Martinsville: Kasey Kahne preview

KASEY KAHNE QUOTES "We know we can run up front at Martinsville. We finished second in the spring race last year. Finding the right setup is critical. It's a challenge--500 laps in heavy traffic from start to finish. To be successful, you have...

KASEY KAHNE QUOTES

"We know we can run up front at Martinsville. We finished second in the spring race last year. Finding the right setup is critical. It's a challenge--500 laps in heavy traffic from start to finish. To be successful, you have to have a car that works in traffic, especially the corners. Patience is essential, but you still have to be aggressive to stay up front. It's typical short track racing."

"We're off to a good start this season in the No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger, but it's only the start. We're five races into the season. My team has given me good cars this year. Kenny (Francis, the team director), Mike (Shiplett, the car director) and Keith (Rodden, the engineer) have made great calls on the setup and adjustments during the race. My pit crew has been awesome. I feel like I'm prepared mentally and physically to do the job in the car. I'm providing better information to Kenny and the team about what the car is doing on the track. They are turning that information into adjustments that make our Dodge Charger better as the race progresses. Those are the reasons our Dodge is running up front this year."

STATS & FACTS

KASEY KAHNE AT MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY
Sunday's race marks Kasey Kahne's fifth NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series start at Martinsville Speedway. In four starts at the track he has collected one top five, one top 10, led 18 laps and earned $438,290.

Kahne's best start at Martinsville came in the 2004 spring race when he qualified 15th, and his best finish at the track came in last spring's race when he crossed the start-finish line in second place.

Last fall at Martinsville, Kahne started 34th and finished 17th.

HOLDING STEADY
Kahne's 10th-place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway kept him at second place in the point standings. It is his career-best ranking in the points and the highest standing for an Evernham Motorsports driver.

OFF TO A STRONG START
Kahne is one of only three NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series drivers to score top-15 finishes in all five races of the 2006 season. His 10th-place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway marked his fourth top-10 finish in a row.

KAHNE CHARGES TO WIN AT ATLANTA
Kahne collected his second-career victory in the Golden Corral 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The win was the first for Dodge at Atlanta in 29 years.

His win was the eighth Nextel Cup Series win for Evernham Motorsports. The organization has now won at least one race each year since it's inception in 2001.

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Kasey Kahne