Dover: Kasey Kahne preview

KASEY KAHNE QUOTES "The win at Lowe's Motor Speedway was great for the No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger team. We had a three-race span where we didn't score a lot of points and it appeared we were having problems. Actually, we've only had...

KASEY KAHNE QUOTES

"The win at Lowe's Motor Speedway was great for the No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger team. We had a three-race span where we didn't score a lot of points and it appeared we were having problems. Actually, we've only had one race -- Darlington -- where we didn't have the car competitive. At Richmond and Talladega, our car was very good. We were running third at Richmond when we had the mechanical problem and we were in the top 10 at Talladega, but ended up in an accident. We've had great cars every week. With the exception of Darlington, we had cars capable of winning any race.

"Evernham Motorsports has had success at Dover. Jeremy (Mayfield, Kahne's teammate) has had fast cars there. He has the track qualifying record. He's had three top-10 finishes in the last four races. Kenny (Francis, the No. 9 team director who was with Mayfield's No. 19 team previously) likes Dover and has a great understanding of the setup the track demands. For a brief time, it appeared I might get my first Nextel Cup victory at Dover back in 2004, my rookie season. I was leading late in the race, but got in some oil between turn three and four and slid into the wall. We had a good car there last fall, starting second, but didn't get the finish we expected.

"My crew has been awesome this year with pit stops. Kenny, Mike (Shiplett, car director) and Keith (Rodden, engineer) have made great calls on the setup. They've been on target with the adjustments during the race, keeping up with the changing track conditions. Last week at Lowe's, the key to the win was the changes that were made during the last pit stop. The car had been good and we were in position to challenge for the win, but the changes Kenny and the crew made turned the No. 9 Dodge Charger into an awesome racecar."

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Kasey Kahne