Sears Point: Pole winner interview

KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger) POLE CAN YOU TALK ABOUT YOUR RUN? "So far, so good. We're real happy with our qualifying run. The Budweiser Dodge was real fast and comfortable. It was very similar to our second-to-last run in ...

KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger) POLE

CAN YOU TALK ABOUT YOUR RUN?

"So far, so good. We're real happy with our qualifying run. The Budweiser Dodge was real fast and comfortable. It was very similar to our second-to-last run in practice earlier today. We tightened the car back up a little more and it felt real good. Hopefully that will give us something to base our combination off of for tomorrow's practice and be ready to go on Sunday."

THIS IS YOUR FIRST ROAD COURSE POLE, DID YOU SURPRISE YOURSELF TODAY?

"Yeah. To get the pole is always very difficult, especially at these tracks (road courses). There are certain guys who seem like they're right there -- we've been close here in the past. We've been close at Watkins Glen. I felt like I could make that one lap and come close to a pole and today we had a great Budweiser Dodge and was able to get it. I came into today thinking that we had a good shot, but winning a pole at Infineon is tougher than it sounds."

WITH YOUR PAST POOR PERFORMANCES HERE AT INFINEON, IS THERE ANYTHING IN PARTICULAR THAT YOU LOOK FOR ON SUNDAY?

"The biggest thing is messing with my back part (of the race). We've always raced pretty well here the first 70 laps and the last 30 we've had some problems. I'll just try and make sure that I'm ready for the race. I've done a lot of things to prepare to be more ready then I have in the past. Hopefully it pays off on Sunday. I've always liked Infineon and Watkins Glen, we just don't have the results to show. We've been fast at all those races in the past at times. If we just put a full race together, we'll definitely be fine."

THE WEATHER LOOKS TO BE HOT ON SUNDAY, WHAT DOES YOUR TEAM DO TO KEEP YOU COOL INSIDE THE CAR?

"Our cars are fairly hot, but you can run hoses to try and keep the air moving as much as it can in the racecar. This is always a hot place. Every race that I've ever raced here has been hot. We just tried to be prepared before we got here. The guys that build the cars -- with insulation and everything they know to keep the cars cool -- our team is doing a great job. Having a good racecar is a big part of staying cool."

WHEN DID YOU REALIZE THAT YOUR TEAM IS BACK? WAS IT THE ALL-STAR RACE?

"We've been decent all year. We've been pretty close at times and a little off at other times. Winning the All-Star Race -- anytime you can win a race in this series -- the competition is so tough and the drivers are so good at this level -- once you can do that (win) we felt as a team that we can do it again the next week. The All-Star Race gave us that one boost we needed to realize that we're not that far off."

CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THE RELATIONSHIP YOU HAVE WITH BORIS SAID AND HOW HE HAS HELPED YOU LEARN TO DRIVE BETTER ON ROAD COURSES?

"I made one lap better than Boris (Said) today and he'll make 109 better then me on Sunday. I definitely haven't done more than Boris on these types of tracks. He's very good at them. I enjoyed working with him. He taught me a lot of things and taught me how to go faster. It's difficult to use some of the things he's taught me instantly, but I think that I've been able to keep all of it in my head over the last year. And slowly when we go test and race, I can keep trying to figure out the things that he talked to me about. We rode a two-seater together- he rode with me and I rode with him. I watched him and then he picked my stuff apart -- what I was doing good and what I was doing bad. You can learn a lot from a guy like that. It's just two different styles of driving that make it kind of difficult to just flip over and drive like him the next day. I think that I've been able to put some of the things that he's helped me with into effect today and we got the pole. It's definitely nice when you have Boris Said trying to help you and improve you road racing."

WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE A ROAD COURSE ADDED TO THE CHASE?

"It would definitely mix things up. I like the schedule the way it is now. If (NASCAR) put a road course in the Chase, I wouldn't care. I would just be different then it is now. It would probably be better for Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart -- some of the guys that are really good at these courses. Does that matter? I don't know. I think the schedule is fine the way it is."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Tony Stewart , Boris Said