Kurt Busch Q&A: Better than Kyle?
August 27, 2014, Eric Johnson, Special to NASCAR.com
NASCAR has had a proud history, and I am glad to be a part of it. Being a champion comes with it a great deal of responsibility to remind people of the roots of our sport.
Q: Do you identify with legends in this sport? If so, who?
There are so many greats and many drivers I grew up admiring like the Allison brothers and Cale Yarborough. They were drivers who hung it all out on the line and threw caution to the wind --- outlaws like me.
Q: Are NASCAR races too long?
Yes. We need to spice things up with a street race, races in foreign countries and throw in a dirt track for good measure. Besides cutting down the length of races, we need to cut back the number of races.
Q: What does Daytona mean to you?
It's our Super Bowl. It's the most prestigious stock car race to win.
Q: Do you like the concept of The Chase?
Absolutely. It defines a regular season and a postseason like our other mainstream sports.
Q: What are your top favorite NASCAR tracks?
Bristol, Darlington, Indy, Daytona and Sonoma.
Q: You've been in some dust-ups and calamities. What do you think after the dust settles and things calm down?
Nobody likes vanilla ice cream. We all need a little flavor.
Q: Are there certain achievements/victories you are most proud of?
2004 Sprint Cup Championship; 2013 Making the Chase with a one-car, 25th-place team; 2014 Indy 500 Rookie of the Year.
Q: When you're at the races, what do you enjoy most?
Going to Victory Lane.
Q: What do you enjoy the least?
Q: Which drivers do you get along with the best?
Q: Where did the nickname "Outlaw" come from?
A TV producer from New York City who was doing a short documentary on me. She heard others calling me that in the garage, and it became the name of the show and it stuck.
Q: Describe winning Martinsville this season?
This is one of my toughest tracks. There's no driver that I would have rather beaten heads-up than Jimmie Johnson. It was a great feeling to have brought home a victory for my new team only a few races into the season and setting us up for a spot in the Chase.
Q: To many, you are the best race car driver out there and many people comment on your natural ability. What makes you so good?
I owe a lot of credit to my dad, who taught me a lot about racing at a young age.
Q: Most difficult thing about driving stock cars?
The schedule. It's a long one. It's a lot of dedication by our family to make it all work.
Q: Were you destined to be a race car racer?
No, my mom was hoping I would be a baseball player.
Q: Could you race Formula 1, and if so, why don't you?
I believe I could. Not sure how good I'd be, but I'd love the chance.
Q: Describe your relationship with Mr. Haas?
We have a great relationship filled with sarcasm and humor. He's a guy I enjoy hanging out with. You never know what's going to come out of his mouth.
Q: Of ALL racers, who are, in your opinion, the top five racers in the world?
Michael Schumacher, Dale Earnhardt, Jeremy McGrath, A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti.
Q: Your goals for the rest of 2014?
To win races and advance through the Chase.
Q: Do you like The Chase -- and can you win it?
I like the Chase, and yes we can win it.
Q: What will it take to win it?
Fast cars, consistency and focus by the whole team to bring their best game forward every week.
Q: When you compete in Vegas, do you ever look over at the old Dwarf dirt track?
Yes, it always brings back find memories of how it all began.
Q: Favorite bands or musicians?
Ice-T, Snoop Dogg, Aerosmith, Eurythmics, Red Hot Chili Peppers, DJ Snake & Lil Jon.
Q: Last concert you attended?
Q: Favorite TV Shows?
"Survival Alaska" and "Dude, You're Screwed".
Q: Favorite websites?
The Weather Channel, USA Today, ESPN, FOX News.
Q: Favorite stores?
Bass Pro Shops, Gun Shops. I don't like to shop and buy a lot of stuff online.
Q: Favorite brands?
Monster Energy, Alpinestars, Panic Switch Army, 7 Jeans.
Q: Favorite foods?
Lamb chops and Patricia's homemade anything.
Q: Favorite Movies?
"Six Pack," the "Bourne" trilogy, the "Godfather" movies, "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," "Good Will Hunting".
Q: Favorite Actor?
Q: Favorite actress?
Boxer Manny Pacquiao, NBA star LeBron James, baseball hall of famer Ryne Sandberg, former Formula 1 champion Michael Schumacher.
Q: Favorite place on Earth?
Cockpit of my race car.
Q: Who is in your personal Hall of Fame?
President George W. Bush, Cubs announcer Harry Caray, baseball Hall of Famer Ernie Banks, NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt, Donald Trump.
No time, but when I can, hunting and shooting, driving any one else's race car
Q: Do you have a guilty pleasure?
Q: What sports do you enjoy watching and following?
Baseball, any other motorsports.
Q: Who would play you in a movie?
Matt Damon. He already played me in "Good Will Hunting."
Q: Something you always say?
"What?" The delay always gives me time to think.
Q: Between you and Kyle, who would win in arm wrestling?
Me. I'm in shape.
Q: Ping pong?
Q: A five-mile bicycle race?
Q: 100-yard dash?
Q: Wheel of Fortune?