Watkins Glen: Pole winner interview

Dodge Chargers Qualify 1-2-3 at Watkins Glen KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) -- Wins Pole "It was pretty nerve-racking, especially with the car that went out before us having an engine problem. We just wanted to go out there and...

Dodge Chargers Qualify 1-2-3 at Watkins Glen

KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) -- Wins Pole

"It was pretty nerve-racking, especially with the car that went out before us having an engine problem. We just wanted to go out there and do it, and it turned out to be a good lap. I'm proud of the effort. Roy McCauley gave me a great setup, and it all turned out great for the Miller Lite Dodge. I felt really comfortable, especially with Roy McCauley's road racing background.

"You've got to let it rip when you've got a chance. The team gave me a car capable of sitting on the pole. Maybe it'll stick and maybe it won't. It just feels good to see my crew chief Roy McCauley in his element. He likes road course racing. We sat on the pole at Sonoma. We'll see what we get here today, but that turn 10, you hang it out there because it's a left-hander. All the other turns here are basically rights. You just deal with that left-hander.

"That was a pretty solid lap. It feels good to run the Miller Lite Dodge that fast through the hills and straightaways at Watkins Glen. Our car ran well at Sonoma earlier this year. We've got to work on the pit stops a little bit and if we can have a little bit of that fuel strategy, which is definitely key to winning at Watkins Glen we might be able to pull off a good finish at Watkins Glen Sunday.

"It's just a matter of making sure we have good communication back and forth. We can't get confused because the car is fast right now. We still have to get it dialed in tomorrow in practice. We'll take it one step at a time. Then we have the Grand National car, the Penske Truck Rental Dodge, running fast, so hopefully we'll gain some information over there.

"I was just hoping to back up our time from practice and we did that. We added something to it and that creates some pressure for some of the fast guys that are left. The little delay we had wasn't something we needed, but I just sat there and ran through the track in my mind, the shift points. I just didn't want to overstep any of them and say I underdrove it. If you overdrive it, it's easy to see. It was a nice balance and we had great Penske Power down the straightaway. We're fast. We've just got to throw some tires on it tomorrow and go out there for a long, long run and see what our tire temperatures are.

"I've always felt more comfortable at Sonoma. It just takes more time to get used to this track. I ran a truck race here before I was a rookie in Cup and that helped out a ton. Last year has been my only good finish here in a Cup car. Prior to that it was flat tires, transmission, engines. When we do get good runs, it turns out OK. It's just a matter of staying on the track and getting the points we need. There's a big potential of gaining points. We're here. We're poised for a good run. Now we just need to go do it."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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