Charlotte: Kurt Busch post qualifying interview

KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) -- Second "Today we were really excited with our draw (next to last) and it was fun to have a chance to go for the pole. Sitting up on the trailer watching other drivers struggling with the hot ...

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

"Today we were really excited with our draw (next to last) and it was fun to have a chance to go for the pole. Sitting up on the trailer watching other drivers struggling with the hot temperatures and watching the sun come in, and heading out there when it was nice and cool definitely takes a little weight off your shoulders. You feel like the car is going to be more underneath you and you can be more confident with the car. With the speed we ran last week I thought we had a good shot at it. It was good to see the Penske cars 1-2. This is a big achievement and we're proud of doing that no matter what the order. If Newman is on the pole or if we're on the pole, it just feels good we're both on the front row. It gives us both a great starting spot obviously and a great pit selections. We know we're going to be in the pits because of the hard tire whether we do two tires, four tires, none, gas only, you name it. This is a great start to our weekend and we're happy to qualify second.

"It's our objective and our goal each and every time we go to the racetrack, not just Charlotte, to bring success to Penske Racing. For him to be able to do the double in one day, win both races, that would be an outstanding achievement. I had a glimmer of hope earlier this year that he won in Motegi and he flew back to Phoenix in time for our Cup race. How many other car owners have the opportunity to race half way around the world in one day and have a shot in victory lane? The guy is incredible. It's a pleasure to work for him and long term I hope to being the championship to Roger Penske and to do it in NASCAR.

"That's always been the tough thing I've noticed since I moved from Ford to Dodge, to get this car, no matter if it's the Dodge Avenger or Dodge Charger, it doesn't seem to want to run for the full distance. We're always trying to balance it out and make sure we're using the four tires evenly. That's always been a tough task no matter what car you drive. We had a good qualifying run tonight and we'll just try to stay open minded and upbeat about what we have to do in Saturday's practices to make the best out of our 400 laps. It's tough starting in the daytime and ending at night. You can't just have one setup that will do both.

"It's good to see a lot of hard work pay off. We've definitely had our nose buried in the books trying to bring up more ideas. It feels good that the two of us communicate and keep that open line going. Have him go earlier than us and have him tell us exactly what his car did it was great to have that confidence. Going out later, I thought we had a great shot at the pole. We're on the front row and that's just as good and it's good to have that communication."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kurt Busch , Roger Penske
Teams Team Penske