* Kasey Kahne took another hit in the point standings after being involved in two accidents at Auto Club Speedway. Kahne couldn't be happier that the next stop on the NSCS schedule is Lowe's Motor Speedway (LMS). The Concord, NC track has produced...
* Kasey Kahne took another hit in the point standings after being involved in two accidents at Auto Club Speedway. Kahne couldn't be happier that the next stop on the NSCS schedule is Lowe's Motor Speedway (LMS). The Concord, NC track has produced three wins for Kahne in 11 NSCS starts.
* In addition to his three wins at the 1.5-mile speedway, Kahne has four top-five and six top-10 finishes.
* In 11 starts at LMS, Kahne has an average start of 10th and an average finish of 12th.
* Kahne only has two DNFs this season and both have occurred during the Chase.
* In 2008, Kahne led 66 laps en route to his third career NSCS victory at LMS.
* Kahne will be running double duty at LMS this weekend. In addition to running the NASCAR Cup Series event on Saturday, Kahne will be competing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Friday night driving the No. 43 Dodge.
Kahne discusses the Chase and racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway:
Your only two DNFs this season have occurred during the Chase, how can you get yourself back in contention for a solid finish in the Chase? "Unless other people (have problems), these guys run so good--there's a reason that they're in the top 12 in points. Every week, the top 10 is eight or nine guys that are in the Chase. If that's the case and nobody else has problems, then you're not going to get back in it. You can't. You lose so many points by running 40th when you have an issue, and we've had two DNFs. I think that we need other guys to break, other guys to have a problem. It will kind of put us back in the playing field. If not, top 10s, bonus points, leading laps, winning races--if you can win races, you can gain a good bit of points. You can gain some of that back. And we can get back in the top five I think, but you're not going to beat Jimmie Johnson and Mark Martin if you have a blown engine and they don't. If they finish every race in the top 10, you're not going to beat them."
Can you talk about what it takes to run well at Lowe's Motor Speedway? One of the biggest things for me (at Lowe's) is that you have to be able to run anywhere on the race track. Your car has to turn really good at certain areas on the track and the front-end has to be in the track. Last year in the October race, the back-end of my car was so far out of the track that the front was still really positive in those areas that I wanted it to be and that really benefited us. We ran second and were pretty darn close to Jeff Burton (race winner). I would say the biggest things is having your front-end really positive at certain load spots on the race track."
Does your success at LMS give you a little more confidence going into this weekend? "When you've been successful at a track like we have here at Lowe's, you gain a sense of confidence because you understand where to be successful on the racetrack. You still need a good car, but confidence does give you a sense of comfort inside of the racecar."