KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger) HOW HAS THE ROAD RACING LEARNING CURVE BEEN FOR YOU? "I think that the track time and experience has helped a bunch. I'm a really smooth driver with my feet, my hands, and in road racing you throw...
KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger)
HOW HAS THE ROAD RACING LEARNING CURVE BEEN FOR YOU? "I think that the track time and experience has helped a bunch. I'm a really smooth driver with my feet, my hands, and in road racing you throw the car around so much more that it's important to be smooth inside the car. You have to learn how to throw the car around without losing too much time. (Road racing) goes against everything that I've ever done inside the car. It's hard to get myself to go against the grain and drive the car like you have to. We've had some good laps here (won the pole in 2008) and it has worked out really good so far."
IS IT A MYTH THAT SOME DRIVERS ARE GOOD ROAD RACERS AND SOME ARE NOT? "Nope. You can definitely be a bad road racer or a bad oval driver that's for sure. There are good road racers that can be terrible on an oval, and oval drivers that just can't get it on a road course. I haven't run that well on a road course, but I really enjoy it. I've qualified well at road tracks, just for some reason throughout the race we don't get the results that we would like. I feel that I've come a long way, but I still have a ways to go before I feel like I'm where I need to be as a driver."
IS INFINEON A TRACK WHERE A GOOD ROAD COURSE DRIVER CAN MAKE THE DIFFERENCE FOR A POOR HANDLING CAR? "I think so. If you're a good driver here, you know how to throw that car around more and can get around this place. But I still think that a good road racer is going to have a hard time coming in here and beat the good Cup drivers. Kyle (Busch) proved last year that he could do it. (Jimmie) Johnson is up there, and Tony Stewart is one of the best (road racers), so it's cool to watch those guys and watch how good they drive against guys who just do this full-time."
WITH WHERE YOUR TEAM IS AT IN THE DRIVER POINTS RIGHT NOW, DOES THE PRESSURE TO MAKE THE CHASE GROW FROM RACE-TO-RACE? "It's business as usual for me. It's similar (contending for the Chase) for me every year. The season winds down to the Chase and we're always on the border line; it's just the way it is. I'm not going to lose any sleep over it I can tell you that. I'll do the best that I can on Sunday, and if we run out of gas, we run out of gas. If we get in a wreck, we get in a wreck. At the end of the day I know that I did everything that I possibly can, hopefully it's good enough."
DOUBLE-FILE RESTARTS HERE WILL BE VERY INTERESTING, ESPECIALLY LATE IN THE RACE. DO YOU THINK THAT RESTART STRATEGY WILL CHANGE FOR DRIVERS AS THE RACE GETS CLOSER TO THE FINISH? "Everybody is going to be aggressive; they're always aggressive at this place. If there is a little opening, somebody is going to take it. If it's a double-file restart with 15 (laps) to go, it's going to be a mess getting into (Turn) 2 for sure."
WITH YOU BEING SO CLOSE TO BEING INSIDE THE TOP-12, DOES THAT CHANGE YOUR FOCUS ON WHERE YOU FINISH IN THE RACE...WIN, TOP-FIVE, TOP-10? "Either way, wins would be great, but the Chase is what everybody shoots for. Winning races can make a season, but you really need to work on both. To make the Chase, we're going to have to win some races to get there. I'm just going to race my race and run as hard as I can, every lap, for the rest of the season."
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