Top Rookie post-race press conference Richmond International Raceway Kyle Busch ...
Top Rookie post-race press conference
Richmond International Raceway
Kyle Busch #5 Star Wars/Kellogg's Chevrolet
GREAT FINISH. WHAT WILL THIS DO TO YOUR CONFIDENCE?
It will definitely boost us all up. It was definitely a good run for the Kellogg's Star Wars car. It was a great race. But, first off and foremost, I want to apologize for the #42. I didn't mean to get into him. Good, hard racing there toward the end of the race, and I got into 1 and he was looking underneath the #12, kind of, and I was underneath him and I wasn't expecting to be that low on the race track. I had to use a little bit more break and got loose and got into him. You know, it was just good, hard racing there at the end of the race. We had a good solid effort there and just coming down there at the end of the race, you just try to get as many spots as you can. You know, if I was going for the win, I probably would have knicked him, but you know, for just one spot to get fourth, it wasn't much for me. It didn't mean much.
KASEY JUST WON HIS FIRST RACE TONIGHT. ARE YOU THE NEXT BREAKTHROUGH WINNER?
I hope so. I hope it comes next week in All Star open race, so we can get into the big show and race with all these guys. Now that Kasey's in, you know, the fan vote doesn't go for him anymore. I don't know who's second to that, because I know he was kicking all of our butts with that. But, it's going to be fun. To have Kasey get his first win. This is where I got my first Busch win. So, I know exactly what it means for him, of course. Nextel Cup is that much bigger than the Busch Series. I think Tony Stewart got his first win here, too, a few years back. So, it's pretty cool to see Kasey. The whole Ray Evernham bunch has worked so hard and Jeremy Mayfield won here last year, last fall. Those guys just definitely have a handle on this place and it's cool to see Kasey. He really didn't run well here last year. So, it's not really surprising to see him do well here, but they definitely got the car handling well here from last year.
DO YOU FEEL WINNING WAS GOING TO BE EASIER THAN YOU EXPECTED, OR DO YOU FEEL YOU ARE GETTING CLOSER TO THAT?
Yeah, you could say that. I thought that we would struggle a little bit more than what we have this year. The finishes have been showing that we've kind of struggled. You know, from the race runs that we've had, and the competitiveness that we've been at, we've definitely had a strong car all year long. And Talladega was one of those races where we're just riding in the back waiting for things to happen. Nothing ever happens, then we try to go up front, and then it happens. So, Phoenix was a strong run for us. Darlington was going to be a strong run for us. If it wasn't a third place or even a win there. I think we had a strong run there. There's been other stuff throughout the year, too. We just need to work on some other things and handle it a little bit better and try to keep on working on it. I've got to learn, myself, how to drive these cars and how to tell the guys what I need in the race car in order to go faster to make myself comfortable in order to pass cars and get up there to the front.
BEING THE YOUNGER BROTHER OF A CHAMPION, DOES THAT HELP YOU WITH LEARNING THINGS?
Yeah, definitely. Kurt's been a great asset to my racing career. He's also been a great teacher. Everything that I've ever learned from him, is why I'm here. It's pretty cool to be able to learn from him as well now as well as Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Brian Vickers. I've got some great teammates to kind of pull off of as well. Everything that I've done throughout my racing career has been toward getting to this level and one day being a NEXTEL Cup winner and maybe one day a NEXTEL Cup champion. So, the more we work at it and the more we adapt to the series, the cars and rule changes and everything, we'll get better at it. And coming out here this rookie year, trying to get the ball rolling and if we can run up front on a consistent basis, I think we'll be better off. To the start of 2006.