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Kasey Kahne, Hendrick Motorsport - Q&A

The winner's post-race press conference at Pocono Raceway, following the end of the GoBowling.com 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Sunday afternoon.
After claiming victory in the GoBowling.com 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway, Hendrick Motorsport's Kasey Kahne met with the press in the media centre accompanied by the crew chief of the victorious #5 car, Kenny Francis.

Q:
Let's hear from our race winner for today's 40th Annual GoBowling.com 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race here at Pocono Raceway, and our race winner is Kasey Kahne. He drove the #5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports. It's Kasey's 16th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win, his second victory in 2013, and his second win at Pocono. Kasey now is 8th in points in the current championship point standings; however, he's got two all-important victories now heading into as we go five races to go before we set the Chase field.

Congratulations, Kasey, certainly an outstanding race down the stretch with you and your teammate Jeff Gordon. Maybe just talk about that final part of that race there, that last restart. Let's go back to the restart before that. You had the lead, caution came out, Gordon took the lead. Maybe just kind of go back over that for us, because that was some really good racing.

Kenny Francis:
Yeah, I just felt like we had our Farmers Insurance Chevy was the best car. Kenny called a great race with strategy and kept me in the front the whole time once we got there. We started 18th, so we had a little ways to go, but we were gaining on the leaders from the time the race went green off of everything I could see with markers and things.

But, yeah, when the caution came out, we had a pretty big lead. I knew Jeff was going to be tough. I felt like he was beating me on restarts a little bit. I always struggle on them. I need to work on that and just keep getting better with my starts, but he got a great start.

He was on my left rear off of turn one, and was able to kind of side draft me down the backstretch and just stayed under me. He finally got by off turn three. So at that point, I just tried to stay with him. We had five laps, so I thought I may get another opportunity to get by, but it was tough. It seemed like with him in clean air, it was going to take more than five laps. It was going to take more like ten laps.

Then the caution came out, and on that caution, I just knew it was two laps to go, it's whoever gets the lead, whoever gets clear is going to win the race.

I had some help from Kurt Busch, pushed me down the front stretch, and I just drove into one as far as I felt I could, and I got some speed and momentum down the back and beat Jeff to turn two. That was kind of the race at that point. Once I cleared him getting into two, from there it was just don't make a mistake and try to run the quick lap on that last one.

Q:
Kenny Francis, congratulations on the win here today. You and Kasey Kahne certainly have teamed up over the years to turn in a lot of wins. But this has to be one of the more, I would think, gratifying wins that you all have put together.

Kenny Francis:



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Kasey Kahne, driver of the NASCAR Sprint Cup #5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet SS celebrates his win Sunday, August 4, 2013 at Pocono Raceway in the GoBowling 400 in Pocono, Pennsylvania. (Photo Credit: Rusty Jarrett for Chevrolet)
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