Kahne Cool In Vegas

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LAS VEGAS - Kasey Kahne was determined not to have a lost weekend in Las Vegas.

But when the flu and a sinus condition hit him, it turned out to be a tough few days in the desert.

But Kahne was able to feel healthy enough to take the wheel in Sunday's UAW-Dodge 400 at LVMS and at the end of the day, he was feeling pretty well.

Kahne finished sixth on Sunday and is the only driver to have three top ten finishes to start the Sprint Cup Series season.

“My eyes hurt, but they’ve hurt all weekend,” Kahne said. “It’s a good start for us. The guys did a really good job. The car was a little tight. It may have been my own fault on one of the adjustments. I thought it would help."

“It did at times, but throughout the last half of the race it didn’t. I think we could have been a little better if I hadn’t made the suggestion.”

The start to the year is also a welcome relief for Kahne, who struggled mightily in 2007.

"The team has done a really good job," he said. This team is back to where it was. Our cars weren't right last year, something was wrong with them. It showed. We had a great run at Daytona and California."

Kahne points to a renewed relationship with Kenny Francis as a key to the rebound.

"Focusing on one car, the car we're racing and the Gilletts coming aboard," Kahne added as positives in 2008. "You know, we've changed the structure at the shop and I think that's really helped. Just having Kenny Francis there and working with him and the people he's put on our team. We had a great team and we have a great team. Once your car starts handling, all the communication stuff comes back."

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