Homestead: Kurt Busch post race interview

KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) TELL US ABOUT YOUR RUN AND THE MOMENTUM THAT THE PENSKE TEAM HAS ENDING THIS SEASON? "It was a great run tonight for the Miller Lite Dodge. We feel like we went out with a bang with this good car....

KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger)

TELL US ABOUT YOUR RUN AND THE MOMENTUM THAT THE PENSKE TEAM HAS ENDING THIS SEASON?

"It was a great run tonight for the Miller Lite Dodge. We feel like we went out with a bang with this good car. We came up just a bit shy, but overall just a great season for us to win a couple races and be in contention at a lot of race tracks. We finished seventh overall. That's a nice feather in the cap. This team deserves it. We worked really hard and hopefully we will carry this right on in to Daytona."

TELL US ABOUT YOUR RUN AND THE MOMENTUM THAT THE PENSKE TEAM HAS ENDING THIS SEASON?

"It was a great run tonight for the Miller Lite Dodge. We feel like we went out with a bang with this good car. We came up just a bit shy, but overall just a great season for us to win a couple races and be in contention at a lot of race tracks. We finished seventh overall. That's a nice feather in the cap. This team deserves it. We worked really hard and hopefully we will carry this right on in to Daytona."

THOUGHTS ON THE 2007 SEASON.

"We felt like this was a successful season for us at Penske Racing in the Miller Lite Dodge. We definitely had what we need at some of the races, then at some of the race tracks where we led laps we just didn't seal the deal to finish off the race. Tonight it was a great feather in the cap for our team. The great teamwork that it took to put together a very successful summer stretch to get into the Chase was fantastic. Everybody at Miller is ecstatic. We put together a good effort during the Chase. We could be stronger. We need to work on our COT program if we want to compete for next year's championship. That's the bottom line. We got a little taste of it this year, and the teams that ran well with the COT finished up front in the points. Next season that is what Penske Racing is all about."

DID THIS YEAR CHANGE THE THINKING ABOUT THE CHASE OR WAS THIS SEASON SORT OF AN ABERATION WHERE JIMMIE JOHNSON WINS FOUR IN A ROW?

"This year Hendrick Motorsports just seemed to come out of the gate stronger than anybody. The way that they performed during the Chase and to win that many races, you could consider it something that usually doesn't happen all that often. I don't think that the philosophy needs to change as far as how you approach the Chase. He just put together that strong of a run. It wasn't a boring Chase. It wasn't a blowout, but to see a guy win 10 races in one season, I thought that era was over. Jimmie should be congratulated. That team and just the way that they performed, they put together a stretch run that will probably never be matched."

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT GOING TO NEW YORK?

"To make the Chase this year and head back up to New York before New Hampshire, that made me realize how bad I missed it the year before not making the Chase. NASCAR spoils you and takes care of you and lets you know that you've achieved something special. To be able to go up on stage in New York and represent Dodge, and represent Miller Lite, and all of our associate sponsors is a big celebration. A lot of sponsors think that just making the Chase now is a successful season, but we want a bit more. This will give us an opportunity to talk about it and jump into 2008."

ON THE FINAL RESTART DID YOU HAVE ANYTHING FOR MATT KENSETH OR WAS HIS CAR JUST TOO DOMINANT?

"I felt like we had a legitimate shot at chasing Matt down. I had to pass the one car first of all. Once we cleared him it just seemed like Matt and I had a beam mounted with his rear bumper and my front bumper. I couldn't break that 10 car length advantage that he had. Not due to aero, just due to the fact that he was fast. The way that the race went all day he was the car to beat. We were a challenger and we came up a bit short. I thought we were going to give it our all and we came up in second place. The bump up in points was the bigger objective today and we were able to do that."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Kurt Busch
Teams Team Penske , Hendrick Motorsports