Kasey Kahne, driver of the No. 9 Budweiser Ford Fusion, has three top 10 and one top five finish in 11 career starts at Phoenix International Raceway. Kahne spoke about his historic struggles at Phoenix, what he hopes to do to turn things around...
Kasey Kahne, driver of the No. 9 Budweiser Ford Fusion, has three top 10 and one top five finish in 11 career starts at Phoenix International Raceway. Kahne spoke about his historic struggles at Phoenix, what he hopes to do to turn things around and his future beyond this year.
HOW HAS YOUR CAR HANDLED IN THE FIRST TWO PRACTICES? "This track is always kind of difficult for me to figure out what I need my car to do. My best race here was my first race here in a Cup car and I haven't even been close to that since. I kind of struggle at this place and we were decent at times and not so good at other times. We will probably qualify well this afternoon, we usually do."
HOW DO YOU APPROACH BOTH ENDS OF THIS TRACK BEING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT? "I struggle here, so I really don't know. It is a tough track for me. I have just never really felt like I figured it out or even gotten close. Hopefully we will hit on something for tomorrow that works, but it is going to be a tough race."
HAVE YOU BEGUN THINKING ABOUT NEXT YEAR AND HAVE YOU HAD DISCUSSIONS WITH PETTY? "I would say it is just too far away. I have talked with Petty, RPM, the Gillette's to find out their plans for the future, but I am still not really sure what I am going to do, or what I want to do. It is kind of up in the air, but we have had some talks. I just keep trying to race and run well and I will figure all that out when I need to."
DO YOU HAVE A TIME FRAME IN MIND WHERE YOU PREFER TO HAVE IT WRAPPED UP? "I can definitely see it becoming a distraction for myself, my team and my sponsors. You always have to be looking ahead, that is just part of this sport. I need to have something done prior to June."
ARE THERE THINGS YOU WANT TO SEE INTERNALLY PRIOR TO THAT TIME THAT WOULD MAKE YOU LEAN ONE DIRECTION OR ANOTHER? "In the past I have tried to be somewhat involved with the way some of the things are going. I always felt like I was pretty involved working with Ray Evernham, that is how we did it. That stuff has gone away over the last year and a half. I just drive these days. All I do is drive and try to work hard to run well with our No. 9 team and go from there."
-source: ford racing