Dover II: Kasey Kahne - NASCAR spotlight

Kahne looking for a different 'Double' Once is nice, twice is better. No doubt, that's the logic that Kasey Kahne (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge) will be employing the remainder of the 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup season. Kahne is in the ...

Kahne looking for a different 'Double'
Once is nice, twice is better.

No doubt, that's the logic that Kasey Kahne (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge) will be employing the remainder of the 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup season. Kahne is in the enviable position of appearing on stage twice for the Dec. 3 banquet at New York City's Waldorf=Astoria Hotel.

Kahne is nearly a lock to win the 2004 Raybestos Rookie of the Year title, and along with it a $50,000 check from Raybestos on stage at the Waldorf.

Kahne could make his second on-stage appearance at the banquet if he and his Evernham Motorsports teammates could secure the 11th-place position in the season-ending point standings.

"That would be huge," said Kahne. "Once would be really cool. If we can pull together and get it done the rest of the year, we'll be up there twice."

Kahne got it done last Sunday in New Hampshire posting a fourth-place finish in the Sylvania 300. It marked Kahne's 10th top-five finish of the season and fourth in the last seven races. Kahne now sits in 12th place, just eight points behind 11th-place Jamie McMurray (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge).

Over $1 million awaits the 11th-place finisher at seasons end. The drivers currently ranked 11th to 15th are in a heated battle, separated by just 149 points, all of which could change after Sunday's MBNA America 400 at Dover International Speedway.

"We're having our own little battle for that 11th spot between the five of us," said Kahne, referring to McMurray, 13th-place Kevin Harvick (No. 29 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet), 14th-place Bobby Labonte (No. 18 Interstate Batteries Chevrolet) and 15th-place Dale Jarrett (No. 88 UPS Ford). "Winning a million would be pretty awesome. It would be real exciting if we did that, like we have accomplished everything we needed to this year."

Of course, scoring his career first win would be nice too. Kahne nearly won at Dover last June, but spun out while leading with just 19 laps remaining.

"I don't feel like the track owes us one or anything like that because of what happened last time," said Kahne. "We'll have a good race car and we're looking forward to running there. I'm excited to go back. I think we have as good a shot as anybody at getting the win."

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bobby Labonte , Kevin Harvick , Kasey Kahne