KURT BUSCH, Raybestos Rookie --97-- Sharpie/Rubbermaid Taurus (Finished 9th) DID THE TRACK CHANGE FOR YOU TODAY? "It didn't change as much as we thought. We struggled a little bit in happy hour yesterday with a broken valve, so we basically...
KURT BUSCH, Raybestos Rookie --97-- Sharpie/Rubbermaid Taurus (Finished 9th)
DID THE TRACK CHANGE FOR YOU TODAY? "It didn't change as much as we thought. We struggled a little bit in happy hour yesterday with a broken valve, so we basically lost our happy hour. We spent the first hour of the race as happy hour, just throwing rubbers in and making shock adjustments. This car was gonna finish 35th if we didn't work on it and I'm really proud of the team and the way the Sharpie/Rubbermaid guys kept their focus. The pit stops and making all the adjustments we made, I mean we went wholesale. It was just like going shopping at Sam's Club. It was terrible, but, luckily, we were able to come home with a ninth-place finish, which is awesome, and backed up our finish at Chicago with a top-10."
"It was very touchy with the situation that we had with the shocks and springs, and with us running a new type of car that we ended up wrecking. It was hard to adjust to that. Today, we just kept stepping out of bounds on what we were supposed to be adjusting on and that's how we ended up spinning and getting that awful run off of four. It was things that I've learned throughout the race that helped us, yet the whole weekend was just kind of an up-and-down rollercoaster, which is just like our season."
WHAT ABOUT TRACK POSITION TODAY? "Track position is everything. The Goodyear tires are gonna last forever, so it's hard to make them work, but you have to maneuver around it. You have to take what's given you and work with it, but I think we did an awesome job making the changes that we did. We went wholesale on it and ended up getting a jump on the 10th through 15th-place cars on that last restart, which enabled us to get a top-10."
WHAT WAS IT LIKE OUT THERE -- SURVIVAL MORE THAN ANYTHING? "I knew it was gonna be a case just like that. Usually, inaugural races are quicky-dry 500s and you've got to get through all the wrecks and you've got to make sure you position correctly when the restart drops." WHY IS THAT? "Nobody has a consistent base for a setup. It's very edgy and you're unfamiliar with the circumstances that each race track gives you. Once you go and get some repetition, and all these veterans have that repetition at the other places, so that's why it's so edgy on me on inaugural race tracks."
ARE THERE THINGS TRACKS CAN DO TO HELP WITH THE GROOVE? "I don't mean to brag, but Las Vegas did things correct. They had that track built in 1994 and the first Cup race was 1998. There was four years of races -- with trucks, with Busch, with IRL and with all the different types of races that they had on that race track, it was groomed and ready to go. That's why we saw five-wide racing for the first time."