Bristol: Kasey Kahne preview

* Kasey Kahne makes his ninth career start at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. * Kahne earned his best Bristol finish during the track's most recent NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event which took place in August 2007. Kahne finished second after...

* Kasey Kahne makes his ninth career start at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend.

* Kahne earned his best Bristol finish during the track's most recent NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event which took place in August 2007. Kahne finished second after starting from the pole and led 305 laps in route to the second-place finish.

* The laps Kahne led at Bristol during the track's 2007 fall race were the first he had led at Bristol in his Sprint Cup Series career.

* In addition to the second-place finish at Bristol, Kahne has one other top-10 finish. He finished 10th during the 2006 spring race.

* Kahne has qualified in the top 10 at Bristol six out of the eight races in which he has participated at Bristol for an average starting position of 10th.

Kasey Kahne Discusses Racing at Bristol Motor Speedway

How much of a question mark does Bristol present this weekend?

"I don't know if it's a question mark or just a gamble. It's a tough track obviously just because a lot of times what happens there is out of your hands as a driver. I've gotten involved in accidents running in the back and I've gotten into accidents while running in the top 10. Trouble can find you anywhere on that track so that's probably the biggest unknown when you go into a race at a place like Bristol."

How different is racing at Bristol than anywhere else the Sprint Cup Series races?

"It's pretty different. There aren't too many other places we race where you can leave with a top 10 and have a race car that's pretty beat up and maybe even been wrecked. I really don't know of another track you can compare it to though. It's a short track like Martinsville but it is really fast which you can kind of compare to some place like Dover with the concrete. It's just a different track to race. I've probably gotten more comfortable racing there during the last couple years and it's a place I look forward to racing just because you really never know what to expect, which makes it fun and challenging."

What are your hopes for the next couple races with Martinsville and Bristol both being short tracks?

"Ideally we are contending for the win at Bristol this week. We had our best Bristol race there last fall and hopefully, we'll see more of that this week. I'd say we'd be disappointed if we aren't competing for the win or at least be in position to do that. At Martinsville, I'd be happy to leave there with at least a top-10 finish. We've had a couple good finishes there but I think it'd be good if we were able to leave there with a solid finish."

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kasey Kahne