Dover II: Kurt Busch - Dodge Friday interview

KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Avenger) COMMENT ON KASAY KAHNE DRIVING FOR BUDWEISER "Things develop over time and I think people are selective to change when things take time to develop. The way Rusty Wallace led Miller Lite for so many ...

KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Avenger)

COMMENT ON KASAY KAHNE DRIVING FOR BUDWEISER "Things develop over time and I think people are selective to change when things take time to develop. The way Rusty Wallace led Miller Lite for so many years. Not one guy is going to replace Rusty with the same impact Rusty had developed with the Miller Brewing Company the past 20 years.The same thing falls into place with Dale Jr.leading that other beer company as long as he did, I think since the turn of the century, so it's going to take Kasey some time to develop into that guy and the fans to look at him as that guy. I think in time it will balance out. He definitely is one of those quiet shy guys.with probably the loudest sponsors there is. It looks a bit different than my situation but winning races and running for championships that's what people want to see and ultimately that's what 's more important."

IS THERE AN ADVANTAGE NOT HAVING A TEAMMATE IN THE CHASE?"I look at it as an advantage. If you have a bunch of teammates and they are all gunning for the same thing and that's the championship everyone is going to run their basic setup and there's not a program within the group for research and development in 2008. That's where we have Ryan Newman developing completely different setups, trying to gather as much information as we can in a race atmosphere. We also have Sam Hornish Jr. running some races, trying to get some starts. Hopefully he's going do that this weekend so it's good we can gather round some information. Even out on a short track or even at Talledega drafting having a partner that's pushing you and they're only worried your finish"

HOW MUCH DID LAST WEEK HURT? "It was a bummer that was had carburetor failure to where it only allowed the front half of the carburetor to open up. Basically we ran with a two-barrel instead of a four-barrel. We were running in the top three at the time son that was a good change when we were back there in July. We made advancement with the Miller Lite Dodge It could have been worse. It could have been a lot worse. To finish 25th with that problem we feel like we Dodged a bigger problem and that would have been 40th or so with everybody running at the end, so it's definitely a tough hit. We're only 100 points behind and we've been in bigger holes this year."

HOW'S TEAM MORALE? "No panic issue. We just hope we do better at The Monster Mile this weekend. We could use a break here and there, but you can't count on breaks. If we keep doing what we've been doing we'll be all right."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Rusty Wallace , Kurt Busch , Ryan Newman , Sam Hornis