Indianapolis: Kahne post-race interview

KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger) -- Finished 2nd What were you thinking when you were leading and Tony took the lead? "We were really trying to free our car up. When it went green he was a lot looser than I was and ...

KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger) -- Finished 2nd

What were you thinking when you were leading and Tony took the lead?

"We were really trying to free our car up. When it went green he was a lot looser than I was and that's when I drove by him. And from there we were working on fuel mileage. We were real close. Once that caution came out, everything was good. Just the tires cooling off tightened Tony's car up a little bit and it tightened my car up a little bit, and my car didn't need to be tightened because it was perfect before. I just pushed off all four corners after that and just couldn't get the runs down the straightaways."

What is like to watch Tony celebrate at the Brickyard?

"It's great for Tony. I've heard that he would give up his Nextel Cup for a win at the Brickyard. I mean this is a place that he really wants to win and he's wanted to win for a long time. He's from here and has a lot of fans here. It's a track filled with history and that's what Tony likes. It's awesome to run second to him here. If you've got to run second, it's good to run second to Tony for his first win here. It's a big win for him. I would have loved to win the race but we just didn't have it there at the end. I think if I could have held him off through one and two we might have been all right in the clear air, but I'm just not sure. He was really good at the end."

What did you think of the line Tony was running at the end of the race?

"He was running that line when I was catching him before I passed him earlier. He was just trying to break the draft. My key spots were turns one and three and Tony was breaking my draft down the straightaway so I couldn't be close to him to pass him in those areas. He held me off for about five laps when my car was a lot better than his, so that shows that Tony Stewart knows what he's doing."

Do you look at Indy as your home track and can you talk about the support you get here?

"This is definitely the closest racing home that I have after living here for three summers. I did a lot of racing here. This is where I moved from Washington when I graduated and raced out of Indianapolis for three years. This is definitely a great place for myself. Really, I remember growing up watching the Indianapolis 500 before the Brickyard 400 was even here, then watching the Brickyard 400. This has always been a track that I've wanted to win at and now we've raced here twice and had two top fives. It's been good to us, but it will be nice when we do get that Brickyard win."

What makes you so good here?

"I don't know. I guess you can learn a lot about watching certain race tracks and watching certain drivers at race tracks. I've learned a lot from Tony by watching him here in the past, watching Jeff Gordon here, and even Bill Elliott. But, from there it's driving for Ray Evernham. He's given myself, Mayfield and Bill last year great race cars. We've always been real close to the top 10 for all of us. We made a lot of good calls yesterday in practice, Tommy Baldwin did, and we made some more today. Just having good people and a good race team, I think our Dodge Chargers are getting better. It's probably the best that it's been all year this weekend. We just hope to keep improving them from here."

What strategy did you and Jeremy have to deal with Tony?

"If Jeremy was up there and running with us maybe we could have done something with some sort of a draft, even coming out down the straightaway. But, it's so tough to do that. I think myself and Tony had the two best cars at the end of the race and nobody else was close enough to work with. I just tried to stay behind him and get as good of a draft on the straightaways as I could and try to get through the corners."

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bill Elliott , Jeff Gordon , Tony Stewart , Tommy Baldwin