KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger) YOUR THOUGHTS ON KANSAS THIS WEEKEND? "Kansas has been a pretty good track for us. We've qualified pretty good here in the past and raced good at times, so we look forward to it. We've had good cars...
KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger)
YOUR THOUGHTS ON KANSAS THIS WEEKEND? "Kansas has been a pretty good track for us. We've qualified pretty good here in the past and raced good at times, so we look forward to it. We've had good cars and we've been right there each weekend so far in the Chase. We've had a couple issues both races that have held us back from better finishes, but we've had fast race cars and that's the main thing. If we can keep that up, hopefully we can win a race or two and get some of those points back that we've given up."
HOW DIFFICULT IS IT TO NOT LOOK AT THE CHASE POINTS AND JUST CONCENTRATE ON EACH WEEK OF RACING? "I've talked to Richard (Petty) and the only way that we're going to be able to get back into the point's battle is to win races. It's the only way to get those points back. You need the bonus points and they only come from wins and leading laps, so hopefully we can do that and gain some of those spots back. Those are things that we can control, so those are the things that we need to work on, stay focused on and that's all I try to do each week. That's what Kenny (Francis, crew chief) and the entire team does...try to stay focused on things that we can control. If we can do that, hopefully we can get back into that top five and maybe even better."
HOW IMPORTANT IS IT TO HAVE A CREW CHIEF THAT PUSHES THE BOUNDARIES OF NASCAR RULES? "Part of racing, part of this type of sport is that you have to push those boundaries and take it as far as you can. The car of tomorrow, since we've had it, is real cut and dry and you don't cross those boundaries. You stay on one side or another and if you cross them, you get hit pretty hard. That's how it's been with the car of tomorrow and (NASCAR) has shown it a few times. It's pretty black and white. You're either cheating or you're not and if you're not, you're not."
WHAT DID YOU MAKE OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT WITH THE GILLETTS AND SAUDIA ARABIA DEAL? IS IT A DISTRACTION? "I just try and block it out. It sounds like, at least talking to Foster (Gillett), that's something that the Gillett's are a part of, something that they're working on away from racing. That's what he's told me. I don't know what else is involved in that, it's just one of those things that we try and stay from and stay focused on our race cars and how we can go fast each week and focus in on the things that we can make better and that's trying to win races."
IT WAS REPORTED THE CALIFORNIA SPEEDWAY IS CONSIDERING INCREASING THE BANKING TO 23 DEGREES. WHAT WOULD IT BE TO DRIVE THAT TRACK WITH 23 DEGREE BANKING? "It would change a lot. It's a fairly fast track now just because of the size of the track. The corner speed is a whole lot, but the size of the race track is big, so if you were to bank it, more than likely you'd have to do some type of restrictors I would think. At that point, it would create a Daytona-type race track probably. I think Daytona is so unique and Talladega and how you race those tracks, how your car handles and go over the bumps and how they work on that type of track. Fontana would be much different than that; it's tough to say what it would be like until we actually did it. I kind of like how it is now. It's a bit boring at times. It's a bit technical track. For a driver, it's a pretty neat track because it's technical. It kind of gets spread out and you lose some of that excitement that NASCAR is looking for, that we're all looking for. How to gain that back is maybe 23 degrees of banking, I don't know."
WHAT DOES "TECHNICAL" MEAN TO YOU? "Technical means to me precise. If you miss you mark, if you're in the center of the corner and you need to be one foot lower or higher, the track is slippery, if you miss it, you'll slide the front or the back of the car. There's spots all the way through Turns 1 & 2 and also 3 & 4 that if you miss them a little bit for how your car is handling, you'll slide and slow down two or three tenths (of a second). So to me, Pocono is similar to that, Indianapolis, there are tracks that are like that and California is definitely one of them."
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