Michigan II: Kahne - Dodge Friday interview

KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger) COMMENT ON THE CHASE "If we run as well at the upcoming four tracks as we did earlier in the year, we're not going to need anybody to screw up, we're not going to need anything to go wrong.

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

COMMENT ON THE CHASE "If we run as well at the upcoming four tracks as we did earlier in the year, we're not going to need anybody to screw up, we're not going to need anything to go wrong. We're just going to make it ourselves into The Chase. I think we can do that and the rest will be over with."

WHEN YOU LEFT HERE IN JUNE COULD YOU IMAGINE BEING 11TH IN THE STANDINGS RIGHT NOW? "No, I believe I left here third in the points. I wouldn't have expected we'd be 11th going into this weekend, but that's racing. It's humbling sport and it's all about the ups and downs. That's what makes it so good. It (confidence) was real high (after fourth victory of the season at MIS in June). It was as high as it's been all season long. Wherever we went after this we went into that race thinking we were going to win or run up front. We've just had some struggles since then, but we'll get it taken care of this weekend."

WILL MICHIGAN BE A GOOD INDICATION OF HOW YOU RUN AT CALIFORNIA? "We ran good at both of those tracks, and we didn't have the same car at either track. I think you can look at this weekend and kinda see a lot about what's going to happen the rest of the year. There will be teams that run well this weekend that are going to run well the rest of the year, and some teams that don't run as well are not going to run well the rest of the year."

HOW MUCH ROOM DO YOU HAVE FOR ERROR WITH FOUR TO GO TO MAKE THE CHASE? "There's no room for error right now. We just need to do our thing and not make any mistakes and just be smart about everything we do. Everything has changed since then (Michigan in June), and I wouldn't have expected it to change like it has. We just haven't had the runs that we had early in the year. That happens in racing. Hopefully we'll get 'em changed this week. This is going to be a big week. It's going to tell a lot about what's going to happen the rest of the season."

IS IT WEIRD NOT HAVING DEFENDING RACE WINNER JEREMY MAYFIELD HERE? "I don't even remember who won the race last year, so that's not weird at all, but not having Jeremy with us is definitely different. Jeremy and I have been teammates since I came into the Nextel Cup Series. I've always got along really well with him. We've worked together. We've done a lot of things together. It's definitely different not having him here, but at the same time, there's been a lot of controversy, a lot of things said and going on the last three or four months, too. I think it's good that we finally now have what we have the rest of the year and we can start working on the future. I've been so busy this week that I haven't talked or seen anyone but (Team Director) Kenny Francis. We'll see how this weekend goes, but I don't see why things wouldn't be calmer and why people wouldn't feel more secure and feel better about what we've got."

WHAT'S IT BEEN LIKE HAVING ELLIOTT SADLER AROUND THE SHOP? "I think it'll be good, but like I said I've been gone all week. I haven't done anything but talk to Kenny Francis on the phone. It's been a busy week. I had a lot of appearances, and I've just been thinking about what we need to do to get in that Chase. We have our deal set, what the 19 is going to do the rest of this year, what the 19 is going to do next year and we can start working on that. We can start working as a three-car team again and hopefully enjoy ourselves. At the 9 car, we just need to race well. We need to do what we did before in these next four races and we'll be just fine."

WHAT DOES ELLIOTT SADLER BRING TO THE TABLE? "I think he brings some confidence. He's a good guy. I've enjoyed talking to him a long time. I think it'll help our program. He's looking forward to it. Changes are good a lot of times for drivers and teams and to have him jump in to the new team, he's going to be confident and happy and ready to go. I think that will help us out a lot."

HAVE YOU BEEN DISTRACTED WITH EVERYTHING GOING ON? "I think it's good it's over with and we know what we have. We just don't have to worry about it anymore. We'll start working with Elliott and Scott some more and just make our teams better and make everyone at Evernham Motorsports better and we won't have to worry about everything else going on. I think our team is so focused, Kenny Francis is so focused, it could have been a distraction for some people, but I don't think it played any part with the 9 team. I think it's better for everyone at Evernham Motorsports that it's taken care of."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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