Kurt Busch's Dodge Win Pole at California KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge) -- Pole winner "These guys are wonderful. Rusty gave us a good setup to start with and we took it from there. Roy (crew chief McCauley) took it from there. I've ...
Kurt Busch's Dodge Win Pole at California
KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge) -- Pole winner
"These guys are wonderful. Rusty gave us a good setup to start with and we took it from there. Roy (crew chief McCauley) took it from there. I've never gotten many poles, so this is a great way to start with a great bunch of guys. Thanks Miller Lite. Our Dodge was fast today and hopefully it can be fast on Sunday. I'm very happy. I've had that in me for so long. I tried to keep things in, but I'm so happy to drive for Roger Penske and this group. Now I get to let everything shine and hang out. We're having fun now.
"I'm ecstatic. This is Friday, and I'm fast. Normally this is Ryan Newman's day today. I'm happy we got a pole. That puts us in the Shootout. We're learning. We're new together. We'll see what we've got on Sunday for all the rest of the boys.
"It stuck. I drove it in the corner really deep and I wasn't quite getting everything I needed out of it in practice. We made some changes. I told Roy what it was doing. He said 'don't worry about it. Let me makes these changes and we'll see what we get.' I know these cars usually qualify well. That's the Penske MO. We'll see what we can do on Sunday."
It was a great lap for the Miller Lite Dodge. We started out with a package Rusty gave us and polished up on it a little bit. We hope it sticks. We'll see what we get.
"I've had to step up to the level of (crew chief) Roy McCauley and these guys. This is an established group of guys. They won a ton of Busch races last year with Ryan Newman. We know Newman is fast on Fridays. I'll just try to hang with what they give me.
"Nobody got down after last week's finish. We think we jelled as a team very well. We started off strong, but maybe we faded at the finish. Hopefully we can bounce back this weekend strong. A real good California run will help balance Daytona and then we've got a week to think about it. It takes a little bit of time. I'm so excited. We did a great job today.
"I hope once we understand more about this '04 car it'll help us build a better overall car for what we need for Dodge. I won the championship in '04. That's an easy number to remember for me. We tested the '04 against the '05 at Vegas. The '04 ran with more adjustments that could be made to it. Both cars were the same speed for me, but the '04 has more room to play. I'm along with the program. Don Miller is hands on and Matt Borland has much more experience with Dodges than I do. Newman has got a great instinct, and I'm going to follow that.
"It's just a matter of fine tuning for each track. There's more difference between the two Dodge cars right now than there is the Ford and this Dodge. Lots of things going on. I'm just driving and happy to be here. We'll give you more answers later. Getting the car off the corners is going to be the key to winning here, full throttle off turn two. Making sure you stay on the right pit sequence is important. I've lost a race and won a race here because of the last pit sequence. Are you going to take 2, 4 or stay out? It takes 500 miles to get in position and then you have to make the right call for the last pit stop.
"For a team that's new, we're just feeling each other out and getting comfortable. Everybody wants to win Daytona. There's only one guy that's happy when we leave and that's the winner. California is really where the season starts."