KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 M&M's Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Starting Position: 2nd How do you feel about your qualifying run? "We just put together a solid lap. It wasn't a great lap, but it was a good lap. These guys do great job on this M &...
No. 18 M&M's Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Starting Position: 2nd
How do you feel about your qualifying run?
"We just put together a solid lap. It wasn't a great lap, but it was a good lap. These guys do great job on this M & M's Camry. Got to thank Steve (Addington, crew chief) and all the guys that worked so hard over the off-season. These are our struggle points right here -- Phoenix, Loudon (NH), and Martinsville. We felt like we gained a little bit -- not a lot -- but a little bit here today that shows something that maybe we've gained for tomorrow."
Are you happy with your car?
"We're pleased with it. The M & M's Camry was decent today. It wasn't great, but it was decent. Steve (Addington, crew chief) and the guys made adjustments to it for qualifying. I think we have a pretty decent race car, too. I'm looking forward to it. It's hard to beat that 5 car (Mark Martin), especially with that old man behind the wheel. A special day for those guys. Hopefully we'll go into tomorrow and have a good, solid effort. We've been working on these flat tracks. We've struggled -- these have been our Achilles heel. Hopefully, Phoenix, Loudon and Martinsville we've made some gains this weekend."
How much of the success here depends on horsepower and how much is handling?
"There's a lot of both. You have to have good horsepower -- actually good torque in your engine -- because to get up off these corners you're in such a low RPM you have to have a motor that will pull you through those RPMs. And then get up into the high RPMs and have that horsepower that carries you down the straightaway. There's a whole aspect of things. You got to be able to have a car that turns good in the center, and you have to have good brakes here so you can get in as deep as you want and still be able to get the car slowed down for the center of the corners. It's a game for sure and there's a lot of aspects to it. It's not as easy as it looks."
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