KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) YOU'VE HAD SUCCESS AT MIS BEFORE, IT'S GOT TO FEEL GOOD TO RETURN AND RACE HERE? "This is definitely one of the marquee events on the Cup Series schedule just because of the fact that it's very close...
KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger)
YOU'VE HAD SUCCESS AT MIS BEFORE, IT'S GOT TO FEEL GOOD TO RETURN AND RACE HERE? "This is definitely one of the marquee events on the Cup Series schedule just because of the fact that it's very close to Detroit and all the things that are going on behind the scenes with the auto manufacturers. There's quite a bit of bragging rights you get when you win here and that you get to carry on through to the next race or even next year. We're always pushing hard to get Dodge in Victory Lane and it's more special out here at Michigan International Speedway.
"For us, just a nice solid run is what we're looking for. This race isn't one that is in the Chase, both are summer races. They're important. They're fun. It's going to be exciting with the double-file re-starts here at Michigan because of the fact that there are three, four lanes to choose from on restarts. It should be even more exciting. I think NASCAR was smart implementing the double-file restarts at Pocono and here at Michigan. Next weekend (at Sonoma) will be really tough, but we'll see how things progress. Overall, I'd give it a good grade."
CAN YOU EXPLAIN THE PROCESS OF GETTING YOUR CAR BETTER THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND? "The biggest thing is to utilize practice time in the best way that you can. Without testing this year, when we show up at these race tracks, I feel the best thing for us to do is to knock out a few odds-and-ends items that you wouldn't normally run at a specific race track like Michigan. We'll try this or try that and then settle in to our normal changes that we would work on with our Miller Lite Dodge and try to dial it in on the high lane, low lane; there's so many lanes to choose from here at this race track that they handle differently. You're keeping an overall perspective on how to work through practice trying to finesse through big changes at the beginning, then the smaller ones at the end of practice and then fine-tune it. Then as the race progresses, the track rubbers in and the low line isn't preferred, but you have to go down there to make some decent passes and make sure that your car runs on long runs because fuel mileage always pops up here in Michigan. Finally, with the double-file restarts, you're always going to have to pay attention how quick your car takes off on fresh tires because you're going to be stacked side-by-side with guys that you're racing for position instead of having lapped cars down there."
AFTER YOU WIN A RACE, DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU HAVE TO BE EVEN MORE OF A SALESMEN ONCE YOU GET OUT OF THE CAR? "It's great to hold the position that we're in. On the NASCAR side of things, we feel honored that Dodge is involved and we're out there carrying a very large banner for them. And when we do win, we always hope that there is that cliche 'Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday'. It's that statement of the fact that Dodge is our supporter; we won with that car over and over and repetition is always the best way to get your message across. Yesterday, I had a golf outing with Mike Accavitti, he is now President and CEO of Dodge. He was the director of our racing program and so that makes us feel confident that they moved the racing director to CEO of the Dodge brand. That gives us comfort to know that we're moving forward and doing the things behind the scenes that makes sure the racing program is true to selling cars."
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