KURT BUSCH PRESS CONFERENCE "It was a wonderful day at Roush, just to come from the back of the pack like we did. We started 16th and spun out on the first caution to avoid a wreck and just dug every lap and on every pit stop. The ultimate job...
KURT BUSCH PRESS CONFERENCE
"It was a wonderful day at Roush, just to come from the back of the pack like we did. We started 16th and spun out on the first caution to avoid a wreck and just dug every lap and on every pit stop. The ultimate job was turning the left-rear to help tighten us up because I was junk when the green flag dropped on those new tires. I just wanted to keep running and running when the tires got old. I didn't want to pit."
HOW WAS IT WORKING WITH BEN TODAY?
"Ben Leslie did a great job today adapting to what I needed in the car. We transferred the information back quite quickly too, so we were able to make the adjustments before we came into the pits. He was very versatile on sticking with the 6 car setup and the 17 car setup, so that helped us out. It's great to have the Roush organization to lean on every now and then. We positioned ourselves down the back straightaway to go under Gordon into three and he wiggled up and I was underneath him and the outside draft just came like a freight train with no brakes and it was just going by me. It was lucky that we could scrap out a top-five and it feels great to be the top finishing Raybestos rookie this time."
WHAT ABOUT THIS FINISH WITH A NEW SPONSOR YOU ANNOUNCED TODAY?
"It's great. It's wonderful to give them this opportunity to come and join the Roush organization. To have Sharpie/Rubbermaid and a pretty car -- I'm done with this white-out stuff. I'm glad we went out with a bang and, hopefully, we can put some results together through this tough string of races. We've got Martinsville coming up and Talladega, I've never even been there. I'm not even gonna test there, but, hopefully, I'll just stay on the outside and stay out of everybody's way."
WHAT ABOUT ANY AERO-PUSH?
"You talk about aero-push -- you drive a truck around this race track you'll see an aero-push. It was a walk in the park for me today."
HOW HAS YOUR TRANSITION BEEN FROM TRUCKS?
"Really, the transition between Cup and Truck is the aerodynamics. It's a big challenge to run these type of setups on the race cars. Now with the Trucks, you could get away with anything you wanted. It was more like a late model or southwest tour-type car that I was familiar with. These Winston Cup cars, I was probably influencing my crew chief (Matt Chambers) on the wrong decisions to make all the time and we were just kind of backing ourselves in a hole. The car, even if it did one death wiggle, we were done. Today, we were crossed up a few times showing our door number to a couple people, but we were driving out of it and able to work with it. That's what that comfortable feel is with the Winston Cup car. I told them that this was a top-five car and that hopefully we would finish there and we did."