Daytona 500: Kasey Kahne preview

* This weekend will mark Kasey Kahne's 11th career start at Daytona International Speedway (DIS). * In 10 starts at DIS, Kahne has three top-10 finishes. * Kahne has an average start of 29th and an average finish of 17th at DIS. * Kahne's...

* This weekend will mark Kasey Kahne's 11th career start at Daytona International Speedway (DIS).

* In 10 starts at DIS, Kahne has three top-10 finishes.

* Kahne has an average start of 29th and an average finish of 17th at DIS.

* Kahne's best finish in the Daytona 500 is seventh, a position he earned during 2007 and 2008 in the annual race. His best start is 10th, the starting position he earned in 2008.

* In 10 starts at the 2.5-mile speedway, Kahne has only one DNF. Kahne was unable to finish in his very first Daytona 500 due to an engine failure. It was also his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start.

* The World Famous Budweiser Clydesdales will be on display in the vendor display area located outside Turn Four at Daytona throughout the duration of Speed Weeks.

Kahne Discusses Racing in the Daytona 500:

What is the key to restrictor-plate racing?

"You have to make the right decisions, but a lot of it is luck. You have to depend on other cars to help you get to the front. You're really at the mercy of the cars behind you, and for whatever reason, I haven't been able to make it work at the end and win one of these things. There are so many things out of your control when it comes to plate racing, so you better hit all the marks on everything you can control, or you can really dig yourself a hole."

How important is it to get a good finish in the Daytona 500?

"I think you hear a lot of people refer to it as just one race out of the 36 we will run all season but I think it's important to start the year off right and with a good finish. It's obviously a big race -- our biggest race -- and it's a good feeling to be able to leave Daytona with a good finish rather than leaving with a DNF or a bad performance. I've been at both ends leaving Daytona and I can tell you it gives you a lot of confidence to be able to leave here with a good finish."

Did you get in enough testing at non-NASCAR tracks that you feel ready for the new season?

"I think we did. As a team, we went to the right places and we did the right things. The team was comfortable working together, making changes quickly. The tough part is we tested at tracks we don't race at, but we learned some things and feel pretty good going into California and Vegas."

-credit: rpm

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Kasey Kahne