KASEY KAHNE -- No. 9 Budweiser Ford Fusion (Qualified 2nd) "We felt pretty good in practice and the lap there in qualifying felt really balanced. The splitter got on the track a little more than I wanted in one and three. I had to wait a little...
KASEY KAHNE -- No. 9 Budweiser Ford Fusion (Qualified 2nd)
"We felt pretty good in practice and the lap there in qualifying felt really balanced. The splitter got on the track a little more than I wanted in one and three. I had to wait a little bit in each corner. It was a good run for us. I think that we started in the same spot here last year. I am looking forward to Sunday. We were decent in practice today, but we will work hard tomorrow at it. Our team did a great job last week qualifying. The first half of the Darlington race I felt like we were the best car. We didn't finish where we should have, but I feel like we have made gains in the last two weeks. I am really looking forward to Sunday.
YOU WENT FROM A DODGE TO A FORD, WHICH ONE DO YOU LIKE BETTER?
"I think the engines run differently between the two. I have really enjoyed working with the engine guys from Roush Yates. They are always asking how they can help and are always open to help. I like working with those guys a lot. I think the power is a lot better than what we were working with last year. We just have to keep working because everyone is out there improving engines, so we need to keep working at that too."
WITH THE CHANGES TO THE CARS, DOES IT AFFECT WHERE YOU GUYS CAN PASS PEOPLE AT TRACKS LIKE HERE AT DOVER?
"I don't know. I don't think it will alter it a whole lot here. If you look at Texas, when you were on the side of a car it felt different compared to the wing. You might get a little bit of that here and it will definitely be that way at Charlotte I think. Where you put your car and how you force it into the corner in certain areas will make you be more cautious or more aggressive in order to clear somebody. I think the racing has been as good and it will keep getting better as teams have time to work with the cars.
YOUR TEAM STILL SEEMS TO BE WORKING WITH YOU AS IF YOU WOULD BE WITH THEM FOREVER, HOW DOES THAT MAKE YOU FEEL?
"That was something I was worried about when we made that announcement. I feel like it is easy to get down or to give up on somebody. As a team we all talk about it. They are excited for me and I am excited for the opportunities they will have, depending on what they want to do. Everybody wants to win; we all want to race well. The first couple races after the announcement were tough and we weren't where we wanted to be. Maybe that had something to do with it, I am not sure. We got behind for about three weeks after the announcement, but I think we have rebounded nicely."
ANY WORD ON WHERE YOU WILL BE RACING NEXT YEAR?
"No, still no word on any of the specifics. Nothing has changed since the announcement. There is a lot going on. Talking to Mr. Hendrick this week and last week, I think we are about three or four weeks out from finding anything out. I know I am getting a little anxious about it. They are working hard and want it to be the right decision. Whatever is decided they want to do the right way and make sure that they come up with the perfect place for me for next year."
-source: ford racing