Ponoco: Kasey Kahne preview

* Kahne holds the track record in qualifying at Pocono Raceway with a lap of 52.164 seconds and a speed of 172.533 mph. He set the record speed on June 11, 2004 during his rookie season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. * Kahne and the No. 9 ...

* Kahne holds the track record in qualifying at Pocono Raceway with a lap of 52.164 seconds and a speed of 172.533 mph. He set the record speed on June 11, 2004 during his rookie season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

* Kahne and the No. 9 Budweiser Ford team are testing at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga., this week in preparation for the upcoming road course race at Infineon Raceway. Kahne is the defending winner at the Sonoma, Calif., track.

* Kahne is scheduled to participate in two big dirt track races in the coming weeks. On Wednesday, June 9, he will race a dirt late model stock car in the sixth-annual Gillette Fusion ProGlide Prelude to the Dream at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. Kahne will lead Team Cincinnati, consisting of fellow Cup series drivers Joey Logano, Tony Stewart, Bobby Labonte and Bill Elliott, and NHRA drag racer Cruz Pedregon. Their winnings will benefit Cincinnati Children's hospital. Tickets for the event are available at www.PreludeToTheDream.org, and a live, commercial-free broadcast will be available on HBO Pay-Per-View at 7 p.m. ET.

* On Wednesday, June 16, Kahne will compete in Kasey's King of Sedalia Presented by Budweiser, a World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series race at the Missouri State Fair Speedway in Sedalia, Mo. The event is the third leg of the four-race, Kahne-promoted Showdown for the Bud Crown. Kahne also competed in the first event at Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, Tenn., in March where he shattered the track record in time trials. Tickets for Kasey's King of Sedalia Presented by Budweiser are available online at www.worldofoutlaws.com/tickets or by calling 704-795-7223.

Kasey Kahne discusses racing at Pocono and dirt racing:

What are the keys to success at Pocono? "The straight-aways are so long, you need to get all of the speed down them that you can so your car can come off of turn three as fast as possible. I've always liked the uniqueness of the three different corners and the challenge that it presents to the teams to set up your car to be fast at each of the different ends."

How did you get involved in dirt track racing? "My dad was involved in sprint car racing so we went to those races a lot and I grew up around it. I started racing mini-sprints and then moved on to racing sprint cars. I've raced ever since. I try and give back to dirt track racing whenever I can."

You have continued to support sprint car racing. What is the importance of that support and having that program at Kasey Kahne Racing? "I really enjoy that type of racing and I still try to do as much of it as I can because I like it so much. We have people at our shop that do a really nice job of preparing our cars. It is really nice for me to pay attention to what they are doing each week, whether at the shop or at the races. It is exciting for me to stay involved with it and see how well they run."

How involved with your World of Outlaws teams do you get? "I spend as much time at KKR that I can. If I'm not racing or at a sponsor function, I'm at the shop. We are based in Mooresville (N.C.), so our teams are on the road quite a bit to compete with the World of Outlaws, but it allows me more time to spend with the guys. Most of the team is close family, so we all grew up together and now we all work together. Unfortunately, I'm not able to be at every race, but I trust the team to do what's best and win races."

-source: budweiser

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Bill Elliott , Bobby Labonte , Tony Stewart , Cruz Pedregon , Kasey Kahne , Joey Logano