Michigan II: Top rookie press conference

KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge) -- Finished fifth, top Raybestos Rookie Finisher. Moved to 10th in series standings "I thought I was going to the front. The car felt really good. I just got some air taken off the spoiler and I lost...

KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge) -- Finished fifth, top Raybestos Rookie Finisher.
Moved to 10th in series standings

"I thought I was going to the front. The car felt really good. I just got some air taken off the spoiler and I lost it. I was just happy nobody hit me when we spun. It worked out pretty good. We got back up to the top five, and it worked out great for our Dodge Dealers car today with everything that's gone on this weekend. We led a couple of laps. The car took off great on that second to last restart. We led a few laps and got five points. It was a good day for us. We got some points, and I'm looking forward to Bristol.

"The car felt the same (after spin). It was pretty loose early on, but I thought I could drive it hard. After it spun I said I wasn't driving it that hard any more. It's been great here this season. When I drove Busch car I only had one top 10 when I drove the Busch car the first year for Robert Yates and it was here. I never finished out of the top 10. Michigan has been good to us.

"There at the end we were losing a little bit of power. It made us tighter when we started losing the power. I was just happy we made it to the finish. I tried holding off D.J. and McMurray the best I could."

"We have a great team. We've had a great team all year long. You go up and down all season. We're going to fight as hard as we can all the way to the end. If we get in that final 10, that'll be awesome. If not, we'll go as hard as we can for 11th and see what happens there.

"We had a strong car at Fontana earlier in the year, and we've had two strong cars here. I'd say we know that you can learn a little bit from each track. I also think it's a little bit different where the setups are a little bit different and you have to work on them and change them to actually go fast at that track.

"Before the final pit stop I could feel something. I didn't know what it was. It just felt like I didn't have the power I had earlier. When I was coming up through the gears after the pit stop, it was real slow coming up through the gears and bogged real bad through all the gears. When I got into fourth, it bogged all the way down the backstretch. Then when I came off turn four it started going again. It just didn't feel like it had the power it did have. I have no clue what that is. I was switching boxes and everything I could touch in there I was trying to change.

"I'm going to race everybody clean. I still feel bad about some of the situations (earlier this season). If you do hit somebody now, and it happens, they're going to say it's because of the points and stuff. I definitely don't want to drive like that and hope we're not in any situation like that through the end.

"The team did a great job, and Tommy and they really did approach it like a normal race. It's pretty tough to do that, and it would have been awfully nice to win. That would have been pretty awesome for Tommy and everybody on the team. I think Tommy did an awesome job this weekend with the situation he had. The whole team pulled together and did a great job for Tommy. His dad would have been proud the way he handled this weekend."

-dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Robert Yates