KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger) WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON COMING BACK AND RACING AT LOWE'S AGAIN THIS WEEKEND? "I'm looking forward to it. I'm racing Nationwide and the Cup car this weekend. It's been a great track for us in the past.
KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger)
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON COMING BACK AND RACING AT LOWE'S AGAIN THIS WEEKEND? "I'm looking forward to it. I'm racing Nationwide and the Cup car this weekend. It's been a great track for us in the past. We always seem to be able to figure out the balance that allows us to move around the race track -- high low, middle -- work past cars wherever you can. That's seems like the hard part in this sport, having a car that can run all over (the track) and still be fast. We've been able to figure that out here pretty often. Hopefully, we can again this weekend with both cars. In the Nationwide Series, I get to drive a car that looks like Richard Petty's (car) from his 200th win. It's a pretty neat opportunity for myself. The car looks really good. I sat in it yesterday. Hopefully, everything goes well in that one. On the Cup side, our Budweiser Dodge has been fast, so it should be good."
HOW MUCH WILL THE RAINY WEATHER AFFECT QUALIFYING TODAY? "I think more than anything for myself, I like qualifying here. I like the night qualifying. I like qualifying at this track. I hope that the rain goes away. I just want to get out there and enjoy the qualifying, enjoy the practice, get in the car and drive. I don't think that it really hurts anything for Saturday night. We can do all that tomorrow and figure out where we need to be for the race. I would just like to get out there and try to win a pole."
CAN YOU COMPARE TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY TO LOWE'S MOTOR SPEEDWAY? "The size, the speed, it's similar. To me, Texas is a lot narrower on your entry and exit to the corners. But the corners open way up similar to this place, so you can race all over the track. The cars handle a lot different here than there as far as the grip level. The speed's about the same. The tunnels at Texas kind of have a little trench that goes up in the middle of both corners; it's a big bump that you go through that you don't have here. These corners are pretty smooth. You fall into the corners at Texas a lot from the entry to where you land and load the car. It's similar here in Turn 1. There are some things that are similar. We've ran pretty well there. That's a good track for us."
WHAT IS IT LIKE WHEN YOU HAVE A TEAMMATE THAT YOU KNOW WON'T BE BACK NEXT YEAR? DOES THE RELAITONSHIP CHANGE AT ALL? "Actually, I don't think that it does. It hasn't with us. I like Reed (Sorenson). We get along pretty well. He's been doing a pretty good job. Last week, he was running second-best out of our (RPM) cars. I think the 9 was the best, then the 43. He had a good race going. I don't really look at it any different. We're just kind of racing until the end of the year. We'll keep working together, doing the same things. It's too bad that he won't be with us. Hopefully, he'll find something that will work for him next year and keep racing in the series.
"We're not even sure exactly what we're (RPM) doing, so it hard to really talk too much about that. As far as our Dodge's go, yeah, we talk a lot about our Dodge's and Reed knows everything that is going on just like I know everything that's going on with his team if we want to. If you spend the time and go and look at what they're doing, that's you're option and you can see everything that's going on. It's the same for him with my cars."
HAVE YOU HAD A FAVORITE TRACK SURFACE HERE OVER THE YEAR? "As (the track) is today, I think that it's getting pretty decent again. It's a pretty good track. I would say when I first came into the Cup Series in '04, I thought that was a pretty good track there...just old and beat and rough. To me, that's the kind of track that I like the most. And then they levigated it...it was really fast and smooth...you couldn't pass with the tires we were racing on. Now it seem like its back to being pretty racy again. It seems like every track, every time that you touch the surface; it takes a little bit of time. Whether it's the weather beating on it or the tires or just racing, there's a lot of things that go into each year on the race track. After two or three years, that wear and tear seems to make the track better than when it's fresh."
-credit: dodge motorsports