Pocono II: Kahne, Sadler - Dodge Friday interviews

Kasey Kahne (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger) WHAT IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS AT POCONO? "I think the key is to get through turn three and down the front straightaway. The struggle is to get through there and then the whole rest of the track.

Kasey Kahne (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger)

WHAT IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS AT POCONO? "I think the key is to get through turn three and down the front straightaway. The struggle is to get through there and then the whole rest of the track. When you get through turn one you don't get through turn three as well. It's tough to get it all, especially when you are in traffic. By yourself is one thing, when you are in traffic is a much harder thing."

HOW TOUGH IS IT TO COMPROMISE ONE CORNER OVER ANOTHER? "You get what you get. If that is the case you just have to back off and get through. The good cars will have to give up also, but they won't give up as much as the cars that aren't handling as well. It's all the same for everybody. It's just how good are you; how good's your car and how much do you have to give up at this end compared to that end."

IF YOU RUN GOOD AT INDY DO YOU RUN GOOD AT POCONO? "That's not true at all. It definitely can help you. They both have long straightaways. Pocono is a much different track. We ran good at Indy in '04 and '05" and only ran good here once in those two years. (Pocono) is just a different place and it takes a lot to figure it out."

WHAT KIND OF RACE DO YOU ANTICIPATE? "A long race, a spread out race, a little bit of passing here, a little bit of passing there; a normal Pocono."

DO YOU ENJOY COMING TO POCONO? "I enjoy coming up. I enjoy the fans. I enjoy the track. It's not my favorite place, but I'm not sure it's anybody's. It's different from what we usually race and the fans are great. That's what makes it cool are all the fans."

DOES THE RACING CHANGE WITH THE CHASE SO CLOSE? "I think they change for some of the guys. For us nothing will change this year until we're done. It's just about getting our cars as good as possible, doing everything we can to go fast. We want to do well; we want to win races before the season's is out. All we can do is keep trying."

HOW FRUSTRATING HAS THIS YEAR BEEN FOR YOU? "It's been disappointing. You go into a year with a lot of expectations. You've won the most races the year before, ran good in the Chase and you go in excited and then you have a car we just haven't been able to figure out. As a team, as an organization, we've been off with our car. It's been disappointing but we just keep working on it and trying to make things better."

ON THE SWITCH TO THE 2006 NOSE "We had to do something. We were changing things every week, trying different packages aero-wise. Ray just said, 'We're doing this. It's the best package overall down force numbers we've had in two years on any car.' So, we took the best thing we possibly had and made sure it was the same for myself, Elliott and Scott. From there it's about horsepower and mechanical setups underneath the car; which we are working hard on right now."

HOW IS YOUR CONFIDENCE? "My confidence is alright. I look forward to going to a track, look forward to racing. It's tough when you come into a race and realize you haven't even really been close to a top 10, let alone a win. That's tough, but we will get back there. We were the best team last year for (wins) and we'll back there. We know we will. "


Elliott Sadler (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger)

THOUGHTS ON RACING AT POCONO RACEWAY "It's a very fun race track if you have a good car and you're having a good day. All three corners are a little bit different. You have to use a couple different driving styles for each corner, it is a fun place. If you're having a bad day it is absolutely the longest Sunday we have all year long. 500 miles around this race track is a long, long time and if you're having a bad day it just compounds it a little bit."

COMMENTS ON FATIGUE BEING BROUGHT ON DUE TO THE UNIQUENESS OF POCONO RACEWAY "This is a long race. 500 miles around this track seems like 700 miles around a normal race track. It has long straightaways and it seems to get stretched out a lot. Fatigue is a little bit of a factor. You do have long nice straightaways to rest and relax on before you have to get back to work."

IS THEIR ANY TRUTH TO THE FACT THAT YOU CAN'T GET THE CAR TO HANDLE IN ALL THREE CORNERS HERE AT POCONO "I think it's very hard to have the car perfect in all three corners. Most of the time if you're really good in turn three then you're really tight in turn one and you o.k. across the tunnel. We really try to get our cars really good in turn three and across the tunnel the best we can and maybe give up turn one a little bit. It's such a long front straightaway that if you can get through turn three good, you can make up a lot of time"

IS BRINING NASCAR RACING TO THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY IMPORTANT IN YOUR OPINION? "I don't know, I'd rather see us go to different markets inside the United States first, but that's just my opinion. I think this sport can survive within the U.S. borders. We have for a long time, we have a lot of great fans and I think there's still markets that we can explore and have just as good of results from. But it is cool we're going to Montreal because I have done a few appearances in Canada and we do have a lot of great race fans that come across the border to watch races in Michigan. So I think it's pretty cool to go there but I feel like we should explore some of the U.S. markets first."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kasey Kahne , Elliott Sadler
Teams CIP