Talladega: Kasey Kahne preview

Budweiser Racing Team Notes of Interest * Kasey Kahne makes his 11th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Talladega Superspeedway. * Kahne is currently 10th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver point standings -- 17 points behind...

Budweiser Racing Team Notes of Interest

* Kasey Kahne makes his 11th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Talladega Superspeedway.

* Kahne is currently 10th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver point standings -- 17 points behind ninth place David Reutimann and 22 points in front of 11th place Jeff Burton.

* In 10 starts at Talladega, Kahne has one top-five and one top-10 finish.

* Kahne scored a career-best second-place finish at Talladega in the fall of 2006.

* Kahne has led 14 laps at the 2.66-mile superspeedway.

* Kahne has an average start of 28th and an average finish of 22nd at Talladega.

Kahne discusses racing in the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway:

What do you enjoy about restrictor plate racing? "I've always loved restrictor-plate racing. You can take the wrong lane and move backwards and the next time take a different lane and move up a bunch of spots. There is always something going on around you and you're totally focused for three or four hours of racing. A lot of it is a guessing game throughout the entire race. It's really intense."

What are the keys to a good finish at Talladega? "Stay out of trouble -- that's what it's all about. Getting the car to draft well. As far as sucking up -- you can do a little bit here and there. You want horsepower to show up and if we can do that -- then you just have to wait until the end of the race. It's all about the last couple of laps -- getting in the right line with the right drivers behind you. You just never know who they're going to be. I've tried to go with Junior (Dale Earnhardt Jr.) a couple times and it hasn't worked. I've went with Junior and it has worked. I've went with other guys - you just never really know, but you try to make the right guess and hope that it works out."

What are the last 20 laps like at Talladega? "A lot of blocking and you're trying to be in the right lane. You're always trying not to let somebody get you out of line and push you back. It's intense -- really intense. Every lap is pretty intense except when you get strung out in a line and everybody gets out running along the wall. All that does is waste a few hundred miles of the race and makes the racing really boring."

-credit: rpm

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Jeff Burton , Kasey Kahne , David Reutimann