Talladega: Kasey Kahne preview

KASEY KAHNE QUOTES "Last week was a great experience for our team. The car wasn't totally up to par, but through good communication and determination, we made adjustments during the race that kept us in the top 10 and put us in position for a...

KASEY KAHNE QUOTES

"Last week was a great experience for our team. The car wasn't totally up to par, but through good communication and determination, we made adjustments during the race that kept us in the top 10 and put us in position for a good finish.

"Last year going into Talladega, we had two top-five and two top-10 finishes and were outside the top 20 in the point standings. This is a much better start, but there's plenty of work ahead. This weekend is a big test for the No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger team.

"Our restrictor-plate program continues to improve. We're confident we have the equipment to be competitive. At Talladega, it's all about getting hooked up with the right drafting partners. That's been a problem for me. For some reason, when I pull out of line to pass, I don't have a lot of cars following to provide that push you have to have to move up."

STARTING UP FRONT IMPORTANT AT TALLADEGA?

Forty-two of the 73 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Talladega have been won from the first four starting positions (58 percent). The furthest back a winner has started -- Jeff Gordon started 36th in April, 2000.

There have been nine different Bud Pole winners in the last nine restrictor-plate races beginning at Daytona in 2004.

There have been 73 restrictor-plate races since 1988 -- 37 at Daytona and 36 at Talladega. There have been 73 Nextel Cup events at Talladega, two per year except 1969, the inaugural year, which had only one race.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Kasey Kahne