KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) HOW DID YOUR CAR SHAKE DOWN TODAY? "Our Miller Lite Dodge shook down pretty good. It was going through some big mood swings yesterday -- loose in the beginning and tight in the end. We fixed most of...
KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger)
HOW DID YOUR CAR SHAKE DOWN TODAY? "Our Miller Lite Dodge shook down pretty good. It was going through some big mood swings yesterday -- loose in the beginning and tight in the end. We fixed most of our problems, but have a little bit of work before tomorrow. We're out of practices and out of ideas. It's just time to go racing."
IT LOOKS LIKE THE TEMPERATURES WILL BE COOLER TOMORROW; HOW DOES THAT AFFECDT YOUR RACE SETUP? "You have to be ready to race in any condition, whether it's overcast or sunny, with the racing starting in the day and ending in the night. You're going to get a mix of both conditions. You really have to have a well balanced car and be ready for everything."
RAIN IS A POSSIBILITY TOMORROW/ HOW WILL THAT AFFECT THE TRACK SURFACE? "If it rains, it just means that it will be harder on right-side tires. It's not really a concern. These race cars are heavy, but the tires are better than last year. Any way you look at it, everyone is going be watching the tire wear on the right-front and try to adjust to how the tire is loading up as you start to get some laps on them. It certainly will be a chess match."
KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger)
YOU'RE THOUGHTS ON THE 500 TOMORROW? "It's been a long 10 days, but I think that we've prepared our Budweiser Dodge as best we can. A lot of work goes into these superspeedway cars and I can't be prouder of my crew for the time and effort they've put into getting us ready. I think we made our car a little bit better today in practice. It's a long race and so many things can happen that you try not to over analyze the race. I have a lot of confidence in Kenny (Francis, crew chief for the No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger) and the calls that he's going to make during the race. I like the balance of our car. I'm not sure how much speed we have, but our Dodge seems to work well in the draft and if we can get together with under 20 laps to go, I think that we have a good shot at winning. It's a long race and we'll have to be patient and try to put ourselves in a position to race for it (the win) at the end."
TEMPERATURES WILL BE COOLER AGAIN TOMORROW; IS THERE ANY CONCERN FOR TIRE WEAR? "Not at all. I think the tires will be fine. I'm anticipating lots of grip. We haven't had any problems with our tires at all. Knock on wood; hopefully we won't have any tomorrow either."
TALK ABOUT THE PATIENCE YOU'LL NEED TO HAVE TOMORROW? "You just have to figure out how to be in position for the last 100 miles. That's when you'll have the best pack of drivers and best push to get through the field. The key for us is to figure out how to be there for the last 100 miles while trying to make our car better from the day to nighttime conditions."
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