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June 7, 2020

Kyle Busch

Hampton, Georgia

THE MODERATOR: We will take questions now for Kyle Busch.

Q. It seemed like improved performance today from the Toyotas on an intermediate track. Does that mean you guys are feeling better now about your program?
KYLE BUSCH: No, I wouldn't say entirely. Atlanta is kind of its own beast. Well, Atlanta and Homestead are pretty significant high downforce tracks, and we tend to run well here. Truex definitely tends to run well here. He did last year, and I think Denny has won here a couple times, so it's a place that we should have good results at, and it's nice to come out of here with a good solid run, run up front all day long and have a good outing. Hopefully we can keep that momentum rolling.

Q. Atlanta and Fontana seem to be the two most abrasive tracks on the circuit, and both races this year it seems like there's been a lot of strung‑out racing. Is that more to do with off‑throttle time, tires, the package? What do you feel like the difference is there as opposed to some of the other racetracks with this 550 package?
KYLE BUSCH: Yeah, I mean, I think it's grip, everybody's grip limited. I don't think I ran one lap today wide open, so as soon as you have to start getting out of the gas, the more the back guys because of dirty air and because of ill‑handling cars or just all of the above, they're going to get out of the throttle more and more, so it's going to be harder for playing that catch‑up, and you can push real hard, too, and run hard, but you'll take a chance in hurting your tires.
So there was a portion of the race there where I had to just kind of back off and ride and make sure I kept my tires underneath me to make sure we could go the full laps on distance that we needed to on a couple of those stints, and having tires saved, some other guys may have been doing the other stuff, so that'll string you out.
But the more these engineers and teams and drivers and crew chiefs, everybody all get more and more time with particular vehicles, we find the nuances of them, and you'll see some separation with the better guys.

Q. We saw Bubba kind of struggling a little bit after the race with the interview. Looked like it was heat related. How hot was it out there for you guys, and kind of what difficulties did that present?
KYLE BUSCH: It was a little warm, definitely, walking out there, getting in the car, strapping in and getting the race going. It was a little bit warm, but I have ice packs that I use with me and a helmet cooler that I use, and my strategy always seems to work out okay. Plus I think it also boils down to your chemical makeup and your workout regimen, the stuff you eat, the stuff you drink, all that sort of stuff, and during the off‑season I work out really, really hard, and then when we go back to regular season of racing, I tend to kind of back it down just a little bit. But when we had our two‑month break there, I pushed on just like we were in the off‑season and worked out real hard, and now I'm back to kind of backing back off a little bit, and I feel fine.

Q. Talk about speeding penalties; to what do you attribute that knowing you've had more this year throughout all three series?
KYLE BUSCH: Yeah, it's all about pushing the limits. I think I'm able to really fine‑tune my tachometers or my digital dash and my lights and all that stuff through practices. When we have practices every time I come in, every time I go out I'm working on my lights and kind of checking and seeing what it takes to maintain my lights and I make adjustments and tweaks to them all weekend long, and this year we just haven't had that.
Some of it's where we're setting them, being too close to the line, not having enough filter we call it, and then also just over‑pushing it on my side, as well, too, and trying to be No.1 on pit road like I've always been.

Q. Kyle, you took part in the driver video that was aired before the race; did you have any hesitation, and why do you think now is the time where the drivers maybe feel more comfortable to address these issues?
KYLE BUSCH: I think you're seeing a lot more people be a lot more proactive in these issues in the recent weeks of things happening. As far as all the other drivers and us all getting together and just having a say, we wanted to put out a powerful statement and a message, and so I feel like we all did that together with NASCAR, and went well from all of our standpoints, so we're happy to be able to do that and show our support to the black community. I also sat down this week with Jonathan Stewart, who was a former running back for the Carolina Panthers, and he and I were friends, so we had a good conversation this past week, so we recorded that, and we're going to do some edits on that and be able to put that out, as well, from my side. I know I think Bubba Wallace did it with Ty Dillon, as well, so stuff like that has been happening, and it's a time for us to take initiative but also to listen and learn and go from there.

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