KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge) -- Fourth runner-up finish in 2004 "Ryan got loose, and I had a good run on him, but we would have still run second. Ryan and that whole Dodge team did a great job today. It's been awhile since we ...
KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge) -- Fourth runner-up finish in 2004
"Ryan got loose, and I had a good run on him, but we would have still run second. Ryan and that whole Dodge team did a great job today. It's been awhile since we finished second, so it feels good to get back up into the top five. We've been struggling back and forth. We'd have some good runs, but it wasn't where we wanted to be or where we felt like we could be. It was a great run for the Dodge Dealers Dodge today. On the restarts our Evernham motors run great. I spun the tires a little bit and that kinda held us up a little bit, but it was great to have a 1-2 finish for Dodge.
"I would have needed three or four more laps, and it would have probably been one of those races where we lost by a car length or so at the checkered flag. Ryan did a great job, and we got our Dodge Dealers Dodge close to another win. Tommy Baldwin and the team made changes all day long. We were terrible at the start of the race. We made some changes overnight and we had to get back in the pits and get the car back on the racetrack. Once we did that we started going back to the front. It was really bad back there. If your car's not perfect, the air affects it badly. Once you get a really good car and you can move all over and it stays where you want it the aero push isn't quite as bad. That's where we were at the end of the race.
"Down the straightaways there's a lot of that (drafting) going on, a little bump drafting, but I wasn't bumping anybody. I got a little bumped up a couple of times. It's fun."
"At the end we had newer tires than the cars in front of us and we had the car the best it had been all day. We got a bunch of momentum.
"We missed it at the start of the race and we came back and started getting better and better from there. Tommy Baldwin made some really good choices there at the end of the race, and it was fun to go forward after being a lap down.
"I saw Ryan get loose. At first when I saw him wiggle in turn two I thought he might have been out of gas. Then he was just loose, and I got a good run on him down the backstretch. I was just going to drive as hard as I could to see if I could catch him. If it had gone all the way to the start/finish he would have beat me by a car length probably. It was getting good. Our car took off better on that final four-lap run than it had the time before that. It freed up for some reason.
"The teamwork was good. I was trying to give them feedback when I could. It was a weird feeling early in the race. I actually got 'em going in the wrong direction. Once we fixed that on the second pit stop from there everything the Mountain Dew team did helped and we got better and better.
"The second place, I wonder myself. If it had gone to the start/finish, I would have lost by half a car length. It would have been another close one. I'll take a second. We haven't finished second in a long time, so it's nice.
"When he got loose I said, 'I'm going to catch him.' I told myself that, and I was going to do all I could in three and four. Thinking about it now after the race is over I probably would have come up a little short."