KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger) CAN YOU TALK ABOUT YOUR TEAM'S MORALE THIS WEEK? "It's been good all week. You know, testing and doing some things to get ready for the races. Everybody is excited. The shop was really excited this...
KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger)
CAN YOU TALK ABOUT YOUR TEAM'S MORALE THIS WEEK? "It's been good all week. You know, testing and doing some things to get ready for the races. Everybody is excited. The shop was really excited this week. It's a good thing. We won some races. It's good."
CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THE GOLF TOURNAMENT FOR AUTISM YESTERDAY? HOW WAS YOUR SWING? HOW WAS YOUR GAME? "The golf tournament was great. It was for a great cause in Autism. My swing was alright at times and not so good at other times, but it was a lot of fun. I enjoy golf and I enjoy doing it for autism. It was a good tournament. Tournaments like that for that are what it's all about."
ARE YOU NASCAR'S HOTTEST DRIVER RIGHT NOW? WHAT IS THE MANTALITY LIKE RIGHT NOW? "Well we've won the last couple races, so yeah, we have a good team and some good racecars. We're going to keep working hard and I'm going to keep trying to finish up front, make the Chase and stay in the top 12. It feels good."
CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THE CHANGE IN THE LANDSCAPE OF THE GARAGE OVER THE LAST YEAR? THE TOP TEAM AT THIS POINT LAST YEAR WAS HENDRICK AND NOW IT SEEMS THAT PEOPLE HAVE CAUGHT UP? "Yeah, I don't know. It's always like that a little bit in racing. It's up and down. Hendrick is still right there. Dale Jr. has been probably the most consistent car all season, or one of them. So they are right there, they just aren't as strong as they were last year compared to the field because everybody has stepped up. I think everybody has spent more time on the COT car and just got it better and better. It's more competitive now then it was last year at this time."
ARE YOU MORE COMFORTABLE NOW ON THIS CAR THAT YOU HAVE DRIVEN IT A FEW TIMES HERE LAST YEAR? "We should be. I think the biggest thing is just having the right setups and things and that's what we've had the last few weeks. The setup and how your car goes around the corner is what it's all about. It's definitely much better now then it was a year ago at this time."
WHAT DID YOU THINK ABOUT THE PENALTIES TO THE No. 66 AND No. 70? "Yeah, they just don't want you to mess with it. They don't want you to mess with the wings, bodies and chassis. They have certain things and that's the way they are -- don't mess with them. If you do then you get in a lot of trouble. They're stiff and that's how things go. They've proved over the last year and a half not to and at some point they'll just keep going up until it stops."
CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THE ADJUSTMENT OF GOING FROM ASPHALT TO CONCRETE? "It's not really that big of an adjustment. You have to have a good racecar. You have to get your racecar to do the right things and that's what the crew chiefs and engineers do. As a driver asphalt and concrete don't feel that much different."
WAS THE TIME AT POCONO TIME WELL SPENT? "Yeah, that's a tough track. Three different corners and long straight-aways. The way you get off the straight-aways is going to be a real big deal in the race. That's a good place to test and a really good place for us. We learned a lot over the last couple days there."
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON HAVING SO MANY TESTS EARLY IN THE YEAR AND THEN YOU WON'T TEST AGAIN UNTIL CHARLOTTE? "I could care less. It doesn't matter. That's like saying I shouldn't have been voted into the All-Star race -- who cares? There is a rule you can get voted in and I got voted in. That's the way it is."
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