KURT BUSCH - No. 97 Crown Royal Taurus (Finished 3rd) Press Conference DID THE SUN COMING OUT AFFECT THE TRACK? "I was hoping that it would stay overcast. We went with a bit more aggressive setup to try to corner at some of the high speeds...
- No. 97 Crown Royal Taurus (Finished 3rd)
DID THE SUN COMING OUT AFFECT THE TRACK?
"I was hoping that it would stay overcast. We went with a bit more aggressive setup to try to corner at some of the high speeds a little better, but the sun always pops out here. You can count on the clouds burning off and just the way that this track always greases up, you've got to have a setup that will run through the day and that means it has to be a little bit different at the beginning than it is at the end. We were hanging in there. We just missed it by a little bit, so we'll take this knowledge to Watkins Glen and check it out."
WHAT ABOUT GOING OFF COURSE BRIEFLY TRYING TO CHASE DOWN TONY EARLIER IN THE RACE?
"I saw a window up. Tony Stewart might talk about it, but his ignition box failed going through turn nine and it looked like his car shut off and then he got going again. That was the closest that I was to him all day, so I took an extra chance to go into turn four deep, hopefully, try to make up some time and then go underneath him in turn seven. That seemed to be where we passed most guys. I just got in there too hot. The rear end started chattering, which is axel hop, so I had to abort the plan and get back in line. You try not to over-drive it too much, but those are corners where you can over-drive it and get away with it because there's asphalt run off, instead of dirt."
THOUGHTS ON ROAD COURSE RACING.
"You have to race each and every race as if it's a new week and we've been successful on the road courses in the past. We just hadn't found our niche yet and this was a great run with the team and the pit strategy and for Crown Royal, of course. It's just a matter of going out. We've got a good group of tracks coming up and it's the same kind of stretch we had last year, where we had to go through some turmoil and some bad things. I was just getting caught up in wrecks and we got that out of the way early, so here comes our stretch again. Where we are in points is irrelevant. It's just a matter of putting together consistent finishes and that's the fun thing and I hope we're able to do that."
TALK ABOUT THE POINTS SHUFFLE TODAY.
"It's just this point in the season nobody has really had a good group of consistent runs and a group of guys haven't been able to stretch out. It's real tight. I think I was 100 points out of third coming into today and my little brother, who was 18th in points, was 100 from me. So you can't look at where guys are, if Gordon is out and Junior is out and some guys are in. It's just how many points are they behind that guy in front of them and watch them put some good runs together."
DO YOU TRY TO PROTECT YOUR SPOT IN THE STANDINGS?
"There's no reason to try to protect. You can't do that. You have to race your car. If you've got an eighth-place car, you try to finish eighth with it. If you're on the outside looking in going into Richmond, you better have tested there to try to make sure that you get your way in. There are all kinds of scenarios to look at and I think we're still sticking with our plan. Hopefully, everything unfolds for us again with making the chase in an appropriate position and then saving our tests and attacking the final 10."