Pocono: Kahne - Dodge Friday interview

KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger) "Pocono is different because you've got three different corners and you've got to have your car handling in all of them to go fast. Just knowing the track is a big part of it. I really like...

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

"Pocono is different because you've got three different corners and you've got to have your car handling in all of them to go fast. Just knowing the track is a big part of it. I really like racing here. I like the track It's pretty different and fun and there's a lot to it. It's a good track for me. You've just got to get your car right and work on doing that. To me turn 3 is usually the most difficult one just because usually you can have your car right everywhere else and three will be pretty decent. If you're off a little bit, three is going to be bad. Three is the hardest corner for me and it leads down a long straightaway, so you need to get off of it pretty good. If you don't you get eaten up down the straightaway.

COMMENT ON RACING AT WILLIAMS GROVE "I'm pretty excited really. It's one of the tracks I really enjoyed racing and watching. I haven't gotten to race there in a long time. It'll be great to have our Foundation Race out there on June 27th. Hopefully a lot of people will show up and enjoy it. It's going to be a lot of fun. A hope a big crowd of fans come and enjoy watching. I know Dave Blaney is going to come, and I'm working on a few more drivers and all the best Pennsylvania guys. It should make for a fun evening. Back then I just wanted to win races. I didn't care how I did it. I just wanted to run up front and Williams-Grove was a track I wanted to win at."

COMMENT ON KURT BUSCH'S PENALTY "I don't know. I don't really care. You have to take care of the people on pit road. That's for sure. You don't do anything to cause anybody on pit road harm. It's hard enough to do what they have to do with all of us on pit road trying to do a pit stop. That's hard enough to take care of that, let alone have somebody else when would you least be expecting to have a car close to yours. You have to take care of those drivers. We're in a big 3,500-pound car and they're all by themselves. You have to take care of them. Whether that was right or wrong or what all happened there, go ask somebody else. I don't really know. I'm not going to do it. I'll tell you that much."

WHAT WOULD A COT RACE BE LIKE HERE? "The cars would be slower for one. The cars are very aero independent. They were really tough at Dover last week. You'd get behind a car and instantly slow down a tenth to two tenths. They need some work on these types of tracks I feel. I really enjoyed the race. I really enjoyed driving the car of tomorrow. In order to make them a better race when you get to a bigger track where aero is even bigger than what it was at Dover, we've got to keep working on that. I don't think they're ready for Pocono yet. Definitely for aero (Dover provided the biggest test yet). There wasn't a car out there that got behind a car and picked up speed or ran the same speed. Every single car dropped off a tenth and cars that weren't handling perfect would drop off two or three tenths. That makes it tough to pass when you're wheeling a car like that. They're just like any other racecar. "

DO YOU THINK THIS RACE IS TOO LONG? "Yes. I don't know if you'd have a better race no matter what you do. It just all comes down to how everybody is at the end and where the restart is and if the cars are close together. Three hundred laps could be a really bad race. Five hundred laps could be a bad race. You don't know, but 500 is a long time here. I think 400 would be plenty for the fans and drivers and teams and NASCAR and everybody."

DO YOU HAVE MORE CONFIDENCE AFTER YOUR RUN AT DOVER? "Yeah, I feel good. I felt like that was our best weekend of the year, qualifying, practice and then the race. That was our best weekend of the year. I feel good about it."

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO SAVE FUEL? "It's tough to save fuel. There are little things you can do. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't seem to work as well. I thought I saved a lot of fuel before and ran out just at the same time I would have if I didn't save fuel, so there's a few things you can do that I know works. Other things you think works but may not. At this place, under green flag laps, saving fuel is pretty tough."

HOW CLOSE IS THE FUEL CALCULATIONS? "They're usually pretty close on their calls and what they do. If they think you can save a little bit of fuel they'll go for it, and it can happen for sure. If you car is handling good you can save more fuel than if your car is pushing the nose. The tighter you are the more fuel you use up. Casey Mears had a good car at Charlotte and it worked fine because he had such a good car there, too."

COMMENT ON MICHIGAN "I always run good there. We have in the past anyway. I've got a win there, a second, a fourth and some to fives. It's a good track for us. Whether it will be this or not, we've still got a lot of work to be where we want to be. Everybody is working hard. We'll see how this weekend goes and it'll tell us how we'll be at Michigan I think. It'll helps us out, I know that."

-credit: Dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Dave Blaney
Teams Williams