Charlotte II: Kasey Kahne preview

Budweiser Racing Team Notes of Interest * This weekend Kasey Kahne will attempt to become the first driver to sweep all three races at Lowe's Motor Speedway in a single season. In May, Kahne won the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and the...

Budweiser Racing Team Notes of Interest

* This weekend Kasey Kahne will attempt to become the first driver to sweep all three races at Lowe's Motor Speedway in a single season. In May, Kahne won the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and the Coca-Cola 600.

* In nine starts at LMS, Kahne has three wins, three top-five and four top-10 finishes.

* Kahne has scored three outside poles and led 616 laps at the 1.5-mile speedway.

* Kahne has an average start of 11th and an average finish of 14th at LMS.

* Kahne is currently 14th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver point standings. He trails 13th-place David Ragan by 117 points.

* Kahne will be pulling double duty this weekend, participating in Friday's NASCAR Nationwide Series event in addition to Saturday's Sprint Cup Series event.

* Crew Chief Kenny Francis and Kahne will be featured as this weekends in race reporters. ABC commentators will be speaking with Francis and Kahne throughout Saturday's broadcast.

Kahne discusses racing in the Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway:

You have had so much success at LMS. What is it about this racetrack that you think suits your driving style the best?

"It's a track where I seem to know what the car needs to go fast. The line that you need to run here is so crucial. Lowe's Motor Speedway is such a sensitive track, you can really mess up here by missing your line by just a little bit or not slowing down quite enough getting to the white line throughout the race. It's a great track and hopefully we can continue to keep up the success here and get a win in the Bank of America 500."

You have a chance to become the first driver to sweep all three events at LMS in a single season.

"Lowe's is definitely one of my favorite tracks and we have a unique opportunity to win all three races here this year. We've won all the races here - we are just trying to get it done in one year. It would be a huge accomplishment for me personally and everyone at Gillett Evernham Motorsports to be able to complete the sweep."

What are your goals from here to end of the season?

"The focus doesn't change that much from what we have already been doing this season. We are still learning about the COT and learning about the tires and how to make them work the right way at each track. It takes time, but we've come a long ways since this time last year and I feel like we still have a ways to go, but we are still progressing forward and that is the main goal. When we show up at the track from the time we unload we have improved from where we were last year. Our speed isn't that far off from where we need to be."

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Kasey Kahne , David Ragan