Atlanta II: Kasey Kahne preview

KASEY KAHNE QUOTES "Atlanta is definitely one of my favorite tracks. I like it because you can run high or low and be competitive. It's a momentum track. Running the low groove isn't always the fastest way around the track. During the race, you...

KASEY KAHNE QUOTES

"Atlanta is definitely one of my favorite tracks. I like it because you can run high or low and be competitive. It's a momentum track. Running the low groove isn't always the fastest way around the track. During the race, you move around looking for a faster line. You may start the race running low and end up later in the race running quick laps up against the wall. By moving around, you can sometimes improve the handling of the car on the track without having to wait for a pit stop to make adjustments.

"We've had three straight top-five finishes at Atlanta. We need a top-five to finish the season on the right note and establish our program for 2006. We expect our Dodge Charger will be very competitive at Atlanta this weekend."

STATS & FACTS

KASEY KAHNE AT ATLANTA MOTOR SPEEDWAY
This weekend will mark Kahne's fourth NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series start at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Kahne earned his best finish of 3rd in his first visit to the track in the spring of 2004. Kahne has an average finish of 4.3 as a result of never finishing outside the top-5. Most recently, Kahne started fifth and finished fifth at Atlanta.

Since Kahne's first race in the spring of 2004, he has completed 100 percent of the scheduled laps around the 1.54-mile quad-oval, and has marked up 4 laps led for the No. 9 Dodge Charger.

SPENDING TIME UP FRONT
Kahne is ranked seventh overall in laps led among active drivers in the 2005 season. After 32 races, he has been at the point position for 430 laps.

POINTS STANDINGS
After racing at Martinsville, Kahne moved to the 20th position of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings. His point total of 3,319 is only 30 points out of 19th and 313 points out of 11th.

HOMECOMING
Sheila Lumpkin, from Atlanta, Ga., scores for the No. 9 team.

WITH THE FRONT RUNNERS
Kahne has earned an average start of 15th in the 2005 season. Of the drivers who have competed in all 32 races this year, Kahne is ranked sixth, tied with teammate Jeremy Mayfield.

Kahne has two poles this season, ranking him fourth in a three-way tie among the drivers who have competed in all 32 races this year. Fellow drivers who share the three-way tie are Kevin Harvick and Matt Kenseth.

EVERNHAM MOTORSPORTS MILESTONES
Kahne's 2005 win at Richmond, in addition to teammate Jeremy Mayfield's victory at Michigan, marked the first time that Evernham Motorsports teammates had each won a NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race in the same season.

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Jeremy Mayfield , Kevin Harvick , Kasey Kahne