Phoenix: Kasey Kahne previews

Budweiser Racing Team Notes of Interest * Kasey Kahne makes his 10th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) this weekend. * Kahne is currently 10th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver ...

Budweiser Racing Team Notes of Interest

* Kasey Kahne makes his 10th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) this weekend.

* Kahne is currently 10th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver point standings, 112 points behind fifth place Tony Stewart.

* In nine starts at PIR, Kahne has accrued one top-five and three top-10 finishes.

* Kahne has an average start of 12th and an average finish of 21st at PIR.

* In nine starts at the one-mile oval, Kahne has posted four top-10 starting positions.

Kahne discusses racing in the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway:

Talk about the unique shape of Phoenix International Raceway? "It's a pretty unique race track. To me, it's a neat place to go (race). The weather always seems to be good out there. That's a track that I haven't really run that well at. Early on (in my career) I did--my first year. We've kind of been up-and-down there. I feel like this year, with where we're at right now and the gains that we've made in the last month. Phoenix will be another track where we can run pretty well."

What are the keys to success at Phoenix?

"You need good forward drive off the corner and getting your car to turn all day off the corner will be the key at Phoenix. Each corner drives differently and you really have to have your car set up well in order to be competitive."

You lost a position in the championship standings after Texas. Do you pay attention to that and how do you keep the momentum going? "I've started to pay attention to where I'm at in the points. It's nice to be on this side of the fence and not on the other side. Just personally I need to do the best I can every week, regardless. If the car is only capable of a 20th place finish, I need to finish 20th. That's all I can do. When you get to the level we're at now, it's so easy not to win races because there are so many great teams and great drivers and crew chiefs and owners and sponsors, I mean, there's so much going on. The reason that each driver is racing in the Sprint Cup Series is because they've won tons of races in other series."

-credit: rpm

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Tony Stewart , Kasey Kahne