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Kyle Busch says, 'Let's not get ahead of ourselves' DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 19, 2004) -- There's still a long way to go in the NASCAR Busch Series season, so Kyle Busch (No. 5 Lowe's Chevrolet) doesn't want to hear any talk about the...

Kyle Busch says, 'Let's not get ahead of ourselves'

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 19, 2004) -- There's still a long way to go in the NASCAR Busch Series season, so Kyle Busch (No. 5 Lowe's Chevrolet) doesn't want to hear any talk about the championship just yet.

Busch won the first race of his young NASCAR Busch Series career May 14 at Richmond International Raceway by holding off noted hard-charger and 2002 series champion Greg Biffle (No. 60 Charter Communications Ford). It was a night in which everything went perfectly for the 19-year-old Las Vegas native, and it was the kind of night that wins championships -- in the long run.

So, yes, it's great to be atop the point standings right now. But there's a lot of time left to go in the season. Given the fact that there's been a different leader in the title chase after each of the last three races, maybe Busch is right in trying not to get his hopes up just yet.

"It's definitely exciting, and leading the points is where we want to be, but it's way too early to get too excited about it," Busch says. "We just want to stay focused on getting top fives and top 10s, and the points situation will take care of itself. You see it happen way too often, where a team gets the points lead and then lets their guard down. They don't stay on top for long."

Driving the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports entry definitely has its advantages. Brian Vickers won last year's NASCAR Busch Series driver's championship with the team -- which has stayed largely intact -- including crew chief Lance McGrew.

Busch is also the leader in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings. Busch has a sizable 73-point lead over fellow first-year contender Paul Menard (No. 33 Menards Chevrolet) after his Richmond win. A NASCAR Busch Series Rookie of the Year has never won the series' crown in his first year on the circuit.

"I'm lucky to be with a team that has been in this situation before, and they know how to handle themselves," Busch continues. "You just keep working and digging to get the best finishes you can every week, and don't concern yourself with the points so much. You can worry about the point standings when you get to Homestead.

"Everybody's tremendously happy," he said. "They're excited, not only for me, but for the team as well. We got that first win out of the way, and they won with a rookie, so they're happy about that. They're just ready to keep moving on, and that's what it's all about. There's a lot of racing to do this season, and we want to get after it."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Greg Biffle , Brian Vickers , Kyle Busch
Teams Hendrick Motorsports