Michigan: Stremme - Saturday Dodge interview

DAVID STREMME (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Charger) NOTE: Stremme led Dodge Saturday morning's practice session with the fifth fastest time. He'll leave after second practice to compete in tonight's Busch race in Kentucky. "I think the Busch...

DAVID STREMME (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Charger)

NOTE: Stremme led Dodge Saturday morning's practice session with the fifth fastest time. He'll leave after second practice to compete in tonight's Busch race in Kentucky.

"I think the Busch race (in Kentucky) starts tonight at 8. It'll be a late night. I get to sleep in. I'll sleep in the plane. I didn't get back until late last night (after flying down for practice). I've been going to bed late and getting up late this week. It's not bad. My Busch car is pretty good and the Cup car here isn't bad, either. It's just the COT races I dread.

"Last week was more of a pain than this week. This week is not so bad because the schedule is a little more forgiving. Last week we raced in Nashville and I didn't get to practice. I showed up and finished 14th. We were third in practice last night in Kentucky, so I was happy with that. This week isn't as bad, other than being from this area. I won't get to see a lot of friends and family, but we get to come back in August. I'm from South Bend, and it's about two hours from here.

Ryan Newman and I grew up together. We grew up about three miles from each other and we went to the same high school. He raced open wheel cars and I raced stock cars. We hung out a little bit, but we never raced much together. It's kind of funny we both ended up in the same place.

"The track is going to change a lot from the first practice to the second one. This is the same car we ran at Charlotte. It was pretty good there. We just had a misfortune with some loose lugnuts and pitting under green. We were a little too loose in qualifying, and that hurt our track position. It's fun here because you can run top, bottom, middle, all over. I just couldn't get to the throttle in qualifying, and we were just loose. It was a tight field as far as qualifying and that put us back a little bit.

"We went to Milwaukee and tested our COT program this week and felt like we ran a lot better. Our COT program had been horrible, but on the other hand we should have had some pretty good finishes with it and didn't get the end results. As an organization we've got to get better. We're still going through a lot of changes. We made one leap and now we need to make it better. You can kind of see we all three run pretty close to the same. We're right around each other in points, but we've got to get a little better. Our intermediate program isn't too bad. We've just got to try to capitalize on it. I think a top 10 is within reach here Sunday. We'll just have to see how things work out."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Ryan Newman