Fontana: Kahne - Friday media visit

KASEY KAHNE -- No. 9 Budweiser Ford Fusion YOU'VE BEEN IN THIS POSITION BEFORE. LAST YEAR YOU CAME OUT OF DAYTONA 29TH AND THIS YEAR YOU'RE 30TH. HOW DO YOU FEEL COMING INTO THIS WEEKEND? "I was disappointed with last week and it took me a ...

KASEY KAHNE -- No. 9 Budweiser Ford Fusion

YOU'VE BEEN IN THIS POSITION BEFORE. LAST YEAR YOU CAME OUT OF DAYTONA 29TH AND THIS YEAR YOU'RE 30TH. HOW DO YOU FEEL COMING INTO THIS WEEKEND? "I was disappointed with last week and it took me a couple of days to recover just because it's the Daytona 500. You get so excited because we had such a good Bud Shootout and 150 that I had a lot of high hopes, and that kind of got blasted with a couple of laps to go. It took a couple of days to get over it and now I'm happy to be here in California. I'm looking forward to it and know we're gonna have a really good car here. We've got a great team and I'm excited to try out that Roush Yates engine."

I WOULD IMAGINE THIS TEAM ISN'T PUSHING THE PANIC BUTTON BECAUSE IT'S A LONG SEASON, RIGHT? "Yeah, and early in the year it really doesn't mean much because you can make or break points so easily. I feel like we're sitting just fine because there are actually a lot of guys that will finish in the chase around me, which makes me not really worry much at all. We just need to get things rolling and finish up strong the next couple of weeks."

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT WHAT YOUR CAR WILL DO THIS WEEKEND, HAVING TESTED HERE A FEW WEEKS AGO? "We still have the same team and we still have Kenny Francis and Keith Rodden and they come up with a lot of the things we do, so I feel like we'll be real similar car-wise. I think we're gonna have a benefit with the Roush Yates engines, and, other than that, we'll be real similar to last year."

YOU HAVE THE OLYMPIC COLORS ON YOUR CAR AGAIN THIS WEEK. HAVE YOU BEEN WATCHING? "I've been watching every night. The Olympics have been great. Our Olympians are doing awesome and have won a lot of golds and been in the medals a bunch, so it's been fun to watch. I always get caught up in the Olympics, whether it's the Summer or Winter Olympics when they're going, and it's neat to have them on our Budweiser car and show our support to all the U.S. Olympians."

IS THERE ANY SPORT YOU'VE WATCHED THAT YOU THOUGHT WAS REALLY UNIQUE THAT YOU HADN'T PAID ATTENTION TO BEFORE? "I like pretty much everything because you can get into every part of it. Whether it's the snowboard and Shaun White and how awesome he is or figure skating it's all pretty good, and it's all exciting. It comes down right to the end and they're all first class. It's awesome to watch."

-source: ford racing

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