Budweiser Racing Team Notes of Interest * This weekend's Auto Club 500 marks Kasey Kahne's ninth career start at the two-mile California Speedway. * Kahne swept the weekend's events during the fall race at California Speedway in 2006, winning...
Budweiser Racing Team Notes of Interest
* This weekend's Auto Club 500 marks Kasey Kahne's ninth career start at the two-mile California Speedway.
* Kahne swept the weekend's events during the fall race at California Speedway in 2006, winning in the former NASCAR Busch Series on Saturday night then scoring the win in the Sprint Cup Series race the following night.
* Kahne has finished no worse than 13th at California Speedway during the races in which he finished. He has two DNFs at California as a result of an engine failure (spring 2007) and an accident (spring 2005).
* Kahne has finished in the top 10 during each of the four fall races that have taken place at California Speedway.
* Kahne has led at least one lap during five of the eight races in which he has competed at California for a total 267 laps led.
* Kahne has an average starting position of seventh place at California Speedway.
Kasey Kahne Discusses Racing at California Speedway
What are your thoughts on California Speedway?
"I like California. We've always been able to run pretty well there which is probably one of the reasons I enjoy racing there. I know we had engine problems in this race last year but we started second and had a pretty good run going. We led 20 laps and then lost the engine a little past halfway. It's a great track though and I am ready to get started at these types of tracks. We felt pretty good about the test we had in California and Las Vegas. We learned a lot and hopefully that works to our favor this weekend."
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. I do think it is a track that can be tough on engines, as we discovered last year but it is a track I enjoy so I'm looking forward to it."
Does this race at California set more of the tone for the season?
"I think you have a better idea of where you are after this race. Daytona is such a different race. California is more like the type of tracks that we'll race at all year. We only have restrictor-plate races four times a year so I think this weekend's race is a good test for the work that has been done in the off season and will give us a better idea on where we still need improvement. I do felt like we had a good test at California. We weren't the fastest car there but we learned some things that should help us, especially in the race."