Sears Point: Pole winner interview

Kurt Busch won his second pole of the season and gave Dodge its fifth No. 1 starting position in the past six races. Dodge leads all manufacturers with eight poles in 2006. KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) Immediately ...

Kurt Busch won his second pole of the season and gave Dodge its fifth No. 1 starting position in the past six races. Dodge leads all manufacturers with eight poles in 2006.

KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger)

Immediately after qualifying lap

"There's a little bit of Rusty in this car, but there's a whole lot of Roy McCauley. We've been getting pretty close on it, but this is a decent lap for us. If we don't get the pole that's all right. It's a good starting position for our Miller Lite Dodge. Everybody has been working hard. The team communication continues to grow and this is nice. It was a nice, solid run today and we kept it on course. That was big. I think I can turn left and right, but there's probably 15 guys out here that can do better than I can do and then we've got the road course ringers. I really enjoy going left and right. Sonoma is fun.

Watkins Glen not as much, but if we can do better at Sonoma maybe it'll help us at Watkins Glen. I enjoy them (hired guns) coming over to our series and what's really scary these guys continue to develop and get better. Pruett has been with the same team a few years. Fellows has been with the Tide Ride and Boris is running different cars. He's positioning himself to get in the right car, so it's interesting how things are working at the road courses these days. I think we've got a good shot at getting a good starting spot. With Gordon slipping and us beating Robby and Boris so far, there's going to be somebody that pops in there though. I'm not getting my hopes up. I think this is a pretty solid race team. Rusty has done real well with this car, and I think the fuel mileage here is a key issue. This team has done it beautifully the last two years with getting a top-five finish out of fuel mileage. Rusty can drive. If I can drive half the candle that Rusty held, we'll be all right. I think I drove a conservative lap. I did slide the front tires in turn 11. I got in there decent, but it gave me a decent exit. I kinda diamonded the corner instead of driving through it, so we'll see how it ends up. You're so nervous when you drive a road course you overdrive the car every corner. You take it easy when you do your lap and it feels like it turns out better."

After winning his second pole of the season

"It feels good for our team to win a second pole, first on a road course for me. Roy McCauley has a lot of creative ideas in this car. I wanted to take 'em all out on my first few laps, but we worked on it. It's given us a great starting position. We're going to work on the car tomorrow. We've got a lot of good cars behind me. We don't have Ricky Rudd here this year and Rusty. I finished third to Ricky last year, and I'm in Rusty's car now. It's going to be hot Sunday, and I think everybody should be having some Miller Lite instead of wine out here. We'll get the No. 1 pit box, and I think that pays dividends at a lot of places, this being one."

-dodge-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kurt Busch