Texas II: Kahne post qualifying interview

KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger) Qualified 2nd "It was a really good lap. We made some gains from practice in our Budweiser Dodge. Everything was perfect there. I felt like I was really quick in (Turns) 1 and 2, and might have given...

KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger) Qualified 2nd

"It was a really good lap. We made some gains from practice in our Budweiser Dodge. Everything was perfect there. I felt like I was really quick in (Turns) 1 and 2, and might have given up just a touch in Turns 3 and 4. It was still a great lap. It should be a top-five, hopefully a pole. It was quick in practice. We just needed a touch more and Kenny Francis (crew chief) and the team gave it to me. The engine is running awesome. It just felt really good. I was on the track. I could feel the race track around the whole corner and down the straightaways. It was really about all I had."

ARE YOU RUNNING THE DODGE R6 ENGINE THIS WEEKEND?

"Yes. We're running the R6. They had the latest version at Charlotte and that's when I started to run well again. We ran the R5 for a little bit. We ran the R6 back in Charlotte; it was awesome in Charlotte and good again today. I'm looking forward to this weekend. We've made some really nice gains in our engine shop here the last few months."

TODAY WAS THE SECOND-FASTEST QUALIFYING SPEED THAT WE'VE HAD THIS YEAR IN CUP. ARE YOU COMFORTABLE WITH THOSE SPEEDWAS AND HOW MUCH WILL THE SPEEDS FALL OFF IN RACE TRIM?

"They'll fall off a lot. The weather looks good for Sunday and we're going to be racing when it's warm out, so the speeds will fall off a lot. You won't see anything near what we just ran in qualifying trim.

"For qualifying, I enjoy going as fast as we can go. We qualified pretty good in Charlotte for the night race and good again today. We weren't first, but we're definitely up there. Hopefully we can figure out our car tomorrow and have a great chance shot at winning on Sunday."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup