One Question: Daniel Knost
TRM: So, you’re going to be Kurt Busch’s crew chief next year.
DK: I guess so.
TRM: What do you know about cars?
DK: Well, I’m learning, that’s for sure.
TRM: Has Tony helped you at all?
DK: He told me to go down to the Gen dealership and look at the 6 model, but, Haha, there ain’t such thing. So, no, he hasn’t been any help at all.
TRM: So what have you learned?
DK: Lots, actually. Like, you put the gas in on the driver’s side. You know how you go to the gas station sometimes and you’re like, “Aw, man, I’m on the wrong side!” Well, that shouldn’t happen to us, ’cause I wrote it down. *holds up legal pad*
TRM: Uh huh.
DK: And those little metal screwy things that keep the tires on, they actually have a name. They’re called lugnuts.
TRM: Mm hmm.
DK: So if you’re listening to me on the radio during a race, you might hear me say something like, “Kurt, come down pit road so we can take the lugnuts off and put new tires on,” or, “Guys, let’s get those lugnuts tight,” or something like that.
TRM: *stares at him* Wow.
DK: I know! It’s a lot to learn. Like, you gotta know math to do fuel mileage. That’s gonna be like studying for my GED all over again. You have to know about weight. So I might just put all the decals on one side of the car, depending on if we’re turning right or left that weekend.
TRM: You’re amazing.
TRM: What do you think it’s gonna be like working with Kurt.
DK: I know he’s coming from a small team, so he’s probably new, so I’ll probably have to coach him a lot and tell him how to drive.
TRM: Really? Tell him how to drive?
TRM: And what would you tell him?
DK: I dunno. If he’s having trouble, I might tell him to drive like Jimmie Johnson.
TRM: You’d say that out loud?
DK: Jimmie’s pretty good, just seems like a good idea.
TRM: Good idea, deathwish, same thing I guess.
TRM: Do you have a backup plan in case things don’t work out?
TRM: You should get a backup plan in case things don’t work out.
DK: You think things may not work out?
TRM: I think things may not work out.
"Fight For Four" - Annalee, March 27, 2012