KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger) COMMENT ON RACING AT MARTINSVILLE "I struggled here in '04, and last year we had two great races. It's a tough track, one of the toughest. Sears Point and here, I think, are the two places I...
KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger)
COMMENT ON RACING AT MARTINSVILLE "I struggled here in '04, and last year we had two great races. It's a tough track, one of the toughest. Sears Point and here, I think, are the two places I struggle with the most. They don't seem to have much in common, but to me, they're the hardest tracks to figure out."
COMMENT ON LAST WEEK AT BRISTOL "That's just Bristol. It was a race that had a lot of bumping and a lot of incidents where drivers thought they'd been wronged. Some of that's going to linger. Some of that's going to show up in the race here. This is another short track where contact is very difficult to avoid. There are a lot of times where it's nobody's fault, and when a guy hits you and it's totally unintentional, but from where you're sitting, you think the guy spun you out.
"I think one thing people don't realize is that even the best drivers make mistakes. It's really difficult at a place like Bristol, or Martinsville, where there are so many cars in so little space. People watching on TV think it's one guy taking another guy out, when it really isn't. On the other hand, though, we're in the cars, and a lot of times, we see it the same way. We think another driver spun us out or ran over us, and he really didn't.
There's really no room for error at these small race tracks, and you've got to be patient and careful and concentrate, and even if you do all those things, it might not be enough."
DID YOU APPROACH THIS SEASON DIFFERENTLY? "Yes, I had to look at things I had done in the past going into a race weekend in practice and qualifying and then in the race weekend and look at other drivers like Tony Stewart and Mark Martin and see the things they were doing. I think I've learned a lot by watching their races and watching what they do in practice."
IS ANYONE MAD AT YOU AFTER BRISTOL? "No, no one is mad at me. I had a really clean race and was able to stay out of trouble. There are a lot of times you can't do that, but we had a really good weekend. I got into that one wreck that Gordon and Truex started, but other than that we had a clean race. We were lucky."
DO YOU WORRY ABOUT THE GUYS THAT GOT CAUGHT UP IN THE WRECKS? "Well, that's what happened at Bristol and it can happen again here. At these type of racetracks those kind of things can happen. Spotters are aware well aware of what's going on and who's battling who throughout the race. If you keep your eyes open, hopefully you can miss it."