Atlanta: Kurt Busch post qualifying interview

KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) Qualified 2nd TALK ABOUT YOUR QUALIFYING LAP: "I really felt like coming to the green (flag) we were going to have our hands full and that it was going to be a busy 30 seconds. As the lap...

KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) Qualified 2nd

TALK ABOUT YOUR QUALIFYING LAP:

"I really felt like coming to the green (flag) we were going to have our hands full and that it was going to be a busy 30 seconds. As the lap progressed, I felt like the car was sticking well, but I felt like I was too tentative to really throw it in the corner deep and stand on the gas hard and I'm surprised that we're sitting here right now. I have to thank my guys and the hard the work and the thought process behind all the changes we made. We changed everything but the kitchen sink to end up where we are right now. That's been the theme; we've been a little off in race practice...we'll switch into qualifying practice and qualifying helps answer some of our questions going into Saturday's practices. That happened at California and Vegas. Today, we're happy to be (qualified) second. It's really exciting that we have a car that's capable of running where it is, we just need to fine tune that little bit."

IS THIS ONE OF THOSE DEALS WHERE THE TRACK IS GOING TO GET BETTER AS WE GO THROUGH THE WEEKEND?

"I feel like the drop off is tremendous from one lap to the next and the next. Then you get 10 laps in and want to say 'Uncle'. We're all in this boat together. We feel like the tire is...hopefully a durable tire...that's going to allow us to run on it for a full fuel run. That's all that we can really ask from Goodyear and beyond that, it's up to the teams to dial the chassis in. I did talk to Jamie (McMurray) and we were both scratching our heads a little bit on how hard (the cars) were to drive. But yet, we seem to have speed so things are going pretty good."

HOW WAS YOUR CAR IN RACE TRIM DURING TODAY'S PRACTICE?

"We were searching all over the map. To be honest with you, I really don't know where we need to start tomorrow. We'll base our conversation off of what we did here in qualifying which is very similar to what happened last week at Vegas and the week before at California. We had questions going into qualifying and qualifying seemed to take care of some of those issues."

YOUR TEAM SEEMS TO FIND THE RIGHT ANSWERS FOR QUALIFYING?

"I really felt like coming to the green (flag), we were going to have our hands full and that it was going to be a busy 30 seconds. As the lap progressed, I felt like the car was sticking well, but I felt like I was too tentative to really throw it in the corner deep and stand on the gas hard. I'm surprised that we're sitting here right now. I have to thank my guys and their hard work and the thought process behind all the changes we made. We changed everything but the kitchen sink to end up where we are right now. That's been the theme; we've been a little off in race practice...we'll switch into qualifying practice and qualifying helps answer some of our questions going into Saturday's practices. That happened at California and Vegas. Today, we're happy to be (qualified) second. It's really exciting that we have a car that's capable of running where it is, we just need to fine tune that little bit."

IS THIS ONE OF THOSE DEALS WHERE THE TRACK IS GOING TO GET BETTER AS WE GO THROUGH THE WEEKEND?

"I feel like the drop off is tremendous from one lap to the next and the next. Then you get 10 laps in and want to say 'Uncle'. We're all in this boat together. We feel like the tire is...hopefully a durable tire...that's going to allow us to run on it for a full fuel run. That's all that we can really ask from Goodyear and beyond that, it's up to the teams to dial the chassis in. I did talk to Jamie (McMurray) and we were both scratching our heads a little bit on how hard (the cars) were to drive. But yet, we seem to have speed so things are going pretty good."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Kurt Busch