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FYI WIRZ: NASCAR's Kasey Kahne and Robby Gordon, NHRA's Robert Hight

Dwight Drum@@racetakeCorrespondent IIIJune 5, 2010

Kasey Kahne talked about his Sprint cars on dirt. Robby Gordon, while at the Baja, commented on his team missing a qualifying cut. Robert Hight revealed the sensation of going 313 mph at night.


Kasey Kahne summarized his passion for dirt track racing

Courtesy of Richard Petty Motorsports

"My dad was involved in sprint car racing," Kahne said. "I grew up around it. I started racing mini-sprints and then moved on to racing sprint cars. I’ve raced ever since. I really enjoy that type of racing. I try and give back to dirt track racing whenever I can because I like it so much."
 
Kahne about his World of Outlaws teams at Kasey Kahne Racing:

"I spend as much time at KKR that I can," Kahne added. "If I’m not racing or at a sponsor function, I’m at the shop. We are based in Mooresville N.C. It allows me more time to spend with the guys. Most of the team is close family, so we all grew up together and now we all work together."

"Unfortunately, I'm not able to be at every race, but I trust the team to do what’s best and win races. It is exciting for me to stay involved with it and see how well they run."


Robby Gordon defined determination after his Sprint Cup team missed the cut in qualifying

Courtesy of Robby Gordon Motorsports

"While I am in Ensenada for today’s Baja 500, the No. 7 team was in Pocono preparing for this weekend’s Cup race," Gordon said. "I want to personally thank Ted Musgrave for his help yesterday practicing and attempting to qualify our Cup car as well as our team members for their hard work. Despite missing the race, Ted and team made a valiant effort to get the No. 7 into the race."

"I believe that all successful companies go through times like this—they have highs and lows. I remember Penske Racing missing the Indy 500 with three cars in 1995 and Paul Tracy just last month. We will recover from this just like Penske did, and we will be stronger because of it."

"While I am disappointed that we will not participate in tomorrow’s race at Pocono Raceway, I want to thank our employees for their hard work and our sponsors for their continued support. What remains through all of this is Robby Gordon Motorsports’ commitment to the success of our diversified racing programs."


Robert Hight detailed his racing sensations at 313 mph during a night run

Courtesy of John Force Racing

Stunned Hight blasts to top of provisional Chicago field...

After waiting all day for sporadic rain showers to stop long enough to get some racing action in at Rt. 66 Raceway outside Joliet, Illinois, Robert Hight and the Auto Club Ford Mustang team made the most of their only shot at qualifying on Friday for the 13th annual UA Rt. 66 NHRA Nationals. Hight stunned the crowd and his competition with a 4.067 second run at 313.15 mph.

"I really don’t think (crew chief) Jimmy Prock was trying to run that hard," Hight said. "When we saw all the other cars smoking the tires we knew we just needed to get A to B and get down the track with a mid-teen. I think it even surprised Jimmy."

"It was smooth as can be. Out in the middle of the race track it got a little dark. It was like the lights went off for a second. I told myself don’t turn the wheel. I knew it was going straight to that point and then I had vision again. That is kind of the way it is at night. Once I could see I had my hands on the chutes at the other end it was just a perfect run."

"When you run 313 mph that just proves that all the work we have done on our Auto Club Mustang has paid off. This Mustang is happy. It runs clean to the other end. It is fast too. It is an unbelievable feeling."

FYI WIRZ is the swift presentation of pertinent motorsports topics compiled and condensed by Dwight Drum @ Racetake.com. Photo credit: Dwight Drum

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