Sears Point: Kurt Busch post qualifying interview

KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) Qualified 3rd "We were a little surprised. We made about four or five changes to the car based upon where we were last year (at Infineon) and it paid off for us. We're hoping for good things with our...

KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) Qualified 3rd

"We were a little surprised. We made about four or five changes to the car based upon where we were last year (at Infineon) and it paid off for us. We're hoping for good things with our Miller Lite Dodge. The car felt good on the forward bite on traction getting out of the corners, just a little tight on the apex's....and there's twelve apex's out there. Tomorrow's practice will give us more of an idea where we stack up. We'll put the car in race trim again.

"We'll work on fuel mileage; that was a big player last year and has been for years (at Infineon)...but you have to have a fast racecar to do it. So we're hoping that we have the right combination heading into the weekend.

"It seemed like our car was opposite of what Jimmie (Johnson) went through with practice. We were struggling quite a bit and ended up going back to our last year's notebook, which we haven't really done much with this race car because you learn so much every week and it advances your program. We threw everything but the kitchen sink at it for qualifying and the car was underneath me. I was surprised by the lap. Sometimes when you go and just hit your marks and keep for tires on the track and not try to spin a tire or lock up a brake where you end up slower. We're happy with it. I'm ecstatic that the changes made the car drive different and hopefully that will help us here on Sunday as well."

ON THE HEAT:

"It's definitely going to be a tough one. Last year I experienced heat exhaustion here after the race, so I'm trying to do the best that I can to stay ahead of it and make sure that we do the right things inside the car. On a day like today you are only in it for five laps at a time. We've got 110 laps on Sunday."

ON MARCOS AMBROSE:

"He seems to be doing really well. I'm sure that the Wood Brothers told him that it pays a whole lot better to be 43rd than 44th, so he had to make sure that he put a lap underneath him to go out there and make the race. We'll see how he does on Sunday. We're looking forward to him running well."

ON HIS CAR FOR SUNDAY:

"I feel like we have some more work to do to get our new car competitive with some of the top teams, but each week we learn so much that we have to filter through it and make sure that we know exactly what changes we've made and what we've done. I feel like we've covered from A to Z and now we are going back to A again. We're trying to cover as much ground as we can. We are just trying to get the rear of the car hooked up and if we do that pit strategy will come into play and I think that we have the right strategy played out for us on Sunday to have a top-five run."

ON QUALIFYING VERSUS RACE SETUP:

"I've found that my qualifying setup is very different than a race setup here, because you have a big heavy stock car and it's hard to make it turn and hard to give it traction. If you can confuse it just for one lap then you're going to have a good lap. The magic is how to make it last for a full fuel run and that is tomorrow's work."

ON LOSING SPEED TO KASEY KAHNE COMING OFF TURN 10 AND GOING INTO TURN 11:

"I can say maybe I'm a bit bothered by it, because what he has here at Sonoma seemed to work really good at Pocono, it worked really good at Charlotte and he's caught on to something. It seems like all of Gillett Evernham is doing much better, so we have to go figure out what it is that he has that is helping him do good, but you can't take the lap away from him. He drove a really good lap and he'll be a tough car to beat on Sunday."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Kurt Busch