KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger) Qualified 6th "We picked up over a second from practice which is really good. We didn't make enough qualifying runs in practice today to really know where to be because we wanted to work on the race ...
KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger) Qualified 6th
"We picked up over a second from practice which is really good. We didn't make enough qualifying runs in practice today to really know where to be because we wanted to work on the race package for Sunday. I was bouncing a little bit too much getting into Turn 3 over the bumps and missed the corner. Otherwise, I think that we would have had a great shot at the pole."
HOW MUCH OF THAT WAS DUE TO THE WIND? "It was really the car. We just didn't make enough qualifying runs to figure out how to get the splitter off the track. It still was a really good lap. The wind didn't affect me too much."
QUALIFYING IS SO IMPORTANT HERE: "Yeah, starting in the top 10 here is awesome. I had a really good practice; we just didn't make that qualifying run which made us look bad."
WHERE DO YOU HAVE TO MAKE YOUR CAR BETTER FOR SUNDAY? "I think that it will be a lot different tomorrow if the wind isn't as bad. As of today, we just need to work on the exit of the corner."
KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) Qualified 39th
(Before Qualifying) "Kansas is on the critical side of qualifying. I think that you need to be more towards the front on Sunday, get a good pit box selection and at least try and hold on to that track position. We'll see how it shakes out."
(After Qualifying) "We've been struggling here all day and just can't get it to drive like we need it to. We leaned on our teammates for a qualifying setup. It was all I could do to hang on out there during our qualifying lap. We have our work cut out for us, but we never give up."
AJ ALLMENDINGER (No 44 Valvoline Dodge Charger) Qualified 15th
"We didn't start off really well in race trim. Hopefully, some of the things that we learned in qualifying trim will help us tomorrow. The conditions were really tough today. You really didn't know what to expect. Some guys that you expect to go really fast didn't. I may have left just a little bit out there.
I was just a little too tight in the center of the corner. Everybody on the 44 team is really working hard and it's been getting better. Hopefully, we got the monkey off our back last weekend and we can build off our qualifying run on Sunday."
REED SORENSON (No. 43 McDonald's Monopoly Dodge Charger) Qualified 28th
"We'll be OK. Trying to figure out this track will be a key. We were OK in race trim during practice, but just fought the car all day. The pace slows down a lot here during the race. If you have a good car, you can make up some ground."
DAVID STREMME (No. 12 Penske Racing Dodge Charger) Qualified 32nd
"A top 15 (starting position) would be good. We didn't pick up like a couple others. The car has been consistent. It was a little tight on the qualifying lap. We'll take that. We ran a lot of laps in practice and gained quite a bit of information. We didn't unload that good, but was real happy with how we ended practice. We're looking forward to helping Kurt. He wasn't that good in practice. I feel like we may have hit on some stuff that can help. Sam (Hornish Jr.) unloaded good. We got a lot better in practice. We should be able to help him out. That's what we're here for, trying and help him win that championship."
SAM HORNISH, JR (No. 77 AAA Dodge Charger) Qualified 33rd
"We were OK. Our AAA Dodge felt good in practice. The conditions are really tough. The wind makes it hard to hit your marks on the track. I had some problems in (turns) 3 and 4 and lost a bunch of time."
ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Best Buy Dodge Charger) Qualified 42nd
"We were just off on our qualifying setup. We didn't spend a lot of time in qualifying trim earlier in practice so it wasn't a big surprise that we were off a bit. We were pretty good in race trim in practice, so we should be okay for the race, but we have a lot of cars to pass."
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