Martinsville II: Kasey Kahne preview

Kasey Kahne, No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger Budweiser Racing Team Notes of Interest * This weekend will mark Kasey Kahne's 10th start at Martinsville Speedway. * Kahne has an average start of 24th and an average finish of 17th ...

Kasey Kahne, No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger

Budweiser Racing Team Notes of Interest

* This weekend will mark Kasey Kahne's 10th start at Martinsville Speedway.

* Kahne has an average start of 24th and an average finish of 17th at Martinsville.

* Kahne has one top-five and two top-10 finishes at the half-mile short track in Martinsville. His best finish of second came in the spring of 2005.

* In nine starts at Martinsville Speedway, Kahne has only one DNF. He was unable to finish in the spring of 2006 due to an engine failure.

* Kahne is currently 14th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver point standings. He trails 13th-place David Ragan by 86 points.

Kahne discusses racing in the TUMS QuickPak 500 at Martinsville Speedway:

What are your thoughts on racing at Martinsville this weekend?

"I haven't had the best luck racing there in the past, but Kenny (Francis, crew chief) has given me very competitive racecars this year and I'm looking forward to leaving Martinsville with a solid finish. Martinsville is definitely a challenging race -- 500 laps in heavy traffic from start to finish. Patience is essential, but you still have to be aggressive to stay up front. It's typical short-track racing."

Do you know in the first practice session if you're going to be competitive that weekend?

"You usually have a pretty good idea right away in practice. You either feel that you have a competitive racecar or that you have work to do to make the car faster. From there, the first couple laps of the race it's always a big question mark. Once you run three or four laps you're like, 'We're going to have a shot today.' You know how competitive you are going to be as soon as you get inside the racecar."

How important was your second-place finish at Lowe's Motor Speedway?

"It was a great finish for me personally and the entire Gillett Evernham team. We needed a good top-five, close-to-a-win type finish at LMS. We haven't had one of those in a while. It's been a rough few months, but we'll go to Martinsville and hopefully capitalize on our momentum."

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Kasey Kahne , David Ragan