Michigan II: Kasey Kahne preview

KASEY KAHNE QUOTES "At Michigan, you can go high, low or the middle, wherever you want, and make your car work. You have the ability to move around during the course of the race, searching for the best line. That's why I'm better at those...

KASEY KAHNE QUOTES

"At Michigan, you can go high, low or the middle, wherever you want, and make your car work. You have the ability to move around during the course of the race, searching for the best line. That's why I'm better at those kind of tracks. I can find what is better for my car. If you can look around long enough, you can usually find a line that works better and gain spots.

"We need to lead laps and finish in the top five. We have to do that this weekend in order to stay in this points deal and have a good shot at it. It's tough to know what is going to happen at Bristol. We have to get as many points as we can at tracks where we're capable of running in the top five. We didn't qualify well at Michigan, starting somewhere around 30th (34th to be exact) but came up through the field. It would definitely be better to start up front, but you can pass if you have the better car. The best deal would be to run up front all day. That way you have a better chance of missing any trouble back in the field."

STATS & FACTS

CLOSING IN ON THE LEADERS

* Kahne remains 11th in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series points standings after racing at Watkins Glen. He closed the gap on 10th place to 24 points, and is 244 points out of the top five.

KAHNE AT MICHIGAN

* This weekend's race will mark Kahne's second career NASCAR Nextel Cup Series start at Michigan Int'l Speedway. In this year's DHL 400, Kahne brought home a second-place finish. He just missed his first Cup Series win, taking the runner-up position for the fourth (and most recent) time this year.

HOW IT ALL ADDS UP

* Kahne has three top tens and two top fives in the past four races (eighth, third, fourth and 14th).

* Kahne is one of only six drivers to have scored seven or more top-five finishes this season.

* Kahne's four pole positions are two shy of Ryan Newman's record six poles in a rookie season.

RAYBESTOS ROOKIE BESTS

* After 22 races, Kahne has a commanding 67-point lead in the Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year race.

* Kahne's total of 349 laps led is nearly five times the combined amount of laps led by the five other 2004 Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year candidates (75). He also has more poles, top fives and top 10s than the combined amount of his Rookie-of-the-Year competitors.

A NEW LOOK FOR SUMMER

* The No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge will continue to run its new Dodge Summer Sales Drive paint scheme this weekend in Michigan. The new scheme will run through the August 28th race in Bristol.

FAST ON FRIDAYS

* Kahne earned his fourth pole (Las Vegas, Darlington, California and Pocono) and his second track qualifying record (Las Vegas, Pocono) at Pocono in June.

* Evernham Motorsports has set three track qualifying records this season (Kahne -- Las Vegas and Pocono (a), Mayfield -- Dover).

* Kahne tied Art Watts (1957) for the quickest any driver has reached four career poles -- 14 races.

LAST WEEKEND AT WATKINS GLEN

* Kahne left the track smiling as the No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge team had achieved its goal of a top-15 finish. On two occasions Kahne was hindered exiting the pits because the competitor in the stall just in front of him stopped short in the adjacent box. During the first stop, Kahne had to back up before he could exit, costing him positions despite quick service by his Dew Crew. On lap 57, team director Tommy Baldwin called for Kahne to pit for fuel only. He was running 17th when Baldwin made another strategic move, directing Kahne to pit on lap 74 during the final caution for four tires. Kahne restarted 21st but managed to climb to 14th over the final 15 laps. Kahne was the top-finishing rookie for the fourth consecutive race.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kasey Kahne