Las Vegas: Kasey Kahne preview

KASEY KAHNE QUOTES: "I like the new Las Vegas track, but I also liked the old track. We'll just have to wait and see how the groove moves around after everybody gets out there in practice on Friday. There should be multiple grooves by race day.

KASEY KAHNE QUOTES:

"I like the new Las Vegas track, but I also liked the old track. We'll just have to wait and see how the groove moves around after everybody gets out there in practice on Friday. There should be multiple grooves by race day. The track is much faster, but we go fast at Charlotte, Texas and Atlanta. We just don't want to reach the point where we're running at speeds that hurt the racing. We expect our No. 9 Dodge Charger, which will carry a special McDonald's paint scheme this weekend, to be very competitive at Las Vegas just as we do at all the mile-and-half tracks. We had plenty of success at those tracks last year and the team has worked very hard in the off season to improve our Dodge Chargers. We're ready for Las Vegas and a little Vegas luck."

QUICK FACTS

* The No. 9 Dodge Charger will be sporting a special McDonald's paint scheme this weekend.

* Kahne's never qualified outside of the top 10 at Las Vegas, his average start is 4.3.

* He has finished in the top five in two out of three career Nextel Cup races at Vegas, his average finish is 14.7

* Kahne finished fourth in last year's UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 after starting in the fifth spot.

* He has led a total 44 laps at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

* Kahne piloted one of the fasted cars during pre-season testing at the newly remodeled Vegas track. He posted a speed of 184.685 mph.

* Kahne still holds the track qualifying record of 174.904 mph (30.874 sec.), set on March 7, 2004 during his rookie season.

-credit: em

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kasey Kahne