Phoenix II: Kasey Kahne preview

KASEY KAHNE QUOTES "This season certainly hasn't turned out the way we expected for the No. 9 Dodge team. We got off to a slow start and then gained some momentum with the win at Richmond. Just when we thought we were back on track, the bottom...

KASEY KAHNE QUOTES

"This season certainly hasn't turned out the way we expected for the No. 9 Dodge team. We got off to a slow start and then gained some momentum with the win at Richmond. Just when we thought we were back on track, the bottom fell out again. It's been a battle, a tough season.

"We are trying to use these last few races to build momentum for the 2006 season. We had a good run at Phoenix last year, qualifying in the top five and finishing in the top five. We finished outside the top 10 earlier this year, but on the lead lap and in a position to have had a better finish.

"Everyone knows how the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series stirs up sand in the desert. The No. 9 Dodge team is looking to stir up more than sand. We're after momentum, lots of momentum for the 2006 season."

STATS & FACTS

KASEY KAHNE AT PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

This will mark Kahne's third visit to Phoenix International Raceway, he made his first career Cup Series start at the one-mile oval in November 2004, he started fourth and drove his No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge to a fifth place finish.

Kahne has one top-five and one top 10 with an average start of ninth and a finishing average of 11th, completing all the laps in his two career starts.

SPENDING TIME UP FRONT

Kahne is ranked seventh overall in laps led among active drivers in the 2005 season. After 34 races, he has been at the point position for 430 laps.

WITH THE FRONT RUNNERS

Kahne has earned an average start of 15th in the 2005 season. Of the drivers who have competed in all 34 races this year, Kahne is ranked fourth in a three-way tie with teammate Jeremy Mayfield and veteran driver Mark Martin.

Kahne has two poles this season, ranking him fourth in a four-way tie among the drivers who have competed in all 34 races this year. Fellow drivers who share the four-way tie are Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick and Matt Kenseth.

POINTS STANDINGS

After racing at Texas, Kahne held the 22nd position of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings. His point total of 3,414 is 114 points out of 20th and 498 points out of 11th.

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 , Mark Martin