Charlotte: Kahne, Sadler - Dodge Saturday interview

KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger) "This is the best we've been in a practice session in awhile. I feel good about it. We made a qualifying run and a lot of race runs and felt we were close to the 29. When you can do that you're...

KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger)

"This is the best we've been in a practice session in awhile. I feel good about it. We made a qualifying run and a lot of race runs and felt we were close to the 29. When you can do that you're usually pretty good. We'll see what happens. I definitely think we've got a top 10 car and from there the track is going to change a lot. You'll need to keep up with it and also need to have a car that can run when the track changes like that. Nobody knows right now, but I think we've got a top 10 and if things go our way maybe better. I followed the 29 and 16 and between those two they looked real good. I'd say we're going to have to beat those two.

"We're just trying to make our stuff better with the right air pressures and stuff you can change, getting more downforce and just trying to get all we can, but I don't know about basics. Basics were years ago. Nothing is basic any more.

"We've been a little bit off everywhere. I wouldn't say we're terrible anywhere, but we've been off everywhere and when you are it's tough to run in the top 15. The last three weeks we've been a car capable of 15th-20th. We've made some changes trying to make them better. Things are getting better. We'll see how this weekend goes, but I think we've definitely been making progress.

"We've been testing everywhere. The guys have been working tons and tons of hours at the shop whether it's engineering or guys hanging bodies or building the chassis. We're just behind a little bit, but it's getting better. The priority is to run good, no matter where we're at. This weekend we're in Charlotte. It feels good to know you can go fast here. You know what you did last year. You can look at those notes and try to help yourself. I think the track has lost some grip from what we had last year, but it's still similar everywhere else.

"You're going to see a lot of two-tire changes this weekend. You're going to see people taking just gas on a short fuel window and leave the tires on the car. You'll see people put tires back on late in the race that they ran earlier in the race. Everybody's car works different. Stickers might work for someone and not for another guy. It's all over the place. You don't know what set of tires you're going to get, whether they're going to turn good or turn bad. You've got no idea, so it's just kind of all over the place and you hope you get the right set with about 50 miles to go. I'm happy with what's going on. We're trying to get better. The biggest thing is trying to figure out the tires. You never know what set you're going to get, so that can send you for a loop at any time.

"Just being up front in practice the other day made everybody feel better. It's little things can help a lot. To run up front in the 600 would mean a lot. That would give our group a lot of confidence and a lot of momentum going into Dover and on down the road."

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ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger)

"I think this afternoon you scuff your tires and just get your travels right. You see how your engine is. I don't really think you can fine tune your racecar this afternoon. I think you've got to leave that for tonight's practice. Tonight's practice is the big one. I think some guys might even skip the first practice. I think it's useless. We haven't been on the racetrack in a day. What are you actually going to learn this afternoon? My job as a driver is to go out there and not freak out. We're not going to be racing under these conditions at all tomorrow. We'll just go out there and scuff some tires and get everything else prepared for tonight's practice and go from there. Jimmie Johnson and Chad really understand this track a lot. They know what it takes to be competitive here. You have to change a lot from day to night, so right now we don't need to worry about fine turning. We'll fine tune it tonight. We think we know the changes to make, so we'll see how it goes."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jimmie Johnson