Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 97 Rubbermaid Taurus, was involved in a pit road accident during Thursday's second Gatorade 125 qualifying race. Busch clarified what happened before Friday's practice session at Daytona International...
Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 97 Rubbermaid Taurus, was involved in a pit road accident during Thursday's second Gatorade 125 qualifying race. Busch clarified what happened before Friday's practice session at Daytona International Speedway.
KURT BUSCH - No. 97 Rubbermaid Taurus:
CAN YOU DESCRIBE WHAT WAS GOING ON AS YOU WERE ABOUT TO ENTER PIT ROAD? "The bottom line is there was radio miscommunication. People were walking over one another when we were discussing whether to pit or not. I wanted to do one thing and Jimmy wanted to do another and the message never got relayed to me. I made the decision, obviously too late, to commit to pit road. I wasn't trying to pass everybody on the pit road entrance, we just had a miscommunication on whether to pit or not. We couldn't pit with the 54 because he was in the pit behind us and that would have delayed us getting in and having the possible risk of missing the draft. So I had to pit with the leaders and I committed too late because Jimmy said I needed to pit the next lap. That's why I made that generic statement after the race of saying there were a lot of incidents that led up to the final outcome because that's exactly what it was. We were just unsure about pitting and it was a case where the radios all walked over one another. The spotter was trying to relay the message, I was wanting to know, and Jimmy was telling us what to do. The bottom line is that Jimmy said to pit on that lap, but I never heard him. You won't see miscommunication like that in the 500."
Mark Martin, driver of the No. 6 Viagra Taurus, hit the wall on the final lap of Thursday's second Gatorade 125 and was forced to go to a back-up car for Sunday's Daytona 500. Martin, who was the fastest Ford in Friday's lone practice session, spoke about today and what forced him into his backup.
MARK MARTIN - No. 6 Viagra Taurus:
HOW ABOUT TODAY? "I've had the brightest day of Speedweeks since qualifying. We were pretty good in qualifying, but the race track keeps getting slicker all the time and that's playing in our favor. Handling is starting to get to be more important and we've got a good setup that will work the race track pretty well. Things are starting to head in our favor just a little bit, but we'll keep working. We've got another day to work, yet."
WHAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY TO FORCE YOU TO A BACKUP CAR? "We had a tire rub from a fender bender late in the race and the sidewall rubbed through. Our backup car isn't as good, but it's OK."