Budweiser Racing Team Notes of Interest * This weekend marks Kasey Kahne's fifth career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Homestead-Miami Speedway (HMS). * In four starts at HMS, Kahne has one top-five and one top-10 finish. * Kahne...
Budweiser Racing Team Notes of Interest
* This weekend marks Kasey Kahne's fifth career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Homestead-Miami Speedway (HMS).
* In four starts at HMS, Kahne has one top-five and one top-10 finish.
* Kahne has earned one pole at the 1.5-mile speedway and has never qualified lower than fourth.
* Kahne has an average start of third and an average finish of 21st at Miami.
* Kahne scored a win at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the Nationwide Series in 2003.
* Kahne is currently 14th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver point standings, 273 points behind David Ragan.
Kasey Kahne Discusses Racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway and the 2009 season:
What does the 9 team need to do in preparation for the Daytona 500 in February? "We just need to keep working hard. The guys on this Budweiser team work real hard and we have a lot of good people. But you have to have direction and you have to know that it's the right direction by actually racing the stuff on the track. With the way testing is right now, you can't go to Kentucky (Speedway) and learn a bunch of stuff. You have to go to the race tracks that we race on and actually race it because we don't get to test (on those tracks). Now next year, if we get a little more testing at the tracks that we race at, I think that will help the teams that aren't caught up to the Gibbs, Hendrick and Roush teams. With this car, you definitely need to work with it in testing in order to find the right gains."
Can consistency be determined by the preparation of the racecar before it gets to the race track? "I think so. I don't understand how some teams get so far ahead. I do understand that when you have a car that's right -- I've had a few this year and we've won -- it's a different ballgame. You feel like a completely different driver. You just have to keep on working to get the cars the best that they can be when we unload them. The teams that are winning have them (great cars). Those drivers are doing a great job -- the teams are doing a great job -- we need to figure out how to catch up to them."
What will the 9 team focus on this weekend and in the off season? "We've been developing new cars and have definitely hit on a few positive things that we can build on for next season. Each of the Gillett Evernham teams will be trying something a little different in Miami and we can see what works and doesn't work for next year. Kenny (Francis) and all the guys back at the shop are working hard on building new cars and these last few races have been a positive baseline for where we will be next season. We're also going to do as much testing as we can in the off season. The more testing we do during December and January, the more data we collect that we hope to apply at the race track."