KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge) Finished third, giving the Raybestos Rookie Leader finishes of second, second and third in the past three races. Kahne stands fourth in the series standings after the first four races. "It was a...
KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge)
Finished third, giving the Raybestos Rookie Leader finishes of second, second and third in the past three races. Kahne stands fourth in the series standings after the first four races.
"It was a good day for the Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge. This should help us keep our momentum going. We've got to be more consistent through the race. The last two weeks we've dropped off during the middle of the race. We fight back at the end and get everything going, but that's the only thing that's going to make us better. To get that win, I think we've got to run a little better through the middle part of the race.
"I wasn't part of last year. I was part of watching it and watching what Bill and Jeremy did at the end of the year. I just jumped in a great situation, and I've got a lot of great people to work with. Tommy Baldwin (crew chief), I get help from Jeremy and Bill and Ray Evernham. We have a great race team, and I just jumped into a great situation. I can't wait until Darlington.
"I knew our car was better than that. We had been really, really good all day long. We just got so loose I couldn't go to the throttle and I couldn't race anybody. It's the same thing that happened at Vegas. We got too loose and couldn't race anybody in the center part of the race. I wanted to move up and race with Jeremy and Dale Jr. at the end. Tommy Baldwin made some good choices at the end of the race and the pit crew made a great stop. We got four spots on pit road that final stop. It was an awesome stop.
"I scraped (the wall) twice, once off four early in the race and towards the end once off turn two. I think I was between Jimmie Johnson, about three or four of us were battling and I hit it again. I didn't hit it too hard, luckily. I was a little nervous a few times hitting the wall. You don't want to do that.
"It's really a big boost, not just my confidence but the whole team's. We all had a lot of high expectations of things we were going to do this year, but nobody knew if we could actually do it or not. I think it keeps building confidence for all of us, and mine is as high as it's ever been in stock cars.
"Yesterday during practice, I battled for five or six laps with Rusty Wallace. Bill was watching from the top of the trailer, and he helped me. He said I would have been able to pass Rusty sooner yesterday and also today. Things happened all day long that Bill told me about yesterday, different situations we got in that helped me pass cars. Bill has always got something to say that if you listen it will stick in your head.