Texas II: Kurt Busch post-qualifying interview

KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) ARE YOU CONCERNED THAT NASCAR MIGHT TRY TO SLOW YOU DOWN? "I think all us cowboys were going for it today and we've just got to back down the pace a little bit in race trim. The speeds at Texas, ...

KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger)

ARE YOU CONCERNED THAT NASCAR MIGHT TRY TO SLOW YOU DOWN?

"I think all us cowboys were going for it today and we've just got to back down the pace a little bit in race trim. The speeds at Texas, it's fun to challenge the car to go quick, but when you put it in race trim you've got to make it last for 50-60 laps, so that's why the pace will slow down. It was really fun tonight to go for it and let it all hang out."

COMMENT ON DRIVING A DODGE VERSUS A FORD

"I think the main reason we switched was mainly for the teams. The chemistry within Penske Racing continues to grow for me. What I saw over there and what has come true is definitely what I was looking for -- solid race cars and great team camaraderie and to work for Dodge is great as well. It's a great balanced company as far as doing appearances versus the exposure level. To drive a Dodge from the driver's seat, maybe it's a little looser racecar, which helps you qualify, then we need to get the rear downforce on it for the race. We've got a great 2007 Charger lined up for that. I'm happy with Dodge, and I'm happy with Penske."

DOES IT MAKE IT EASIER TO GO FOR A WIN SINCE YOU'RE NOT IN THE CHASE?

"You go with the mindset to try different things that you wouldn't normally try like aggressive shocks or a different type of aero package, whereas if you were in The Chase you've want to go with more of a given, what got you there. Being outside is a chance to get ahead of the game. Like Elliott said, look forward to Daytona, build up your points, build up your ammunition so to speak so you can start off next year stronger. Right now we have seven guys in The Chase that weren't in it last year because they were able to get up a headstart."

COMMENT ON THE BUMP AT TMS

"What I think is funny is Atlanta is one of the roughest tracks we race on. You don't hear anybody talk about bumps at Atlanta. We drive through them. We drive fast through them. We have old tires on and they're still there. You come to such a great first-class facility like Texas, and it always seems to be under scrutiny and there's one little bump so there's an issue. If that bump wasn't there it would be glass smooth. This place is very smooth. It's fast, and there's a bump out there, so we have to deal with it and move on. Atlanta has plenty of bumps."

ANY BUMP DRAFTING ON SUNDAY?

"There will be no bump drafting. The reason for Daytona and Talladega, if we didn't have restrictor plates we could go about 210 or 212 maybe, maybe a little quicker. That would spread out the cars and there wouldn't be a need to push the car in front of you. Here we are. We're unrestricted, going fast. You have to have all the air on the car you can possibly get on it. So running close to another guy, the guy in front gets loose and the guy behind catches him easy and things can happen. We hope none of that happens."

IS THERE LESS STRESS NOT BEING IN THE CHASE?

"We're not all that pleased that we missed The Chase, but it gives us a chance to look forward to next season and better ourselves in these last 10. My first race with the team was back at Daytona in February, so we're starting off just learning one another whereas like everybody else that wasn't in The Chase the year before had 10 races to get ready for next year. Hopefully we're laid back. It's just bolt what you've got laying around on the car and let her rip. If we have a chance to go to victory lane we're going to do that. If we miss the setup we really try to understand why and move to the next race."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Kurt Busch
Teams Team Penske