KEVIN BUSKIRK (Crew Chief, No. 19 Stanley/Best Buy Dodge Charger) TOP 20 IN THE FINAL PRACTICE SESSION TODAY, WHAT DID YOU LEARN IN PRACTICE? "We were fortunate to unload a really good racecar today. We changed some tape configuration, ...
KEVIN BUSKIRK (Crew Chief, No. 19 Stanley/Best Buy Dodge Charger)
TOP 20 IN THE FINAL PRACTICE SESSION TODAY, WHAT DID YOU LEARN IN PRACTICE? "We were fortunate to unload a really good racecar today. We changed some tape configuration, camber....we had a plan with our computer simulation on how we wanted our car to pull down, so we had a pretty good combination when the car hit the track. We didn't have to mess around too much with the shocks. We fooled around with some carburetor stuff and we think that we're about as fast as we're going to run. I have a little bit of tape to work with tomorrow morning, but that's about all we have to change on the car."
WHAT IS THE APPROACH HEADING INTO THE SHOOTOUT (TONIGHT) AND THE DUELS NEXT THURSDAY? "The Shootout and the Duels are super important because they end up being a test session for the 500. That's just the way it works. If I had some more history here, maybe I could apply some special information for the shorter race, but it all comes down to a few things. Does your car get loose around other cars? Does your driver know how to draft good? That's what it comes down to and the more track time I get with Elliott (Sadler), the faster I will be able to make the changes that he's comfortable with inside the racecar."
HOW BIG OF A LEARNING CURVE HAS IT BEEN FOR YOU THIS WEEK? "It's been a really steep curve to be honest with you. So what I try to do is take a look at it as this is what we have and this is an area that we can improve on. I'll take some notes and before we head back to California, I'll lay all those out, talk to our engineers and get a plan going forward to improve our speedway program for the next time we go to a speedway race."
MIKE SHIPLETT (Crew Chief, No. 43 McDonalds Dodge Charger) HOW WAS YOUR PRACTICE SESSIONS TODAY? "We unloaded and the car responded pretty good. We tried some different attitudes, spring packages and bump stop packages...kept working through it...and just put the best of everything together for our last run. Overall, I'm pretty pleased with where we're at.
HOW MUCH GRIP IS OUT THERE ON THE TRACK RIGHT NOW? "I don't think that there is as much grip on the track as years past because of the lack of testing that usually takes place in January. The track's pretty green and it threw us for a bit of a loop in the Shootout practice last night."
WHAT IS THE APPROACH FOR TONIGHT'S BUDWEISER SHOOTOUT? "It's really an extended test session. We're going to try some stuff to get us ready for next Wednesday and Thursday. We're starting with a certain setup and have plans to change some things around during the first break in the Shootout. From there we'll just try and make our McDonalds Dodge better and hope to have a car good for the last 50 laps."
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