|Kyle Busch looks to get back to victory lane and solidify|
his Chase chances. Busch currently holds the final wild card
spot for the 2012 Chase.
Do you think you have a good chance to make the Chase?
By Steve Pouliot - 29 August 2012: “I would certainly like to think we can make the Chase and we’d have the opportunity to do so, but that’s all we can do. I can’t sit here and tell you how much we deserve to be in the Chase or anything else. Atlanta hasn’t been one of our best tracks, recently, but this team is going to work hard this weekend to change that. If we can have a solid run with our Doublemint Camry, we can look toward Richmond, where we have a good record and hope we can get into the Chase. It’s either going to come or it’s not. It’s that simple.”
Are you happy with how the team running is running right now?
“We’ve been really fast – we’ve had fast racecars, which I’ve been excited about. Dave (Rogers, crew chief) and the guys have done a really nice job of putting together some good stuff. It’s just that stupid things keep happening. We made the most out of last weekend at Bristol even though we didn’t hit it there like we have in the past. All we can do is control what we can and hope things fall into place for us the next two races.”
Is your preparation different for a night race?
“For me, yeah you prepare a little bit differently. It’s a night race, so it’s not so hot. You don’t have to do as much as you might for a day race with cooling and everything inside the car, but it still will be a warm one, for sure. For me, it’s just about the whole week ahead of time. You’ve got to stay hydrated and make sure you keep yourself from cramping up or something like that. With the hot weekends we get out here, that could certainly be a challenging aspect. I’ve done it before and I’ll probably still do it again.”
What does it take to be successful at Atlanta?
“It takes a lot of things. You have to have a lot of grip, you have to have a lot of downforce, you have to have tire management, a great engine, and fuel mileage, too. There are a lot of circumstances it can come down to at the end and what it will boil down to.”
What are your memories of racing in Atlanta?
“I’ve won a few Truck Series races there. That was fun. I have not won a Nationwide race there. I finished second three or four times, so it’s been an Achilles heel for me, I guess. The Cup races there, I’ve either been really good or mediocre or really bad. There have been times where I’ve been really good throughout the event. I don’t know what it is, but I just can’t seem to keep the grip in my car for the long haul, as long you need throughout a run. I’m really fast for the first five, eight laps. But, after that, I seem to slip more than anyone else.”
What challenges does the day-to-night format present at Atlanta in the Sprint Cup race?
“Certainly, we practice all during the day, so the daytime practice is easy for the beginning of the race, but how the racetrack picks up speed and certainly gets faster throughout the night and, of course, the balance can change a little bit. With the speed getting faster, certainly the loads change a little bit for you, so you have to be conscious of that. The crew chiefs are good at what they do and that’s why they get paid the big bucks – to try to figure out what best suits the cars for nighttime, because that’s when the race ends. Certainly, you want to be good at night.”
What did you think of the speed at Atlanta the first time you raced there?
“My first time there was 2003 in a Nationwide Series car and it was definitely fast. It’s all relative. You run the same speed around everybody and it really doesn’t feel that fast, so it feels like you do anywhere else, whether you’re at Las Vegas or Chicago or Kansas or any of those places.”