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Kasey Kahne, Hendrick Motorsports - Q&A

The pit stops have been really good. The guys are just nailing it on pit road. It's fun to come to pit road and break even or gain spots.

Q:
Kasey, all this talk the last couple years of good Bristol, bad Bristol. That sequence with you and Keselowski was crazy. Walk me through that. It seems like lap traffic was as much a part of that.

Kasey Kahne:
Yeah, Brad got out to the lead there and it took my car a few laps to get going. I reeled him in. Just trying to make the pass. He was driving into the corner so hard I couldn't really do anything on the bottom or try any type of somewhat of a slide job or anything like that. It was just trying to get momentum off the corner and make something happen on exit.

It took a while to do it. I bumped him a few times. He was sideways trying to hold us back. I got the lead, then gave it right back in lap traffic two laps later.

Definitely I was mad at myself at that point in time. About spun out off of two a few laps after that. Had to calm down, get things going again. Felt like we got a good restart that final restart, got to the lead. From there it was just momentum and try to drive away.

Q:
Nerve-wracking?

Kasey Kahne:
It wasn't too nerve-wracking then with Brad. It was how can I figure out how to get by. The two of us were out front a little bit. I was just trying to run a lot of scenarios through my head and make it work. Finally it worked, got by. But it took a while. It was tough. I mean, we were running as hard as we could.

Q:
How angry were you after last week and are you over it? Listening to you on the radio after the race, you seemed really frustrated, the fact you had the best car and didn't win.

Kasey Kahne:
I was frustrated for like five seconds, then I went right from the angry moment to telling the guys how good they did, you know, that day, how well our weekend went, all of that.

I wasn't too angry at all really. I was mad that we gave a race away. But there was really nothing we could do the way it all turned out and the damage that I had to the car from the restart. It was nobody's fault. It was just racing. We had a great car all day.

I wasn't mad at all. I felt good Monday and all week. I'm going to feel better tomorrow (smiling).

Q:
On the restart, Keselowski got shoved there. He said his wheels were actually off the ground. Looked like the #11 and the #22 got into each other. Were you aware of what was going on? Were you aware of the skirmish they had in the garage afterwards?

Kasey Kahne:


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