KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) COMMENTS ON HIS PERFORMANCE IN THE BUD SHOOTOUT "We had a good car, just running the gold car for Miller Lite in the shootout to commemorate their victories in the World Beer Cup. That was a lot of...
KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger)
COMMENTS ON HIS PERFORMANCE IN THE BUD SHOOTOUT "We had a good car, just running the gold car for Miller Lite in the shootout to commemorate their victories in the World Beer Cup. That was a lot of fun. I keep building my restrictor plate resume and my feel out there with the other drivers and the team is doing the same thing. I feel like we get closer each time. I don't know what I need right now to beat the No. 20 and the No. 5, but we're very, very close and this Dodge was superior tonight."
DID YOU GET ANY BUMPS AND SCRAPES OUT THERE, AND IS THAT JUST THE NATURE OF THE BUD SHOOTOUT? "It was just a great Saturday night shootout, and that is part of the whole deal. Double file restarts, I think the fans love that. We had a great time running out front when we did, and I feel like we are getting closer and getting in position to drive the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge into victory lane."
COMMENTS ON TONY STEWART'S MOVE ON KYLE BUSCH "I was shuffled at that point, I think I was about ninth or 10th, but I knew exactly what happened. It's just a matter of Tony waiting for the right opportunity. He did have a good car tonight, as well as my little brother, and the two were the two strongest cars. The No. 38 showed up late, but he did talk about the problems that he did have earlier, and then there were just a bunch of cars that were top five cars, just a matter of filtering through. So for us we were able to come up there at the end, but Tony is going to come up there at the end and do what he needed to do to win, and if Kyle was in the same position I think he would have done the same thing. Nothing really got started there, except a guy wanting to win the shootout."
COMMENTS ON THE TIRES "The tire is a little different, it reminds me of some of the harder tires that we have seen in the past, so the compound front and rear feels harder so the car slides around a bit more, but yet the sidewall of the tire seems to be softer so it gives a little bit, and that allows cars to really get upset once they start getting loose or when they start getting tight. So it makes it a little more of a handful, but tire wear is the biggest thing and right now the cars are wearing the tires out. As the week progresses tire wear gets better and there is no issues. They had to use the harder tire to go along with the larger fuel cell. That sets up another big part of the equation, because we used to have 13 gallon cells and we now have 18 gallon fuel cells at Daytona and Talladega. It has made it interesting for the teams. The smart teams will prevail with the changes that their willing to make with the car, and we just need to free it up a little more is what it seems like, so that is yet to be determined. We'll see how Thursday's races go and then we will see how the adjustments are made on Sunday."
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger)
COMMENTS ON ENGINE TROUBLES "We dropped a cylinder, or we dropped something in the engine and it went down to seven or seven and a half and eventually it just failed. I was hoping it was my plug wire or something simple that we could have a debris caution like it was and fix it. The Alltel/My Circle Dodge was running really good. We were up to third pretty effortlessly and just kind of stayed back there for the first 20, but it didn't work out for us."
WERE YOU ABLE TO LEARN SOMETHING OUT THERE IN THE DRAFT "Oh yeah, the car we got for the shootout here is very similar to the car we got for the 500. Actually that car was the 500 car last year so it gives us some data points with the tires and fuel cell and all that stuff and we can go with that."
COMMENTS ON THE REMAINDER OF THE WEEK "I guess this is the best one to blow up on. We look forward to the rest of the week, the 500 the Gatorade duels and whatnot. Hopefully we will have a good race car and we can win one or both."
ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger)
WHAT HAPPENED OUT THERE? "I just think the 8 car got in the back of me coming off of turn four, nothing intentional, I talked with him right after the race. It's just good, hard racing and caught me right where I was a little loose anyway. It's a shame to make it that far -- almost all the way to the end -- then have problems. I'm proud of my guys, they built a pretty good race car. We learned some stuff for Thursday so we should be fine."
WHAT'S YOUR OUTLOOK FOR THURSDAY AND SUNDAY? "Well, it's a different car. We're going to use a lot of the same stuff we learned tonight. We should be okay, we'll be fine. I feel fine, no bruises, broken bones or anything like that. We'll try to use the first 90 percent of the race to learn from and get ready for the 500."
KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger)
COMMENTS ON THE LAST LAP INCIDENT "I couldn't really tell, it was chaos in front of me and a lot of things were going on. I saw Denny and I knew there was really no where to go. There was someone on my left and I just didn't know where to go. I don't know what happened but we were in the middle of it.
COMMENTS ON THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LACK OF PASSING IN THIS YEAR'S SHOOTOUT COMPARED TO LAST YEAR'S "Well I think it gets pretty slippery. It's a harder right side tire and it gets slippery. When that happens the best handling race car gets in the lead and then everybody gets in line. On the longest run that's what happens. You're going to see a lot of that in the sun during Daytona, then you'll see more when a race goes into the night.
SCOTT RIGGS (No. 10 Valvoline Dodge Charger)
COMMENTS ON THE SHOOTOUT TONIGHT "We had fun out there tonight and everybody on the Valvoline/Stanley Tools Dodge did a great job. Our car didn't handle as well as we would have liked, it was too tight in the center all night. We tried some things with the setup going into the race that were aggressive, and we know now that isn't what we need for the 500. But the guys made good adjustments and we had a good time just being back on the track. The top 10 finish is a solid start for us, but I really feel bad for Elliott (Sadler) and Kasey (Kahne), those were some good cars that got torn up."
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