KASEY KAHNE - No. 38 Great Clips Taurus (Finished 2nd) DID YOU THINK YOU COULD HAVE PASSED KEVIN IF THE RACE HAD CONTINUED? "Yeah, I definitely think we could have. He was saving fuel, I guess. That's what he said. Maybe he had a little more...
KASEY KAHNE - No. 38 Great Clips Taurus (Finished 2nd)
DID YOU THINK YOU COULD HAVE PASSED KEVIN IF THE RACE HAD CONTINUED?
"Yeah, I definitely think we could have. He was saving fuel, I guess. That's what he said. Maybe he had a little more once we got to his bumper, but until we got there we were definitely catching him and maybe would have caught him in another lap or two. I think he would have kept saving fuel, so maybe we would have been able to pass him if the rain wouldn't have come so soon."
HAS IT BEEN A WHILE SINCE YOU HAD A STOCK CAR THIS GOOD?
"We had a good stock car all weekend. Our whole Great Clips team did a good job. We qualified first and ran second in the race. Our first run of the day we were real good at the start of the run and real good at the end of the run. Then we freed the car up just a little bit and that hurt us for the second run. But once the tires wore down a little bit, we got back to the high side and it was awesome again up there."
WAS THIS THE BEST CASE SCENARIO FOR YOU BECAUSE YOU SAID YOU WERE 3 OR 4 LAPS SHORT OF MAKING THE DISTANCE?
"This is probably the best-case scenario the way it turned out because we were short about four laps if it stayed green. If we went back to green now, we may have been able to coast around for three, four or five warm-up laps and made it to the end of the race. But then you never know who would have put on tires or who wouldn't, so it definitely would have been different. The way it worked out was perfect. The only way better would have been if it rained maybe a lap later."
YOUR TEAM BOUNCED BACK TODAY.
"Yeah, I mean we definitely had a good car. You could tell that by coming back through the field like we did. We got put back so far because of that pit stop and it killed us, but we fought back and still had a good day for the whole Great Clips team."