Kansas: Kahne - Dodge Friday interview

KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger) NOTE: Evernham Motorsports Dodge Chargers driven by Kasey Kahne, Elliott Sadler and Scott Riggs were first, third and fifth fastest, respectively, in the morning practice session at Kansas ...

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

NOTE: Evernham Motorsports Dodge Chargers driven by Kasey Kahne, Elliott Sadler and Scott Riggs were first, third and fifth fastest, respectively, in the morning practice session at Kansas Speedway. Kurt Busch was sixth fastest in the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger.

WHAT WERE YOU THINKING LAST WEEK AT DOVER WHEN YOU WERE SITTING ON THE TIRES WATCHING THE RACE? "I was mainly watching Elliott. He and Scott were running pretty good at the time. I was watching them and seeing where everybody was in the points. It was something for me to do. I didn't have anything else to do. I wasn't going to go work on my car. Plenty of guys were doing that. It was kind of like nobody would let me go for a little while. I had to wait around. I was disappointed, but at the same time I was seeing what was going on out there and waiting to get back in my car."

WHAT KIND OF SHOT DO YOU HAVE TO CATCH UP? "I think we have a all right shot. If we do things like I know we can, like my team has done all year long, this team can definitely come back. We just need to win and run up front. I think we can do that. I think these guys can do it, but we've got to start stepping it up. You don't know what's going to happen. As long as we do our job the best we can, we'll be happy about that."

COMMENT ON THE REMAINING TRACKS "You never know what's going to happen. It's an up and down sport. All the tracks are tracks where we can run in the top five. We'll try to gain back some of the points we've lost."

IS THIS YOUR WINNING CAR? "Yeah, it's won five other times. It's a good car."

WILL YOUR SUCCESS ON THE OTHER INTERMEDIATE TRACKS WORK HERE? "Chicago and Las Vegas are similar to this track. We ran good at Las Vegas, but not at Chicago. We had to make some changes and tried to figure it out. We'll find out today and tomorrow in practice, but I think we definitely went in the right direction from where we made the mistakes earlier this year at Chicago."

HAVE YOU TESTED THE NEW DODGE NOSE? "I haven't been able to. I'd like to start testing when we know for sure what's going to happen. The new nose will happen, but we haven't had time to test it yet. Hopefully it will help the car handle a little better in traffic. That's probably where we struggled the most, where the tracks are really, really hot."

IF YOU WIN A FEW MORE RACES THIS YEAR WILL YOU FEEL LIKE IT'S BEEN A GREAT SEASON? "I feel like it's been a great season now with five wins. Seven or eight would be unbelievable. As much good luck and as many great races as we've had this year, we've just had some bad races, too. It's not anything anybody else has done. We've all worked really hard. We just haven't had the breaks that maybe the 17 has had or some of these other teams have had, but we've had a great season."

DO ALL THE TRACK COMING UP FAVOR YOU? "I think all the tracks we go to can favor us. We've shown we can run good at all of them except maybe the road courses, but other than that, I think we're pretty good about everywhere we go."

ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO TALLADEGA? "I always look forward to it. I always enjoy racing there. Being three and four wide is a lot of fun, but you don't look forward to not being in control of what happens. You can gain a lot of points there."

EIGHT CARS ARE IN FRONT OF YOU. WILL THEY ALL HAVE TO HAVE TROUBLE TO GET BACK TO THE FRONT? "Yeah, but we've got eight races left and that's a lot of racing. With engines and cars, things happen, whether it's in the pits or on the track. There's definitely time to make up points and for one of those guys to have a bad race. If everybody has one bad race, then it's about who scores the most points the rest of the way, and I think we can do that. I know 182 points seems like a lot of points and it is, but we're just going to do our best the rest of the way and see what happens."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Kurt Busch , Scott Riggs , Kasey Kahne