DAVID STREMME (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Charger) NOTE: Stremme posted the fastest lap of 190.106 mph in Saturday's Happy Hour at DIS. "We ended up making some changes today and we were really good. We didn't run 100 percent in the 150....
DAVID STREMME (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Charger)
NOTE: Stremme posted the fastest lap of 190.106 mph in Saturday's Happy Hour at DIS.
"We ended up making some changes today and we were really good. We didn't run 100 percent in the 150. We were there to get it tuned in and save the car for the 500. We got our race motor in this morning, and it's really good. We elected not to practice yesterday. We just went over things and got set for Sunday. The car is handling better yet. I'm really looking forward to Sunday. The main thing Thursday was to just see who we could work with on Sunday. We've got 500 miles and that's a long race. We've got to take care of it.
"I learned a lot last year working with some of the guys at Talladega. Staying in line and working with them instead of jumping around a lot seemed to really pay off. I see a lot of guys jumping around now and they've been racing awhile. You need to team up with someone and get to the front and put yourself in position to win at the end. Then everybody can try to win. We just want a solid finish here Sunday and then get ready for California."
YOU WORKED WELL WITH JEFF GORDON SUNDAY. DO YOU THINK HE'LL REMEMBER THAT? "He helped me at the beginning of the race. It's just a matter of who is in front of who. I gave him a real good push down the backstretch. I was just hoping he'd find a hole. We elected not to pit. We stayed out on old tires, and the car could still run wide open. We just needed to get the car to turn a little better, and I think we've done that."
WERE YOU PLANNING STRATEGY WITH MONTOYA? "His garage stall is closer to mine. Reed is on the other side, so it's a little further to walk. We're just talking about his car. We were telling him what we'd done to my car to get it to turn better. He had a fast car in the 150. We're going to have a team meeting now and go over some stuff and then just relax."
HAVE YOU GOT THE TIRES FIGURED OUT? "Yes, the tires are really good. We did some changes on the front end and the car is a lot better. What I really like is the car drove from the back to the front. We haven't been able to do that in the past, and the guys have really worked hard on it. I think we're strong on old tires, too. The main thing is take care of our stuff, be there at the end and try to win. I've always liked drafting, from day one. We've had a lot of fun. Last year they didn't know exactly what I liked in the cars, but we've worked together and I think we've got a pretty good setup."
ARE YOU COMFORTABLE IN THE DRAFT? "The main thing is for 500 miles you want to ride. Even in practice there I was getting a little edgy and just backed out. You'll see that Sunday. I was testing to see if my car would go back to the front. You don't want to put yourself in a bad position. You just want to survive the 500 miles and get a good finish."
KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger)
COMMENT ON HAPPY HOUR "We're real confident the car will run stronger than it did in the 150 and that's a pretty good indication of where we want to be. We feel like we're in the top five. We've got a couple of strong Dodges with us. This motor feels a little peppier. It feels like we've got more rpm when somebody is running beside us in the draft we're able to break through easier. If you have four or five cars catching up to the big pack those guys are going to post the big numbers in practice. (Practice times) don't mean much. A few fast guys are toward the top, and you've got to look at the lap count, too. We feel pretty good. You don't count your chickens before the eggs hatch, but if everything continues to run as smooth as it has all week for our team, we'll do our jobs the best we can on Sunday and see what we get. I think (Kyle Busch) and I have a great connection, and I also have that with my teammate Ryan Newman. A few other of the strong guys are willing to work with us, so I'm not worried about finding someone to work with. We'll see how the race shakes out. You get to the end and hope you're in position."
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