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YOU’VE HAD FAST CARS ALL YEAR. TALK ABOUT YOUR OUTLOOK FOR SUNDAY’S RACE AT MICHIGAN “Our qualifying lap was close. Carl Edwards went out early and posted a number that was right in the range that we thought we could run, and we came up just a bit shy with a little tightness in (Turns) 1 and 2 and maybe I was a little loose getting into (Turn) 3. When you’re splitting hairs like that, and you come home second and it’s like, ‘no worries’. We could have made a lap like that and come home 15th or so. So, it’s great that we are transitioning into this phase of the season. This team has done a tremendous job back at the shop with the shaker rig, the pull-down rig; tying that into the wind-tunnel notes. There are a couple of guys working on this car that are just doing a phenomenal job; better than I’ve seen at a lot of places with the combination of speed. And it’s cool because in our team de-briefs afterwards, we can honestly all look at each other and not have to sweep any information under the rug. We can all understand what led to what and why we didn’t deliver a better performance. And it’s just great to be on the same page with all these guys. It’s just a good feeling. To be on the front row four times this year; it’s all happened since Texas. It was like that race there just turned the switch on for us, and it’s been a great ride. So we’re just going to keep rolling. To be second, that’s qualifying, now we’ve just got to step into the race and that’s where we’ve got to close the deal. We haven’t been as strong as we’ve needed to be in the last section of the race, like after the last pit stop or with two pit stops to go, that’s where we have to find a little bit more improvement. But otherwise, these Furniture Row guys are phenomenal, and we’re knocking on the door.”
YOU WERE CLOSE IN QUALIFYING. HOW CLOSE DO YOU THINK YOUR SET-UP WILL BE FOR THE RACE? IS IT AS EQUALLY CLOSE? “We’ll have tomorrow morning to shakedown this general set-up tomorrow. And at 9:30 in the morning, it’s going to be so fast it will be hard to get a perfect read. Because on Sunday, the checkered flag is going to drop at 3:30 or 4 o’clock on Sunday and that’s when we need to find a little bit more speed. And so we’ll have another set-up change to give the car tomorrow morning, and then we’ll decide from there what we’re going to run the second practice with, and really hone in on it. So we have a nice procedure and it’s a good game plan.”
HOW MUCH DO YOU FEEL YOUR TEAM’S ASSOCIATION WITH RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING HAS HELPED THIS IMPRESSIVE RUN THAT YOU’VE BEEN ON OF LATE? “Well, it’s vital to be teamed-up with a big program to know that they’re working behind the scenes on all the speed that they’re trying to find. And then it bleeds over with the things that we have found and have distributed to Richard Childress Racing. So you always hope there’s that nice two-way street. And everybody at RCR has been rooting us on and we’re there trying to push them and there are new things that we’re bringing to the race track and each of the teams are working on little things. They consider us a fourth car. And so it’s great to have those teammate notes, so to speak, with (Kevin) Harvick and (Paul) Menard and (Jeff) Burton. That way I can look at notes and understand things quickly. When it comes down to more of the engineering-side, and those guys being able to communicate, and it’s the alliance that we have. It’s what we pay for. And it’s great to see it work.”
LOOKING AT SUNDAY’S RACE, WOULD QUALIFYING ON THE POLE BE ANY DIFFERENT FROM STARTING SECOND? “Well, there is always the feather in the cap and the morale boost that it gives you. And when the road guys are done with their job and they turn it over to the pit crew guys, those are the guys that we need a little bit more from right now. And if we could have been in that first pit box, that would have helped with our overall pit road speed time. That way you don’t have to accelerate out of your pit box to go and trigger that line to lock yourself in that position. So, we’ll still find a great pit box with our pit selection, but that’s really the biggest difference. Outside-pole, inside-pole, Carl (Edwards) will choose outside or inside. We won’t know until the warm-up laps on what lane we’re going to be in. So, the front row is the best spot to be. And the first pit box is even better. So we just came up a little shy on that. But overall, to be up front and to have clean air on our car early in the race will be a definite benefit.”
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Kurt Busch was fastest in both of Saturday's practice sessions for Sunday's Quicken Loans 400 and got the added bonus of different weather conditions during each warm-up.
