Las Vegas: Kasey Kahne preview

* After sporting the special, white Budweiser/Team USA paint scheme for the first two races of the 2010 season, Kasey Kahne's No. 9 Ford returns to the iconic red Budweiser paint scheme for Sunday's Shelby American NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at...

* After sporting the special, white Budweiser/Team USA paint scheme for the first two races of the 2010 season, Kasey Kahne's No. 9 Ford returns to the iconic red Budweiser paint scheme for Sunday's Shelby American NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

* In six previous starts at the 1.5-mile speedway, Kahne has earned two top fives, three top 10s and two pole awards. His average start at LVMS is 9.7 and his average finish is 16th.

* Kahne scored his best finish at LVMS, second place, in 2004, his rookie season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

* Kahne will get the rare opportunity to watch his sprint car and midget teams compete while in Las Vegas this week. Joey Saldana will wheel the No. 9 Budweiser Maxim in the Las Vegas Super Sprint Classic at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Friday. Paul McMahan will drive the No. 91 and Brad Sweet will pilot a third entry for Kasey Kahne Racing, the No. 49. Sweet will also compete in Thursday night's USAC midget action at The Dirt Track.

Kasey Kahne Discusses Racing on the West Coast and the Start of the 2010 Season:

Are you staying on the West Coast between the races in California and Las Vegas? "I'm going to Vegas for a couple of days and then I'm going up to Washington and hang out with some friends and family."

Do you like racing on the West Coast on back-to-back weekends? "It's alright. I enjoy it. I think Daytona takes a lot out of you because it's about 12 days and you're so into Daytona and so into getting started that it wears you down some, but you have California and Las Vegas to recover from that. I'm looking forward to this week and being able to see people and relax and enjoy ourselves."

You've had a rough start to the year. The team isn't hitting the panic button because it's a long season, right? "Early in the year it really doesn't mean much because you can make or break points so easily. I feel like we're sitting just fine because there are actually a lot of guys that will finish in the chase around me, which makes me not really worry much at all. We just need to get things rolling and finish up strong the next couple of weeks."

-source: rpm

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Kasey Kahne , Joey Saldana , Paul McMahan , Brad Sweet