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Kasey Kahne, Hendrick Motorsports - Q&A

I could hear the crowd. I had no clue what happened on that restart other than Brad took off a little bit and I had a good start, then he dropped. I knew he spun his tires. I don't know how it all happened. That's all I can really say. From there it was just trying to stay in front of him, get up high, get my momentum going.

Then I did hear the crowd, so I knew something was going on. I saw Denny the last four laps going slow with some type of a problem so I thought he might be involved with what the crowd was yelling at after the race. I haven't seen anything else. I'll watch tonight for sure. I'll go back and check the highlights.

Q:
Do you feel like you could have won three of the first four races?

Kasey Kahne:
Yeah, I thought we were really good at Daytona. Car had a ton of speed. We could have been in that mix, but we didn't get to that point in the race.

The last two weeks, we could have won definitely last week and had a great car again today.

Q:
Kasey, Charlie Daniels said earlier today his first race here at Bristol is going to let him scratch something off his bucket list. Is this the kind of win for you that's a bucket list win, means a lot to you?

Kasey Kahne:
This is a big race for me. I just feel like when you're racing in the Sprint Cup Series, Bristol's one of those tracks that as a driver you really feel like you need to win at, you want to win at. There's so many things that are thrown at you when you come to this place.

We've been trying a long time. So to pull it off, I felt like it was a big accomplishment for our guys and myself. Just feel really good about it. Like Kenny said, we've been fast here other times and just not been able to finish the deal. It's a big confidence builder. It feels really good to win at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Q:
Kasey, after a lot of pretty tight racing most of the day, once you got the lead on the restart, you sprinted away from everybody. Was your car that good or...

Kasey Kahne:
I think our car was just that good. There were points in the race when we were able to do that earlier on also. I felt like we just had a really good car. I just needed to get to the front, get some clean air, try to get away from the guys.

Once I got to probably 10 laps to go, I could see where Kyle was and Brad, see the lap cars I was catching, just try to keep that gap for the final 10 laps, take care of my stuff just in case we had a green-white-checkered. I wanted to have the best tires we had at that point.

I think it was just the car. It was fast. I was able to get away and kind of control the race from there.

Q:
Y'all have now been to four dramatically different types of racetracks with the new car. Did you learn anything today that will carry forward or had you learned everything you were going to learn the first three weekends and today maybe not quite so much?

Kasey Kahne:


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