Texas: Kahne qualifying press conference

KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge) -- Qualified Third fastest overall, fastest rookie "We lost a little bit getting into turn one. I couldn't get in quite as far as I wanted. It pushed a little bit right there, but other than that the...

KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge) -- Qualified Third fastest overall, fastest rookie

"We lost a little bit getting into turn one. I couldn't get in quite as far as I wanted. It pushed a little bit right there, but other than that the car was awesome. Ray's got some pretty good engines right now, and it shows with Bill and myself being in the top three.

"It's been a pretty hectic week. We went to Martinsville and tested for two days. We flew out here on Wednesday for practice in the Busch cars, so I'm trying to put that (Bristol finish) behind me. At Darlington we ran 13th and had one of the best cars all day. At Bristol we were running second and as good as anybody all weekend, so it was disappointing not to finish up front or not even finish the race. At the same time we put it behind us and qualified third today, so we're looking good this week.

"Jamie and I talked yesterday. I was very upset when it happened to be out of the race that early, especially with as good of a car as we had. Looking at it on TV, Jamie didn't do it on purpose. He tried backing out when he realized there was no room there. It was just the breaks of racing and part of Bristol. We put it behind us. He apologized and said he probably shouldn't have been racing that hard that soon. That's what I thought, too. I mentioned retaliation at Bristol. I was upset at the time up there, but there's no retaliation. We're fine.

"He (Bill Elliott) did good, especially when he went out. He had a good lap. I went in there and talked to him after that to try to help my lap a little bit. He thought we'd beat him just because we went out later. That was an awesome lap for Bill and a good starting spot for Bobby Labonte.

"I thought about that this week. We were all disappointed with what happened last week, but we came back here and qualified third. I'm looking forward to Sunday. It's awesome to come to Texas. It's a great racetrack."

-dodge motorsports-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bill Elliott , Bobby Labonte