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Six Pack of Pop: Busch only turns left on horses as well

May 03, 2011, Joe Menzer, NASCAR.com

Put on the boots and rode in to Charlotte to promote this month's All-Star Race

Kyle Busch, winner of last Saturday's Crown Royal presents the Matthew and Daniel Hansen 400 at Richmond International Raceway, answered this week's six questions after recently riding into uptown Charlotte, N.C., on a horse to promote this month's Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

"I've ridden a few times. I haven't done it a whole lot, but it's fun for me. I know how to make it go, turn and stop. Luckily, all I had to do was turn left. And it's pretty easy to turn left."

--KYLE BUSCH

1. Any reservations about dressing up like a cowboy and riding a horse?

Busch: Actually, they were asking me all about that and I said, 'Well, I do have a cowboy's outfit. Do you want me to bring that?' So I brought it out and played the part. Plus I've got some cowboy hats from winning races at Texas Motor Speedway, so that's cool. I've got a stash of these things. I am a little surprised I still fit into the cowboy's outfit, though, because it's kind of old. It's from about three Halloweens ago.

2. Do you know anything about riding a horse?

Busch: I've ridden a few times. I haven't done it a whole lot, but it's fun for me. I know how to make it go, turn and stop -- and that's about it. I'm not going to jump anything or do any tricks. Luckily, all I had to do was turn left. And it's pretty easy to turn left.

3. Can you talk about the All-Star Race, one of the few you have yet to win?

Busch: Yeah, the All-Star Race is fun. It adds a neat aspect to the sport in general -- especially with all the other sports that have All-Star events, I think ours is a little bit more prestigious, a little bit more fun. And also a lot more challenging. Those guys go out there and just kind of play around a little bit. ... For us, it's guts-all-out. You've got a million bucks laying out there right in front of you, and you're doing all you can to try to bring home that check and trophy.

4. Are you surprised you've never won it, considering that style of racing seems to fit you?

Busch: It does. I don't even think I've finished one yet. So I've got a problem even finishing those. They say it's the kind of race where you either bring home the check and trophy or just bring back the steering wheel. Well, so far all I've been able to do is bring back the steering wheel.

5. When did you get so comfortable in talking to a crowd without a script?

Busch: I think it just evolved over time. In high school we would have to do projects where you had to get up and speak in front of the class, and I never really thought about it to where I got nervous or whatever. I think doing promotions or commercials or whatever, where you get to showcase a little of your personality or talents, is fun. Sometimes you have to ad-lib; you just wing it and let it go.

6. You came into this promotion wearing the white hat and playing the good guy who saves the day. What happened to Kyle Busch, the bad guy in the black hat?

Busch [laughing]: "I'll play up whatever you feed me. There was a time when the bad guy fit, and it's an easy role to play. It's a lot easier to make people mad at you than it is to make people like you. I guess it's just time for something else. I've been here too long."