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Kurt Busch Q&A: Sprint Cup driver talks team changes, racing at Texas

Kurt Busch's career has taken some eye-opening turns, with the former Sprint Cup champion now driving for his third team in less than 12 months, hoping to close the season strong in the No. 78 car for Furniture Row Racing.
by Scott Wright Published: November 2, 2012
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photo - Kurt Busch waits in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 auto race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Luke Brodbeck) ORG XMIT: MIPS102
Kurt Busch waits in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 auto race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Luke Brodbeck) ORG XMIT: MIPS102

There are some details that transfer, but it's still different. It's almost like you wish there were 36 hours in a day right now. You're just trying to cram, like you're studying for finals. But you still have to break away, so you don't weigh yourself down too much. Sometimes, you can get too anchored in what you've done in the past. You have to adapt to the future.

What are your goals with Furniture Row as the season closes?

The goal is to get the unknowns taken care of. Todd Berrier is a great crew chief and we're working on our communication. Team communication is the biggest thing. At the shop or at the track, people have to be able to read each other. These races give us the chance to operate as a team without any consequence.

How much has the Chase changed since you won the first one back in 2004?

The Chase changed the game dramatically. It took a couple years to see a pattern. It created the regular season and the group of races for a playoff, so suddenly, you could have a mediocre season, but win a couple races and get yourself in the playoff, and then anything can happen.

There's definitely strategy to each of the changes, and the teams that come out on top are the ones that adjust best to those changes. For instance, you can't test leading up to certain races. So the April race at Texas is that much more important, so that you can gather information to be prepared for the November race.

You won at Texas in 2009. Is it a track you enjoy?

I like Texas. It's big and fast. You've got to work on the car setup to be able to handle the aerodynamic and mechanical side, because it pushes you on both. It can be tough to balance both of those, so it's important to be prepared.