KYLE BUSCH , No. 18 NOS Energy Drink Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Starting Position: 1st Are you excited to be on the pole for Saturday's race? "It's pretty exciting to be on the pole here. I think 2004 was the last time I was on to the...
, No. 18 NOS Energy Drink Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Starting Position: 1st
Are you excited to be on the pole for Saturday's race?
"It's pretty exciting to be on the pole here. I think 2004 was the last time I was on to the pole here in a Nationwide Series event. We looked forward today to the qualifying. When the winds died down there earlier in the day we were really struggling. I was, anyway, with the way the wind was blowing us around. I was almost scared to drive the thing. We weren't very fast in the first one, but got going better in the second practice a little bit and made the car a little bit better here and there, and made some adjustments to it that we felt like would really help us for Saturday. Hopefully, we're correct in those, and our assessment of practice today, we did pretty well. We're looking forward to starting on Saturday from the pole."
Are you as good as you were here last year?
"It felt like it today. There were some times in the first practice there when we weren't too ecstatic about it, but we got going a little bit better and felt like we got the car where it was driving good and felt like it was pretty fast on the long runs. We ran out of gas in practice so we knew that the tires were really old and the nose weight was all in it, so we felt pretty confident in the long runs."
What do you remember from the race in 2004?
"I remember starting the race from the pole -- I beat Greg Biffle for the pole, just barely. I think I led the most laps that day. The car was really, really loose in the beginning of the race. Led the most laps and then was trying to chase down Matt Kenseth at the end of the race, but just wasn't quite about to get there. He was really good that day, too. I finished second, and hopefully that doesn't happen here this time around."
Why do you think no pole-sitter has ever won at Texas?
"I'm not exactly sure why that's been that way. We look to end that trend here come Saturday and put our NOS Energy Drink Toyota in victory lane, hopefully for the second time this weekend -- we were just there just now for the pole. It'd be nice to win here on Saturday and make it three in a row and also to make it where now a pole-sitter has won here."
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