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Subway Fresh Fit 500 Post-Race Transcript An Interview With: KURT BUSCH - 3rd THE MODERATOR: We are joined by tonight's third place finisher of the Subway fresh fit 500, driver of the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Kurt Busch. Kurt, tell us about...

Subway Fresh Fit 500 Post-Race Transcript

An Interview With:
KURT BUSCH - 3rd

THE MODERATOR: We are joined by tonight's third place finisher of the Subway fresh fit 500, driver of the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Kurt Busch. Kurt, tell us about your run tonight.

KURT BUSCH: Big Dirk is always good with numbers: This was our 300th start, qualified third, finished third, ended up third in points again, nice, solid night for our Miller Lite Dodge and our team heading into Talladega. I think this is where the points start to settle in, if you can get through Talladega without any serious mayhem.

But for us worked on the car and made great adjustments. Kudos to my crew; they did a solid job on pit road tonight. But I was the one that made the mistake out on the trap. A lapped car had fresh tires and we had old tires, and I got the car in the fence on turn four and it bent up the suspension because there was concrete inside the wheels. That's when you have a pretty good hit, and so I felt like I took our chances away at competing for the win.

But to battle back to third, that's a great effort from this team right now, and the way that our season has gone, just nice and steady. I'm just pumped up. I thought that was an excellent day for us.

Q: You raced with Mark Martin at Roush Racing. Can you just tell us what he means to this sport? Just throw it out there.

KURT BUSCH: That's a great question, because all night long I was thinking: What would Mark Martin be doing right now, how does he drive his car? Set up notes were going through my mind of the times Mark and I drove together; how loose he liked his race cars, how loose I liked mine and how similar we drove when we were teammates. And I felt like, how am I going to beat this guy right now, how am I going to compete with beating Mark.

And the guy has been at the top of his game for 30 years in this sport, it's unbelievable to watch, or however many years he's been in. If I'm halfway as competitive as he is when I'm in my 50s, that would be an accomplishment, because to finish behind him, it's easy for anybody to do because he is tough right now, and to see them at Hendrick, it's like last week at Texas, Jeff Gordon had never won at Texas, had been strong all year; the stars aligned. I think that's what happened with Mark this weekend. To sit on the pole and win the race, those guys are strong right now.

I did think about it all throughout the race; what would Mark be doing right now? How would I catch him being the same guy as him?

Q: How did the track handle, how did it change from day tonight and how did you deal with those changes with the car?

KURT BUSCH: I felt like we started the race on the tight side, and then we were having trouble putting the power down off turn four when the sun was out. I ignored how loose the car was on power down because I felt like that would go away with the sun setting, and it did, but we were a bit on the tight side, and so I had to loosen up the race car. When I did that, the crew got me out in front, we left some laps out in the lead and felt comfortable up there.

And about lap 200, that's when we were at our best, track was at full night, car was handling great, and just felt like we were out of adjustments at that point and we needed 112 more laps; if we were going to make the car run, we had to make the car wide and got beat by a couple of strong cars tonight, but it felt good to run up there.

Q: Can you imagine racing when you're 50 years old? That's like 22 years from now.

KURT BUSCH: That's a long time. I'm going to have to start hitting the weights and getting into a Mark Martin work out regimen.

My dad bought me a book called Strength Training by Mark Martin when I was a kid, and that's when I was

TONY STEWART: Four years ago?

KURT BUSCH: Yeah, four years ago (laughs). And I was like, man, this guy is built like a brick you know what. And it's cool to see him out there running strong. The guy turned his life around after he ran ASA, jumped in with Jack and spent his whole life running through the center of the corner racing hard, and now he's got the whole package and running the straightaway well. He's a tremendous individual and legends of our sport. He's definitely going to put a championship run together.

Q: What was it called?

KURT BUSCH: Strength Training.

-credit: nascar

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Kurt Busch , Mark Martin