KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) IT MUST BE NICE TO COME BACK TO A TRACK WHERE YOU'VE WON BEFORE AND HAVE HAD MUCH SUCCESS? "I've always looked forward to coming to Pocono. It's definitely a unique race track. It's a track that ...
KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger)
IT MUST BE NICE TO COME BACK TO A TRACK WHERE YOU'VE WON BEFORE AND HAVE HAD MUCH SUCCESS? "I've always looked forward to coming to Pocono. It's definitely a unique race track. It's a track that challenges you in many different ways. It's overall speed, whether it's handling in one specific corner versus another. Just over the years, it seems like when you come back, you want to say that Turn 2 is more important than Turn 3. Or, Turn 1 is more important than the other corners. You're always battling yourself trying to decide which corner is the most important. It's a challenge. It leaves itself wide open and usually a car that can maneuver through the corners the best obviously has a shot at victory lane. You give and take and you hope that you have the best package possible when the green flag drops Sunday."
ANY SUGGESTIONS FOR NASCAR ON THE PIT ROAD SPEED ISSUE LIKE WAS SEEN AT INDY LAST WEEK? "I've been caught speeding hundreds of times on pit road and never got asked about it. I don't know why it's such a big issue right now for some other guy. There's a pit road speed. You're supposed to stay under it, don't go over it. There's a huge consequence when you're caught speeding on pit road. It's not worth it. There's a five-mile per hour grace window and you're supposed to use that at your discretion. It's tough because we can't pass on the race track, so we're trying to go as fast as we can on pit road. I was just talking to my PR rep TR (Tom Roberts). He said that (Juan Pablo) Montoya had a five-second lead or had a big lead when he hit pit road. There's no sense of pushing it that close if you have that big of a cushion on the track."
HOW DO YOU BALANCE YOUR CAR IN ALL THREE CORNERS AT POCONO? "It's a tough Turn 1 because of how rough it is and the bumps that are in the lower section of the race track. (Turns) 2 and 3 seem to be a bit more similar to each other, but Turn 1 is surrounded by the two longest straightaways. It's really a unique challenge to try and find the right combination. If your car is good in Turn 1, you might not be so hot in 2 and 3. If your car is good in (Turns) 2 and 3, Turn 1 is going to be a struggle. With double-file restarts, I feel that Turn 1 is a little bit more important now because that can help you get a run down the Long Pond straightaway to try and gain positions when everyone is bunched up together. It's not necessarily working on the long run anymore; you have to have that short run balance as well with double-file restarts."
DO YOU LIKE HOW YOUR TEAM IS PERFORMING RIGHT NOW? "I feel like we can always make improvements. Whether it's finding some small secrets with downforce or the engine department bringing a little bit more power, I have to look at all areas and continue to get stronger. You can't get complacent in this deal because guys will just drive right by you if you feel like you have a good package. We're definitely looking for more speed. Mainly, just the handling of the car is where I feel like we need to stay sharp on. We've had some good runs this year. We've led some laps. We have some good tracks coming up and so who knows. It would be great to win before the Chase starts to get those bonus points, but at the same time, consistency still pays dividends once you get into the final 10 races. When you're consistent, those finishes will add up for you."
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