Indianapolis: Kasey Kahne preview

* Kasey Kahne will make his seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Sunday's Brickyard 400 driving the No. 9 Budweiser Ford Fusion. With six races at the historic track already under his belt, he has scored two ...

* Kasey Kahne will make his seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Sunday's Brickyard 400 driving the No. 9 Budweiser Ford Fusion. With six races at the historic track already under his belt, he has scored two top-five and four top-10 finishes. Kahne's average start there is 6.2 and his average finish is 16th. He's also led 40 laps around the 2.5-mile track.

* Kahne's return to Indy this weekend is also a trip back to a town he called home early in his driving career. As a teenager, Kahne moved from Enumclaw, Wash., to Indianapolis with his sister, Shanon, to pursue his racing dreams. Kahne spent several years competing in sprint cars, USAC Midgets and Silver Crown cars, and even tested with Indy Car and CART teams before making the transition to stock cars in 2002 with starts in what was then the NASCAR Busch Series.

* On Thursday Kahne will lace up his bowling shoes and participate in the Ninth Annual Gordon Celebrity Bowl. The bowling tournament held each year by the Jeff Gordon Foundation, and hosted by the four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion himself, benefits the Jeff Gordon Pediatric Cancer Research Fund at Riley Hospital and the Wells Center for Pediatric Cancer Research at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

* Kahne is 17th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver point standings and 120 points out of the 12th-place cut-off point for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup with seven races to go before the Chase begins.

* Kahne took a road trip to Rossburg, Ohio, for the off weekend to race with the World of Outlaws at Eldora Speedway. Originally just scheduled to compete in Friday's Knight Before the Kings Royal, Kahne filled in for Brad Sweet in the Kings Royal on Saturday when the Kasey Kahne Racing (KKR) driver had to stay in Illinois an extra day for the postponed NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. Kahne won his heat race on Friday and finished 17th, while KKR driver Joey Saldana won the Knight Before the Kings Royal in the No. 9 Budweiser sprint car and teammate Paul McMahan finished third in the No. 91. On Saturday, Kahne was relegated to a 15th-place finish when his No. 4 Budweiser sprint car was sidelined after a wreck.

Kasey Kahne discusses racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway:

On racing at Indy: "We've come close at Indy. It's definitely one of the races I look forward to each year. It's a neat track. To me it's just tough because all four corners are different, so you have to get your car to handle in each of them and get down the straightaway. If you can win at that place in any type of race car it'd be a great day."

What would winning at Indy mean to you? "Winning at the Brickyard and the Daytona 500 are on the top of my list. I think it depends on what type of racing background you have which one is more important to you. For me, coming up in the sprint car ranks, I raced in the Indianapolis area a lot and learned early on how significant winning at the Brickyard was. When you think about the drivers that have won at Indy throughout the years, it would mean a lot to be able to add my name to that list. We've been close a few times and it's certainly a victory I'd love to pull off."

-source: budweiser

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Kasey Kahne , Joey Saldana , Paul McMahan , Brad Sweet