Ford drvier Kasey Khane via nascar-assets.americaneagle.com Credit: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images for NASCAR
I know I still have to write a post about yesterday, that is in the works but here are some post-race quotes from the Ford camp to tied you over.
JOHN ANDRETTI – No. 34 Window World Cares Ford Fusion (Finished 22nd)
– "Somebody turned the 51 and, boom, there he was right in front of
me. It happened that quick." YOU TALKED ABOUT THIS RACE BEING
HELPFUL FOR FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS. WHAT DID YOU LEARN FOR NEXT WEEK?
"Well, it is but this is our backup car, so now we’re in a tight
After the jump you'll find Kasey Khane, Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards, and a transcrip of Kasey's Press Conference after the race.
KASEY KAHNE – No. 9 Budweiser Ford Fusion (Finished 2nd) – ARE YOU
GLAD YOU DIDN’T PIT WITH THAT WRECK HAPPENING BEHIND YOU? "Yeah, that
actually worked out great for us. We had a great Budweiser Ford the
entire race. I was having a blast out there. The racing was good, it
was side-by-side, and there was a lot going on. We were right there.
Even on the restart there, Harvick got in front of me and I was
pushing him and I was right on the white line. I was like, ‘Man, the
tires aren’t too bad.’ So I was happy. The Roush Yates Ford engine
is definitely an improvement. That’s nice to have." A GOOD FINISH.
"I’m pretty happy with that. My car was really good all night. We
were sliding around a lot and bouncing off the track. It was doing
some things we didn’t exactly want it to do, but it handled awesome
and was really fast. The Roush Yates Ford engine was unbelievable for
me. I loved it, so I can’t wait for next week. We’ll just keep
working on the car and keep trying to get better and, hopefully, we’ll
have a good shot in the 150 and the 500 as well."
MATT KENSETH – No. 17 Crown Royal Ford Fusion (Finished 16th) – "You
don’t expect it because you know that you can wreck anytime at a plate
race, but you don’t really expect it. When you’re behind Jeff Gordon,
who is one of the sport’s best, and the 16 was on old tires. I don’t
know, one of them got into each other and lost it or something."
CARL EDWARDS – No. 99 Scotts Ford Fusion (Finished 17th) – "I didn’t
see what happened, but they all started wrecking there. I saw Biffle
get real sideways, but I had a lot of fun. We led a bunch of laps and
it’s just too bad it ended that way. That was coming for a long time.
Guys did a really good job, everybody did, the whole day or racing
pretty clean." WHAT DID YOU LEARN FOR NEXT WEEK? "My pit crew is
really good. That’s good."
KASEY KAHNE PRESS CONFERENCE – "I thought it was a great race. I
really enjoyed it. From the time it went green, we started 19th, and
just kind of marched our way right up to the top three or four cars
and raced there for the majority of the race. It was a lot of fun to
have a Budweiser Ford that fast and the Roush Yates engine, the way it
comes up through the gears, the way it races, the way you can get
pushes and push other cars was something that was new to me and I
enjoyed it. I thought it was pretty awesome." DID IT FEEL ANY
DIFFERENT OUT THERE WITH THE WAY THE CARS RACED? "To me, my car slid
around a lot, but it always turned. You can’t really push off these
corners because it kills your straightaway speed, to me. So the way
ours was, it slid around a lot but it was fast that way, and I thought
it was some pretty exciting racing. I was on edge from the time it
went green. Even in the first 25. In intros there were guys saying,
‘Should we take it easy? Should we do this? Should we do that?’ And
I felt like it was on from the time the green flag came out tonight."
DID YOU RECEIVE MORE BUMP DRAFTING THAN NORMAL? "I was getting hit
and I was hitting cars, but I thought it was pretty similar at times
the way the packs get caught up. I think the biggest thing is you can
just get some huge bursts of speed and get some big pushes, but more
bump drafting or any of that, I don’t know, I thought it was probably
pretty similar to how it’s been." WHAT COULD YOU TELL FROM THE ROUSH YATES
HORSEPOWER AND HOW IT COMPARED TO WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN DRIVING? "The
way the car handled was fairly similar to what we’ve done in the past.
I still have the same team, so we’re still doing a lot of the same
things, which is really nice. I understand how our cars feel and the
way they’re set up. The biggest difference was just the engine and
from the time it goes green, up through the gears, second, third,
fourth, it just pulls hard. I can bump a little bit and get bumped a
lot, so that, to me, was really good. I was pleased. I was really
happy with it. You come down here and you always see how well the
Roush Yates engines run in the past. They’ve won a lot of races at
this track over the years, so I feel like it was something to look
forward to and I was real happy with it and look forward to next week.
I think it’s gonna be a great week for us." IS THERE ANYTHING YOU
CAN DO WITH THIS PACKAGE YOU COULDN’T DO WITH THE PREVIOUS ONE?
"That’s kind of tough for me because my engine is so much different
and my car runs so much different than it has in the past, so it’s
hard to say it was this that made you feel that way, was it the plate
or the end plates? There were a lot of changes for myself at this
type of a track. I like everything that’s been changed. I think it’s
more exciting. Definitely in the car tonight I was excited the whole
time and there was a lot of times we were on edge, so I think the
changes were good." DID THE RACING TURN OUT LIKE YOU EXPECTED? "I
was a little bit nervous because I saw one stay. You would think that
more would stay out and, I mean, the whole field came in, so, yeah, I
was definitely nervous. But my car handled good on the bottom, I just
needed to kind of stay in front of cars. When we got one lap to go,
who knows what was gonna happen. It would have been pretty wild, but
we made it. It worked out well for us. I don’t know about the rest.
I think it was good and pretty exciting. I liked the way the cars
handled tonight." DOES THIS GIVE YOU SOME MOMENTUM FOR NEXT WEEK? "I
think it goes away, but this is a great night for us. We run well in
the Bud Shootout. We were up there all night with our Budweiser car
and we have some things that we learned tonight. We didn’t get a
whole lot of practice. We didn’t run that second practice because I
got a fender bender a little bit in the wreck with Kurt, so we didn’t
run a whole lot there, but tonight in the race I felt like I learned a
lot. Talking to Kenny, there are some things we’re gonna be able to
make our Daytona 500 car even better than it was tonight, hopefully,
and have just as fast of a car throughout the whole week." WOULD YOU
HAVE LIKED TO SEE THE RACE END UNDER GREEN? "I’m happy I’m right
here. I don’t know. I thought it was green-white-checkered, and if
it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen. In the driver’s meeting they
did say one attempt at a two-lap green-white-checkered. That’s what I
understood the way it ended was normal." HOW COMPETITIVE WAS THE
RACING? "I thought it was really competitive. Like I said earlier,
when it went green, I was two to three wide for 75 laps. I thought
throughout most of the race there was action, at least where I was,
and I felt like I was in the mix and had runs going. I just felt like
there was a lot going on and it was exciting. I thought it was a
little more than usual and I was happy with it." CAN YOU PLAY WITH
THE THROTTLE MORE WITH THE PLATE CHANGE? "I agree. I drive like
Jamie, I guess, we do similar work with our feet, but there are guys
out there – I’ve always known of Harvick to lift. You hear him
lifting a lot. He was lifting tonight and he was lifting three years
ago, so I think it’s just a driving style and however you learn to
race these types of tracks. But he’s (Jamie) definitely right on the
plate. You can get speed up quicker than what you could in the past."