Kyle Busch, No. 5 Kellogg's / CARQUEST Monte Carlo SS met with media and discussed Sunday's race, the new NASCAR Nationwide Series, the Atlanta test with Joe Gibbs Racing, whether he believes in luck, racing at Phoenix next week, and his schedule...
Kyle Busch, No. 5 Kellogg's / CARQUEST Monte Carlo SS met with media and discussed Sunday's race, the new NASCAR Nationwide Series, the Atlanta test with Joe Gibbs Racing, whether he believes in luck, racing at Phoenix next week, and his schedule after the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series tour ends at Homestead.
TALK ABOUT YOUR CAR FOR THE CUP RACE ON SUNDAY "I don't know. We were pretty bad yesterday in the morning practice early on and then got to qualifying trim and it was better. So, we'll see how it goes today. Hopefully we have a better package to get out there and practice with and just try to get better notes going."
THERE IS A POSSIBILITY THAT THE CUP DRIVERS WON'T BE ABLE TO EARN POINTS IN THE NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES (NNS) IN '09. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THAT? IS IT A GOOD RULE? "I don't know. I mean, how many guys do you have battling for points right now? Eight or nine? I don't know. Whatever they want to do. I really don't have an opinion on it. I don't care. And we're Cup drivers. We're not worried about a Busch championship."
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE POSSIBLY OF NNS GOING TO A COT STYLED CAR IN '09? "It's going to be a CoT type chassis. They haven't decided on the aerodynamics of it yet and whether it's going to have a spoiler or a wing or a wicker or a valance or a splitter. So nobody knows anything yet."
WHAT IS IT ABOUT PHOENIX THAT IS LIKE RACING A SHORT TRACK? "It has long straight-aways and tight corners. Turns 1 and 2 are different than Turns 3 and 4 and having to be good at both ends of the race track in order to have a good race and just being able to be conscious enough of what goes on around you and what's going on around in the race and whatnot in order to finish well."
WHAT ARE THE KEYS OF HAVING SUCCESS AT PHOENIX? "Getting the car to turn and if you can get it to turn and hopefully being able to get it to drive up off the corner straight and not sideways."
IS PHOENIX FLATTER THAN A TRACK YOU REALLY LIKE TO DRIVE ON, ESPECIALLY AFTER DRIVING ON THESE HIGH-BANKED TRACKS? "No, it's good to have diversity within race tracks because it's a lot more fun to be able to run on a banked track and then go to a flat track and then go to a place like Bristol, or whatever. And that's what makes us who we are as race car drivers is the ability to jump back and forth between different race tracks."
DO YOU HAVE A PREFERENCE? "No."
HOW WAS THE ATLANTA TEST? "The test went well. It was good. I'm just getting used to the guys and to the Gibbs way and how they go about everything. So it was pretty fun. We had a good time. Of course being at the top of the speed charts helps that out. If we were struggling down toward the bottom then it probably wouldn't have been so much fun. But they've got good stuff over there and I'm excited about next year. So we'll just wait and see what happens then."
IS THE WAY GIBBS APPROACHES A TEST DIFFERENT THAN WHAT YOU'RE USED TO? "Not really. I'm just trying to get accustomed to the guys and everybody's name and figuring out everybody's know how and figuring out what their job is and things like that and understanding who you've got to talk to in order to get something accomplished or whatever. So, I'm just trying to learn all that right now. We're going to do some off-season testing and get a little further along in the process in order to get ready for Daytona."
DO YOU BELIEVE IN LUCK WHEN IT COMES TO RACING? "Oh, yeah. There is a big amount that goes on that you have to have in order to be good and be successful. For us, I've had my share of good luck. I've had a big share of bad luck too, including last night (Craftsman Truck race). Leading the race and pulling away from the field and we blow up. That's never any fun."
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