BEHIND THE HAULER CHAT WITH KYLE BUSCH, NO. 5 KELLOGG'S-DELPHI CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO SS: WHAT CAR DID YOU BRING HERE AND HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT RUNNNING AT TMS IN GENERAL? "We're looking forward to it. It's the same car we had last year here.
BEHIND THE HAULER CHAT WITH KYLE BUSCH, NO. 5 KELLOGG'S-DELPHI CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO SS:
WHAT CAR DID YOU BRING HERE AND HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT RUNNNING AT TMS IN GENERAL?
"We're looking forward to it. It's the same car we had last year here. To bring the Delphi car out again is good. We only get to run it four times a year. Hopefully we can have a good time with it here in Texas.
"We tend to run well here, but we haven't been able to finish all that well yet. Hopefully we can turn that around this weekend and try to finish up well. That's what it's all about. We just need to keep all our momentum rolling. If we can keep it going into next week and the week after, I think we'll be pretty good."
ARE YOU CONCERNED AT ALL ABOUT YOUR REPUTATION AND THAT OTHER DRIVERS COMPLAIN ABOUT YOUR DRIVING STYLE?
"Not one bit whatsoever."
ON ALL THE YOUNGER DRIVERS COMING INTO NASCAR CUP RACING AND WHAT ROLE AGE PLAYS IN THIS SPORT
"I guess everyone is looking more toward the younger drivers and the younger talent that comes out of USAC and the dirt stuff and all that. But for me, I grew up out on the west coast which was part of the Late Models and Modifieds and traditional short track racing and was able to make it up here at a young age."
ON RACING WITH MARK MARTIN:
"At each race track when I'm around Mark Martin, I mean he is a driving machine. He is unbelievable. It was at Las Vegas, I think, when I was following him around there at the beginning of the race a little bit and he would turn that thing sideways and doing everything that all the young guys were doing and keeping up with the best of us. He was beating me on two tires when I had four. That guy knows how to drive a race car and he's plenty good at doing it and he'll definitely show you how."
DOES THE LACK OF PRACTICE SEEM TO BOTHER YOU AS IT DOES SOME OF THE OTHER YOUNG GUYS?
"It's tough on the rookies. Fortunately, last year I didn't have to go through that. We had some practice time when I could get on the track and practice. For this year, the rookies don't get much practice. They do have a half-hour of rookie practice, but they don't get test time. The first time they see the place is when they get there sometimes. I think at Martinsville, some of the guys had never been there. For me, it's not too bad this year. I like it better this way than the impound procedure."
WHAT IS IT LIKE TO GET INTO THE WALL?
"I've hit it a few times. I've hit it hard a few times. I hit it here, which was one of the hardest times I've ever hit. My knee still reminds me about it. There are times when you definitely don't want to have that kind of stuff but it's always out there. You just try to put it behind you and understand that this is a sport where you do have the opportunity to get hurt."
HOW IS THE BUSCH CAR THIS WEEKEND?
"It wasn't very good in qualifying trim, but I think it'll be good in race trim. For some reason I can't overdrive the corner here. We tend to get real tight when we do that. So as long as I keep it under me -- easy in, and hard off -- that's what it's about here at Texas."
ON BUMP-DRAFTING AT TALLADEGA
"You'll see there won't a touch early on in the race, but when it comes down to the end, you're going to get it back. With probably 10 or 20 laps to go, you're going to get the bump-draft back and it might get a little bit out of hand. But overall, that's just about what restrictor plate racing is. To pass somebody or to get a lane moving, you've got to get underneath them and start pushing them because not only do you move the momentum along by pushing them, but the air never touches the rear spoiler on the car in front if you're all the way up under their rear bumper."