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Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing - Q&A

For the fourth time in 2013, Kyle Busch emerged victorious in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, and afterwards met the press in the winner's post-race press conference at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
After winning the AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday night, Kyle Busch met with the press along with car owner JD Gibbs and the crew chief of the #18 Dave Rogers.

Q:
Here following the AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway we welcome race winner Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M's Toyota. This is Kyle's 28th victory in 318 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, fourth victory of 2013, second victory here at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Kyle, talk a little bit about your race out there tonight.

Kyle Busch:
Well, it started a little ugly. I was a little ill on the radio, I'm sure, but I can't say enough about Dave Rogers right here and the team that he's assembled around us. I think if you can pin a championship night on one race or a championship on one night in a race, I think tonight was the night. We certainly had a lot to do and a lot to overcome, and I think that Dave and these guys stuck with me. For as bad as I may have been talking, they certainly never gave up. They kept going to work and trying to figure things out for me and make my life a little easier behind the wheel, although Atlanta is always never easy.

I just appreciate them digging in, and for as far back as we fell and for as tight as it was and then as loose as it was and then just trying to make our way back up through the field, and the green-flag runs that we got -- they're always my best friend. I like green-flag runs. I feel like I can make up time getting to, on pit road and coming off pit road the most as well as just being by myself on restarts and not having to deal with other cars and the aero deficiencies and everything else you've got around you.

It takes a lot longer to catch up that way, but I feel like that was one of our good graces of today. The Lord was with us and blessed us today with a great night. That was a lot of fun.

Q:
Also joining Kyle, Dave Rogers. A lot of talk this weekend about the tyre here in Atlanta, the Zone Tread tyre. Talk about that and any other strategy you had throughout the race tonight.

Dave Rogers:
Yeah, the Zone Tread tyre didn't really make a different to us. You know, with everything going on with the Gen-6 car, not racing here for a full year, the track aging, if you would have asked me did the tyre change or not, I wouldn't have been able to tell you, so I think Goodyear did a good job there from my perspective. I don't know what it felt like behind the wheel. Just a great night, like Kyle said. He gave the team a lot of compliments, but he deserves just as many. He's out there driving his butt off, and car is ill handling and you've got to stay focused under those circumstances, and Kyle did a good job of doing that and gave us opportunities to work on it in the pit stops. The pit crew was phenomenal. We were throwing spring rubbers around and track bar and wedge and just cranking on the car trying to get it to react. I never got anything slower than a 12.3. My boys are back, they're ready to play so we're having a lot of fun.

Q:
JD, your relationship with Toyota, this is the 250th win for Toyota across three national series, and this is the 100th win in a Toyota for Kyle across three national series tonight, so talk a little bit about that.

JD Gibbs:
Yeah, they just brought that up. You're not going to ask me about the tyres?

Q:
No. Do you want to talk about the tyres?

JD Gibbs:
I don't know much about the tyres.

Q:
That's why I'm asking you about Toyota.

JD Gibbs:
There are four rubber things.

We just talked about that in victory lane. The Toyota guys were there, and it's just a great relationship. They've done so much for our race team. I think we've done a lot for them, and just to be there at the start, and 100, that's impressive, really.

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Kyle Busch drives the #18 M&M`s Toyota during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on September 1, 2013 in Hampton, Georgia.  (Photo Credit: Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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