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2014 Pocono: Kurt Busch NASCAR Sprint Cup Post-Qualifying Press Conference
Posted by: ASkyler on Jun 06, 2014 - 07:20 PM
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2014 Pocono: Kurt Busch NASCAR Sprint Cup Post-Qualifying Press Conference


KURT BUSCH, NO. 41 HAAS AUTOMATION CHEVROLET SS - QUALIFIED 2ND

POST QUALIFYING PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT:

YOU GUYS WERE FAST OUT THERE. IT SEEMED LIKE ALMOST EVERYBODY BROKE THE TRACK RECORD. TALK ABOUT YOUR RUN AND JUST HOW CLOSE YOU WERE TO THE POLE TODAY

"We came here with a new approach and to try to get out front ends to settle into the race track a little better. And this track can lead into finding some comfort with how smooth it is from the repave. I was really surprised that we had the speed for the pole today on just our first attempt at trying something a little different. So, it’s great to cash in. To be in position and advance through knockout qualifying is something that we’ve don’t this year, but we haven’t positioned ourselves for a pole run in that final grouping of 12. Those final 12, you’ve got to be spot-on. And after I made my lap, I felt like I left a little change on the track in Turn 1, a little pocket change. So, to come this close to the pole shows our car’s got some speed in it and hopefully that will translate into race day."

 

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DID THIS FEEL LIKE A MINI VICTORY BY HAVING SUCH A GOOD QUALIFYING RUN. YOU WON HERE IN AUGUST 2007. IT’S A DIFFERENT AND TEAM, BUT THIS IS STILL YOU. IS A WIN WELL WITHIN YOUR GRASP?

"The outside pole is great and it’s good for all day long on your starting position, your race sequence and your pit box selection. Our crew chief will get a nice pit box selection and that will help us with ease and congestion on pit road. And then as the race progresses, we just have to make the right changes to the car. I’m glad we were able to apply something new to the car this weekend and to see a good result right away. It’s not a big victory or a small victory. It’s just nice to confirm a change on the car and see it go the right direction."

DOES HAVING A GOOD QUALIFYING RUN LIKE THIS GIVE YOU MORE CONFIDENCE GOING INTO THE RACE ON SUNDAY?

"Yeah, it always helps. If you don’t get the pole, it’s bitter sweet. But at the same time, the sweet side of it is that the car has speed in it. We’re going to be up against that No. 11 (Denny Hamlin, pole winner) and the No. 2 (Brad Keselowski) and it looks like the No. 24 (Jeff Gordon) is quick and our teammate (Kevin) Harvick and (Tony) Stewart, those guys made the final grouping. Speed and qualifying usually translates to race day and we hope to hang onto that. It’s our job to manage it on the No. 41 Haas-Automation Chevy now."

YOU’RE ABOUT 13 RACES INTO THE NEW SEASON WITH A NEW CREW CHIEF, A ROOKIE CREW CHIEF AT THAT. WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR RELATIONSHIP HAS BEEN WITH DANIEL KNOST SO FAR THIS SEASON

"It’s been great with Daniel to watch his growth and to see him come up through the different challenges that come to a crew chief. I’ll never know all the things that his been through but I can see the progress that he’s made and just his overall confidence and how he’s able to direct orders to the team and how he is able to absorb my feedback and to then take the next step where I think he can be better is delegating more work. Daniel likes to do everything himself. And in this game, there is so much work that has to be done with templates and car set-up and shocks and springs and sway bars. He has to rely on the talent of the guys around him and that he’s positioned himself with. So, that’s our next step is being able to allow the crew members to know that we’re going to grab another gear during these summer months and advance as a team together. It hasn’t been the results that we’ve wanted so far, so we all know we can work better and harder and we’re going to make this No. 41 car faster."


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