Kyle Busch: "This Year Has Been a Struggle"

Patti RodischAnalyst IJuly 9, 2009

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JULY 04:  Kyle Busch, driver of the Interstate Batteries Toyota, crashes into the wall on the final lap as he crosses the finish line and Kasey Kahne, driver of the #9 Budweiser Dodge, crashes into the back of him during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 51st Annual Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 4, 2009 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Kyle Busch doesn’t like to lose, and he really doesn’t like it when he thinks he was wronged.

Busch has three wins in the top series, but his season has been up and down. His three wins are marred by 12 finishes outside the top 10. The year 2009 has been difficult for Busch—he hasn’t seen the same success and it hasn’t really gone as planned.

“Last year was a great year. It just seemed like everything fell into place. It was easy-it was easy to run up front, easy to win races. It just felt weird because it was just too easy.”

With the attention on him every week, for every move he makes both before, during and after a race, Busch doesn’t seem to want to let the pressure get to him.

Overall, Busch seems to be not only disappointed with how they have run, but just their lack of consistency this season.

“As far as the car goes, no, no were working on it. We feel like we have some ideas. This will be the first week that we get a chance to go back to somewhat more of what we ran last year instead of doing what we’ve done so far this year,” Busch said.

Busch is never shy about his displeasure Whether it is on the track or off, Busch understands and thinks this team should be running better than they are, even with him sitting ninth in points.

What's more disappointing is how they are running and are not able to maintain or improve track position by the end of the race.

“Everything has been so hard. It’s just so hard to gain any track position. It’s hard to finish a race in the top five, let alone even in the top 10.”

He went on to say, “We’ve got to do something to change our performance...at least pass cars and go to the front instead of being in the front and letting cars pass us trying to salvage a finish.”

With the chase looming and drivers fighting for every point and a win, Kyle still doesn’t seem very comfortable in the chase. If the chase did start today, he would be sitting atop the standings with 30 extra points, but that is a far cry from a year ago when he had an 80-point lead over Carl Edwards.

“Results side of it, we’ve been a big failure. We’re struggling to make ourselves comfortable in the chase,” Busch said.

When he was asked about the final lap at Daytona and the discussion between himself and Tony Stewart, in normal Busch candor he said, “I don’t know. I really don’t have feelings. It didn’t mean a whole lot.”

He did say that the only way to prevent wrecks like we are seeing at Daytona is to have NASCAR make the call.

"If the second-place driver 'dumps' the leader, than black flag him. He doesn’t get the win.”

It makes you wonder though, if the roles were reversed, would Busch feel the same way?