KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Vortex Dodge Charger) Starts On Pole HOW DOES IT FEEL STARTING ON THE POLE FOR TOMORROW NIGHT'S ALL-STAR RACE? "It feels great. It puts us that much closer to a million dollars. Just to have track position early on...
KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Vortex Dodge Charger) Starts On Pole
HOW DOES IT FEEL STARTING ON THE POLE FOR TOMORROW NIGHT'S ALL-STAR RACE? "It feels great. It puts us that much closer to a million dollars. Just to have track position early on in the race and to get a good feel for how the car will handle out front, I'm excited about it. Sometimes, it's better to be lucky than good. My boat put the best lap down today."
AN ODD SET OF CIRCUMSTANCES, YOU GETTING THE POLE BECAUSE OF THE RAIN OUT AND DENNY HAMLIN, WHO GOT THE FIRST PIT STALL, HAS TO GO TO THE BACK OF THE FIELD BECAUSE HE BLEW AN ENGINE IN PRACTICE. WHAT IS MORE ADVANTAGEOUS, STARTING OUT FRONT OR HAVING THAT FRONT PIT STALL? "We'll benefit from this rainout early on and then Denny will benefit by having that first pit box as the race progresses. Pit road isn't too congested during the All-Star race because there's half the car count. So, it's not terrible getting in and out of your pit box. When you have that first pit box, all you have to do is limp over the line where the camera is. That can mean the difference in a million dollars or not when you beat a guy just by inches. It's exciting the crews are involved as they are. It started with the Pit Crew Challenge the other night and that gave them (No. 11 team) that first pit box. And then with the 10-lap shootout at the end, the pit crews are very important because their pit stop time will dictate how you come off pit road."
BRIAN VICKERS ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT HE WILL NOT COMPETE THE REST OF THE YEAR BECAUSE OF BLOOD CLOTS. ARE YOU CONCERNED AT FINDING OUT THE CAUSE OF THE CLOTS OR DO YOU FEEL THAT IT'S AN INDIVIDUAL ISSUE TO BRIAN THAT MIGHT NOT AFFECT YOU? "I'm interested to learn some of the results as time passes. But it's a private matter to Brian and if he wants to share what's going on then he'll let us know. I sent a text to him to let him know to get well soon and that we're praying for him because my mom just had surgery and she ended up with a blood clot in here leg. It's a pretty serious matter when you have the blood clots and then you're on the blood thinners and different medicines. The activity levels that you're use to doing, now everything changes. Hopefully, everything goes well for Brian and he can be out on the track next year."
DO YOU EXPECT THE LAST 10 LAPS OF THE RACE TO BE ALL GREEN-FLAG? "There's definitely good chances for yellows. With only counting green-flag laps, I expect there to be 30 laps run in those final 10 laps."
HAVE YOU DISCUSSED WHETHER OR NOT YOU WILL USE SCUFFS OF STICKER TIRES FOR THE FINAL 10 LAPS? "We're forced into the sticker route because we don't have any scuffs."
BRAD KESELOWSKI (No. 12 Penske Dodge Charger) Starts Third
IT'S YOUR SECOND APPEARANCE IN AN ALL-STAR RACE TOMORROW NIGHT. HOW DO YOU PLAN ON PLAYING YOUR CARDS TOMORROW? "Before you can win a race, you have to be there at the end. That's the important piece of it. I expect it to be a slam fest, that's for sure. It's going to be a great race. It's a race that we enjoy as competitors and fans of the sport. As far as the racing, I'll go back home and push the rewind button on it and watch the final 10 laps. I'm really excited. Our Penske Dodge Charger is pretty fast. I think that I've hit on a few things."
CAN YOU BELIEVE WHAT'S HAPPENED TO YOU, HOW QUICKLY THAT IT'S HAPPENED TO YOU? "It's been a good ride. You never believe it. You just hope for more good things to come. I couldn't be where I'm at without the help of some really good people. People are what makes this sport and makes it so special. I've gotten a lot of help on the way and I have to thank those people. I think that I'm associated with some great people now with Roger Penske and everybody at Penske Racing. I'm looking forward to more good things to come."
NASCAR SPRINT ALL-STAR SHOWDOWN
SAM HORNISH (No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger) "We were just too free. We were really tight in practice and just kept trying to free it up to make it turn a little bit better in the center of the corner. We just went too far. The last run that we tried in practice was too free and again too free for qualifying. We're just struggling a bit with this new spoiler. We're trying to figure it out. We've got some more work in front of us for sure. Hopefully, we'll get it figured out for the race. You never know what can happen in these shootout-style races."
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