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Kasey Kahne, Hendrick Motorsports - Q&A

Kasey Kahne clinched his first win of the 2013 Sprint Cup Series championship on Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway, his third win for current team Hendrick Motorsports.
Q:
This is Kasey's 15th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win, your first here at Bristol. Congratulations on winning here at Bristol Motor Speedway with Hendrick Motorsports.

You jumped seven spots in the points standings today. You're up to seventh. Quite a day. Certainly coming off last week's performance, you could have won out there at Las Vegas, too.

Kasey Kahne:
Feels really good to win at this place. Such a tough track over the years. My first time here in 2002 was just something I couldn't believe the way that you drove, as hard as you drove here, the way things happen so quickly. To win a Sprint Cup race here feels really good.

We had an awesome Great Clips Chevy SS throughout the race. The pit calls were perfect. The pit crew did a really good job with pit stops. Was able to race hard the whole race. It worked out for us.

Feels really good to get in Victory Lane and get our first Sprint Cup win early in the season.

Q:
Kasey, four races so far [in 2013]. 36th, 19th, 2nd and 1st. After the first two, were you concerned you were having a similar start to last season?

Kasey Kahne:
Yeah, it actually seemed really similar to the start of last year, those first two. Had two great cars at Daytona and Phoenix. Phoenix we kind of fell off a little bit. Definitely had a good car at Daytona and we lost some points the first two.

Since Las Vegas, the test day went really well. I thought we learned some things there, were able to put a really good weekend together, and again this weekend.

We've gained a lot of spots here in the last two weeks and feel really good about where we're at, where our team's at. There was a lot that went on during the off-season to get a little bit better. I felt like each one of us needed to get a touch better. So far it's all paying off. The guys are doing an awesome job.

Q:
Do you think the last two weeks is more representative of the team?

Kasey Kahne:
I would say so. Just from each practice session, the preparation of the car prior to getting to the track, then qualifying. We've been qualifying up front each week. I think it's all definitely going in the right direction.



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The damaged car of Kasey Kahne driver of the #5 Chevrolet sits in the garage after an incident in turn 3 during NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Preseason Thunder testing at Daytona International Speedway on January 11, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet, talks to his crew chief Kenny Francis in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 20, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Great Clips Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 17, 2013 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo Credit: Geoff Burke/Getty Images)
Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Great Clips Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 17, 2013 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo Credit: John Harrelson/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet SS finished 1st, Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Great Clips Chevrolet SS finished 37th Saturday, April 12, 2014 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Darlington Raceway in Darlington South Carolina. Harvick  is 22nd, Kahne is 23rd in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings. Teammates Dale Earnhardt, Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard Chevrolet SS finished 2nd and Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Kobalt Tools Chevrolet SS finished 3rd.(Photo Credit: HHP/Christa L. Thomas for Chevrolet)
Aric Almirola, driver of the #43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in the #17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford tangle during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles` Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on April 12, 2014 in Darlington, South Carolina. (Photo Credit: NASCAR Via Getty Images)
Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet, is hit by Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, as he pulls into his pit box during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on March 30, 2014 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet SS finished 10th Sunday, March 16, 2014 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. Larson is 22nd in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings. (Photo Credit: HHP/Christa L. Thomas for Chevrolet)
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Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet SS finished 7th and Jamie McMurray, driver of the #1 McDonald’s Chevrolet SS finished 38th Sunday, March 16, 2014 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. Gordon is 4th, McMurray is 16th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings. (Photo Credit: HHP/Rusty Jarrett for Chevrolet)
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Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, hits the wall during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 16, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee. Jamie McMurray, driver of the #1 McDonald’s Chevrolet, and Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, were also involved in the incident. (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Kellogg`s/Frosted Flakes Ford, takes the chequered flag as he crosses the finish line under caution to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 16, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo Credit: Daniel Shirey/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Kellogg`s / Frosted Flakes Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after taking the checkered flag under caution in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 16, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo Credit: Will Schneekloth/Getty Images)
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Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Kellogg`s / Frosted Flakes Ford, celebrates with the chequered flag after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 16, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo Credit: Daniel Shirey/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Crew members work on the #20 The Home Depot/Husky Toyota, driven by Matt Kenseth, on pit road after an incident in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 16, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
Drivers and NASCAR Officals stand on the grid during a red flag caused by rain in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 16, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)

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