Fontana II: Kahne qualifying interview

KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger) "It was a good lap. It was a great draw. The fastest three cars went out right after the sun went away, so the track gained a lot of grip. I slid a little bit too much. I think I may have ...

KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger)

"It was a good lap. It was a great draw. The fastest three cars went out right after the sun went away, so the track gained a lot of grip. I slid a little bit too much. I think I may have overdrove in one and slid up just a little bit and didn't get to the throttle soon enough in one and two and lost a little bit of speed. Other than that the car was really nice. We keep qualifying good. We've been doing that for probably two months now qualifying up front. We just have to work on our setup for Sunday night. I hope we can figure it out and have a great race on Sunday night. I really like the picture on the back wall -- it's pretty cool. I'd like to get up there again."

YOU WERE INDUCTED INTO THE CALIFORNIA SPEEDWAY HALL OF FAME. YOU ARE A LITTLE YOUNG TO BE GETTING INTO HALL OF FAMES?

"Yeah, I got that because I won both races last year. That's the only reason that I can figure out why I would get to be into that. It's cool. It should be fun. I haven't played in wet cement in a long time. I guess I put my footprint of my Puma racing shoe in the cement and it'll be pretty cool. It's exciting."

HOW HOT WAS IT OUT THERE IN PRACTIVE AND QUALIFYING?

"It's been warm all day in the sun in both the Busch cars and the Cup cars. We tried to stay hydrated. It was warm last week, the same as this week. It's probably a little warmer this weekend, but it's going to be like that all weekend long. It's good the races are at night so it cools off some. The track will be much better at night I think when the track has a little more grip comes back on the track and you can race maybe a little bit better than you can do right now in the 107 degree weather."

ANY BIG CHANGES THAT YOU GUYS MADE BEFORE BRISTOL?

"Well Bristol was the COT car. We've been putting a lot of time into that car. We were good there the first race in April and we were good again this race. They've been working on that car. That's what we have all of next year and we don't want to have another performance like we did this year so they put a lot of time into it. Hopefully it'll be better next week at Richmond also and we'll just keeping working on it."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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