Sears Point: Kurt Busch qualiyfing press conference

KURT BUSCH - No. 97 Sharpie/IRWIN Taurus (Qualified 3rd) "We find each time we come back to Infineon that there are changes made and improvements that help provide for a great race. The fans have access to better spots in the corners, so ...

KURT BUSCH - No. 97 Sharpie/IRWIN Taurus (Qualified 3rd)

"We find each time we come back to Infineon that there are changes made and improvements that help provide for a great race. The fans have access to better spots in the corners, so each time we come back there's a little variable. What are we gonna change and how are we gonna adapt. The tire today just gave us a little bit of a fit, so we decided we were gonna scrub our tires and scuff them in and then go out there on scuffed tires instead of stickers. I saw Gordon make his mistake and it opened the door up, but I knew that we just weren't quite good enough for the pole yet because we didn't go out on stickers. It's a question where we were in a catch-22. Do we go conservative or do we go for the pole? I knew that Rusty was the car to beat and it seemed like a few of the guys you expected to do well had problems and that enabled us to qualify third. We've been on the front row here before, so it's still a good track and we're still learning what we've got to do with this new tire this year for our 2004 program."

STARTING UP FRONT HERE MEANS MORE DOESN'T IT? "It always helps out to have a positive result in qualifying. We're pleased with our effort. To be third and to be able to start up front and to continuously run up front, it's difficult to make passes here and you'll end up heating up your brakes quick if you have to start in the back and work your way forward. It's much easier to get involved in something if you are in the back, so starting third is a great spot for us to be in."

THE FORDS QUALIFIED WELL TODAY. "I believe all the Ford teams can be pleased with their effort today. It didn't look that way on the charts early on, but it takes a veteran-type team to know how to adjust for the new asphalt and the new tire and we were able to prevail. I think the slowest car in the Roush camp is 12th quick, so that's a very good effort for our team today."

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kurt Busch