Kasey Kahne, driver of the No. 9 Budweiser Ford Fusion, qualified fifth for tomorrow's Pepsi MAX 400 and is still looking for his first win of the season. He spoke about his chances of reaching Victory Lane before Saturday's first practice ...
Kasey Kahne, driver of the No. 9 Budweiser Ford Fusion, qualified fifth for tomorrow's Pepsi MAX 400 and is still looking for his first win of the season. He spoke about his chances of reaching Victory Lane before Saturday's first practice session.
HOW DO YOU VIEW TOMORROW'S RACE? "If you have a good balance, you can pass cars and be pretty good. It's gonna be hot and slippery, so if you get off a little bit, you'll lose a lot of time to the leaders and to the guys that are fast. We just need to be balanced well and stay on top of it throughout the race, but it's tough to do at a track like this."
THE NON-CHASERS HAVE BEEN A FACTOR SO FAR. HAVE YOU NOTICED ANY DIFFERENCE IN THE RACING SINCE THE CHASE STARTED? "I don't at all. I think the chase guys have been the most consistent throughout the year, but you saw a lot of the non-chase guys were up front the last three or four races prior to the chase. They're not gonna just fall off the map once you get to the chase, even though we missed it. I think everybody races the same. You've got to race hard and race to win. When we get to Homestead, the last thing you want to do is wipe out the guy leading the points or anything like that, but, at the same time, we're out there racing hard and if you've done the same thing you've done all year, then you shouldn't have anything to worry about."
THE GOAL IS OBVIOUSLY TO WIN ONE OF THESE LAST FEW RACES. HOW DO YOU ASSESS YOUR CHANCES? "I'd like to win for Ford and Budweiser, but things have to happen your way. You have to be in the right place at the right time and do the right stuff. Hopefully, we'll be in that position. We still have seven races and hopefully we can figure out how to be that car at some point. We've won some races over the last few years, so I think we know how. We just need to do it."
-source: ford racing