* This weekend will mark Kasey Kahne's fifth career start at Watkins Glen International. * Kahne posted a best finish of 14th in 2004 at The Glen. * In four starts at Watkins Glen, Kahne has an average start of 16th and an average finish of ...
* This weekend will mark Kasey Kahne's fifth career start at Watkins Glen International.
* Kahne posted a best finish of 14th in 2004 at The Glen.
* In four starts at Watkins Glen, Kahne has an average start of 16th and an average finish of 20th.
* Kahne has three seventh-place finishes in the last four events.
* Kahne currently occupies the seventh position in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver point standings. He has gained over 115 points on series leader Kyle Busch in the last two races.
How do you prepare for this weekend's race at The Glen?
"Watkins Glen has always been a so-so track for me. We've had decent runs, but don't really have the solid finishes to show for it. We had a good test at road Atlanta a few weeks ago to prepare for this weekend. We're taking the same car we took to Sonoma and I think the car was pretty good out there. We just had some bad luck that day."
You moved into seventh in the point standings after Pocono; How important was that finish with only five races remaining until the Chase?
"It was really important. The best way for us to make the Chase is to remain consistent with our racecar each and every race. It's a tough battle right now. For us to come out of Pocono and gain two positions in the Chase is a credit to Kenny (Francis) and all the guys that work on this Budweiser Dodge. There's still a lot of racing left, but Pocono was a good weekend for Gillett Evernham and all the guys that work on our team."
How important is momentum to a team's success?
"Momentum is good -- it's confidence. It's good for a driver, good for the team, and good for the people back in the shop. You could lose 50-straight races and win one and it's like you forget about all that stuff. It's a relief and it feels so good because of how hard it is to win these races -- for a driver and the whole team, company. I think winning races and running up front is as much of a confidence builder that you can have in racing."