Loudon II: Kurt Busch post-qualifying interview

KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) -- 3rd "It was a surprising lap. I'm ecstatic that we were able to qualify third today. It might sound funny coming from the leader in poles, but we went with a completely different setup, something...

KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) -- 3rd

"It was a surprising lap. I'm ecstatic that we were able to qualify third today. It might sound funny coming from the leader in poles, but we went with a completely different setup, something that we weren't even concerned with qualifying. I just hope it shows speed in the race as well, and that's what we need to work on. We all know that company wide, and it feels good to be third with this unique setup."

COMMENT ON YOUR BROTHER KYLE

"He's got a great position with what he has right now with fast racecars and a mature team and everybody working together well. He's poised for a great run in this Chase. The thing I've told him all along is that patience will overcome your inexperience. I hope he continues to stick with that pace because what wins a championship is still consistency. No matter how many wins you get during The Chase, there's still the consistency key that helps you win the championship. We haven't talked yet, but I've got a couple of cool things for him right before the race on Sunday. I think that's the best time to let him know."

COMMENT ON IMPORTANCE OF QUALIFYING

"There's plenty of reasons to qualify. The most important reason is to sit on the pole and have track position when the race starts. That's one of the key ingredients to doing well in the race. It helps you with bonus points whether you want to lead a lap and gain those five points or if you've got a good car go for the most laps led. Starting up front helps. The pit road box you get to pick before other guys do. If you're a mediocre qualifier, 25th or 30th, there's not many good pit boxes left. Sometimes you have to pit around fast guys who always pit ahead of you or come in behind you. You can't maneuver or gain spots on pit road. There's many of reasons to qualify. This year has been good to me in qualifying. We've just got to work on the race a little bit. "

ARE YOU ALREADY WORKING FOR THE 2007 CHASE?

"Sure, the setup in the car today is very foreign to me and to our company. We had a great run through the mid part of the summer with some great ideas, but it just didn't materialize like we needed it to. We start off the races strong but our point is where we struggle after the first or second pit stop. The car just gets very, very loose. We're trying some out of the ordinary things to get a jump on last year. Plenty of guys missed it last year that are in The Chase this year because you get an extra 10 races to work on it. We're taking that philosophy. It's something you look forward to each and every day when you're behind because every day will bring you something new when you're trying to find something."

HOW MUCH CAN YOU WORK ON THE CHARGER IN THE LAST 10 RACES WHEN YOU KNOW YOU'RE GETTING A NEW NOSE NEXT YEAR?

"We've got a couple of cars built and they've shown very positive signs on the new nose and new tail for next season. Right in the mix of that we're working on the car of tomorrow to try to get it dialed in. We're also trying to work on our main program which is going to be driving regular Chargers for these 10 races trying to develop a setup that will lead us into next year. Our plate is full. It's something where we think we can get ahead by not having to focus on running for points in every race. We can really go all out with testing as well. From here on out there's 10 races and we've got about 10 tests scheduled as well with car of tomorrow, with this car and with our new car as well. Busy plate, busy time ahead of us at Penske Racing South."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kurt Busch
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