Phoenix: Kurt Busch post qualifying interview

KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) "We definitely made the right adjustments to pick-up the speed that we did. It's always tough to see the guys post fast lap times (before you qualify) and think that you can do it as well. The track...

KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger)

"We definitely made the right adjustments to pick-up the speed that we did. It's always tough to see the guys post fast lap times (before you qualify) and think that you can do it as well. The track temperature dropped even though the ambient temperature was up a bit. I anticipated the sun being a bigger glare, but it wasn't that bad. In April, the sun's not as low as November and so I put way too much tape on (the windshield) and it made it a handful in the exit of the corner. I felt like I made the best attempt I could on the first lap. I felt like that was the key because the second lap was either the same or slightly a bit slower just based on the trend that I saw. For us to be there right behind Mark Martin and Kyle (Busch) is a perfect start for us. The same start we had last fall (at Phoenix), third place, and that will give us third-place selection on the pit box. For the adjustments we made, it really just carbon copied what we did last fall and yet, we changed over to some of the setup that we ran so far this spring. It was really a challenge. It was wearing on my mind for the last 10 days, since the last race. Should we stick with last year (setup) when we finished second or should we go with what we've been running this year? It was tough and so far it's panned out to be OK. I feel like that's the right adjustments that we had to make. I do feel like if I would have qualified second I would have had an easy Double-Double at In-N-Out Burger. Now that I'm third, I'm going to have to go try a Triple-Triple."

HOW WAS THE LAP?

"The lap felt pretty good. It was good in Turns 2 and 4 on exit; I just couldn't drive into Turn 1. If you miss Turn 1, it really messes up the lap. So I feel really good. My team made good adjustments. To lose to Mark Martin is fine. That guy, right now, has been hauling mud and I know his whole life he's been driving through the center of the corner fast and that's what it takes to sit on the pole. Maybe we'll end up top five."

PHOENIX HAS TO FEEL LIKE HOME FOR YOU BEING FROM LAS VEGAS AND HAVING SPENT SOME TIME AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA?

"I love going down to U of A in Tucson. I think about my family sitting in Section O in Turn 1 in the old grandstands. This was my first race as a kid. I won the (NASCAR) Southwest Series championship here years ago and I'm an honorary deputy sheriff here at Maricopa County, so I like Maricopa County (smiles)."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Kurt Busch , Mark Martin