Talladega: Kasey Kahne preview

No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Race Facts Driver: Kasey Kahne Team Director: Tommy Baldwin Team Owner: Ray Evernham CHASSIS INFO: Chassis No. 60 -- Same chassis that raced in this year's Daytona 500. KASEY KAHNE ...

No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Race Facts
Driver: Kasey Kahne
Team Director: Tommy Baldwin
Team Owner: Ray Evernham

CHASSIS INFO: Chassis No. 60 -- Same chassis that raced in this year's Daytona 500.

KASEY KAHNE QUOTES

Outlook for Aaron's 499

"I really like racing at Talladega. I liked it in the Busch race, and I think our Dodge will be good this weekend. There's lots of room to race, and it's a lot more racy than Daytona. We're taking the same car as Daytona, and hopefully we'll have a good day. I'm still trying to figure out the key to success there. We tested there, but that was more about working on the car than learning the draft. We'll get some good experience in the draft in the Busch race."

KAHNE ON TALLADEGA

"Talladega is a great track with great tradition.  The fans there
are pretty wild.  That infield can get pretty crazy, but that makes it
fun.  They are really into it."

KASEY KAHNE AT TALLADEGA

* Kasey Kahne made his first and only Talladega start in last year's Aaron's 312 NASCAR Busch Series race. Kahne started on the outside pole, but was caught up in a major accident involving multiple cars just eight laps into the race. He finished 37th.

FAST ON FRIDAYS

* Kahne's 8.375 average starting position is tied for second best among all Nextel Cup drivers after eight races. He has two poles in that span (second-best on the circuit), and has qualified in the top-five on five occasions.

LAST WEEKEND

* Last weekend at Martinsville was an educational experience for Kahne as he raced the historic racetrack for the first time in his young career. He qualified 15th and settled into traffic and held his own against the veterans and the track. He had worked his way as high as the 17th position by lap 370 and was moving toward his goal of a top 15 finish when a right front tire went down unexpectedly. Kahne brought the Dodge in to the Dew Crew for new tires and restarted at the end of the longest line of cars. He fought his way up through traffic to gain spots on the field and finish 21st for the day.

ADDING UP THE POINTS

* After racing at Martinsville, Kahne and the No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge team moved to ninth in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series point standings. The team is just 66 points out of fifth place and 160 points out of first.

HEAD OF THE CLASS

* After eight races, Kahne maintains a commanding 34-point lead in the Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year standings. He has been the top rookie finisher in five races (Rockingham, Las Vegas, Atlanta, Darlington, and Texas) and the top rookie qualifier five times (Rockingham, Las Vegas, Darlington, Bristol and Texas).

GIVE ME FIVE!

* Kahne's string of three top-fives in his first four career starts made him the first driver to accomplish the feat in more than 40 years of NASCAR racing. Most recently, Curley Barker notched three top-fives in his first four Grand National starts from May to September of 1963.

* Kahne joins Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson as one of just three drivers to score at least four top-five finishes in 2004.

QUICK OUT OF THE BOX

* Kahne earned his second career pole position this year at Darlington, making him one of only five NASCAR drivers to do so in their first five career starts (Mark Martin -- '81, Dick Hutcherson -- '64, Bob Burdick -- '59, John Kieper -- '56). No driver had earned more than two poles in that span.

RECORD BREAKING RUN

* In this year's UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Kahne won his first NASCAR Nextel Cup pole position by posting a speed of 174.904 mph (30.874 sec.), shattering Bobby Labonte's previous track record of 173.016 mph. (31.211 sec.) by nearly two miles per hour.

NO. 9 DODGE DEALERS/UAW DODGE
THE DEW CREW

The No. 9 pit crew took top honors in 2003 in the Union 76 Pit Crew Competition and was voted The Sporting News Pit Crew of the Year. The pit crew propelled the 2003 No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge driver Bill Elliott's return to the year-end top 10. They also claimed eight wins in the Pit Crew Championship and finished fourth in the program's year-end standings.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Bobby Labonte , Jimmie Johnson , Dick Hutcherson , Kasey Kahne , Ray Evernham , Tommy Baldwin , Mark Martin