JAMIE MCMURRAY -- No. 26 Irwin Ford Fusion (Qualified 3rd) "It's certainly a lot different. In year's past you just had to kind of get up underneath the guy. If you were on the outside, you just had to kind of commit that you were gonna let...
JAMIE MCMURRAY -- No. 26 Irwin Ford Fusion (Qualified 3rd)
"It's certainly a lot different. In year's past you just had to kind of get up underneath the guy. If you were on the outside, you just had to kind of commit that you were gonna let him go and fall in behind him. It's gonna be different now. I really think the outside is gonna be the preferred groove. In the Busch car yesterday you could really roll up on the outside of guys and it's hard to make your brain comprehend that you can do that here. You're so used to trying to get up underneath him and all of a sudden you get on the outside of a guy and with the way the banking was before, if you got on the outside of somebody, you'd pancake the wall. The way it is now, the car just continues to have grip up there, so it's gonna be a lot different. I'm sure all of the guys that aren't running the Busch race tonight will pay a lot of attention. I didn't get to watch the truck race, but they said the outside worked really well. Typically, if the trucks or the Busch cars run a little bit off of the bottom, when the Cup cars get out they go straight to the wall. I think it's gonna be a different race than you've ever seen here."
ARE YOU A DRIVER THAT NEEDS VISUAL CUES HERE? IS IT BRAND NEW?
"I think so. In year's past, you kind of new what you wanted your car to feel like and everyone that's watched a race here remembers the guys dropping their left-front on the black part of the race track getting into the corner and then you'd kind of run up about a foot and then drop your left sides off to the asphalt coming off and that's where the grip was. If you didn't hit that, you had to check up so you didn't get into the wall. I watched some of the guys qualify before I went out and in Busch practice yesterday, you'd see guys that there were a car length off the bottom and you'd think, 'No chance.' The 22 car was on the pole for awhile and wasn't anywhere near the bottom of the race track. It's really hard and I can't imagine for somebody like Ricky Rudd, who has run 50-some races here, to go through that because, for me, when I pulled out in the Busch car the other day, if I ran the old conventional line, it was just slow. You just had to slow down so much and the race track is a little bit slower, so the gearing that we have -- I noticed in the Busch car and the Cup car that we really don't have enough gear -- you're like 200 or 300 RPMs off from where you would like to be, so when you give up that little bit of speed it's really magnified with not being able to have the right gear."
WILL SLOWER MAKE FOR BETTER RACING?
"I don't know. I'm really curious to see how the Busch race goes tonight and how that works with passing on the outside. I watched some of the guys, even in the Cup practice, go all the way up the race track and your first thought is, 'Oh, he's wrecked. That's why he's up there,' but you don't gain any ground on him. It's gonna be different and it's gonna take everybody a little while to learn what we need to do. It's definitely different."
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