Pocono II: Kurt Busch post qualifying interview

KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger)Starting 2nd in Sunday's Pennsylvania 500 "I felt like we really hit our marks well out on the track. We got into the corners hard, it stuck pretty good and ran a good lap time. I thought there might...

KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger)Starting 2nd in Sunday's Pennsylvania 500

"I felt like we really hit our marks well out on the track. We got into the corners hard, it stuck pretty good and ran a good lap time. I thought there might be somebody that would sneak out there and get it. So you never know if you got it in the bag until the end. If it would have rained out qualifying we would have been bumped all the way to 14th. To be outside pole is great and gives us the chance to be towards the front. Track position is very important at Pocono. We're happy to be outside pole and have a shot to get those elusive five points for leading a lap. Big picture is what we're racing for right now."

WHAT IS IT ABOUT FLAT TRACKS THAT SUIT YOU SO WELL?

"I like the way you have to drive into a flat track corner and feel all four tires underneath you. You don't have the banking to help make the car turn so you've gotta make it turn; get back to that old school feel where you get with the crew chief and talk about race setup, changing springs and bars. Sometimes banking helps the car turn really well, but on a flat track you have to do it all on your own."

THE PENALTY FROM DOVER AND GETTING INTO THE CHASE

"That's what everybody will write about if we don't make it. To me, I feel like there have been circumstances out on the track where, like a Phoenix, we were running top five, got caught by a late yellow right after we pitted and finished 18th. That was kind of a bummer. I think Dale Jr. was caught in that same boat, where we both had fast cars and finished in the high teens just do to a weird caution. Texas, we had a chance to win it, had the same thing happen and ended up finishing 12th. So, there have been times where we've let quite a few points get away from us. Hopefully, the 100 that happened at Dover won't come into play. We're racing each week nice and steady just gathering points and being consistent. That is going to be the key going down the stretch."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kurt Busch