KYLE BUSCH, NO. 5 CHEEZ-IT/CARQUEST MONTE CARLO SS, 5ND IN POINTS, MET WITH MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA DURING THE WEEKLY TOP-10 BEHIND THE HAULER CHAT TO DISCUSS THE NEW RACE CAR, THE SUCCESS OF HIS TEAM AND OTHER SUBJECTS HOW COMFORTABLE ARE YOU ...
KYLE BUSCH, NO. 5 CHEEZ-IT/CARQUEST MONTE CARLO SS, 5ND IN POINTS, MET WITH MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA DURING THE WEEKLY TOP-10 BEHIND THE HAULER CHAT TO DISCUSS THE NEW RACE CAR, THE SUCCESS OF HIS TEAM AND OTHER SUBJECTS
HOW COMFORTABLE ARE YOU SWITCHING FROM CAR TO CAR? "It's all about balance. We've just got to work on some things to try and get better. We've been pretty good with the new one and pretty good with the old one. We'll just keep going and keep trying to learn; just try to do what we know how to do and try to win races."
"I don't think so. That's Jeff Gordon - he's a four-time champion. He's got 74 wins already. How many more trophies does the guy need on his shelf?"
IS THAT THE WAY YOU AND JIMMIE JOHNSON LOOK AT IT? "You'll have to ask Jimmie how he looks at it but for me, he's as competitive as any of the rest of us. I mean, he wants to win just as bad as all the rest of us but there's still 40 other competitors out there that want to win just as bad."
PHOENIX WILL BE A WHOLE DIFFERENT BALL GAME. "Yeah, it's the Car of Tomorrow. It's going to be a whole different ball game. Phoenix is a good place, I tend to run well there. There's been some good races there for us but some bad races as well. We'll just go out there and see how it's going to be for the new Impala SS on a bigger race track."
CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR LEVEL OF CONFIDENCE RIGHT NOW? "We've got some confidence. We've got some know-how on what we need on our cars to get the job done but I know it changes every week."
IS ID DIFFICULT SWITCHING BETWEEN THE OLD CAR AND THE NEW ONE? "No, it's just like anything else. If you're a race car driver then you can pretty much switch between anything?"
ON YOUR COMMUNICATION AND RELATIONSHIP WITH CREW CHIEF ALAN GUSTAFSON: "We've been working together since the beginning, since my beginning in Cup, and it's just gone well. We've been able to keep maturing and keep developing together. Like I say, it keeps getting better and better every week and that's what matters most."
ARE YOU HAPPIER WHEN YOU'RE NOT IN THE NEW RACE CAR? "Probably. But it's here and it's going to be here so we'll just keep working on it and try to make it better."
ARE YOU MORE COMFORTABLE IN THE NEW CAR OR OLD CAR? "It's no different, really. The new car or the old, I don't see much difference between the two. The only thing I do notice is that I hit my elbow on the left-side door bars in the new car. They said they were going to give us more room and I fit my arm fine in the old car so we'll see if we can't move our seat or something."
ARE YOU MORE CONFIDENT SIDE-BY-SIDE RACING IN THE TRADITIONAL CAR? "Not really. Short tracks don't have much aero dependency really but running side-by-side was a little bit of an issue at Bristol. It was really, really slick, trying to run side-by-side because we were all sliding around anyway. But we're here this weekend and just back to normal."
WHAT CAN YOU SAY ABOUT THE SUCCESS OF YOUR TEAM THIS SEASON? "Work. Everyone's been working really hard and putting their focus in depth and trying to get done what they want to get done. Working on the new car, working on the old car and trying to get everybody on the same page."
HOW MUCH BETTER IS THE DIP IN THE TRACK NOW? "It's not bad. It's pretty good. The new dip is the same as what it was, just a little bit better. It's still there but they ground on it a little bit and made it smoother than it was before. Now we can drive over it faster. Before it was actually kind of a tool that would slow you down a little bit and you wouldn't be able to get back on the gas until after it but now you can probably be able to drive through it and go faster."
IS THERE ANYTHING YOU CAN TRANSFER FROM DRIVING THE BUSCH CARS AND THE IMPALA SS IN A WEEKEND? "Not really. Just mainly racing lines, tire pressures and stuff like that. There are some things that we've done with the Impala SS is completely different than what we've done with the car that we have now so not much."
WILL IT BE WORTH IT TO RUN BOTH SERIES IN A WEEKEND? "There's not much transfer between car to car but the extra track time I believe helps. For my age, I'm still only 21 so I'd love to be able to get more track time any time and just get more experience. To become a little bit better quicker."
HOW HAS YOUR TEAM FARED HERE IN THE PAST? "Jeff's had terrible wrecks here. Just stupid things have taken him out of races and wins here. Jimmie has been pretty good here at times but hasn't been able to hit it on the dot and I've just been terrible here. It doesn't much matter but the No. 5 car has won here before with Terry Labonte and that's pretty cool and we'll just see if any of us can change that around this weekend."
DO YOU THINK THIS MIGHT BE THE WEEKEND FOR YOU GUYS? "We hope so. Any weekend we try to go out and win the race anyway so I think Jimmie probably has the best chance out of all of us. He ran really strong at Atlanta and Tony Stewart pretty much lapped everybody at Atlanta and Texas here last fall, so hopefully Jimmie's got something for him but we'll try to work on our stuff."
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