganize people and not having to do that kind of stuff.

"We've been able to focus on brand new race cars right out of the box. It's all about trying to just get going, and like I said, there's not much we can do to try to figure out what the sophomore club is, what works, what to fix. We just have to try to prepare ourselves in every which manner and make ourselves the best possible prepared for the season."

Busch, who was criticized last year for having a slightly cocky attitude and being in the middle of several unfortunate on track incidents, hopes that he has learned an important lesson from his older brother Kurt. The elder Busch has admittedly felt like he had to lead every lap of every event on his way to wins, and soon learned that kind of aggressiveness would make him no friends on the track.

Kyle Busch.
Photo by John Dunagan - Fastlines.
"I had to learn a little bit of that myself as well, too, last year," said Busch. "That's why I put myself in a few bad spots and wrecked a couple of race cars because I was trying to take an 18th place car and I wanted to lead with it. But I was driving 12th, how hard I was driving 12th; you end up crashing or something like that. There are weeks you have a really great racecar, like at Loews Motor Speedway.being able to put all that stuff behind you, you just go on.

"All you can do is what you can do is to prepare the car to the best of your ability. For me to try to go out there and try to be that much more patient, I think I'd be a lot better off."

With his rookie season behind him and a few valuable attitude adjustments made along the way, Busch is poised to have a superstar season.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kyle Busch
Teams Hendrick Motorsports