Fontana II: Kasey Kahne preview

Budweiser Racing Team Notes of Interest * Kasey Kahne gained one position in the point standings after his sixth-place finish at Kansas Speedway last weekend. He moved into the 11th position and gained ground on the top-10 drivers. In the...

Budweiser Racing Team Notes of Interest

* Kasey Kahne gained one position in the point standings after his sixth-place finish at Kansas Speedway last weekend. He moved into the 11th position and gained ground on the top-10 drivers. In the next two weeks, Kahne will compete at his two strongest racetracks looking to crack the top 10 in the standings.

* In 11 starts at California, Kahne has one win, three top-five and seven top-10 finishes.

* In 2006, Kahne led 130 laps at California en route to his sixth career NSCS victory.

* Kahne has finished no worse than 13th at Auto Club Speedway during the races in which he has finished. He has two DNFs at California as a result of an engine failure (spring 2007) and an accident (spring 2005).

* In 11 starts at California, Kahne has an average start of ninth and an average finish of 12th.

Kahne discusses the Chase and racing at Auto Club Speedway:

Talk about this weekend's race at Auto Club Speedway and swapping the Atlanta and Fontana dates. "Fontana is a good place for us. The track has always treated us really well with results. We seem to have a pretty good package there every time we go with Kenny Francis and the things that he does there. I really like Atlanta a lot and we've run great at California, so to me it's kind of a wash wherever they're at. I think the only benefit is that Atlanta on Labor Day is way better than Fontana on Labor Day and hopefully that helps out the crowds and excitement of the two races. So far, it showed at Atlanta to be a huge benefit to move that to Labor Day weekend versus in the Chase where it used to be."

Statistically, the next two tracks (Fontana and Charlotte) are two of your best. "I think we run pretty well in these upcoming Chase races. We have as good a shot as anybody at these tracks because they're tracks I enjoy and we've always raced pretty well at. If you have an issue, you lose points. If I didn't have an issue (in New Hampshire), I think that I would have run in the top 10 and these upcoming races we can do the same thing. We have a great package for most of these tracks. I think we'll do it; we just need to keep pulling it together and get these points back. I think we have a shot at getting a lot of them back."

Do you compare the racing at California to any other tracks?"It's hard to compare tracks to each other. I think California was built to be like Michigan but they're pretty different tracks. California doesn't have a lot of banking but it is a pretty fast track. I think, like every track, getting the car to handle in the corners is the biggest thing. It's a two-mile track and the front and back stretches are pretty long."

-credit: rpm

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kasey Kahne