Martinsville II: Kasey Kahne preview

KASEY KAHNE QUOTES "We've made a lot of progress with our short-track program this year. In the process, I've come to enjoy racing on the short tracks, especially Martinsville. We had a very good run there in the spring, finishing second....

KASEY KAHNE QUOTES

"We've made a lot of progress with our short-track program this year. In the process, I've come to enjoy racing on the short tracks, especially Martinsville. We had a very good run there in the spring, finishing second. Success creates a comfort zone.

"With five races to go, we want to race hard and put ourselves in position for another win or two this year. It's important we have good finishes as we prepare for the 2006 season.

"The pit crew had awesome stops last week at Charlotte. Tommy (Baldwin, team director) made some good calls on adjustments, which improved the car as the race progressed. We had a car capable of winning by the end of the race. We just had a little misfortune."

STATS & FACTS

KASEY KAHNE AT MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY

This weekend will mark Kahne's fourth NASCAR Nextel Cup Series start at Martinsville. Kahne earned his best finish of 2nd in his most recent visit to the track this spring. Kahne has led 18 laps around the half-mile oval and has an average finish of 12th place.

The 2004 spring race at Martinsville was Kahne's first start at the racetrack. Kahne worked up from his track-best 15th place starting position to lead one lap on the day.

SPENDING TIME UP FRONT

Kahne is ranked sixth overall in laps led among active drivers in the 2005 season. After 31 races, he has been at the point position for 430 laps.

POINTS STANDINGS

After racing at Charlotte, Kahne moved to the 21st position of the NASCAR Nextel Cup point standings. His points total of 3,207 is only three points out of 20th.

HOMECOMING

Rear tire changer, Kyle Turner will show off his talents in front of his hometown fans from Yorktown, Va. Fuel man for the No. 9 Dodge Charger, Rodney Rhodes, from Chesapeake, Va., will gas up the car.

WITH THE FRONT RUNNERS

Kahne has earned an average start of 15th in the 2005 season. Of the drivers who have competed in all 31 races this year, Kahne is ranked eighth, tied with teammate Jeremy Mayfield and veteran driver Mark Martin.

Kahne has marked up two poles this season ranking him third in a five-way tie among the drivers who have competed in all 31 races this year. Fellow drivers who share the five-way tie are Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth.

EVERNHAM MOTORSPORTS MILESTONES

Kahne's 2005 win at Richmond, in addition to teammate Jeremy Mayfield's victory at Michigan, marked the first time that Evernham Motorsports teammates had each won a NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race in the same season.

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Matt Kenseth , Jeremy Mayfield , Kevin Harvick , Kasey Kahne