KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger) NOTE: Kahne won his second pole of the season and the eighth of his career in 79 attempts. "It was a great run. The team did an excellent job of getting the car ready, and it was a great...
KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger)
NOTE: Kahne won his second pole of the season and the eighth of his career in 79 attempts.
"It was a great run. The team did an excellent job of getting the car ready, and it was a great draw. It was better than going out early like Scott Riggs. The car was a little bit better than it was in practice. We made a few small changes, and it felt like we got all we had out of it out there.
"Some of it does (translate from Atlanta to Texas). We brought the same car we had at Atlanta. It was brand new at Atlanta, and we brought it here and qualified first. Some of it definitely does, but the way you transition here in the corners where it's flat and you get into a lot of banking when you come off the corners it's the same way. There's a lot of banking and then it gets flat real quick. Those are two big differences, and we'll really have to work on that tomorrow in practice. We made some changes today in race practice and felt like we're gaining on it. We look forward to getting it figured out again tomorrow.
"I've been happy all year with the way things have gone. We've had momentum all year, even with last week at Martinsville. I wasn't even that mad when we left there. I was disappointed we didn't finish in the top five. We had a car that was capable of probably running in the top three. Things like that happen, and it was nobody's fault and it's been fixed since then. Qualifying first, starting on the pole, we did that at Atlanta and won the race. That's momentum, that's a lot to look forward to. We've got a great Busch car for tomorrow, too. We just need to keep doing what we're doing.
"It was a great lap. We had a great draw. It's always good to draw late with the sun going down a little bit. I think we've got a good shot to win Sunday, as good as anybody else. Our Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger felt awesome just coming to the green flag. I knew with no mistakes it was a car that could sit on the pole. I was pretty pumped up coming to the green, and I just had to put together a good lap. I was waiting for Kenny (team director Francis) to tell me where it was. I was going to go again if it wasn't good enough and try to get a little more. It was a great effort. These guys are building great race cars for me right now.
"It's tough to wait. You want to get out there, but at the same time you know the sun is dropping and the track is cooling off a little bit. It's not too tough when you know the track temperature is going down. (A weekend sweep) sounds great. The Busch car is good, too. Hopefully we'll have a good performance in both cars and make some gains in the points." CAN THE CAR BE AS GOOD AS IT WAS AT ATLANTA? "I think it can come close. You've just got to make the right changes. Everything has been so close this year each week with 15 or 20 cars. I think if we do all the right stuff I think we can run up front. We're starting in the right place anyway."