Budweiser Racing Team Notes of Interest
* This weekend will mark Kasey Kahne's sixth career start at Chicagoland Speedway and 199th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start.
* In five starts at Chicagoland, Kahne's best finish of 15th came in 2008.
* Kahne has an average start of 11th and an average finish of 29th at the 1.5-mile speedway.
* In the past five races, Kahne has an average finish of 12th.
* With eight races remaining until the Chase, Kahne is in 12th position in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver point standings. He leads 13th-place driver Mark Martin by 65 points and is only 35 points out of 10th place.
Kahne Discusses Racing in the LifeLock.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway:
You are back inside the top 12 in the driver point standings. "To get caught up in that wreck on the last lap in Daytona and still gain a spot in the standings is pretty cool. This Budweiser Team has been knocking on the door of the top 12 for awhile, but the competition is so strong. It's hard to gain ground when everyone challenging for those final Chase spots are getting strong finishes. There is still a lot of racing left before the Chase starts. We need to just keep improving and keep making sure that we have the points to be in the Chase when it comes around."
Talk about coming to Chicago and racing at Chicagoland? "I enjoy Chicagoland. We haven't run that well there in a Cup car. I think that (Chicagoland) is just one of those tracks that we haven't hit our stride for some reason. It's also one of those tracks that I've enjoyed racing at and coming to. When you haven't run well somewhere, you hope at some point it's going to change because it's a track that you like. I think this weekend can be one of those weekends where we qualify well and have a good race Saturday night."
How much of a difference has it made recently to know that you've got a good race car underneath you? "It allows you to just think about racing and passing the car in front of you and doing everything you can to give back the right information. What it's all about is giving Kenny (Francis) the right information to make the next adjustment and when you have a car that is close; it's easier then when the car is way off. The adjustments are a lot smaller and they improve the car."