He turned the day's only 200 mph lap on a warm Saturday morning and turned in a 197.368 fast lap during the overcast final Sprint Cup period.
"We obviously feel good about our car after being...
So far in 2013, Kurt Busch has been knocking on the door to victory. Now, he might be ready to kick it in.
Busch, driver of the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet SS, will start Sunday's Quicken Loans 400 from the outside pole next to Carl Edwards. It will be Busch's third front-row start in the last five NASCAR Sprint Cup races and in the last seven races, the 2004 series...
DENVER, Colo. – Kurt Busch, who is in the Chase hunt, feels his Furniture Row Racing team is on a momentum roll as the Sprint Cup Series heads to Michigan International Speedway for Sunday’s running of the Quicken Loans 400.
Following his seventh-place finish at Pocono Raceway, Busch moved into 15th place in the driver standings and found himself only 21 points from the coveted...
Defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski says Penske Racing and Roush Fenway Racing are reluctant to share information on their Ford cars this season because Hendrick Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing steal information. “What keeps it from going too far is the fact Hendrick and Gibbs have this nasty little
BROOKLYN, MI – With qualifying speeds topping the 200 mph mark at Michigan International Speedway, Kurt Busch powered his No. 78 Furniture Row Racing/Seta Chevrolet SS to a front row starting spot for Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race. With a speed of 201.879 mph in 35.665 seconds, Busch was the second fastest qualifier in the 43-car field and earned the outside...
Carl Edwards has topped qualifying for the first time this season with a lap of 202.452 mph at Michigan International Speedway on Friday.
Edwards was given the pole in May at Talladega as well, but that was because qualifying was rained out and the field was set by practice speeds. He's second in the Sprint Cup standings.
Kurt Busch was second in qualifying, followed by Kasey...
Team: No. 99 Fastenal Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Jimmy Fennig
Primary Chassis: RK- 854 new chassis
Backup Chassis: RK – 826 last ran in Texas
Edwards at Michigan: Edwards will make his 18th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Michigan International Speedway Sunday. In his previous 17 starts, Edwards has two wins, nine top-five and 13 top-10 finishes. His average start at Michigan is...
Chevrolet drivers have won 26 of 87 races at Michigan International Speedway. Wins by active drivers are:
Kurt Busch, No. 78 Furniture Row Racing/Serta Chevrolet SS, has two (2) victories at Michigan International Speedway (’03 & ’07)
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Time trials for the Quicken Loans 400 offered Ford Racing a glimmer of hope when Carl Edwards posted the fastest speed in qualifying on Friday.
That momentum all but disappeared following Saturday's Happy Hour.
It's not that the No. 99 Fastenal Ford had run off the rails. Early in the session, Edwards posted the fifth fastest lap (195.721mph) that held until the end of...
CONGRATULATIONS ON GETTING THE POLE AND QUALIFYING FOR THE ALL-STAR RACE NEXT YEAR. TALK ABOUT THAT LAP OUT THERE TODAY. “I was about to start lobbying to see if you would let me drive the pace car or something in that race. That is like our third or fourth pole of the season and it is nice to finally get my picture taken with Miss Coors Light. First I have to thank the guys that...
Carl Edward’s is on the pole for Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Edwards had a lap speed of 202.452 mph. It is Edwards first pole of the 2013 season.
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Kurt Busch led the way with a lap of 35.829 seconds in the second practice for the Quicken Loans 400 from Michigan. Rounding out the top five was Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson, Paul Menard, and Mark Martin.
Furniture Row/Sealy Chevrolet
Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway was full of both excitement and disappointment for fans and drivers alike. Greg Biffle, driver of the No.16 3M Ford Fusion for Roush Fenway Racing took home the trophy capturing Ford Racing’s 1,000 career victory, while drivers such as Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Jeff Gordon dealt with some bad luck at the 2 mile oval...
Carl Edwards won the pole for Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400 from Michigan with a time of 35.564 seconds. Kurt Busch, Kasey Kahne, Paul Menard, and Aric Almirola round out the top five starting positions. The only driver who did not make the event was Scott Riggs. The event will be live on TNT at 1 PM EST.