Atlanta II: Kasey Kahne preview

KASEY KAHNE QUOTES "I am excited to have McDonald's on board our No. 9 Dodge Charger this weekend as we head to another mile-and-a-half track. We've had a lot of success at Atlanta, so we're definitely looking forward to returning this ...

KASEY KAHNE QUOTES

"I am excited to have McDonald's on board our No. 9 Dodge Charger this weekend as we head to another mile-and-a-half track. We've had a lot of success at Atlanta, so we're definitely looking forward to returning this weekend. We've finished in the top five four times and had a great car for this event last year, but got caught up in an accident.

"I really like the track. You can run several lines and be fast. If you have a good car, you can definitely pass people. We had a great car in the spring. We started first and Kenny (Francis, team director) had the car perfect for the finish. The crew has been great all year, but they were awesome that day getting me in and out of the pits.

"Three weeks ago, The Chase picture didn't look too good for us. Now, that's changed. We've had three great races. The next two races are at Atlanta and Texas. They've been very good to our Evernham Motorsports team. We'll race the next four just as we have the last three, doing everything we can to win. It would be great to be able to do it this weekend and get McDonald's back to victory lane."

KASEY KAHNE FAST FACTS

* In his last race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Kahne drove chassis No. 128 to victory from the Bud Pole. He led 85 laps in posting his first win of the 2006 season.

* Kahne has four top-five finishes in five races at AMS. He has an average finish of 9.8, best among the 10 drivers in The Chase.

* In last year's fall race at Atlanta, Kahne was involved in an accident early which required a lengthy stay in the garage for repairs. He finished 32nd.

* Kahne has three top-10 starts at AMS and has qualified outside the top 15 only once in five attempts.

* Kahne has 17 top-10 finishes this season and 19 in the top 15. He was 21st in the season point standings entering the fall event at AMS last year.

* Kahne is the only six-time winner in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series this season. His wins came at Atlanta, Texas, Lowe's (both races), Michigan, and California.

* Kahne is eighth in the Chase for the Championship standings, just five points out of sixth and 63 out of second. He is 99 behind the leader.

* Kahne has scored more points than any other driver in the last three events including 90 more than the current points leader, Matt Kenseth.

* Kahne has claimed the Bud Pole five times this year.

-credit: em

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Kasey Kahne