Loudon II: Kurt Busch post qualifying interview

KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Avenger) ""All in all I thought it was a good effort from the Miller Lite team to put our Dodge third. It helps us picking pits. We should have a good pit box selection from that. And then, just working the...

KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Avenger)

""All in all I thought it was a good effort from the Miller Lite team to put our Dodge third. It helps us picking pits. We should have a good pit box selection from that. And then, just working the first stages of the race, track position will hopefully help us lead a lap early on, grab those five points. We'll see how the race shakes out. We could have a really good Dodge Avenger or one that just does the things we need it to do except there might be a couple guys quicker than us; all in all a good start to the weekend.

DO YOU EVER THINK YOU ARE OVERDUE FOR A BAD DAY?

"I have thought about that Jimmie Johnson at Lowe's for years now. I read a stat that he's got a 1.3 average finish Lowe's Motor Speedway. I make 1.3 laps before I am loose and not handling good. Sometimes you think you're overdue and then other times you hope you just keep riding the good way. For us, it's just been a night and day difference, it hasn't just been a couple races that we ran better or just had better pit stops. It's been a nice ten week stretch and I hope we can glue together another ten week stretch running though this chase."

IF IT RAINS TOMORROW DO YOU WORRY ABOUT THE TRACK BEING GREEN ON SUNDAY?

"That's an interesting question. In 2004, the year we won the championship and won the race here at New Hampshire, practice was rained out on Saturday and we had a good setup from the July race that helped us. So, the cars that are fast in practice today and were fast here in July if practice is rained out expect more of the same from those same cats, the No. 24, the No. 1, the No. 48 was fast. And, we've made a significant gain since then so I am really excited about this weekend's race and how it could play out for us. we feel like we got 90 percent of our homework done today and we still could use a little bit of track time tomorrow to troubleshot a couple ideas."

IS THERE A BIG DIFFERENCE IN YOUR'S AND THE TEAM'S MENTAL ATTITUDE.

"It has felt a bit different since we've been running better; but, at the same time we had to work really hard to get into the Chase. We weren't guaranteed a spot until about 50 laps to go at Richmond. And, so that mindset of hoping you don't have a motor failure or have loose lug nuts and have to pit and loose all your track position carries on your mind. So now we've had a chance to press the reset button. The points are zero again and it just feels like a wait has been lifted off your shoulder and now you go charging ahead to shoot for a championship. When races are going good you just hope that you can keep riding that wave, like earlier."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kurt Busch , Jimmie Johnson