Charlotte II: Kasey Kahne preview

KASEY KAHNE QUOTES "The Mopar Dodge will make an encore appearance under the lights on Saturday night, and we are looking forward to driving it to the front. The last time I drove my No. 9 Dodge with the Mopar paint scheme, it was the best car...

KASEY KAHNE QUOTES

"The Mopar Dodge will make an encore appearance under the lights on Saturday night, and we are looking forward to driving it to the front. The last time I drove my No. 9 Dodge with the Mopar paint scheme, it was the best car I've ever driven. We led over 200 laps. Hopefully we will be up front at the end of this year's race and have a shot at winning it, and that would make it a great night for us.

"I always enjoy going to Charlotte. It's always an exciting race with the changes from light to dark. It's a tough track; it always seems that we are trying to keep up with how it will change later in the race. Since they reground it in some more spots, I've heard from other drivers that there's going to be more grip in the corners. I think with rubber down on the track it will be a lot of fun and really fast, and I don't think there will be as many crashes as there were during testing."

STATS & FACTS

KASEY KAHNE AT LOWE'S MOTOR SPEEDWAY

This weekend will mark Kahne's fourth NASCAR Nextel Cup Series start in a points race at Charlotte. Kahne earned his highest starting position, the outside pole, in 2004 during the 500-mile fall race. Kahne's earned his highest finish of 12th in the 2004 spring race.

Kahne has led 223 laps during points races at Charlotte

MOPAR ON BOARD THE NO. 9

This weekend at Charlotte, Kahne will carry the "bling bling" paint scheme with barbed wire embellishments designed by Competition Graphics of Farmington Hills, Mich. Last year, the Mopar Dodge started in the outside the pole position and led 207 laps of the 500-mile race at Charlotte.

SPENDING TIME UP FRONT

Kahne is ranked sixth overall in laps led among active drivers in the 2005 season. After 30 races, he has been at the point position for 395 laps.

POINTS STANDINGS

After racing at Kansas, Kahne moved up to the 20th position of the NASCAR Nextel Cup point standings. His points total of 3,108 is 217 out of 15th.

AVERAGE START

Kahne has earned an average start of 14th in the 2005 season. Of the drivers who have competed in all 30 races this year, Kahne is ranked seventh, tied with teammate Jeremy Mayfield.

Kahne has marked up two poles this season ranking him third in a five-way tie among the drivers who have competed in all 30 races this year. Fellow drivers who share the five-way tie are Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth.

HOMECOMING

Front tire changer, Nick O'Dell will show off his talents in front of his hometown fans from Mooresville, N.C. Also, for the entire Evernham Motorsports family, it will be a homecoming, since Lowe's Motor Speedway is only a short distance from the Evernham headquarters located in Statesville, N.C.

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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