KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) -- Finished sixth "We have a great team, and we have fun working as a team together. That was our first run. We got some good fuel mileage and good setup notes, and that will help us so we can move ...
KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) -- Finished sixth
"We have a great team, and we have fun working as a team together. That was our first run. We got some good fuel mileage and good setup notes, and that will help us so we can move forward and run good in the 500. I think it's more or less putting some more downforce on the car and giving up a little speed. We'll see what Roy (crew chief McCauley's) got up his sleeve. I was ahead of the incident under the yellow flag, so I didn't see what happened. There was so much stuff on the track and we've got to be careful with our tires and not run over the junk. We had a busy Shootout and some of the veterans said some of the rookies didn't need to bump draft except on the straightaways. NASCAR helped make the rule and we didn't really have to think about it. It's just smarter not to bump draft in the corners. They're going to make the calls when they have to make the calls. It's a gray area, so it's tough. We want to race, but they have to make the calls."
KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger)
"I thought I had it (accident under caution) cleared. Everybody around me was sliding through it. Stewart just shot through the grass, but he was on the bottom. I couldn't go anywhere. I just had to go straight ahead. Truex was stopping and I ran into the back of him. Nobody said a word about anything. I don't know why they were slowing down over there. We can run this car Sunday. It just depends which one they want to race."
COMMENT ON BUMP DRAFTING "It's the way to go fast here. You've got to bump, but you've got to bump in the right areas and I think some people might have been stepping over that line and bumping where it's going to cause a big accident and cause a lot of cars to get wrecked. Hopefully it doesn't get there. You'll be bumping, but hopefully not in the wrong spots."
HOW IMPORTANT IS IT TO HAVE A GOOD RUN IN THE DAYTONA 500? "You want to start out the season well. You want to get some momentum. If we run good here this will be a great way to start the season and we can put a lot of things behind us. It's a pressure race. Being in these drafts and getting bumped draft with all these cars around you there's a lot of pressure through all 500 miles, but it's fun. You just need to stay very focused and make sure your car gets to the finish. If we can do that, it'll be a great weekend for us.
DO YOU STILL GET BUTTERFLIES? "Racing gets rid of the butterflies. The more you race, the less butterflies you get. Any time you go to Daytona and Indianapolis and a lot of the other tracks we go to you're going to get some butterflies before the race. Leading up to that point it's excitement. You're ready to go and when you get in the car it's excitement again. You just have to stay focused and do what you're there to do."
COMMENT ON YOUR VISIT TO WASHINGTON, D.C. ON MONDAY AND TUESDAY FOR PRESIDENT'S COUNCIL ON SERVICE AND CIVIC PARTICIPATION "It was great. We were there (White House) from 8:30 in the morning until 4 in the afternoon. All of our Presidential Council was there. We met the people and figured out what The President is looking for us to do and then talked about our ideas from each side from our standpoint and what we can do to make more people volunteer and go to volunteer.gov and be more of a part of your community and help your country in the long run. We met The President at the end of the day and spent about 45 minutes with President Bush. It was a great day, very exciting for me to do something like that and be a part of a group of people like that. I definitely knew I was out of place, but at the same time with the Kasey Kahne Foundation and the things we've tried to do the past three or four years with kids and things, hopefully I can bring a lot to the council and the NASCAR community to get more people involved with volunteering."