"It was a pretty bad weekend if you think about it," he confessed, but insisted that he didn't let it get to him. "After the race was over last night, I didn't hang my head too far. I knew our rear-tyre changer's head was in the sand anyway, so just tried to pep him up a bit and give him some words of encouragement.
"I've got the fastest pit crew on pit road every single week. Every time we get on the race track and we come down pit road, I look forward to coming down pit road because I know my boys can pick me up some spots on the race track. So [this] was just an off-night."
At this early stage of the season, Kyle's hopes and expectations for 2011 are high. "It's early in the season. It's not hot yet," he pointed out. "You're not jumping between three different vehicles every weekend - sometimes two or sometimes one. It's still early in the year; we're not tired, we're not worn out, we're not mad at seeing everybody every weekend or going in the media center every weekend. It's all good and we'll see how it pans out.
"I'm looking forward to finishing out the year on top, that's for sure."