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Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing - Q&A

Kyle, with a Sprint Cup win and the win in Nationwide, it's obviously two different cars, two different championships. Nevertheless after you win in the Nationwide Series, did you have an idea what to do with the Sprint Cup car to be successful, as well?

Kyle Busch:
Yeah, it certainly helps you. I feel like it helps me anyways, just being able to get that extra seat time, being able to get that feel of what the racetrack transitions like and what the car does throughout the run and everything and where you have to move around to.

You know, I did a lot of things today similar to what I did yesterday, but people can say, oh, well, it's just as easy to watch the race on TV and watch what the winner does. But I don't really want to sit there for three hours and watch it, I'd rather be out there feeling everything and participating in it, and of course it's always cool when you can win both races.

But we're trying to put everything together, and this year I feel like it's a little bit better bonus for me to race Joe Gibbs Racing cars on Saturday as it is on Sunday, and although my KBM guys work really, really hard and they do a good job over there, too, it's a different chassis. You can ask J.D. why he won't sell them to me. I'll put him on the spot on that one.

You know, it's great to be back with Joe, and this win is for Joe Gibbs and for everything that he's done for me and for everything that he's done for Dave and this whole organization, and you know, just being able to finally win here for him in the Cup Series and of course putting Toyota on the map, too, here in California.

Q:
Have either of you guys talked to Joe yet, and what did he say?

Kyle Busch:
I have not. Did you get a call?

Dave Rogers:
No, Joe actually stayed at home this weekend. J.D. was out here. I talked to J.D. briefly. He said he was going to go visit Denny in the hospital, but he didn't have any details to me.

Q:
I'm curious about the win.

Kyle Busch:
No, no, I haven't. I'm sure I've got a message on my phone right now. I spoke to him in victory lane but it was through camera.

Dave Rogers:
J.D. did walk through and congratulated everyone. This is a really big deal, it's Joe Gibbs Racing's first win at California, it's Toyota's first win at California. We have our founding sponsor Interstate Batteries on the car, so it's a really big deal to win, and J.D. was very excited about it.

You know, but obviously with a heavy heart with Denny. Denny is a great team mate and our thoughts and prayers are with him.

Q:
Kyle, you obviously had a great car all day. When you were running behind Denny and Joey, though, considering what went down last week, did you kind of keep in the back of your mind something may be going down here again and kind of have that at all subconsciously?

Kyle Busch:
Yeah, I did, actually. I was rolling around under caution earlier in the race and I seen some highlights of them two getting together from earlier in the race. So I'm like, oh, okay, well, they don't get along this week again.




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