Michigan II: Kasey Kahne preview

* Kasey Kahne heads to Michigan International Speedway for this weekend's CARFAX 400 with a 127 point cushion over 13th-place Kyle Busch in the race to the Chase for the Championship. * In 11 starts at Michigan, Kahne has posted one win and five...

* Kasey Kahne heads to Michigan International Speedway for this weekend's CARFAX 400 with a 127 point cushion over 13th-place Kyle Busch in the race to the Chase for the Championship.

* In 11 starts at Michigan, Kahne has posted one win and five top fives, including two runner-up finishes.

* Kahne started from the pole and led 19 laps en route to his first victory at MIS in June of 2006.

* In 11 starts at MIS, Kahne has an average start of 14th and an average finish of 17th.

* With four races remaining until the Chase field is determined, Kahne is in eighth position in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver point standings. Kahne is 27 points behind seventh place Juan Pablo Montoya.

Kahne Discusses Racing at Michigan International Speedway:

What kind of racing can we expect this weekend at Michigan? "There is so much racing room out there that you have to really work on your setup. I feel like that is one of the tracks where it is really critical to have a good aero and engine package. The racing at Michigan can be great at times. It also can be a race where cars run away and get strung out and there's not a lot of passing going on. As far as the width of the racetrack and racing groove, there's plenty of room. If you have a good car, you'll be able to pass and it will be a fun race."

With so much emphasis being placed on restarts lately, is there an art to a good restart? "Your gear ratios can change some and help or hurt. There's a lot to it and there are definitely guys who are better at it than others. It changes every track that you go to. All the surfaces change and if you're on hot tires or brand new tires, right-sides, left-sides, it all changes. If you hit a re-start perfect, you know when you do it. If you don't, the guy behind you does because he gets into you, beside you, and may beat you into the first corner."

Is there a different feel to racing in Michigan because it is so close to Detroit and the automakers? "I feel like this is one of the races--being in Michigan and near Detroit--you always want to perform for your manufacturer, but this year it seems like a win would really benefit (the manufacturer) and excite some people that are a huge part of Dodge."

-credit: rpm

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya