KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 McDonalds Dodge Avenger, Finished 2nd) "We couldn't (catch up to Edwards). Those guys did a good job. They beat us to the end. We dominated I think the first half. The car was really good. We just got a little bit, the car...
KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 McDonalds Dodge Avenger, Finished 2nd)
"We couldn't (catch up to Edwards). Those guys did a good job. They beat us to the end. We dominated I think the first half. The car was really good. We just got a little bit, the car felt good still at the end. He was just cutting through the center a touch better than me and we ran second. It was good. It was a great weekend for everyone at Gillett Evernham. These teams did a great job and everybody stepped up. This is the first time that we've run good with McDonalds on the car, but it was nice to get a Dodge Avenger up front with McDonalds on it."
TALK ABOUT THE RACE TONIGHT:
"We started good you know. Track position was key. We qualified perfect yesterday and had track position all night long. We had a great car. We had McDonalds on the car and just ran up front. The lap traffic worked good for us. I was able to get around a lot of it fairly quickly. Some of the cars hold you up and other ones you can get by quick. We just battled. The first 300 laps or 250 laps we were probably the best car. After that I think Carl came on a little stronger there at the end and I just couldn't get back to him. He was a touch better through the center of the corner and he would get back to the throttle a little quicker and down the straighaways. It was close. He was just a touch better there at the end. It was fun. It was exciting to get a good run in our Dodge Avenger. It has been a while since we've had a top five. Its been a while since we've run up front all night long and had a pole. We just kind of put the whole thing together. The whole team stepped up and did a really good job. George Gillett was here. It was good to have him here. He came from Russia. I don't really know why he was there yesterday, but it was nice to have our new owner here, and Ray (Evernham) and everybody just stepped up and just did a great job."
HOW MUCH DID THE COT RUN TONIGHT MEAN TO GILLETT EVERNHAM MOTORSPORTS:
"We were strong here the first time, but we were definitely a lot stronger tonight as the No. 9 car. The other cars didn't run as well as we did and that was a little confusing, but the No. 9 car was definitely stronger tonight than what its been. These guys have spent a lot of time trying to develop that car and make it faster and make it better. I'm looking forward to running that car the rest of the year when we do. You know next weekend we go to California and I wish that was a COT race, but its not."
HOW MUCH OF A SHOT IN THE ARM IS A WEEKEND LIKE THIS FOR YOU?
"It feels good, you know. I think it will feel a lot better tomorrow when I can think about it and sit back. I'm going to do a couple sprint car races this week and enjoy myself and go home. We have a charity race for the Kasey Kahne Foundation Wednesday Night at Skagit Speedway and Tony (Stewart) is coming. It'll be a blast and hopefully we raise a lot of money for the Ronald McDonald House. To run well, you know you go into a season and you think you're going to run well -- you don't, and then to get a great weekend here like we did this weekend feels good. We are just going to try and carry it on. Next weekend we're back to California and we are back to that same car that ran 31st with last week, so hopefully we do something this week to make that performance come up a touch next week."
-credit: dodge motorsport