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2013 Texas NASCAR Cup: Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing - Q&A

So this time around the exact same scenario happened. It was the exact same laps and we were in the exact same situation. So I was like, I'm not following him this time. I'm going to put myself out there as best as I can to not lose time. I got on the outside of him, and fortunately I had enough room between he and the cone. We touched just a little bit, no big deal. But that 16, 18 feet that I got right there is a lot in this sport, so you've got to get what you can get.

Q:
That final caution, 20 laps to go, it looked like you might have been gaining on Truex a little bit there. If that thing goes green, do you have enough to get to him? If you get to him, do you have enough to get around him?

Kyle Busch:
That's a lot of ifs, and unfortunately, I don't really have an answer for you. But I'd like to say that we had a shot at him. It's definitely -- traffic can come into play, and tire wear, obviously. I was trying to maintain my tire wear a little bit better on that run, and I felt like I was maintaining with him a little better on that run to where I could have a shot at it coming down late in the going.

I was just trying not to slip a tire as best as I could. He was coming to me a little bit, but it was going to be tight. It was going to be close.

Q:
Kyle, 300 Cup starts here tonight. You're what, 27 years old? What do you think of the numbers that you've put up? You haven't even reached the big 3-0 yet, and you're triple digits as far as all three series and victories. What do you think of when you try to put all these numbers together?

Kyle Busch:
Unfortunately, there is a guy named Jimmie Johnson out there that has absolutely murdered the stat book for the rest of us. It's great for who I am and what I've done and been able to accomplish in this sport and I'm thankful for that. And I've got a lot to be thankful for and a lot of people to be thankful to, including this man sitting next to me, both of them.

Of course you always wish your stats were a little bit better. I'd love to say that I've had 50 wins by now or something like that. But you take everything with a grain of salt as best you can, and we'll continue to work hard. Hopefully we can continue to increase that number for many years to come.

Q:
Did you spend any part of last year or even your career driving without confidence?

Kyle Busch:
No, I don't think so. I've got plenty of confidence. I'll drive her off in there until I see God and not lift. That's not a problem. First laps in California, right?

Dave Rogers:
I can back him up on that.

Kyle Busch:
Like I said, some things just didn't quite go our way last year. But we're fortunate enough to be in 2013 now and running strong and doing good for Monster Energy on the Nationwide side and for Interstate Batteries and M&M'S and everybody on the Cup side.

Q:
Did not making the race last year change your focus in the off-season? And I guess, the result of the fast start here because of maybe changes you made in the off-season?

Kyle Busch:
The race for the Chase, is that what you mean?

Q:
Yes.

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