KYLE BUSCH QUESTION AND ANSWER

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QUESTION: YOU TESTED A TRUCK AT CHICAGOLAND FOR ROUSH A FEW YEARS AGO. WHAT WERE THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THAT TEST?
?It was the No. 99 Craftsman truck. It was actually part of Roush?s ?Gong Show,? when myself, Johnny Sauter and a couple of other guys were all going after the ride and Roush had us all test the truck. Greg Biffle was there shaking down the truck, and he ran a (lap time of) 32.30 (seconds), then I went out and ran a 32.0, so I was pretty pumped that I was a little quicker than Biffle.?

QUESTION: WHAT ARE YOUR IMPRESSIONS OF THE TRACK?
?It?s a mile and a half and it?s kind of round, but I believe that the back straightaway has a bit of a roundness to it as well. You drop off into the corners a lot more than you do at some of these other mile and a half tracks. Some of the other tracks are kind of flat and there?s no real drop off into the corners, but Chicagoland is almost like Dover, in that you?re falling into a corner that?s got banking. You can?t run the same setup that you could at a flatter racetrack because of the banking. Lance (McGrew, crew chief) and I kind of discussed it, and we may go with a setup similar to Kentucky, but a little bit stiffer to keep the car up off of the racetrack.?

QUESTION: YOU?VE GOTTEN PAST THE RESTRICTOR-PLATE RACES. ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT THAT?
?Yeah, definitely. I wanted to get out of the way of the restrictor-plate stuff, because I knew those three races were kind of ?gimmies? for DEI. Coming out of Daytona with an 11th-place finish wasn?t really what we wanted. We could have probably finished better, but every lane I jumped into, no one seemed to want to draft with me. It?s definitely good to get back to a racetrack where drafting doesn?t matter, it?s just all about how your car?s setup and how well you can drive the racetrack, and driver and crew chief matter just as much as as how the car itself is built.?


Q&A WITH CREW CHIEF LANCE MCGREW

QUESTION: WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON CHICAGOLAND?
?It?s pretty unique. It doesn?t compare to a lot of places. I believe if you?ve got a good handle on your mile and a half (setup) package, which we seem to, we?ll be fine. It?s not like Charlotte, it?s not like Kentucky. The back straightaway is not straight. The whole thing is like a curve. Your entries into the corner are different. It?s just different.?

QUESTION: CHICAGOLAND IS ANOTHER TRACK WHERE YOU ELECTED NOT TO TEST. WHAT IS YOUR THINKING ON THAT?
?Kyle tested here in a truck, so it?s not like he?s never seen the place. We?ve been trying to use our tests at places that he?s never laid eyes on. Also, it comes down to us not wanting to not have any tests left at the end of the season if it comes down to, ?Hey, we still have a legitimate shot to win the points.? If we?re that fortunate, you?ve got to be able to go test at the end of the year. You can?t just say, ?Well, we used up all our tests at the beginning of the year,? and then we can?t go test Atlanta or Homestead, or any of the other places we go at the end of the season.?

QUESTION: YOU?VE GOT A WIN SCATTERED AMONG SOME TOP-20 FINISHES IN THE PAST FOUR WEEKS. ANY CONCERNS ABOUT HAVING ONE TOP-10 IN FOUR RACES?
?No, not really. If we had been running poorly in those races it might be a concern, but we?ve performed pretty well. We?ve just had some bad luck. The whole deal at Milwaukee with us spinning out in qualifying and hurting our tires was a fluke deal. As far as Daytona, I think 11th is about as good as a win there, if you ask me. This is the first year where we?ve finished all three restrictor-plate races in the top-25. Compared to past years, it?s like winning when you come back with a car in one piece and finish 11th. Anything better than 43rd is gravy.?

CHASSIS INFORMATION- Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 275- The Chicagoland race is the third time Kyle Busch will drive chassis

No. 275 this season. The chassis was Busch?s primary car at California Speedway in May, but was damaged in a crash during the first practice session of the weekend at that event, and the team went to a backup car. Busch drove the chassis to a runner-up finish at Texas Motor Speedway on April 6. Last year, Brian Vickers drove this chassis to a third-place finish at Chicagoland Speedway.

STATS & FACTS
- Kyle Busch is second in the NASCAR Busch Series drivers? points standings, 68 points behind Martin Truex, Jr.
- Kyle Busch has led the most laps (648) and has the most winnings ($748,700) of any Busch Series driver in 2004. Busch has led at least one lap in 12 of 18 races this year. Last week?s race at Daytona marked the first time in the last four races that Busch did not lead a lap.
- Kyle Busch leads Paul Menard by 128 points (267-139) in the running for the title of Raybestos Rookie of the Year. Busch has been the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in 15 of 18 races this season.

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