Talladega II: Kahne post-race interview

KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger) -- 2nd "We've had some ups and downs, but it feels good to get a good run here today. I think the way it finished with the two guys in front of us wrecking, we would have finished fourth or ...

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

"We've had some ups and downs, but it feels good to get a good run here today. I think the way it finished with the two guys in front of us wrecking, we would have finished fourth or fifth, somewhere in there hopefully, but I'm real happy. This is my best finish on a restrictor-plate track, best finish at Talladega. I got some help today. Kurt Busch helped me some, and it's nice when you're getting a push from behind once in awhile."

COMMENT ON THE LAST LAP CRASH

"For me I was right behind it. It looked like those guys were waiting, kinda ganging up on the 8. The 25 was pushing, gave him (48) a great run. He was pushing him by. It was hard to tell who went which way, but it kinda looked like the 25 went down to get behind the 48 and keep pushing him and he was already a little bit up on his right rear corner there and actually kinda hooked him and turned him into the 8 from where I was. I was also racing, trying to miss all that stuff, so I could be a little wrong."

DOES THIS MAKE UP FOR SOME OF THE BAD FINISHES IN THE CHASE?

"Heck yeah. It's great to get a top five at Talladega. Going into The Chase I was thinking this would be the track we would probably need to get through. We've never finished in the top 10 here. I knew this would be a tough track but instead it's been our best one so far. It's good. I'm looking forward to going to Charlotte next week, a track we won at earlier in the season. With the good finish here, we ran up front the last 35-40 laps, I feel like we can carry a little momentum there and have a great Charlotte weekend, too."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Kurt Busch