Loudon: Kahne post-qualifying interview

KASEY KAHNE - No. 9 Budweiser Ford Fusion (Qualified 2nd) "My lap felt really good. We had a pretty good car in practice and made a couple small adjustments because we were just a little tight getting into the center of the corner. It was the...

KASEY KAHNE - No. 9 Budweiser Ford Fusion (Qualified 2nd)

"My lap felt really good. We had a pretty good car in practice and made a couple small adjustments because we were just a little tight getting into the center of the corner. It was the same in qualifying there and I probably needed to turn a little bit more early and might have cut some of the track off and gone a little quicker, but it was still a really nice run for our Budweiser Ford. The guys are doing a nice job. The cars have been really nice to drive for the last few weeks, so it's good. It was a good qualifying day."

HOW IMPORTANT IS GETTING AND MAINTAINING TRACK POSITION HERE?

"I think this is a good track for passing at times. You can run around and there will be two-tire stops, it seems like, a lot so that some people in the front who take four will go back and that will change throughout the race as well. Strategy is a little bit of a factor here, but definitely qualifying up front and having a good starting spot and pit stall will help a little bit on Sunday."

WHO DETERMINES THE EMPHASIS ON QUALIFYING PRACTICE VERSUS RACE TRIM WHEN THE WEATHER IS IFFY?

"For us, each week pretty much the way Kenny Francis has done it is we try to practice mostly in race trim, and then right at the end we'll make one or two runs. That's how we've done it for a long time, probably ever since I've worked with Kenny. That's what we do. We always just practice race trim, and, hopefully, we get some more tomorrow to make our car a little bit better."

ANYTHING GOING ON FOR NEXT YEAR?

"No, I haven't heard.  No
new news.  Sorry. Hopefully, it's coming soon."

-source: ford racing

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