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NASCAR AMERICA: Kahne looking ahead to the Chase (VIDEO)

Sep 2, 2014, 6:34 PM EDT

Sometimes, momentous occasions can take time to truly sink in for a person.

Just ask Kasey Kahne, who locked himself into the Chase for the Sprint Cup on Sunday with a thrilling win over Matt Kenseth in green-white-checkered at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

“Coming off Turn 4 to see the checkered [flag] was exciting, and at that time, I knew we were in,” Kahne explained to NBCSN’s Marty Snider on today’s episode of NASCAR AMERICA. “But it didn’t – about four in the morning, I was laying in bed and that’s when I was like ‘Man, I’m actually in the Chase! We’ll go to Chicago in two weeks…’

“So that was when it actually kinda hit me was that night, that we did make it.”

Kahne also talked with Snider about having his Hendrick Motorsports teammates join him in Victory Lane to celebrate, and what the Atlanta triumph means for the confidence of both himself and his No. 5 team.

You can watch the full interview above.

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