Pocono II: Kahne post-qualifying interview

KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger) -- 3rd "I was real happy with it. We went out early and had a pretty good lap. My car drove perfect and we were pretty close. We did a lot in practice today, and it drove better in practice...

KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger) -- 3rd

"I was real happy with it. We went out early and had a pretty good lap. My car drove perfect and we were pretty close. We did a lot in practice today, and it drove better in practice than it did last time, too. I think we're looking forward to this weekend and have a good shot, hopefully battling with Denny (Hamlin). He's going to be pretty tough. He beat us again qualifying, and he's going to be tough in the race. Hopefully we'll get our Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger running good tomorrow and put on a good race with him on Sunday."

HOW HARD IS IT TO KNOW WHEN TO CHANGE?

"It's tough. It changes all season long and that's why there's so many ups and downs it seems like in racing. We were really good earlier this year. We got where we're about the same as everybody, and we've actually changed this weekend. Hopefully it'll pay off. Hopefully it'll be in the right direction. We qualified third here the first race, but the first race the track temp was 88 degrees and today it was 102 when I went out and we were a tenth faster than we were in that race. I thought the track was slicker all day, so I think our car is definitely better. Kenny Francis and the guys made some really good adjustments. We'll just see how Sunday goes. We were barely a top 10 car in June, and I think we're going to be a strong top 10 car this weekend."

DO YOU LIKE THE VARIETY POCONO OFFERS?

"Yeah, I've always liked this track to drive on, to race on, to figure out each corner. It changes so much throughout the race and the corners are so much different. It's pretty fun. I enjoy coming here. Sometimes it seems like everything gets pretty spread out, but hopefully we'll be up front and spread out this time."

DID SOMETHING CHANGE THE PAST FEW RACES?

"It's not really bad luck. We were just off a little bit. Sears Point was a little bad luck. We had a flat tire with two laps to go or one lap to go and lost 15 spots. That was bad luck there, but other than that that's just where we ran. We were 25th at Daytona and 23rd at Chicago. We finished eighth last week, and I think we're back on track. Hopefully that was the start of some top 10s and top fives. This week and Indianapolis, I'm looking forward to the Allstate 400. We had a great test there, and I can't wait to go there in two weeks."

COMMENT ON BRAKES AT POCONO

"You definitely don't want that to happen (no brakes). You think about it every once in awhile when you're on the track for some reason that crosses your mind maybe. It wouldn't be good if you didn't have brakes getting into that corner. Jeff (Gordon) showed that, but it's racing. Things happen, and hopefully it doesn't happen again this weekend. With the new softer walls, the HANS, the great seats and helmets everybody is building these days, we have some really safe racecars. It's definitely assuring we have cars that are safe like that if that did happen."

-dodge motorsports

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