Chat with Kyle Busch
HBO PPV will host the third annual "Nextel Prelude to the Dream," on Wednesday, June 6 starting at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. The event will take place on the dirt track, bringing racing back to its old school dirt track roots.
Tony Stewart, Juan Pablo Montoya, Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Kyle Petty, Mark Martin and others form a 27-driver field from all types of disciplines. All will drive a 2,300-pound dirt late model stock car and some will have lots of dirt track experience and others will have little experience.
Send your questions for Busch now and join him in The Show on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. ET.
Buzzmaster (1:33 PM)
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Buzzmaster (1:45 PM)
We've got Kyle!
how much dirt track racing experience do you have and good luck at eldora
Kyle Busch (1:46 PM)
Basically, I've raced dirt since I was 14 all the way until I was 17. So I basically have about 3 years experience.
Steve (St. Louis)
How quickly did you sign on to this project, after hearing that the proceeds would support charity?
Kyle Busch (1:47 PM)
I had been talking to Tony for probably about a year to try and get up there and race in dirt in general. I signed on before this race was even put together.
James (Dundalk, MD)
Kyle, Although you are an aggressive driver, you are the least experienced NASCAR representative to partake in the dirt track race, what advantages and disadvantages do you have against your opponents?
Kyle Busch (1:48 PM)
Well, I think my adavantage is that it wasn't too long ago that I was on dirt. Jeff Gordon hasn't been on dirt in 14 years or more. My disadvantages are that I'm not as good as Kahne or Gordon because of the experience that they have.
Meeghan Haverhill MA
Can you see yourself one day racing for the same team as your older brother Kurt?
Kyle Busch (1:49 PM)
Probably not. Roush Racing wanted to have us both on the same team years ago. But now that he's moved on and gone over to the Penske organization, I don't know if I would fit over there.
Sonny (Centerville, GA)
Kyle, are you looking forward to Bristol with the new concrete and banking? Do you think the new surface will level the field or not?
Kyle Busch (1:50 PM)
I'm not sure what the new surface will be like, actually. I think it's going to be a different experience, because it's been a while since Bristol was redone. Not knowing what it was like when it was first concreted, I think it will be a fun experience for everybody. I'm not so sure that it will level the playing field or not. I think it might because it will be smooth and fast. You won't be as dependent on a shock package as you were in the past.
Mike (Tampa, Florida)
Have you and Kurt talked recently since the accident in the All-Star race?
Kyle Busch (1:51 PM)
We talked on the Wednesday after the race.
Diego (San Juan, PR)
Kyle, You only have 2 career poles, do you feel that is a concern or is it not really important considering you have been able to win anyway?
Kyle Busch (1:52 PM)
You want to get poles just so you have the opportunities to race in the offseason races in Daytona. But the qualifying on the pole doesn't necessarily mean how well you do. But when you do qualify, that means you have a good race car. Those are the days where if we do qualify, you better watch out.
Justin (Dover, DE)
Kyle, What effect if any will tires have on the race Sunday?
Kyle Busch (1:53 PM)
I'm not sure if they're bringing a different tire here or not this year. But not being able to test like we were supposed to, it will be a different ballgame. Whoever unloads the best will be the car to beat all weekend.
Cole (Indianapolis, IN)
Out of the 26 drivers in the Prelude, if you were racing for the win on the last lap, who would you want it to be against?
Kyle Busch (1:53 PM)
Yeah, probably Tony Stewart, because it's his track, his race. He's probably the best one that you're going to have to beat.
Nick Gibson City, IL
Kyle, Who owns or supplies the latemodels and motors for you and the other drivers for this event??
Kyle Busch (1:54 PM)
I do know my car owner. I don't have his name in front of me at the moment. I don't know the other car owners. The promoter of the race, I'm guessing Tony, is paying teams in the area with the cars to get them to let us use their cars in the race.
Derek Jones (Bennet, NE)
What did it feel like to win at Bristol this year?
Kyle Busch (1:55 PM)
It was really cool and a great experience to get to Victory Lane at Bristol. It's one of the tougher tracks on the circuit. I was overjoyed and relieved that the race was over because I had so much pressure behind me.
Robbie (Lexington, Ky)
What has been the difference in qualifying in the COT and racing it? Beacause you qualify poorly, but are the car to beat by the first quarter the of the race.
Kyle Busch (1:56 PM)
It's a huge difference from the old cars. Honestly, I don't know what I'm doing in qualifying, because we're not qualifying at all. It's just a different ball game and race. I have to slow the car down more. With the old car, you could push the car to go faster, with this car you have to slow down and be smoother to go faster.
Jim DeArmond, Fort Wayne IN
Kyle, How often do you find yourself just taking in the sights and sounds of where you are. Are you still in awe of how your career has grown?
Kyle Busch (1:58 PM)
It's definitely been a change of pace for me for how far my life has come in a short period of time. You try to get out at some places - you have your favorite restaurants and other places.
Bishop (Washington, DC)
Huge fan here Kyle, how does it make you feel when you hear the boo's comming from the fans? Do you let it roll off your back or does it still effect you?
Kyle Busch (1:58 PM)
Well, it effected me when I first came into this sport. No one saw me race and I was getting booed. Now I've grown accustomed to it. As long as their making noise, Dale Sr. said, you're somebody.
Greg- Gilbert, MN
Kyle, Have you got any practice in the Late Model you'll be running at Eldora?
Kyle Busch (1:59 PM)
It's just going to be a show up and race. Otherwise it will be the day of there. I haven't had the opportunity to get out and run with one.
Brian (Ocean City, MD)
Kyle, How do you spend your time on a typical race weekend when you aren't practicing or racing?
Kyle Busch (2:00 PM)
Well, we're fortunate enough as drivers to be able to afford motorhomes to take to the track with us. If I'm not in the hauler talking with the team, you're in the home hanging out playing video games or whatever it may be.
What is your overall opinion of the car of tomorrow? Do you think you will find a lot of sucess in the new car?
Kyle Busch (2:01 PM)
Well, we've had some success with it thus far, as far as myself and Hendrick. It's just a little bit different car to get accustomed to. Hopefully it won't take too long to get more accustomed to it.
Kyle Busch (2:02 PM)
I appreciate your support. Hopefully we can put on a good show for you the rest of the Nextel Cup season. Join us for the Prelude race and hopefully you'll get to see some good racing but not see anything too comical.