Bristol II: Kahne qualifying press conference

KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge) -- Qualified second "In practice we were pretty good. We were a little bit tight picking the throttle back up from the center off. We went over some notes and talked about it all. I don't know how you...

KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge) -- Qualified second

"In practice we were pretty good. We were a little bit tight picking the throttle back up from the center off. We went over some notes and talked about it all. I don't know how you can do it any quicker, but Jeff (Gordon) did it. It felt good. The car went through the corner real nice. I felt like maybe I messed up on each lap, but not a whole lot. It felt like a good lap. I think we might could have gone a little quicker, not much. We ran a pretty good lap. The car turned great and handled good.

"It's a good starting spot, the outside of the front row is going to be a great spot. We'll have to get to the bottom pretty quick. Getting down there to the bottom will be the fastest spot, especially at the beginning of the race. It really helps you get a good pit. We'll get one of the best pits for the whole 500-lap race and that'll mean a whole lot throughout the race. The stalls are tight here at Bristol.

"I think I just need to get out on the racetrack and run more. I think Jeff would have been just as quick in my car as he was in his. Our car was really good. He's got a knack for this place. He's always fast in qualifying and in the race, so I think Jeff Gordon is a good driver here. I have an awesome car, and hopefully we'll keep working on it and have a chance to win the race.

"I'm pretty comfortable here. I enjoy racing here. I've raced three or four Busch races here. It's just a matter of being perfect here. I don't think I was perfect in qualifying. I think I was pretty comfortable.

"You can't make mistakes. It's going to be one of those races where everybody is going to want one position. This has always been an exciting, fun race for the fans. Anything can happen. We need to be smart about what goes on and make the right decisions. Tommy and our pit crew will do a great job in the pits, and Tommy will make the right calls to keep us up front. Hopefully we'll be there at the end of the race. He's always run well here with his drivers. He likes this place a lot, and I think Tommy is going to do a lot for us tomorrow night.

"It's going to be a tough couple of races (Friday night and Saturday night at Bristol). It's going to be hot and not a lot of air moves around in this place. I'll just drink a lot of fluids, and try to drink all night tonight and be ready for tomorrow.

"I think you'll need some luck on your side tomorrow night, lapped traffic or just racing for positions, restarts, a crash up in front of you, it's hard to get slowed down here sometimes and people get in back of you when you do slow down for wrecks. That's when you need luck, and this is a place where you need more than most."

"It's important to start up front and get a good pit stall. It's good. On a track like this you need to be up front. I know you can pass cars, but starting up front is a lot better than starting in the back of the field and hopefully the car will be in a lot better shape toward the end of the race.

"We really want to do whatever we can to get in that top 10, but once the race starts we do whatever we can to get up in front and when it's all over you look at the points and see where you're at. During the race, we just try to get every spot we can and stay out of trouble."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon