New Engine Powers Kahne

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Kasey Kahne had the new FR9 engine under the hood of his Budweiser Ford Sunday and drove the car to a runner-up finish in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Helluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

Kahne scored his best finish since Talladega back in November of last season and credited not just the added power of his engine to the run but to the overall effort of his Richard Petty Motorsports team.

“Our team did a good job,” Kahne said. “We didn’t lose 10 spots in the pits, I didn’t make mistakes. ....good feedback. The adjustments on the car were good.

“We didn’t break any parts. The car stayed together. We just kind of had a lot of downs this year, and it was nice to put a full race together and actually feel like a Cup team, Cup driver.”

But having the ability to power his way through Sunday's field was definitely something Kahne noticed and a luxury he didn't have as little as a week ago when he ran the old engine at Pocono.

“Last week at Pocono, I couldn’t draft,” said Kahne. “I could get a run off the corner, feel like I was catching the guy. As soon as I got to the straightaway...(they) would pull back away from me down the straightaway. That shouldn’t happen when you’re behind them. You should get the draft and suck up. This week I could suck up.”

Kahne's hoping with the new engine finally in place he'll be able to experience similar days like the one he had In Michigan and compete for more wins as the season progresses.

“Even if I didn’t get a big run off the corner, I was still in the draft and I could still suck up to the car in front of me, which is how it’s supposed to work,” Kahne said. “It felt good to be on a level playing field, just have to work on the car and work on other things that matter to try to win the race.”

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